A Pearl Anniversary

I had the great pleasure of creating a Pearl Anniversary card for friends this week – for those who are uncertain, a Pearl Anniversary celebrates 30 years of marriage.

My starting point for this design was pearlescent card in a variety of neutral ‘pearly’ colours and half-pearl embellishments in similar colours.

For the card itself I had all sorts of ideas incorporating the number 30, the couple’s names, the date of their wedding, a wedding photo etc., all within an elaborate pop-out card style – but somehow none of these ideas felt or looked right.

In this case ‘Less is More’ definitely applied.

I used my trusty Silhouette Studio software to create a very simple card using the word ‘Pearl’. A relatively clear, simple font was used for the lettering and an ‘offset’ (techie term for the balloon effect around the word) created both the card base and the matting and layering of each letter.

The card components were then cut on my Silhouette Cameo from two pearlescent cardstocks and one pearlescent paper (unfortunately the pearlesence does not show very well in the photo).

The card measures approximately 10½” (26.5cm) long and 3¾” (9.5cm) tall.

Pearl Anniversary Card

The top letters were mounted onto their mattes using foam pads to give dimension; these were then stuck to the card base in a higgledy-piggledy manner which resulted in spaces perfect for the placement of small pearl ‘strings’ – two sizes of self-adhesive half pearls in cream were used to create these.

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