Filling an envelope with a card is the usual way to go about things but what if we fill them with more than just cards? For today’s project an envelope doesn’t just go around a card to mail it and it’s inspired by a weekly challenge I’m designing for, Inspired By. I hope you’ll join us and check it out as there’s tons of inspiration and lots of unique ideas to enjoy!
One of my favorite ways to use an envelope is to put it on the FRONT of a card. Yes I do like to put my cards in envelopes and send them on their way but I really love putting them on a card front and filling them with wonderful things. I’ve created this envelope with some scrap patterned paper I had on hand. I think it’s from the Authentique FABULOUS 12 x 12 Collection Kit and I love all those bright polka dots. I’ve created a 3.25″ x 3.25″ square card with a handy little tool on this fun 4″ x 6″ card. If you think that all cards must be 4.25″ x 5.5″, think again! Make it whatever size you want.
I use a lot of tools when paper crafting but one of my favorite purchases from the past few years is the We R Memory Keepers ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD. It’s great for creating custom envelopes to put your card into as well as creating daring little envelopes for the front of your card designs or as accents on scrapbook layouts. I can whip up an envelope in under two minutes (and that’s being generous with the timing) which means I’m never caught without an envelope again! Add into the fact that you can create custom envelopes in any kind of paper imaginable and it’s definitely a great purchase. I love using up scraps of patterned paper to make them as I often have bits and pieces of this and that laying around. I love how it has the punches and board all built together with a space to store your scoring tool and a ton of great envelope sizes on the front. And if you’re not quite sure…
Quick Tip: The We R Memory Keepers site has a great Envelope Generator Calculator on their site. Just plug in the dimensions of your card and it will give you the perfect envelope size needed with the size of paper to cut and line to start scoring on! How cool is that?!
On the background of this card I’ve used a subtle paper print and then spritzed it with some Gold mist. I’m really loving the Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine. It’s so gorgeous I just want to spray it on everything! You can also see it sprayed onto the tag in the photo below. I stamped the sentiment first in Ranger Archival Ink and then misted the tag.
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Quick Tip: Bundle up a little bouquet of paper flowers and tie them together with washi tape.
There’s so many sweet details that you can pull out of this card to make it interactive. I’ve stamped on die-cuts, tags, wood and even a paper leaf. My go-to ink for stamping on ALL of these surfaces is the Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK as it’s a fab ink for crisp detail and hard to stamp on surfaces. I can’t begin to imagine just how many impressions I’ve made with this ink over the years. Yes I’ve tried other blacks, but hand down this is my favorite. The only thing I DON’T use it for is coloring with Copic Markers as the alcohol base in the markers will bleed this specialized ink.
Quick Tip: Stuff the envelope with tags and die-cuts stamped with messages. For this design I’ve used a lot of faith messages for an uplifting card.
If you’re wondering about the stamp set I’ve used on this card, it’s by Maya Road and is called Hope & Faith Clear Stamp Set. I’m currently trying to find a link for you and hopefully will soon be able to edit one in as I love it. It’s full of beautiful scripture and faith filled sentiments and as this card is meant for a woman of faith, I’m hoping she’ll enjoy the special messages tucked inside. I’ve also used a lot of Maya Road products on this card front. The vellum die cut is cut using the Button Card Die, and stapled to it is the Green Medium Leaf which is an embellishment I love to use. I’m also a big fan of sweet paper flowers like the one I’ve used here, the Pink Medium Vintage Paper Flower and gold clips which add a touch of gold glam.
Once again, I’d like to invite you to join us for the challenge this week!
Keep it creative!