11 Aug Wedding Cake Pop Up Card: First Version
Congratulations Brian and Erin! Brian is one of my high school friends who got married 2 weeks ago. They had their wedding at a vineyard in wine country north of San Francisco. It was a beautiful setting. Unfortunately, because of the traffic driving up to the vineyard, I missed the ceremony. Luckily we made it to dinner because it was delicious.
I decided to make a wedding cake pop-up card for them. There are many wedding cake pop up cards out there and I wanted to make a unique one. To make my round cake different, I decided to make a 2-tiered cake separated by cake stands. I didn't see anything out there like this. I think the cake stand will make the cake look more elegant compared to all the wedding cake pop up cards out there. Also, most cake cards out there suffer from the problem of not opening up to a round cake. The sides of the cake are creased and the cake looks more oval. So I tried to solve this problem by using ribbon instead of paper on the sides. I love the way the ribbon looks on the cake. The ribbon folds and unfolds easier and barely leaves a crease. Therefore the cake can open up to a nice round shape. Here's what the card looks like:
Here is what the card looks like when you fold it (watch the video to see the card in action):
The invitation they sent me was brown, so I used a similar brown color for the inside card. I added a red ribbon around the cake tiers to give it a little more color. It turned out that they had cupcakes at their wedding, so maybe I should have made a cupcake card instead.
There are a few things I want to tweak on this card. Right now, it uses 5/8″ ribbon. I think the cake may be a little too flat, so I'm going to change it to use 7/8″ ribbon instead. This will make the cake a little taller. I went to Michael's last night and bought a bunch of really cool ribbon (they have a sale on ribbon!). I tried to find 1″ ribbon but I guess it doesn't exist. Does anyone know why they have such odd ribbon widths? Why don't they make 1″ ribbon? I can't wait to make a few more versions. There are so many kinds of ribbons to make this card really unique. The other thing I may change is to resize the cake so that you can use paper for the sides of the cake. I figure, not everyone will have ribbon handy so I wanted to provide an option to those who wanted to make the entire card out of paper. The problem is, you need a strip of paper longer than 11″, which may make it difficult for people to use standard 8.5″x11″ paper to make the card. What do you guys think? Should I have an option to make the card entirely out of paper, or do you think ribbon is pretty easily accessible?
By the way, for those of you who are wondering, I started designing this card a few months ago for my card idea contest. It was originally a birthday cake card.
If you want to make this card, please check out my instructions on how to make the 2-tier cake pop up card.