Monday, March 22, 2010

Wedding Invitations - using gel pens?

I was sent some gel pens by CRI-Kits to try out. I have to say that at first I was kind of hesitant, because the last time I used gel pens was in Jr. High. I guess I was thinking gel pens were for little girls ... gel pens aren't for little girls anymore! After playing around with the pens, I decided that I needed to show that the pens don't have to be childish - but sophisticated. So I challenged myself to make some sophisticated wedding invitations using these gel pens.


I tried out some variations of colors - Black Glitter pen on brown kraft paper, and Silver Glitter pen on black cardstock.

Here is a close-up of the invitation - there is quite a bit of detail in this 'Forget-Me-Not' flower. I was pleased in how well the sketch translated to this project.


If you are curious about the CRI-Kit gel pens, simply go to their website www.CRI-Kits.com. They are having some giveaways for their Grand Opening - Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL2) software, svgcuts.com gift certificates, pen kits, and more. They are also having a contest - the winner is getting a Gypsy and the runner-ups are getting prizes too.

Right now they are offing a FREE penholder to people with any competing product. And a Free penholder to previous Cricut Gelly owners.

One thing that I really liked about these gel pens is the magnet that holds the pens inside the holder. The magnet makes it easy to change colors - you don't need to have a special tool to push the pens outs.

There are 40 colors of pens available. There are 5 differant color packs Regular, Pastel, Metallic, Glitter, and some variegated Swirl pens.

Before I tried out the CRI-Kit gel pens, I looked at some blogs (using another company's gel pens) and many people suggested using the 'Multi-Cut' feature with their gel pens to get a clean line and avoid skipping of the ink - I never have to use this feature, I never noticed any skipping.

Hope that you enjoy the pens as much as I do - and make sure to check out the www.CRI-Kits.com website for all the giveaways!!

95 comments:

  1. Love the design, I've added you to "my favorites" on my BLOG

    TKS

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  2. Those invitations are stunning! I'll have to give these a try!

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  3. OMG!!!! you did an awesome job! I can't wait to try this technique.

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  4. Wow. This is the first I've heard of these pens. I must have them. Your invitations are fabulous.

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  5. Your invitations look great !! I just ordered those myself - can't wait to try them out.

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  6. Your invitation is so elegant looking. Thanks for sharing on how you did this.

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  7. Now how cool is that? These pens will be a big hit!

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  8. The invitation is simple and so elegant

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  9. Love the invitation! So elegant! Can't wait to try out these gel pens.
    MelanieK

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  10. WOW, it's amazing what all can be done with the Cricuts!!! And to think when I bought it, I just wanted to cut out some cute shapes. I can't wait to get some gel pens and try it out myself.

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  11. This is very beautiful! It looks so elegant!

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  13. Sorry...typo : ) Oh my, this opens up a whole new world for me! Thanks for the info, Shelly.

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  14. Wow look at the fine detail. This is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    Whitney

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  15. These invitations are gorgeous. Nice job for sure.

    April
    amaybee0415@yahoo.ca

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  16. Love how delicate the lines are on design. I am very interested in getting some gel pens. Denise (dlangenfeld72317@verizon.net)

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  17. These invitations are beautiful. It made me want to go out and buy the pens. Nice job.

    Sher

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  18. You did a beautiful job on the invitations! Thank you for sharing them.

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  19. beautiful card. I always wanted to try the gel pens.
    rosemary at hudak4@zoominternet.net

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  20. I am so excited about the possibilities of being able to write with these pens. I hate my own handwriting!

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  21. Love these invitations. Might try them for my Granddaugter. Thanks for posting it.

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  22. This is the 1st time I've been excited about trying pens in my Cricut - thank you for the wonderful examples!!

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  23. Oh my goodness these wedding invitations are beautiful. My daughter got married last June and I wish I had known about these then, but I will surely have to try them. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and giving us wonderful ideas.
    Thanks again,
    Donna dojack@charter.net

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  24. I love the detail the pens produce. Yes, I've had problems with skipped lines using the staples gel pens.

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  25. Your invitations came out perfect! Very beautiful! TFS, and the heads up on these new pens. Thank you, Cindy at cricutlover20@yahoo.com

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  26. Very Cool! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to order my own pens!

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  27. Love the idea of using gel pens. Thanks for sharing... Really liked the invitation.
    Shellee

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  28. Oh, these are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing this. What a great idea!

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  29. Color me dumb as I didn't realize what these gel pens actually were until I came to your blog. Thanks so much for enlightening me. Now I want some, too. This wedding card is gorgeous.

    Just sign me Granny

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  30. Dont you just love it when you find a good gel pen! Im off to check them out. Thanks for posting about these, Ive never heard of them before.
    Denise.crosby@yahoo.com

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  31. I love the look of the metalic gel pens. I just ordered them from Cri-Kits but would love to try some others.

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  32. Wow! I need to make wedding cards, not invitations but these are great!

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  33. This card is just beautiful. What a creative use of the gel pens. I am so wanting these!

    Jill...:-)

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  34. Those are gorgeous!!!! What a great way to use a file that would be hard to cut! I love how you did these, they are stunning!!! Thank you for giving us the chance to win!!

    Tamara
    Starbright198484@aol.com

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  35. I am completely inspired! These are so beautiful and elegant. Could be used as Graduation invites, also perhaps? I would also think of making the short side with the beautiful design using the gel pens could be cut-scored so that it could be torn off and used as a bookmark. My imagination has gone wild!

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  36. Beautiful invite! I love the silver on black look.

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  37. I never would have thought you could do this. Amazing and beautiful! Check back after vacation.

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  38. I love the silver on black the best! This is awesome!

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  39. Had to go to the Cri-Kit website after seeing your beautiful cards.
    Cindy

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  40. This would even be great to use on birthday cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. wow....would have never thought to do that, it's really nice!

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  42. These are very pretty! I love the drawn in designs. Would love the gel pens. They add a little something!

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  43. They are both gorgeous, but the black and silver one is just even classier to me. That is such an amazing idea. These pens truly look amazing.

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  44. These are stunning! Love the gorgeous effect of the gel pens!

    Blessings, Pat

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  45. This is just absolutely georgous. I am going to have to look into this, thats for sure.

    shanasewing@yahoo.com

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  46. What beautiful work you do! The wedding invitations are so different from the normal wedding invites. I'll be getting some of the pens & I can't wait to try them.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Clara

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  47. Your wedding Invitations turned out beautifully with the use of the gel pens by Cri-Kits
    Betty M

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  48. I love the invitation so much, I immediately ordered three sets of pens. Great job, thank you.

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  49. Very professional looking gotta try these gel pens.

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  50. the wedding invitation is just amazing and beautiful! excelent job and thank you for sharing!
    marie sierra
    mea57_98@yahoo.com

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  51. Oh where were these pens when I needed an elegant wedding card last week?? These are the BOMB!
    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  52. Love the black glitter on the brown background.

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  53. The CriKits do such an amazingly delicate job. Looks GREAT! TFS!

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  54. Those invitations are beautiful! I have a lot to learn, I didn't know you could use gel pens in the cricut. I'll have to keep checking back to your blog for ideas!

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  55. Your invitation are stunning. I have to make wedding reception invitations for my sister and this would be phenomenal! They look so professional!!

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  56. Absolutely beautiful! I was considering getting the gel pens - Thank you!

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  57. these invites came out so beautiful and with cricut, the possibilities are now endless. i've always been challenged by some of the cricut carts b/c the cuts are so small. but a gel pen would be great for those! thanks for sharing! eileen efghaus@yahoo.com

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  58. wow so beautiful. I am always stunned with what can be cone with a cricut.

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  59. Wow these are stunning, love this idea whatever will cricut bring out next.
    Kim xXx

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  60. These are beautiful! I was hesitant to buy these but I may have too! TFS!

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  61. Pens? Something new for me to learn. These are simply beautiful!!!

    jjbrewski at msn dot com

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  62. This is absolutely beautiful!
    dpmcnally1@gmail.com

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  63. These wedding invitations are beautiful--I am eager to try these new gel pens--TFS

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  64. Beautiful invitations! The gel pens work perfectly. Thanks for sharing.
    Jeannie B

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  65. Very professional design. Great job! Please pick me for winning the pens. I would love to give them a try

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  66. I like the look of the pens. Sure does look better than cricut pens!
    Thanks!

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  67. You've got it together. the cricut and the gel pens what else is there to life? No really they look stunning and I cant wait to get more info on the new gel pen and holder from Cri-Kits. Thanks for the great Ideas.

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  68. I LOVE love love the invites.My youngest daughter is getting married next year and I am in charge of making the invites....must try your idea as I have not used gel pens with my cricut before.Would love to win some....tks

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  69. Love the Card. It's amazing what you come up with using these as well as other things. Thank you.

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  70. WOW this idea is AWESOME! There are endless possiblities to make all sorts of cards and gifts! Thank you for teh chance to win, and thanks so much for showing how they work!!

    Carrie V
    justscrappin@live.com

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  71. These cards are too cute. I like the idea of the gel pens. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. I am a stay at home mommy too! I have used the cricut pens and I think they make a thick line. These look like they would be much better especially when tracing small designs and letters. I also love that they come in glitter too! Thanks for the pictures!

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  73. These are beautiful. TFS
    The gel pens are great. Hope I win.
    Thanks
    pal635@yahoo.com

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  74. I love, love, love this invite. Very elegant.

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  75. Thanks for linking to the Cri-Kit site and telling us about the gel pens. I went and checked out the site and am very interested in trying out these pens. I just got my SCAL last week and would love to try the gel pens. I'm gonna be busy!
    dkarnowski@gmail.com

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  76. Thank you for showing us what the Cri-Kit gel pens can do!
    angeljack1@yahoo.com

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  77. The Wedding Invitation is lovely. The Cri-Kit gel pens really look good. I'd love to win them.
    Thanks
    Sandy

    sankarl4@yahoo.com

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  78. I could have used this idea last year. I have 2 friends that got married in the past year.

    acbrea@hotmail.com

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  79. These are both so beautiful. I love the black one.

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  80. i am getting married in July and of course want to do DIY invites with my cricut! I saw your post on the cricut website and had to check out your blog for info on how to do it! Upon your recommendation I immediately went and purchased all 4 sets + holder and will now be anxiously awaiting their arrival! I did give you credit in the checkout process, too! Now I just need to know where I can find the image you used (hint, hint, wink, wink! lol) Thanks much for the tip on the product!! if you are willing to share the file my email is josi222@hotmail.com

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  81. I am impressed with how elegant the invitation looks using gel pens. Great job!!

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  82. These invitations are so nice! Great job!
    SouthernMrs
    at cox dot net

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  83. Love how the pen work came out on the card. Very lovely. Would love to win a set.
    arncowife at gmail dot com

    Thanks,
    Kim

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  84. Love the detail. Just beautiful.

    kmcilrath@cfl.rr.com

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  85. I can see how these pens would save me a lot of time. The invitation turned out very nice, thanks for sharing!

    Carmen L

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