Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcycled Enveloped Into Gift Card Holders by Pinky

Hey there CutCarStock friends, 
It's Pinky today with a fun up cycling idea. 
Everyone has envelopes and we just toss them, so why not cover them 
up and make them pretty turning them into something useful!
I took some Stardream Metallics Envelopes and made them into 
gift card holders. Here let me share how I created them. 
 Stitch up the sides with sewing machine.
 Trim off threads. 
 Stamp front of gift card holder. 
Wrap using ribbons, adhere embellishments. 
Decorate any way you like!
You could cover them with paper if they were written on- or use that 
for a vintage style background. Just spritz with some color and start creating.

I hope you enjoyed my ideas today. I had so much fun making them. 
Until next time- keep on creating!!
Products Used:
Stardream Metallics Envelope A7, Avocado Arts A Mother's Love Stamps, Ribbons,
vintage buttons, sewing machine. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fun Addressing Ideas for A7 Envelopes

Envelopes are such a BIG part of my life as a calligrapher and stationer, oh where do I begin? I wanted to put together some options for perhaps the D.I.Y. bride who would like to tackle addressing and/or preparing her own invites since we are officially inside that season within a season... Invitation season.

The months of January to roughly April/May are the most popular months for calligraphy inquiries and invitation printing... After that, things start leaning towards "day of" elements like place cards and programs. This is an exciting time for brides all over the country since nothing says that you are officially about to walk down the aisle more than a physical announcement being mailed out to friends and family.

First some random tips to keep in mind:
  • Even if you don't have calligraphy talent, as long as what you write is NEAT, your envelope will be effective.
  • Do a little bit each day... If you end up having to address 150 envelopes, if you wait until the last minute, you will be overwhelmed, frustrated and upset. Aim for 10-15 a day.
  • Use a template and try to stay in the middle of the envelope... The Post Office utilizes the bottom 5/8" of the envelope for the bar coding. You don't want any wording or a design element marred with postal markings.
  • Metallic envelopes will typically dull your darker pen colors... The mica or shimmer coating creates a sort of layer that will not allow for a super dark marking... This is true with envelope printing too.

Layout Ideas

1. This is the more traditional addressing that you will see.

Centered layout, zip code to the right... 3-4 lines. This is the most traditional that you will come across. Also left justified layouts. (Epic Black A7 Envelopes)

2. Try to have your zip code stretched out across the bottom of the envelope.

The zip code added at the bottom of the address has become more and more popular over the years...
 (Epic Black A7 Envelopes)

3. Try a slanted layout. These are so much fun!

I had a bride once who's parents paid for everything and made ALL of the decisions for her wedding... She told me that this slanted layout on her envelopes was her only way to rebel!
(Brown Bag Kraft A7 Envelopes)

4. Make your guest's name larger than their address.

The alternating text size are not only becoming popular for envelopes, but also invitation wording so this kind of envelope layout will be right on trend...
(Stardream Crystal Metallic A7 Envelopes)

5. Alternate between block writing and cursive.

One of my favorites... Alternating between script and normal text always adds a bit more interest to the layout...
(Stardream Crystal Metallic A7 Envelopes)

Here is a template that you can use for the darker envelopes. If you cut on the dotted line you will have a nice template that you can tape down on top of your envelope. I used Cryogen White (nice and sturdy, don't use a text weight stock) to print and trim:

This one you can trim at the crop marks and slip inside of white or ivory envelopes:

CutCardStock products used in this project:


Christy Toney
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term

Friday, April 11, 2014

Baby Boy Announcement

Hello CutCardStock friends, today I am showcasing the Gatefold cards in Bag Brown Craft along with the Bag Brown Kraft A1 Envelopes nature products, in honor of Earth Day April 22nd. I also used the Dark Red in the Basic Colors cardstock pack along with Polyester Satin Ribbon in Cream

 For this project I decided to make a baby boy announcement card. After selecting my color pallet along with my personal patterned paper, I decided I wanted my design to show off the gatefold card.

 I also wanted my envelopes to match my card so I traced the envelope flap on the back of my patterned paper, hand cut it out, and adhered it to the flap of the envelope.

 I then used my 1" hole punch to make a homemade seal for the envelope with a matching star sticker.

 Using my embellishments I made a design of paper layers on the front of my card. I then used a burlap star with a blue teddy bear sticker on top. I then topped off the design with the cream satin ribbon to complete my baby boy announcement! I hope you all have a fun earth day, and create with some natural products.

Thank you
Design Team Member 
Laura Davis 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Using Your Scraps with Jamie

Hey guys!  Jamie back with you today to share a fun project to use up some of your wonderful scraps!  This project uses strips 4-1/4" x 1/2" in size so it is easy to turn those small scrap pieces into a great bracelet for yourself or the kids!  My kids love making these with me (and for me too)!

For my bracelet, I am using four strips in the Silver Glitter Paper,
four strips in the Black Glitter Paper,
and four strips in the Stardream Metallic - Silver 65#.

Do you see all that glitter? 
This paper is amazing...and it doesn't rub off either! 
You can find more of the glitter papers HERE.

Here is the tutorial:
1.  Cut out your strips of paper - 1/2" x 4-1/4".
2.  Place adhesive on the back of each strip and roll around a skewer or pencil.
3.  Your rolls will look like this.
4.  Continue rolling until you have enough to cover your wrist (or neck if doing a necklace).
5.  I am using a 5/8" Silver Ribbon.  Since my ribbon is thick, I cut a slice in one end so that I could thread it on a large needle.  I will trim this before finishing the project so no one will ever know!
6.  Thread each of your paper beads on the ribbon in the order you desire.
7.  Once finished, tie the ribbon in a bow at the end and trim the ribbon.

I hope you give it a try!  It's a great way to recycle what would otherwise be tossed out!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Travel Journal

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I am sharing a great, creative way to use envelopes.  I am going to the Southwest for vacation this summer and wanted to make a travel journal, to be used somewhat like a 'Smash' book, but I wanted to make it my own, I wanted lots of storage pockets and I wanted it cheap!  So, I took bits and pieces of tutorials I found on the web and then came up with my own take on my journal; here is the finished project~

To make this journal,I started with my Brown Bag A7 Envelopes.   These envelopes have such a great earthy look to them and are earth friendly!  They are perfect for any outdoorsy themed project.  I also used some patterned paper to embellish my project.  

1.  To make your accordion binding, cut a piece of patterned paper to 7 1/4" x 9".  Score every 3/4" along the 9" side of the paper.  You should have a total of 11 score lines.

2.  Now fan fold your patterned paper along the score lines.  The way you fold it will make a difference as to which side of the patterned paper is visible! The printed side seen below will be the visible binding; notice how on the two side edge folds the free edges of the paper are facing to the back?

Here is how the journal will come together, using the folds as the binding~

3.  Cut the flaps off of your Brown Bag A7 Envelopes.

4. I reinforced my accordion fold binding by applying scotch tape along every fold on the backside (the side that will not be seen) of my binding.  This step is not necessary, but if you are concerned about wear and tear, you may want to do it. 

5.   Now, you can add a ribbon or twine for closure.  To do this, you will need to flatten out your accordion fold binding and on the backside (the side that will not be seen) apply adhesive along the center of the paper, from side to side.  Adhere your ribbon/twine to this.  My twine is about 3 feet in length.  In the end, you will not be adhering your ribbon/twine to the last pleat on either side of the binding so you can eliminate the adhesive on both side pleats if you want.  I adhered them initially just to keep everything in place.

6.  Apply adhesive along the closed edge of your envelope-only one side is necessary at this point; you can then insert it into a valley fold as seen above, and adhere it to the binding. 

7.  Here you can see how I have added the envelopes to the valleys of the binding.  You can also see just how messy my craft area is!  LOL! :)  You will notice that the binding is still very loose and not completely adhered at this time.  You can now go back and adhere the remaining sides of the envelopes to the binding.  Do NOT adhere the outer most flaps down on your front and back of your journal.  These will be used to adhere your covers. 

8. Cut 2 pieces of Tangelo Flavours Gourmet CutCardStock 7 1/4 x 6".  Tangelo is such a 'Wow' color; I love it for my southwest themed project! 

9.  Score the 7 1/4" length at 5/8" and crease.

10.  Apply adhesive to the inside of the folded 5/8" flap and seat this into the remaining pleat of the binding on the front of the journal.  Now, pull back your ribbon/twine from the last bit of exposed binding, apply adhesive to the binding and adhere the other side of the cover down.  Repeat this with the back cover. 

11.  I chose to cover my spine.  To do this I cut a piece of patterned paper 7 1/4 x 2 1/2 ".  I scored it at 1 " and again at 1 1/2" .

12.  Fold on the score lines.  I did not want my twine adhered underneath the patterned paper for the spine, so I poked a hole into the spine where the twine was (I eyeballed it)  and threaded my twine through.

13.  Now you can apply adhesive to the 1 inch flaps and adhere to the front and back covers. 

14.  It is now time to decorate!  Cut patterned paper to fit your envelopes and

Stamp your image on your cover. 

I left the rest of my journal plain, allowing me to journal on the inside envelopes, add stickers or other trinkets, stamps etc that I pick up along the way. 
Here is one more view of the spine~

Where are you traveling to this summer?  Is a travel journal in your future?  Or maybe you have a wedding coming up and want a card keeper for the bride.  I hope you give this versatile project a try; it is so much fun to make!
Thanks for stopping by today! 

CutCardStock Design Team Member

CutCardStock products used in this project~