Making A Card with Envelopes, No Tools Required!

I’ve been wanting to make a card with envelopes as well as large business envelopes, so this is my first attempt.  All of the info to make this project is below:
I started with 9 1/4″ tall by 8″ wide scored on the 8″ side at 4″  white Recollections heavyweight card stock  (from Michaels) to make the card 9 1/4″ tall by 4″ wide to fit in our business envelope.
I had gotten decorated envelopes from my friend Rhonda and thought I could use them on my card, but they were just too big. Bummer!
I made envelopes that were 2 3/4″ wide by 2″ tall. To make them, cut a piece of card stock (scrap) to 2 5/8″ by 1 7/8″ tall for the piece that you will be using in your envelope and then discarding.  If you measure the card on the diagonal, you should have the measurement be 3 1/2″ (roughly), then add 1 inch to that to make your total 4 1/2″…You’ll cut paper square to 4 1/2″  by 4 1/2″.  I used a paper pad from Hobby Lobby that I don’t think is still available, but any lightweight paper will work for this. Put the scrap that you cut to 2 5/8″ by 1 7/8″ tall, into the center of the square of paper you cut to 4 1/2″ on the diagonal like a baseball field. Center the scrap, and wrap your paper on the sides and fold them in, then fold the bottom up and the top down and press for clean folds. Take the scrap out and trim out the little corners that you’ll have where your folded paper overlapped itself. I like to trim the corners so they look better, with whatever corner rounder you like. I have a Kadomaru Pro that I got from Amazon, and here’s the link.    The reason I like it so much is that there are three sizes of corners you can round, small, medium, and large, so it works no matter how big or small your paper is.  Plus I can easily press the lever.
After rounding the corners of each envelope, glue it so the sides and bottom are glued down….don’t glue the top down. I took twine that matched and wrapped it (about 18″) around the envelope after putting the “open” on the twine about halfway down the length of twine.  I used MayMay’s set called “Action” for stamping “open” on small price tags that I punched with a Fiskars punch and used Gina K’s ink called Blue Denim for my stamping.  I punched a hole in it with a hole punch by putting a small mark where I wanted the hole, then putting the hole punch upside down so I could see the mark, then punching the hole. The hole punch I used came from Hobby Lobby as well, but couldn’t find it on their website, so maybe they don’t sell it any more, but any hole punch should work.

For the words I wanted to put inside my envelopes, I printed them from my computer using, “So sorry we missed your birthday.”  I typed two words on a line using a larger font that looked size appropriate for the envelope..  I rounded the corners of the scraps I had left over from my envelopes and cut them to  2 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ tall and glued the words to the papers then put them inside my envelopes.  After I placed the sentiments in each of my three envelopes, I wrapped the twine with the “open” sentiment on them around the envelopes, then hot glued them to my card.  Be careful to make sure you put the words in the right envelopes so they make sense when removed.

I used peg stamps from “the Sweet Songs of Spring” stamp set from and Perfect Layering Circles for making swatches on my ink pads.

I used Gina K’s BubbleGum Pink ink for stamping along with her Blue Denim Ink and used a small flower and a sprig to stamp along the sides of the envelopes and inside the card where I stamped my sentiment from an old Stampin’ Up set of stamps that had a nice birthday sentiment.   I also stamped them on the business envelope I used for mailing my card.
I added my made by Sandy Parker stamp on the back. I often get asked where I got it and here’s how you can get one too. I looked online for coupons for Stampanda, and Groupon had a great discount. They currently don’t offer one, but Stampanda shows a 40% discount code when you go to their website (Hello2017 is the code) and in square stamps found the “Molly” with the swirl and changed it to say what I wanted it to say. Here’s the link to the one I bought. I typed in on one line “Made for you by” and on the next line “Sandy Parker.” I saved a lot of money by going through Groupon, otherwise this stamp is around $45. Hopefully the code will give you a 40% discount so it will end up being around $27. I wish it wasn’t so complicated for you, but I tried to make it as simple as possible.

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