Monday, March 18, 2013

Actual Ninjago Invitation Tutorial!

Sorry about failing to do this yesterday. Here it is for your delectation!

First up - a preview. The yellow bit slides out of the card and has all the info about the party below the eyes. I used Garden Green (for Lloyd / the Green Ninja) but of course you could use Real Red (Kai), Pacific Point (Jay), Whisper White (Zane) or Basic Black (Cole, my personal favourite Ninja!).

1. Take an 8.5" x 11" sheet of Garden Green cardstock and cut it in half lengthwise. This means cutting the sheet to measure 4.25"x11", you end up with two halves, each a long rectangle. Score the card across at 5.5" and fold to make a card. The fold should be at the bottom so that you can slide the insert in. A quick pic for visual learners:

2. Making the eye hole: Grab a small oval punch/framelit and punch an oval in the top on one side only, around an inch from the top. Then, punch two 1" circles at either end of the oval cut, to give you your eye hole.

3. Making the head piece: Take Champagne Gold glimmer paper (silver would work too) and put it into the 5 petal punch (this is retired - that's a bit tragic!) so that you get 3 petals punched:

Tip - hold the punch upside-down so that you can see what you're doing. Then take your largest circle punch (2 1/2"), and grab the 3-petal piece by the middle petal. Holding the circle punch upside-down, slide the piece into the punch so that you will get a nice curved base to the headpiece.

This is what you should end up with!

Stick this piece onto your card, having the bottom curve overhang the eyehole slightly to give that characteristic shape:

4. Making the shirt & collar: Using the Full Heart punch, cut a heart from black cardstock:

Adhere this to the card at about 1/4" up from the base fold:

Next, cut some 1/4" strips from your glimmer paper:
Use Tombow mono-multi to adhere them on, trimming once they are stuck down:

5. Making the headscarf:

Cut a rectangle of Garden Green paper 2" x 4.25". Place this into your Woodgrain embossing folder & emboss using your Big Shot.
Stick this firmly across the top of the heart, covering up the blobby bits (such a technical term!) AND the bottom of the eye hole:

6. Finishing off the "wallet" part - using your 1" punch, cut a semi-circular notch into the top of the back of the card, to allow the recipient to slide the insert out:

Then, using Snail adhesive, stick the two long-sides of the card to seal the wallet:

Ta-da! The wallet part is DONE:

7. Making the insert - cut a rectangle 3.25" x 5" from Daffodil Delight cardstock.

I then printed off the details of the party onto a 2.5" x 2.5" square of Whisper White card and adhered it to the bottom of the yellow piece. But I didn't take any pics because I don't want a million people at this blinking party! :D

8. Doing the eyes - the faffy bit! - put your Daffodil Delight card into the wallet, to ensure correct placement of the eyes:
Cut 2x 1/4" circles from Basic Black cardstock and stick in place. I used the my Xyron to do this as I had 24 of these to make:

Then, using your hand-held 1/8" circle punch, make the white specks from Whisper White cardstock and stick them on using 2-way glue:

See the spike tool with a grim-looking blob at the end? I grabbed a blob of used adhesive from my adhesive remover & stuck it to the end of the spike to help me control the placement of the white bits.

Finally, the brows. I cut some super-thin (1/16" or possibly even smaller) strips of Basic Black cardstock, ran them through the Xyron & cut them into equal-length chunks. Adhere those to the card at an angle and you're done!

Hope that helps if you are planning a similarly crazy party. Or even if you just have a Ninjago-crazed little guy in your life! Feel free to ask questions if I wasn't clear.


  1. We are LEGO CRAZY here...and this is amazing!! Thanks for the tutorial. I just might have to make one as a surprise for my lego-maniacs!

  2. I bet these invitations were a hit! You put so much work into them.