1st of all it's time to announce our April challenge winner. Congratulations Demarkozs
We fell in love with your stitching details around your card with a circle and that trio of a card is just so gorgeous! Please email us at email@example.com to claim your prize. Here is a trio of cards that you did for our April challenge.
Now it is time for our may challenge.
Today I've got 3 different ways to decorate envelopes and a challenge! As I sorted through my stash of Pinkfresh Studio papers, I realized that they would all make gorgeous envelopes. Many of the prints are small and graphic and would look so good zipping through the mail! A few months ago, I picked up the Envelope Punch Board
from We R Memory Keepers and it's so easy to create them (though not a necessity, being that there are many other available templates, both store-bought
). In no time, I had a handful of beautiful, Pinkfresh envelopes.
I made 2 envelopes for mailing first. They are 4-Bar size (3.5" x 5") and I chose the small rainbow hearts print papers from the Felicity and Life Noted collections. If following the Punch Board instructions, all you need is paper and tape. If you are using a traceable template, you will also need scissors and a scoring tool
(one is provided with the Punch Board). Your handmade envelopes will also need some kind of sealer, be it tape or moistener (more about that later, but I use the liquid sealer seen at the bottom right in the following photo).
To make your envelopes, simply follow the directions of your template/tool...trim, score, fold, assemble and adhere. I taped my envelopes on two sides only using Super Tape
--this ensures a strong hold since the Pinkfresh papers are heavy (read: quality!) stock. When applying your tape for assembly, just be sure not to position it too high or your "insides" will stick together! To seal the envelope once your contents are safely tucked inside, you can use this tape again, or try a liquid sealer like Quality Park Envelope Moistener
After I put my envelopes together, I added a few simple bits to the outside. These will go in the mail so I wanted to keep them simple and as flat as possible. White adhesive paper
trimmed to rectangles and matted on patterned paper is fairly simple. I added a "Special Delivery" stamp from the Happy Mail set and a "happy mail" sticker. A bit of stitching (***done BEFORE I assembled the envelope***) helps ensure these pieces stay put.
On the second envelope, I stitched foam letters to the label. I also used a bit of extra glue on them, again to reinforce their hold as they travel through the US mail system.
My second project using envelopes is the same idea, but these are a bit smaller and not meant to be mailed stand-alone. I made a set of mini cards and envelopes, again using the Envelope Punch Board. I chose the 3" x 4" size for 2 reasons: 1.) because the paper required to make them is 6" x 6" and I could conveniently use papers from the 6" x 6" pack of Felicity designs (or Life Noted); and 2.) I wanted to use the Life Noted 3" x 4" cards on my mini cards.
Assembling the envelopes was a snap, following the same guidelines as with the first ones. Even if you don't own the Punch Board, I assure you, envelopes are not difficult to make!
Each of these minis has a folded white card stock base with a decorated LN journal card adhered to the front. There's a sentiment, a little lace, some Felicity and LN embellishments, and an embroidery floss bow on each of the cards.
Wishing to tie in the envelopes with their matching cards, I did a bit more with the outsides of the envelopes.
Colors and themes generally play the most important roles when I'm creating anything, especially a set of something. Below, for example, yellow, aqua, and coral were the main colors while birds and happy times were the themes. Once you have established those, you can experiment with products and it makes it easier to seek out coveted pieces. You have a purpose when you're digging through piles of product instead of looking for a needle in a haystack.
Whether it's celebrating springtime and nice weather, living simply or birds, these little cards and matching envelopes are all about sweetness in small packages.
The last thing I've done with envelopes is make my own mailing labels, this time using pre-made envelopes. These are much simpler than the envelopes in the beginning of the post. I bought these from Paper Source
and used the Happy Mail stamp set by Evelin T. Designs, along with white adhesive paper
to make the labels.
The only special tool you need for these is a ticket corner punch
(and that's not even necessary if you don't mind sharp corners). I adore Evelin's lettering so I used it to set the tone for my envelopes, which was minimal yet bold; classy yet sweet.
I made a larger label for the front (about 2" x 3") which will be centered. The postage stamps are my favorite Forever stamps--the Vintage Seed Packets! They compliment the typography and color scheme so well, too.
The label on the back is about 1.5" x 2". It's also centered--Paper Source envelopes have a large, European-style flap with plenty of room to accommodate a nice-sized label, even on the smaller envelopes (these are 3.5" x 5"). (Inks are Papertrey Ink's Aqua Mist and Tsukineko Dandelion.)
I just trimmed my label down to size, punched the corners, and stamped the greetings. When I'm ready I can finish addressing them, then peel off the paper backing and adhere the stickers to my envelopes. That's it!
So my challenge for you is what can you do with an envelope? You can do anything! Create pretty labels, make envelopes out of patterned paper, make envelopes in any size, create a mini memory album, use them for hidden journaling or store extra photos on your scrapbook page...Anything goes as long as there is an envelope SOMEWHERE on your project! I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Link your projects by clicking the blue button below by May 31st, 2016.
One lucky winner will receive a goody bag with 50.00 worth of stuff from our latest products.Winner will be announced on June 1st.
*Please note that you are not required to use Pinkfresh Studio products, but you will get an extra credit if you do. And you can link any paper crafting project. It can be a card, scrap book layout, pocket pages layout etc. You can link more than one project.
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