Christian Wedding


Over the weekend we attended our niece’s wedding at Symmes Chapel, also known as Pretty Place, in Cleveland, South Carolina.  Check the end of this post for the spectacular wedding site.  Vicky’s wedding and reception color was rose gold.  So I made her a white card trimmed with rose gold.  Rose gold is a favorite of mine, so this color was so satisfying to use. 



  • paper trimmer
  • Martha Stewart Score Board and bone folder
  • Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cutting Machine
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Inkadinkadoo Magic Powder Bag
  • heat gun
  • Spellbinders Tool ‘N’ One
  • paper cutting scissors
  • fabric cutting scissors
  • ruler
  • small dry paint brush
  • Memory Box Cherub Hearts Dies
  • Impression Obsession Die 126-U, hearts and flourishes
  • Stampabilities Stamp Set, Congratulations



  • DCWV 6×6 inch Pad Metallics Washi Tape, Glitter and Metallic, Rose Gold 
  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • 80# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock
  • sheet of white fun foam
  • Spectrum Noir Pen, Sparkle
  • small foam adhesive square
  • Zots Dots Permanent Adhesive, small
  • Scrapbook E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue 
  • Scotch tape
  • VersaMark Clear Sticky Ink Pad
  • Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine Embossing Powder, Rose Gold
  • Delicato Bronze Pigment Ink Pad
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Ranger Stardust Stickles
  • sheer white ribbon
  • Zots Dots Clear Adhesive Dots, small
  • DMC Metallic Thread
  • small metal cross
  • Hero Arts Gemstones, Crystals, 3mm
  • Studio G Gemstones, large crystal



  1. Using the Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine and the heart dies, die cut the largest heart using the metallic washi tape (not the glitter).  Die cut the second largest and fourth largest hearts using the 80# white cardstock.  Die cut the third largest and smallest hearts with the glitter washi tape (not the metallic).  

    Click on photo to link.


    Here the white paper looks gray, but it is not.

  2. With a paper trimmer and the 80# white cardstock, cut a square that is 3.75 inches.
  3. Cut a white strip that is 1.5  x 3.75  inches.
  4. Cut a metallic (not glitter) strip that is 1.75  x 3.75  inches.  
  5. Using the E-Z runner tape, attach the rose gold strip to the center of the white 3.75 inch square.  Use a ruler to make sure it is centered. 
  6. With the E-Z tape runner, attach the white strip on top of the metallic strip.  
  7. NOTE – Here’s two mistakes I made that I had to fix:  (1) Glue the metallic heart to the center of the white strip.  After I did this, I noticed that the impression of the strips below showed through the thin metallic heart, but for some reason I thought in the end it would not be noticeable.  I was wrong.  After building the hearts, one on top of the other, I had to take things loose and redo the bottom heart.  (2) I forgot to attach the ribbon to the center of the white strip before I attached the stack of hearts. 


    Don’t make this mistake.

  8. Instead, die cut the largest heart using white fun foam.    IMG_1896 NOTE:  I didn’t know at first that this metallic and glitter “paper” had a plastic backing on it, even though it was called “washi tape.”  All I had to do was peel off the plastic backing and lay the metallic side on the fun foam heart.  You probably could adhere the rose gold washi tape to the fun foam first, and then die cut it.  Give it a try with a small heart, so you don’t waste materials.  
  9. Also die cut fun foam for the third and the smallest hearts.  Then with scissors, trim around the edges of the hearts in case the fun foam hangs over the edge anywhere after adhering.  Remove the plastic backing from the glitter hearts and attach them to the fun foam hearts.  


  10. Here’s where I built the stack of hearts BEFORE I fixed the bottom heart and added the ribbon around the strip.  IMG_1884[1]IMG_1885                                                 IMG_1886
  11. What I SHOULD HAVE DONE was attach the ribbon around the white strip and tape it to the back with Scotch Tape (or a tape runner).    
  12. After I attached my stack of hearts, you can see how much better it looks without the impression of the strips showing through the largest heart.  IMG_1901
  13. With the glitter washi tape, cut a square that is 4 inches.
  14. Using fun foam, cut a square that is 1/16 of an inch shorter than 4 inches.
  15. Peel the plastic backing off the 4 inch square glitter washi and adhere it to the fun foam square.
  16. Center the white cardstock with the hearts on top of the 4 inch glitter square and adhere it with the E-Z tape runner.  If it doesn’t want to stick, use the liquid Ranger glue.
  17.  IMG_1903
  18. With the Spectrum Noir Pen, apply sparkle to the edges of the two white hearts.
  19. Using the Spectrum Noir Pen, apply sparkle to the white strip.  Let it dry for a few minutes.  It doesn’t take long to dry.  
  20. Because I didn’t have a die with small flourishes alone, I used a die that has hearts and flourishes, but only the flourishes will be used.  Use what you have. 

    Click on photo to link.

    Anyway, I die cut the long flourishes for the bottom of the square and the short flourishes for the top of the square.   Using the Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine and the glitter washi tape, one long flourish was die cut down to where it is attached to a heart.  I peeled off the plastic backing and attached the flourish to the card front.  A pick tool such as the Tool ‘N’ One is handy to use for maneuvering intricate cuts.  

  21. NOTICE!  To die cut the long flourish that goes on the bottom left of the square, you have to turn the glitter paper overTurn the glitter paper upside down and lay the die on top of it.  This will cut out the flourish in the reverse direction.  Remove the plastic backing and adhere it to the card front.   


  22. Repeat the same process for the flourishes on top of the hearts.  This time use the side of the die that has the short flourishes. 

    *Remember to turn the glitter washi tape upside down before die cutting the flourish that goes on the left.    


  23. To make the card base, using the 110# heavy white cardstock and paper trimmer, cut a piece that is 5.5 inches x 11 inches.  Using the Martha Stewart Score Board, fold the cardstock in half and press the crease with the bone folder.  This makes a 5.5 inch square card.  
  24. If you stamp your logo on the back of the card base, do this now, before continuing on with the card.
  25. Also, stamp your sentiment on the inside of the card.  For this I used Delicato Bronze Pigment Ink.  This is a pigment ink and takes just a smidge longer to dry than dye ink.  Let this dry completely. 
  26. For the front sentiment, lay the closed card base in the MISTI Stamping Tool.  Position the square card front with the hearts on top of the card base just for measuring distance, but don’t adhere it.  Position the Congratulations stamp on the card base.  Once the stamp is positioned, remove the card front with the hearts to be able to close the door on the MISTI. 
  27. Before closing the door, pat the area to be stamped on the white card base with the Magic Powder Bag. 
  28. Apply the VersaMark sticky ink to the stamp.  IMG_1922
  29. Stamp the card base, then remove it from the MISTI.  (If intending to double emboss the word, do not move the stamp at all.  Leave the stamp on the MISTI).  Sprinkle the rose gold embossing powder over the stamped word.  IMG_1924
  30. Shake off the excess embossing powder.  Use a paint brush to carefully wipe away any loose powder on the card.
  31. Heat the word with the heat gun until the powder has melted.  IMG_1925
  32. Optional:  Repeat the process and put another layer of embossing powder on the word.  This will give the word extra height.  
  33. Attach the card front to the card base with the E-Z runner tape.  Use a ruler to make such the sides are even.  IMG_1931
  34. Tie a bow with the white ribbon.
  35. Run a piece of white thread through a small metal cross charm and tie a knot in the thread.  Wrap the two thread ends around the bow at the knot and tie it at the back, so it can’t be seen.  Trim the ends off the thread and hold them down with a Zots Dot.
  36. Put a small foam piece in the crevice of the large white heart and attach the bow.  If needed, add a small Zots Dot.   IMG_1932
  37. Use fabric scissors to trim the ends of the ribbon.
  38. Attach the small crystal gemstones to the flourishes.  To secure them, use small dots of Ranger liquid glue.
  39. Lay a large acrylic block on top of the gemstones to press them down while they dry, especially if liquid glue was used.  IMG_2029 Copy Watermarked


We had to drive a long way to get to the wedding, but it was worth it, not only for the touching wedding and fun reception, but for the view from the chapel as well.  This is an open-air chapel with no walls.  When you hear the cliché, “This picture doesn’t do it justice,” it is so very true for Pretty Place Chapel.

pretty place chapel 1

Symmes Pretty Place Chapel at Cleveland, South Carolina, U.S.A.

If you stand at the front behind the cross, you will experience the majesty of the rolling mountains near and far.  The chapel was built on a cliff.  Here’s a shot of the chapel from another angle.  pretty place chapel cliff

Here is what the chapel looks like at the entrance.  Who could imagine the breathtaking view after walking inside?

pretty place chapel front

pretty place chapel 2

Psalm 121:1-2 (New King James Version)

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

Thank you for joining me,



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