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Create luminaries for wedding centre pieces!

It's nearly wedding season once again so we're helping our brides to be completely organised, If you're looking for a quick and easy way to create beautiful custom decorations for your upcoming wedding or party, this tutorial is for you! These handmade luminaries require just a handful of materials and minutes and still look elegant thanks to the intricate designs you can cut with Create-A-Card dies.

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Main no WM (3)

Goodies you'll need to make a gorgeous luminaries:

Why not treat yourself to our 'Create-a-Card' bundle where you can get all of the above dies plus the Classic Floral for only £39.98 (saving yourself 60%) - check out the offer here.

How to create:

One: For each luminary, trim a piece of Centura Pearl Snow White Hint of Silver cardstock to 6.5” x 11” and a piece of heavyweight vellum to 5.75” x 4.5”.

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 1 Materials (2)

Two: Position the Classic Chandelier die in the center of the piece of Pearl Ivory Shimmering cardstock (about 0.5” from the top of the cardstock and a little more than 3.25” from the left).

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 2 Center Die (3)

Three: Run the die and cardstock through the Gemini Electronic Die-Cutting Machine using the sandwich recommended for “Intricate Dies” in the user manual.  Once cut, run it through a second time to emboss using the recommended sandwich for “Embossing with Crafter’s Companion Dies” in the manual.

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 3 Cut with Gemini

Four: After cutting and embossing with the Gemini, most of the tiny die-cut pieces will just fall out of your project!  Poke out any stubborn pieces using a piercing tool.

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 4 Die-Cuts (2)

Five: Color one side of the heavyweight vellum with two complementary colors of Spectrum Noir markers.  Here I used LV3 with BP3 and GT2 with TB5 for the wedding luminaries and OR3 with LV3 for the Halloween luminary (choose vibrant colors so that they show through the vellum well).  Start by coloring about half of the vellum piece back and forth with wide strokes of the darker color, then color from the opposite side with the lighter color towards the darker color until they overlap.  Sweep back and forth between the colors until you obtain a gentle gradient.  Don’t worry about the marker strokes being visible…they will be much less visible from the other side and add a little texture!

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 5 Color Vellum (2)

Six: Adhere the uncolored side of the vellum panel to the backside of the window of the luminary (the colored side is facing up in this photo).

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 6 Adhere Vellum

Seven: Once dry, roll the cardstock into a tube, overlap the ends about a half-inch, and adhere using liquid glue.  Tip - use paperclips to hold the ends together while waiting for the project to dry.

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 7 Adhere Luminary

Eight: Slip the luminary over a flameless candle and enjoy!

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 8 Insert Candle (2)

Looking for a different theme?

To create a spooky Halloween luminary, simply cut Black Pearl Shimmering cardstock with the Grand Candelabra die and add a vellum panel colored with OR3 and LV3 instead.

Wedding Luminaries by Annie Williams - Step 9 Halloween Version (2)


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