It was late the night before my niece’s baby shower and I had forgot to make the card to go with her gift. So started with white 110 lb. white cardstock and cut it to 6″ long x 3″ wide and scored the 6″ length at 3″ to create a 3 x 3″ card. I used a 1″ chip brush that I cut about 1/2″ off the top of the brush and used Twisted Citron Distress ink over the front of the card. I had an old Stampin’ Up giraffe stamp that said “for baby” on it. I’m not sure why I keep saying “Copics” when I use alcohol markers, but I apologize, as I really mean Spectrum Noir markers.

I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink on the giraffe and put a piece of post-it-note paper on “for baby” on two of the three images of the giraffe. I used the Stamp Perfect to make sure my giraffes were all in a row and colored them with alcohol markers. I used a piece of paper to act as a guide and used Frayed Burlap Distress ink and used the chip brush to apply the ink. I liked the idea of adding some washi tape that looked like grass below the “road” I just created. I ran another piece of washi tape inside the card and felt the need to cover the alcohol ink that bled through the front of the card, so cut a piece of the paper I used on the envelope and cut it to 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and attached it to the inside of the card behind the giraffes.

To make an envelope, measure your card from edge to edge on a diagonal. This card measures 4 1/4″ on the diagonal, then add 1″ to it, to end up with 5 1/4″. You’ll want your envelope paper to be square at 5 1/4″ Put your card in the very center of your envelope so the flaps are on the top and bottom and left and right side of your card. (I rounded my corners with a Creative Memory corner rounder, but that is optional). Fold in the sides to the edge of the card, and crease them and then fold up the bottom to the bottom edge of the card and crease it. Open the envelope back up, take out the card, and cut out the spare paper on the corners where your side flaps and your bottom and top flaps meet each other. Then fold the top down to the top of the card and trim out the corners again. I use tear tape on the inside paper that would be under the flaps you’ll be folding and close to the edge, making sure the tape doesn’t end up touching your card or you will have glued your card to your envelope. Put tear tape on the top inside flap to close it as well, again making sure the tear tape doesn’t adhere to the card.

It’s a fast and easy way to make a card to go with a gift at the last minute using minimal tools.


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