Thursday, September 30, 2010

In the Mood for Christmas

All week long the sketch challenge over at card patterns has been calling my name. Today was the first day I was able to sit down in my studio to get to the challenge. I had envisioned dramatic colors, something in tan, black and reds, something elegant and sophisticated, after all, the sketch is a bit elegant this time around. But certain stamps called my name, and my vision took a turn. But I think that the results are fun! And... you are getting a sneak peek of a new die that we will be releasing this winter! 

Here is what I did:
I started with a blue base that measures 3.5" by 12" long. Fold in half and edge with Faded Jeans Distress ink. I next pulled out our Snowflake Tree and stamped it with white chalk ink. I then stamped the edges of the card for added texture. I trimmed out a darker blue panel (2" by 6") and again, inked up my Snowflake Tree with white chalk ink. I stamped randomly. I created the trim using one of my favorite Martha Stewart border punches. I just love these punches lately! Next, I took my Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood distress inks and smeared onto my tefflon sheet. I then spritzed generously with water and dipped white cardstock into the mixture. Once dry, I used our Lacy Scalloped Circle and cut twice, once on the blue paper I created and once on cream cardstock. I then layered the two together, slightly twisting each layer, so you could see the underneath layer. I then stamped my little Snowman onto white cardstock, painted with watercolors as shown and layered onto the circle. I finished with a bow.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Holiday Samples from DT Member Angelica

Angelica has been hard at work - she had created some whimsical and beautiful cards using our new Fall, Christmas and Holiday red rubber release. So Enjoy!

In her words:
Emboss a piece of Bazzill Bling cardstock with the embossing folder and adhere to card. Stamp three "sparkle trees" with embossing ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder, cut by hand. Trim a piece of Georgia Pacific cardstock and punch a border with the border punch, apply blue chalk so it looks like sky, mat on navy blue cardstock. Stamp "Ho Ho Ho" on the die cut tag and ink edges with chipped sapphire distress ink. Stamp the snowman on GP cardstock and color with color pencils and OMS, cut by hand, assemble the card as pictured, to finish it off add some ribbon, stickles, MS branches, and rhinestones.

Stamps; Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Retro Evergreen, Jolly Snowman, "Ho Ho Ho" sentiment)
Inks; StazOn Black, Distress embossing ink, Distress Ink (chipped sapphire)
Paper; Bazzill Cardstock, Bazzill Bling, Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Other; Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, Martha Stewart border punch, Martha Stewart branch punch, ribbon, Stickles, gold embossing powder, Quickutz tag die, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, Pebbles Inc chalks, stars and round rhinestones.

Stamp pine branch with broken china distress ink starting on upper right corner of patterned paper, ink edges of paper using this same ink. Cut three ornaments with the ornament die, stamp ornaments with watermark ink and heat emboss with silver embossing powder, ink edges of ornaments with distress ink. Stamp snowflake image with watermark ink and heat emboss with silver embossing powder, hand cut and adhere to ornament with pop dots. Stamp sentiment with black Momento ink on patterned paper, stamp some pine branches with broken china ink around the sentiment, ink edges with watermark ink and heat emboss with silver powder. Make a frame with the Martha Stewart corner and border punches and adhere to background paper. Stamp the pine cone image with watermark ink on red patterned paper and heat emboss, assemble everything as pictured with pop dots. Add a flower, ribbon, and silver pearls for the final touch.

Stamps; Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Clearly Beautiful Ornament Set, 2 Pine Cones)
Inks; Momento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark Watermark, Distress Ink (Aged Mahogany, Broken China)
Paper; Patterned paper (Basic Grey, Fancy Pants Designs)
Other; Martha Stewart corner & border punch, silver pearls, ribbon, Ice Stickles, silver embossing powder.

For this particular card I used my Cricut to cut the base of the card and my two layers of cardstock.
Ink edges of Kraft cardstock with walnut stain distress ink.
Stamp "Solid Leaf ATC Background" on cream cardstock using perfect pearls medium, apply perfect pearls all over stamped image with brush, ink edges with vintage photo distress ink. Stamp sentiment on white patterned paper with walnut stain distress ink and trim to desired size, ink edges with vintage photo distress ink, punch bottom border with border punch, mat on kraft cardstock, punch border, and ink edges with walnut stain distress ink. Adhere sentiment to card with pop dots. Stamp the "wheat grass" image twice on yellow patterned paper with walnut stain distress ink, hand cut and adhere where shown, add some ribbon a couple of Prima flowers, rhinestones, and some distress stickles for the final touch.

Stamps; PPRS Solid Leaf ATC Background, "Delicious Autumn" Sentiment, Wheat Stalks
Inks; Distress Ink, Walnut Stain, Vintage photo
Paper; Kraft and cream color Cardstock, Basic Grey patterned paper
Other; Perfect Pearls Medium, Perfect Pearls (Perfect Gold, Forever Red, Green Patina, Perfect Copper), Martha Stewart border punch, ribbon, rhinestones, Distress Stickles (Scattered Straw) Cricut.

Ink edges of orange patterned paper w/Versa Color Topaz and adhere to card. Cut two squares each of purple and green cardstock, stamp small and large ghosts with watermark ink, ink edges with Cat's eye wisteria & olive pastel, and mat with black cardstock. Stamp the rickety house on cream colored cardstock with watermark ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder, paint background in shades of yellow and orange with pearlescent watercolors, mat on black cardstock, punch corners with a Martha Stewart corner punch from a separate piece of cardstock and adhere to the back of the image, add some ribbon, a tag, and dots with the black dimensional paint.

Stamps; Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Rickety Haunted House,
Small & Large Goulish Ghost)
Inks; VersaMark Watermark, Versa Color Topaz, Cat's Eye Wisteria & Olive Pastel.
Paper; Bazzill cardstock, patterned paper.
Other; Black embossing powder, Pearlescent watercolor paints, Martha Stewart corner punch, EK Sticko Mini ABC, black dimensional paint, Quickutz tag die.
We will have more samples from you from our fabulous design team tomorrow. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2 Stunning Cards by Michelle Pearson

Hi All,
Michelle had a little treat on her blog this week and I just had to share. Here is here post, I think you will agree her cards are STUNNING!
Happy Stamping!

Michelle used this card from hobbydujour's gallery as my inspiration. She had to change three here is what she did!

1. She replaced the ribbon with the paper piecing

2. She replaced the butterfly with dragonfly brads

3. She used the glitter and acetate technique on a Prickley Pear transparency rather than copics for the floral image.

She stuck the transparency to a sheet of double stick tape and then glittered the back with Art Institute's Fauna transparent glitter. She then ran a piece of ivory cardstock through a Xyron so that it would appear similar in color to her BasicGrey designer paper from the Green At Heart collection.

This card features three images from the Clearly Beautiful Cardinal Set and the Dandelion Bunch.
This card was done for the SCS Saturday Inspiration Challenge where they were challenged to pick an item from Tandenberg as an inspiration for their cards. She chose this candle. Check out the little bird on the flourish behind my matches the candle perfectly! She made her card an acetate card to reflect the candle holder.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Holiday Release - And a 50.00 Gift!

We are excited to be bringing  you our NEW LINE of Christmas and Holiday red rubber stamps! They are now available for sale through our webstore.

Also, did you know that we have a
50.00 referral program?
Well we do! Here is what we have to offer... Want to see us in your favorite local stamp or scrapooking store? If you refer us, and the store owner gets in touch with us, and upon their first purchase with PPRS, all they have to do - is say that they were referred to us by YOU. And upon their first order for their store - and with your name in hand - we will send you 50.00 worth of PPRS product of your choice! It's that easy. We would love to be in a store near you! 

Here are two samples with our new Holiday line! Hope you enjoy.

Happy Stamping ~ Nicole

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CASE Study

I found a fun little challenge blog (CASE Study) from Tesa's blog this morning. They had the prettiest little challenge and inspirational card.  I just had to play along. I tried to make my card as close to theirs as possible, while of course, using completely different stamps!

Here's what I did. 
I first started with a base card of 4.25 by 5.5 and trimmed a smaller panel for my front. I then stamped (multiple times) the Solid Leaf ATC background with versamark and embossed with clear powder.  Next I trimmed out a 2 by 4" tan panel of card stock. I then stamped out my phrase. I cut another panel (slightly larger) of black card stock, and edged the bottom with my Martha Stewart Punch. I centered the tan panel and adhered to base of card. 

Next, I pulled out my distress inks and tefflon sheet. I smeared my inks (dusty concord and weathered wood) onto my tefflon sheet and then misted generously with water. I then dipped and rolled my paper into the mixture. Once dry, I pulled out my Prickley Pear Butterfly Die, and clear matching stamps. I cut my butterfly, and chose the stamp with the text on it. 

It was a quick and easy card, and the sketch made it super quick and easy!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A BIG WELCOME to our 2011 DT Members


What an exciting time it has been at the PPRS offices. While we don't like to say good-bye to old design team members, we are excited to be welcoming new design team members. 

Everyone who submitted applications and samples for us to look at, we truly thank. It was such a pleasure reading everyone's bios and seeing their creations. And let me tell you, choosing our current design team was not an easy choice. We had spots open for 4 Design Team members and ended up picking 5! And wow, are they talented ladies. In fact, our whole design team is a group of incredibly talented, enthusiastic, and wonderful ladies!

So we would like to formally introduce you the the official 2011 PPRS Design Team! You will be able to check out their art here and on their blogs year round through the links on the right of our blog. 

Welcome to our 2011 DT members! We look forward to a wonderful year of inspiration!

Leslie R. Texas
Tracy V. VA
Tesa B. Sweden
Amy E. WI
Angelica T. CA

Dawn K. NC

Michelle P. WI

Guest Designer, Jenny G. GA

Guest Designer, Jennifer S. MN
And to all of you who applied and did not make the team, we thank you for your time and applications. Please be on the lookout for little goodie bags that will mail out within the next week!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stamping On Candles

Stamping on Candles
Tutorial by
Tracy Vinson

Another Sneak Peek

We have another cute little card to show you today. This is from our new line of Christmas and Winter Red Rubber Stamps that will be released this weekend. And the cute little scalloped circles that our little Christmas Kitty is sitting in comes from DIES DIRECT.  They have a whole line of Stackers Die Cuts that are perfect for card making and embellishmets!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sneak Peek

We have a new holiday release coming up this weekend. I must admit, our new Christmas and Winter images are pretty fantastic. There is a mix of all styles in this new release, some sketched images, a little bit of collage, and a lot of beautiful!

Studio time is rare, but this evening I was able to spend some of time in my craft room and I came up with a simple but I think elegant card using our latest red rubber release. All new images will be available this Sunday, so stay tuned!

This card was quick and easy to do. First I stamped the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus with VersaFine black ink onto watercolor paper. I then painted in as shown in hues of blues and red. I then trimmed my stamped art leaving about .25" border. I love to age things, so I decided to pull out my Old Paper Distress Ink. I edged as shown using my foam applicator.  I then mounted onto red card stock. Next, I pulled out a 3" doily, and aged that as well. I then trimmed out a border with my Martha Stewart punch and aged it as well. I then made the little puffy flowers out of coffee filters and secured with a brad. I layered all together as shown. Card size is 4.75 by 6.25 when finished. Happy Stamping! ~ Nicole

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch Challenge

Hey Everybody! 
Happy Saturday. This week we are hosting the sketch challenge over at Card Patterns! We are giving away a 25.00 gift certificate to one random lucky winner over there on thier blog. You simply need to follow their sketch and post to Mr. Linkey. You have a week to post your projects and then they will go through all entries and pick a winner! So, all of you who love our stamps - get card making! 

We can't wait to see what you come up with. You can use PPRS stamps if you have them, but it is not required. 

Now for the sketch and 2 cards done up by our DT members Tesa and Leslie!

First, Leslie's card, she chose to feature the Flourished Prancing Horse. I just love the fall colors she used for this card, it really is a nice take to the sketch. Go to here blog for instructions.
Tesa decided to showcase our Ornaments Clear Stamps and Dies for this sketch challenge. And wow, how fun did this turn out?? I love the non-traditional use of her color palette for this card. Well done Tesa! Go to her blog for instructions.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Blog Hop Winner - Tree Set

We have gone to for a blog hop winner, and the numbers chose Rosemary - her blog is... Please e-mail us here with your shipping information. 

Thanks all for playing everyone!

Please keep checking in with us, as we will be showing off loads of ways to use these stamps and dies. We also have our holiday and Christmas release that we will be showcasing by the end of the month! We have some beautiful, fun and whimsical new red rubber stamps that we will be releasing. You won't want to miss this release!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blog Hop Winner - Ornament Set

Hi All,
Thanks for the wonderful comments to all of our projects and newly released sets. We have a new winner today for the Ornaments Set and that is.... Dawn with the Rubber Room!  Congratulations Dawn! Please e-mail us here with your shipping information.

Stay tuned, there will be one more winner for the Tree set tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blog Hop Winner - Cardinal Set

We have gone to to help us find a winner for the cardinal set. And the winner is.... Trudi with the Pink Petal! Congratulations Trudi. Please contact us here with your shipping information!

Paper Piecing Tutorial

Hello, and welcome back to the Prickley Pear.  Today, I am going to teach you how to make a beautiful Christmas Tag and piece your papers together so that there is no coloring required.

I am using one of our new Christmas Sets with matching Die Cut.

This is a great way to use up those small scraps of paper that you think you have absolutely no use for.  I have started with three coordinating colors and patterns of DP.
I've stamped my image three times, once on each color.  Next, cut out all three of these birds using your matching die.

Now let me show you how I have cut out my pieces.  Feel free to alter yours if you would like.

Next, using a glue pen, attach the tail and the beak portion.

The last step in piecing this cardinal together is gluing on the wing as I have pictured.

Isn't this pretty with all of these colors and textures?  Now let me show you what I did with my little friend. I mounted him onto an SpellbindersTM Nestibilities Oval and tag shape cut from SpellbindersTM Beaded Oval Nestibilities. Shaded into the embossed areas added red and gold rhinestones and finished with gold ribbon.

There is no limit to what you can accomplish just by piecing several different papers together.  Hope you enjoyed this today.  Now go and get busy on some of those Holiday will be here before you know it!

Welcome to our Fall Blog Hop Release Party - Day 4

I hope you all have enjoyed the last few days of seeing our new releases. We have had a ton of fun creating the cards and illustrating the stamps! Each set has been designed with versitality in mind. We really want you to get the most amount of use you can get out of these stamp sets. 

We saved the Christmas tree set for last. It is a sweet set, that can acheive many different looks and uses, as you will see. For additional inspiration, visit Anyas blog to see her projects. They are just darling. 

And now for some eye candy!

We kept this card simple by stamping the background trees with versamark for a tone on tone look. We then cut our main tree with our tree die and white card stock. Each little light was colored in with a different colored copic marker. The edges were distressed with Forest Green Distress Ink. We finished with buttons, layered with different holiday scrapbook papers. The finished card measures at 4.25 by 5.5"
Our next project, we kept it simple by making gift tags. We pulled out various scraps of scrapbook paper and coordinating cardstocks. We cut the trees with an already embossed white cardstock paper. Added distress in to give some color and depth and layered all together. We finished with buttons and a bit of gold thread.The border portion of the tags uses dies from Dies Direct.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Blog Hop Winner - Pumpkin Set

Thanks all for playing along. We do appreciate your participation and letting all of your stamping pals know about us! We have gone to to get a winner for the pumpkin set, and the winner is... StampinCathy! Cathy, e-mail us here with your address and we will get this set mailed out to you! Thanks for playing and stay with us, as we have three more sets to give away. 


Welcome to our Fall Blog Hop Release Party - Day 3!

Welcome to day three of our fall clear stamps and matching dies release. Today's Prize Package includes the Ornaments set and Matching die.

Wow, time flies when you are having fun. And it has been fun showing you all our new clear stamp sets and matching dies. Today we are showcasing our Ornaments release. These ornaments are just so much fun. I love the vintage flair and the simple elegance of these stamps. 

And remember, you can win this set. Just become a follower, post a comment and post our logo to your blogs. We will pick a random winner 48 hours after this post.Visit our DT members blogs for more inspiration and more chances to win!  Good luck and thanks for playing along.

Today, you will need to visit Tesa's blog for more inspiration! 

Now for the eye candy! This set is just so much fun and very versitale. I had a hard time choosing which stamps to use when creating my cards. And I could not decide on Christmas or Fall, so I chose to do one of each.
One of my all time favorite things to do is to make paper ornaments. You will never see me shying away from the opportunity. And well... we have this great ornaments set... so I could not resist. This little ornament was so quick and easy to make. I first cut 2 ornaments from watercolor paper and my PPRS Ornement Die. I then stamped and embossed in black. Next, I pulled out my blue, green and purple distress inks. I laid color onto a tefflon sheet and lightly spritzed with water. I then dipped my embossed image into the ink and swirled it around. Once dry, I highlighted the bubbles in the ornament with copic markers. I finished with beaded trim, and backed with the second ornamet die cut. The orament has a nice weight because of the watercolor paper and beads.
And just to show how versitale this set is, we made a card as well. Robins egg blue, brown and purple hues give this card a vintage twist to this holiday card and the die and stamps made it quick to create.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Welcome to our Fall Blog Hop Release Party - Day 2!

Welcome to day two of our fall clear stamps and matching dies release. Today's Prize Package includes the Cardinal set and Matching die.

Each day you have more than one chance to win. Start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog. Simply post our logo onto your website, become a follower and leave a comment on the Prickley Pear Blog for one chance to win. Then hop on over to the day’s release blogs and make comments there for more chances to win. Sounds easy enough. And the bonus is that you’ll see some fabulous paper projects featuring the new sets.

Today, you will need to visit Leslie's and Tracy's blogs to play along. 

For each release, you’ll have 2 days to participate…you’ll have until midnight the night AFTER the release day to enter comments. Please just one comment per blog.

Now for the eye candy! This set is just so much fun and very versitale. I had a hard time choosing which stamps to use when creating my cards. And I could not decide on Christmas or Fall, so I chose to do one of each. 

I had fun with this card. First I pulled out my scalloped die from Dies Direct. I love the over-sized format of their dies, they are perfect for standard sized cards. To create this card, I first pulled out a sheet of holiday Christmas scrapbook paper, and cut around the shape (there were flower like designs in the paper). I then pulled out my Martha Stewart punch and created the red lace border. I backed with sage paper. Next I stamped the tag, (you are getting a sneak peek of our new Christmas Red Rubber Release here) and the May Your Joys be many stamp with Forest Green Distress in on sage card stock. I then cut my cardinal and stamped the musical wheat flourished cardinal onto the die cut. Before layering all together, I distressed a doily with Walnut distress ink.  I layered all together as shown, and finished with Prima flowers and a brad. I lov ethe collaged look that was achieved.
This card was super fun and easy to do. The musical wheat cardinal is my favorite in the set as you might be able to tell! I stamped the musical background (included in the clear stamps set) with walnut ink. I then tore around the image and distressed a bit. I then cut out the cardinal with my Cuttlebug, and stamped the cardinal into the die cut with brown walnut ink. I folded a doily and aged it a bit with Old Paper and Mahagony Distress Ink. Again, I pulled out my Martha Stewart punch and made a lacy ribbon for trim. I used another Martha Stewart punch for the bottom front portion of the card. I layered all together onto a white polka dotted patterned scrapbook paper as shown and finished with red and brown prima flowers. The dies and coordinating stamps made creating this card quick and easy and elegant! Card measures at 4.25" by 3" when finished.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Welcome to our Fall Blog Hop Release Party - Day 1!

Welcome to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog Hop! We have 4 beautiful new Fall and Holiday sets we are so pleased to announce. Our Cardinal, Pumpkins, Ornaments and Trees sets!
Visit the Design Team’s daily releases and our blog over the next 4 days to have chances to win one of these beautiful sets.

Today's Prize Package includes the Pumpkins set and Matching die.

Each day you have more than one chance to win. Start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog. Simply post our logo onto your website, become a follower and leave a comment on the Prickley Pear Blog for one chance to win. Then hop on over to the day’s release blogs and make comments there for more chances to win. Sounds easy enough. And the bonus is that you’ll see some fabulous paper projects featuring the new sets.

Today, you will need to visit Jenny's and Jennifer's sites and leave comments there!

For each release, you’ll have 2 days to participate…you’ll have until midnight the night AFTER the release day to enter comments. Please just one comment per blog.

And now for todays eye candy!

This card was fun and easy to create. I started by cutting out my pumpkin shape with the die. Next I stamped the pumpkin in using memento black ink. I then colored with copic markers. The background was achieved by stamping he fence scene with Versamark, and then embossing with clear embossing powder. I layered the stamped paper onto orange and diamond halloween papers. I then stamped the phrase, added flowers and phrase to the card, adhered the pumpking to the bottom right as shown. this card when finished is measures at 4 by 5.5
Mary had fun creating this card. And it was quick and easy to do. She first found her assortment of Halloween scrapbook papers. Punched in a shape with her Cricut for the frame of the pumpkin. Layered the green frame to her patterned paper. She then cut out her pumpkin using orange scrapbook paper. And stamped the open pumpkin and chose which face she was going to insert. This card is spooky and fun!
Who doesn't love a treat for halloween. We have wrapped a hersheys candy bar and decorated it. We started with a panel of black cardstock paper that is 5" by 4.5". We cut the edged with a Martha Stewart punch. Then layered a purple pannel onto the black after it was wrapped. We stamped out the pharse, and distressed the edges with distress ink. The pumpkin was cut using our pumpkin die, and then stamped.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Welcome to Day 4 of our Fall Sneak Peeks!

Our last sneak-peek before our official blog hop begins is here! We have one more fabulous set that we are going to preview today! Our Christmas tree clear stamps set and matching dies!. This set is incredibly versatile as you will see when we show you the full set.

And now for the sneak-peek!

 Be sure to visit us each day from the 5th to the 9th, as we officially release these sets. One lucky blog follower will win a set each day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sneak Peek - Day 3!

Welcome day three of our sneak-peeks for our upcoming blog hop celebration! We are so excited about this set of clear stamps and matching dies. With a bit of a vintage flair this set is sure to please. The lines of these images are crisp and we think you will agree that the shape of our ornament die is just the prettiest out there. We can't wait to show you the whole set!

Now for the sneak peek!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 2 - Cardinal Release

Hi All, 
Thanks again for joining us as we show off our second sneak peek for this release which is the cardinal set. Weather you are in the mood for a little bit of fall, or Christmas, this set will have you covered.

Be sure to join us each day until the 5th for more to see sneak peeks of the 3 other fabulous sets we will be releasing. And then come back from the 5th through the 9th for our Blog Hop Release Party! We will have loads of beautiful samples in store for you - and for each set released, there will be one luck winner to receive that set!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sophisticated Dinner Invitation

Thanksgiving Dinner Formal Invite

Welcome to another tutorial from the Prickley Pear.  Today I am going to show you how to use some of our new fall stamps to create a most gorgeous dinner invitaion.  First of all, here are the two stamps I am using from the Prickley Pear.


We're going to start by cutting a 5 x 7 piece of ivory card stock.

Next, I want you to take your brown COPIC marker and using a ruler, draw a small border around the edge of your I have done above.

Using your LEAF FLOURISH stamp and your Ranger Ink pad in "Old-Paper", stamp the edges of your paper as I have done.  It is rather light but you are going to lay down some text over top of the pattern so it will be fine.

Take your GRAPE LEAF FLOURISH and using the "Tea-Dye" Ink, stamp just in your corners as I have done and let it over-lap the LEAF FLOURISH.

You are now ready to antique the edges of your paper just a bit.  I have used "Vintage Photo".

Alright...I have computer generated my text and printed that right over top of what we just stamped.  I added a small piece of ribbon on the left margin as well.

Cut a sleeve out of coordinating DP that measures 5.25" x 11.5".  Fold as I have shown and secure in the back with a bit of adhesive.

That sleeve will slip up easily on your invitation, like so.

If you are happy with the fit of your sleeve, slide it back off and antique the edges just a bit then secure with a ribbon and bow.

And....the finished product.  I would love to hear if this tutorial was helpful to you.