While designing this invitation I realized that I use a lot of freebies. The web is chock full of helpful websites that just give away all kinds of royalty-free goodness for designers like me and you. I would like to give thanks to these altruistic souls and also showcase what can be done with these fun finds.
My favorite site to get all kinds of fun textures, free fonts, brushes and insight is Bittbox.com. Bittbox is Jay Hilgert, a self-described, "Freebie Maker." He updates his site regularly with new free stuff and also very helpful tutorials. I used one of his free brushes on the sun to give it the fun "flower" look. (number 4).
A great resource for buying/selling vector artwork is Vectorstock.com. With a free registration you also have access to a whole bunch of free vectors. They run the gamut of flowery and pretty to grungy and urban. There is also a lot of seasonal designs. I like to use these free vectors but to pick them a part for the good stuff they include. Like the roller skate (number 1), and the sky background texture (number 2) and the background and butterflies (number 5).
For a while now I've been obsessed with fonts. I've amassed a collection of about 3000 over the years, but lately, I've been lucky to find some really fun free fonts. The prominent font used on this invitation is Deibi (number 3). I got this really fun front from behance.com. Behance is a great resource for finding design jobs, great inspiration from other designers and a cool section called, "tip exchange" where designers share their tips in a forum setting.