circus invitation

a sweet circus invitation... for a sweet boys first birthday. 
circus elephants hold each others tails...

i painted the original elephants with watercolor. then, i decorated each elephant with a headdress and blanket, applied by hand with beads, sequins, little handmade tassels, fabric and embroidery.

originally, we thought we would use an envelope for mailing. i painted a toile tattooed circus strongman to hold the cluster of stamps on the circus tent inspired envelope. eventually we decided that peanut filled boxes would be even better! 

the original paintings and embellishments were digitally printed on yummy cotton paper for each z-fold invitation.

for packaging, the invitations were wrapped in waxed white tissue with red polka dots, boxed in aqua invitation boxes and filled with roasted in-shell peanuts. (which contributed an awesome curcus-y smell!)

each box was hand addressed in gold and stamped with a collection of circus inspired stamps.