The butterflies are for my wife to be. For the cover, it is just a simple drawing of us on the crescent. there is a short poem about us and the name of the two of us was later added.
I did some sort of an emblem of the two of us, but later scrap off the idea and replaced it with us on the crescent except the boy is sitting down together with the girl.
The back of the card was also written with an ayat from surah Ar Rum verse 21, as a reminder about the marriage in Islam:
And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.
On the card, it is written in Malay language.
I framed the back of the card with Tengwar, the middle earth elf writings (JRR Tolkien). Since purple was one of the main color, I used the opportunity for another tribute to my favorite, the Lanterns from the DC Universe.
If you noticed, the symbol for the violet lanterns shone brightly on top of the hand of the girl in the cover and the back cover of the card.
For this card, Star Sapphires or the Violet Lanterns took the main stage and their love power really suits the whole theme. Carol Ferris one of the popular violet lantern, below is reciting the first three parts of the Star Sapphires oath:
Thus I wrote their oath in Tengwar, which took quite some time since the Tengwar letters are spelt out according to how you pronounce them. Here is the oath, for your easy reading:
For hearts long lost and full of fright,
For those alone in blackest night,
Accept our ring and join our fight,
Love conquers all - with violet light!
And here is the oath in Tengwar:
My good brothers who are good with the Adobe illustrator digitalized my design of the cards. Once the softcopy was completed, it was easier for me to make any changes and play around with the layout with the wordings.
Once the whole design had been completed, we sent it to the printing shop. Once the cards had been printed out, we put the cards together. The main card is made of half A4 card. The pop up is made of quarter of A4 card. The printing shop had cut them to the exact sizes. All we had to do was to fold them… Owh and because the cards were custom made, we just had to buy the envelope for them. It was a pity that I could not find the purple envelope…
Put the double sided tape on the pop up to stick them on the main card. I did not use glue for it will be messier and waiting for it to dry will take longer.
And yes, we had to do this for 400 cards! It was lovely to see them all standing though…
Here is the completed card!
And here is where I obtained Carrol Fenris picture and The Violet Lantern Sigil. Thank you very much!