Making the effort to consider where guests should be seated will take away any undue pressure and make them feel more comfortable, especially those who may not know others. Usually arranged in alphabetical order on a table at the entrance to the reception, each card should display guests' names along with table numbers.
- 160 gsm white card stock.
- Butterfly stamp
- Red ink pad
- Stanley knife
- Cutting mat
- Paper glue or glue tape
- Paper for labels
- Bone folder
How to create
- Cut card stock into 15cm x 9cm pieces.
- Using a faint pencil mark as a guide, stamp your butterfly in the centre of the card. Practice a few times on scraps of paper before starting on the final cards.
- Place stamped card on cutting mat. Holding the card with one hand cut around the top half of the butterfly leaving a 3mm (approx) border around the wings (see image 1). When cutting you may find it easier to keep the cutting blade firmly in place and move the card around to cut evenly through the paper.
- Fold the card in half using a bone folder. Remove any pencil lines with an eraser.
- Trim any rough edges around the butterfly with scissors to give you a better finish.
- Cut strips of ribbon or paper 2.5cm wide x 10cm long. Glue to card. There will be an overhang at the sides but this can be trimmed off.
- Print out you guests' names and cut into 2cm x 10 cm strips.
- Glue name strips onto the ribbon. Allow to dry before trimming the edges to line up with the edges of the card.
TIP: When making a large quantity, instead of completing one card at a time it may be easier to make them in stages, e.g. cutting all the butterflies out before moving onto the folding. Don't use glossy paper as the ink will smudge.