Category Archives: Envelopes

Tips for creating a smarter long envelope

sweet taffy envelope with card

When I created a long envelope to go with my 3″ x 6″ card I came across a very small problem and so thought I’d share my tips for getting around it.

long envelope 1The Envelope Punch Board has the measurements for creating a matching 3″ x 6″ envelope – this bit is no problem – but then on the resulting envelope, the long flaps are too long and they overlap the opposite edges of the envelope.

 

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Fold back  one of the short triangle flaps and insert into a Paper Trimmer so that this  edge is against the top. Line up the envelope score line approx.  two thirds of the way across the trimmer (for this envelope that was around the 2″ mark) and cut away the excess.

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Turn the envelope around, fold back  the other short triangle flap and insert into a Paper Trimmer again. This time, line up the envelope score line approx.  two thirds of the way across and then add approx. another 1/4″ – 1/2″ before trimming away the excess.

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This results in an envelope that still looks smart but has sufficient overlap to close easily.

 

 

 

Hope this helps with your long envelope making.

Sara xx

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A long envelope to match

sweet taffy envelope close up

Yesterday I shared this card, which is a custom design – 3″ x 6″.

ribbon weave

A pretty card but it won’t fit in my standard envelopes.

… so I pulled out my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope especially for it.

sweet taffy envelope

I used a sheet of Sweet Taffy DSP and followed the instructions on the Envelope Punch Board. Easy right?

… well, it wasn’t entirely plain sailing 🙂

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few tips to share based on what I learned.

Sara xx

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Watercolor Wonder envelope

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A few days ago I shared a non-standard size card that I made and today I’m back with the matching envelope to send it in. I figured that the Stippled Blossoms set is a really close match to the flower design on the DSP Smile

watercolor envelope and card

The card measures 4″ x 7″ and so I checked the measurements on the envelope punch board  (133774) and cut my Watercolor Wonder DSP (132994) to the suggested 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″ and then punched and scored it accordingly (first scoreline at 3-3/8″).

watercolor envelope

Once the base envelope was made, the large solid flower from Stippled Blossoms (Wood 132076 or Clear 126747) was stamped using Crisp Cantaloupe ink, then overstamped with the detail flower using Tangerine Tango ink.

watercolor envelope back

On the back flap of the envelope the small solid flower was stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink, then the small detail flower overstamped using Tangerine Tango ink.

Envelopes created with the envelope punch board usually have approx. 1/8″ margin from the card on all sides (and I’ve certainly found this to be true on other envelopes I’ve made). This particular envelope has this extra for the short edge but I found it too snug on the long edge and had to trim the card a little to fit it in, so it may be best to test, or allow space to trim the card shorter, with this particular size card.

Sara xx

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Sweet Sorbet box envelope

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Yesterday’s Mother’s Day card was such a 3D one that there’s no way it will go in an envelope Surprised

So I made a box envelope for it using my trusty Envelope Punch Board (133774).

box envelope

The box was created using the same tutorial that I shared here, starting with a piece of card, 10″ x 10″ and scoring at 3-3/4″ and 5-1/4″ (the very end of the board). This box base is cut from Basic Black card and matted on the front with a large panel of Sweet Sorbet DSP (133521 – available FREE with a £45 purchase during Sale-a-bration). It was tied closed with Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Stretch Trim (130020) and then a flower popped up over the ribbon on dimensionals. The flower was made by layering two Blossoms (125603) punched from Pool Party card. A flower from the Petal Parade set ( another SAB freebie – Wood 133599 or Clear 133602) was stamped in Pool Party ink onto Whisper White card and punched with the 1-3/4″ Circle (119850). Finally an Itty Bitty flower (118309) was punched from Summer Starfruit and a Basic Pearl (119247) added to the centre.

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The card fits inside nicely.

Sara xx

How to use Adorning Accents to decorate an envelope

adorning accent envelope

The Borders plate provides one way to decorate your envelopes. Another way though, is to use the Adorning Accents Edgelits and matching embossing folder, to achieve a similar result, with the addition of the Big Shot.

 

 

adorning accent envelope 1Step 1 – Use the wavy Adorning Accent die to trim away the plain edge of the envelope flap, cutting as close to the edge as possible to retain the maximum amount of gum for sealing the envelope closed.

 

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Step 2 – Line up the edge of the envelope flap within the Adorning Accent embossing folder leaving an approx. 1/4″ between the embossing the flap edge. (Tip – place in the embossing folder with the SU! and Sizzix logos face up for an embossed (raised) effect).

adorning accent envelope close up

Here’s a close up of the die cut and embossed envelope flap.

 

 

 Edited to say – By the way, the base envelope is the Crumb Cake Medium envelope (107297) and it isn’t the standard C6 size, so please bear that in mind when designing the card to go inside it Wink 

I’ve added a tutorial for creating your own square seal envelopes with the Scoring Tool.

How to use the Borders plate to decorate an envelope

borders envelope

The Borders plate from the 2013 Spring catalogue is a great tool for adding a little pizzazz to your envelopes.

Transform a plain edge envelope quickly and easily.

 

 

Step 1 – borders envelope 1Place the base of the Borders plate onto the Simply Scored plate. Line up the envelope flap with the design you want to use (the outside of the envelope should be face down for an embossed (raised) image). Place the overlay over the top of the envelope (this provides the guide for where to score) and use the stylus to trace the pattern. I find that a gentle pressure with the large end of the stylus works well with paper and a firmer pressure with the small end of the stylus works well with card.

borders envelope close upHere the envelope was scored once, then moved approx. 1/4″ and scored a second time to create the double lined pattern.

 

 

 

 Edited to say – By the way, the base envelope is the Crumb Cake Medium envelope (107297) and it isn’t the standard C6 size, so please bear that in mind when designing the card to go inside it Wink

Celebrating my Mum’s birthday

Yesterday was my Mum’s birthday, which was the main reason that I didn’t get around to blogging Embarassed it was a busy day Smile

It’s become a tradition that I take my Mum out for the day on her birthday and this year was no exception. We started the day at my friend Jan’s Pampered Chef party, where we were waited on and treated to some easy to duplicate recipes. Yum!

Then it was on to the spa for the rest of the day, including treatments; a massage for me and a facial for Mum. Sooo relaxing. Then we finished off with soft drinks in the Champagne Bar. Mum doesn’t really drink and I was driving but it still felt very decadent, lol.

Of course there were also presents and most importantly for sharing here … a card. My current favourite is the shaker card and I stepped it up a little to make it extra special for Mum by adding some ribbon roses.

The card was made in a similar fashion to the one we made at last weekend’s Summer Stamptacular. To help manage the depth of the card, I also made a matching envelope box to present it in (also based on the one we made at the Stamptacular).

Couldn’t get to the Stamptacular and feel a little left out? Well I’ll have some news on that front, towards the end of next week, so please stop by again then, if not before Smile

Sara xx

Create matching envelopes

This month’s fabulous Buy 3, Get 1 Free offer on DSP is a great excuse to push the boat out and make a matching envelope for your card.

Some of the papers may be a bit busy or dark for the address to be properly visible if just written on, so I’ve added an address panel here, cut from Whisper White card and stamped and coloured for a bit of extra decoration.

The envelope was designed to hold this card that I shared yesterday and so I stayed with the Attic Boutique set of papers (125407) but added a bit of contrast by choosing a different pattern.

 

 

 

 

The  Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334) and the Diagonal Score Plate (125586) were used to create the envelope and the Diagonal Score Plate even includes an instruction sheet with some common envelope sizes.

 

I love how easy it is now to create a little matching set. Hope you like it.

Sara xx

 

Classy envelopes with the Diagonal Score Plate

Yay! My new Diagonal Score Plate arrived yesterday, so I gave it a test drive with a little envelope making.

The instruction sheet that comes with the plate, explains how to make the envelopes and gives measurements for a few standard sizes. This C6 version takes a standard A6 card.

Recipe
DSP: Nursery Nest (122347)
Punches: 3/16″Corner (119871)
Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Diagonal Score Plate (125586)

I’ll put together a tutorial soon, but it really couldn’t be easier. Pop the paper on the plate, score two lines to fit the card, rotate the paper, score another two lines, snip out the intersecting corners, fold and stick – done!

I also punched the tip of the envelope with the Corner Rounder.  I love how tidy the envelope looks – so professional!

I’ve got lots more uses lined up for this new Score Plate and after chatting with a friend when I dropped her order off this morning, my list is getting even longer. I just need more play time!

Sara xx