My friend, Linda called me the other day and asked me to make some invitations for the Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet that is coming up. I was excited for the challenge. She sent me a Pin of a great idea she had found by reocities.com that had some measurements on it. I thought it was such a cute and clever idea. I created a knife that looked just like her version… then the next morning I asked my son to bring me his Swiss Army Knife. Wow! There were so many different blades! So, I played around
all day for a while, and created the can opener and straight edged blade. I also created a saw blade, and tabs that resemble metal tabs for the ends, which you will see in your download files (they’re just not pictured here). I’m quite pleased with the way the invitations turned out. So, I decided to share with you. I have a few different versions available for download. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- hole punch
- 2 brads- any size (I used the mini brads, you can find them on Amazon)
- Downloaded pattern (found below)
- For the editable versions- Photoshop or Photoshop Elements
- Silhouette Cutting Machine (optional)
This version has the full color (blue & gold gradient) cover as you see in the picture above and is editable. I saved it as a Photoshop Document. So, if you have Photoshop, just click on the boxes and change the text as needed. Also, I linked the text and images so if you need to move them, they will move together. For example, if you want to move the cover, everything that you see on the cover will move together. If there is something you want removed, simply click the eyeball in the layers menu and it will disappear. The fonts I used were Bebas Neue and Abraham Lincoln. If you don’t have these fonts on your computer, your program may substitute other fonts. But, they are both free if you want to download them and use them. For the Abraham Lincoln font, it will ask you what you want to donate. I just typed in $0 and it went right through and let me download the font for free.
Here you can download the version with the cover of the above photo. The cover is more simple and uses much less ink. This file is a Photoshop document and is fully editable also. This file is a carbon copy of the one above, but the cover is different. See editing notes above. Click here for the Adobe PDF version. This version has the outlines of all of the shapes, with no pictures or text. You can add your own text and pictures as you want. Or, you can just print, cut, and write on them. Easy peasy! This version is a Silhouette cut file. I added little thumb tabs on each blade. My son’s pocket knife has little thumb tabs that make it easier to pull each blade out of the knife. If you don’t like the thumb tabs, you can click on a blade. Then, right click and select “ungroup”. Then you can click on the thumb tab and delete. Each version also includes a saw blade and tabs for the end of the knife, which I didn’t get a picture of. I created it after I sent these invitations out the door. But, the saw blade is pictured above. I had to show you some pictures of what my scout did when he saw these invitations. He had so much fun with them! It’s not every day that you find a fun, simple invitation that the boys love. Thanks Linda for finding this fun craft for me to do! I love that these cute invitations can be used for anything; birthday parties, girls’ camp, scouts, arts & crafts day with the boys, etc. This little 3-d pocket knife would even be great for Father’s Day, or a handy dad’s birthday. Each blade would be perfect for a little note about what you love about him. I’d love to hear what you do with your files, so if you use this, leave a comment for me, please. Let me know which version you downloaded and what you did with it. I’m always trying to improve, so if it worked right or not, let me know. Enjoy!