The Envelope Punch Board is perfect for making custom size envelopes for odd sized cards, as well as flat gifts. It’s also perfect for making envelopes out of any color cardstock or designer paper I choose. As you can see below, it comes with a chart to lead you through the process of making cards as tiny as 2″ x /-1/2″ to as big as 6″ x 8-1/2″.
But, what if you want to make an even bigger envelope? This week, I was wrapping a door prize for my Stamp Club, and I needed an envelope that measured at least 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. However, the punch board doesn’t go up that high. The largest measurement for the smallest size is only 6″.
Well, I decided to experiment and make the biggest possible square envelope I could out of a piece of 12″ x 12″ designer series paper. Since I was making a square envelope, it made the process fairly easy. I used a ruler to mark the mid-point of each side at 6″. Then, I started by inserting that mid-point into the punch and scoring diagonally towards the right as usual. (The board isn’t quite long enough to handle a full size sheet of DSP, so I just scored until the end of the board and stopped.) I proceeded to rotate the paper counter-clockwise and continue to punch and score each side the same way I would normally make an envelope. The only thing I did differently, was instead of lining the up the score line to a measurement on the board, I lined up the mid-point of the paper to the punch. After punching and scoring all four sides, I flipped the board around and reverse punched all the corners.
Well, it worked! I finished with an envelope measuring 8″ square. So, if you’re ever in the same situation and want to make a really BIG envelope, go for it. Here’s my finished envelope. I made it out of Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper. Don’t you love how the watercolored paper made such a pretty envelope? This paper comes from a limited edition Sale-A-Bration product that’s only available until February 15th (Monday). It’s my absolute favorite Sale-A-Bration item, and you can earn it for free when you purchase $50.
Once I finished making my envelope, I had lots of fun decorating the front. I used the Number of Years stamp set to stamp everything but the “Friend” greeting, which came from Bloomin’ Love. To stamp the flowers, I used one of my favorite techniques. I stamped on Shimmery White paper and then spritzed the paper with a little water.
Tip: When using this technique, it’s a good idea to spritz one color at a time and allow the paper to dry in-between. (You can use a heat tool to speed things along.) That way, your colors won’t get muddy. Also, add water sparingly a little at a time to watch how much the ink runs. That way, you won’t overdo it.
Those cute little dots in the background are from the same Number of Years stamp set.
For my bow, label, and two banners, I used more of that wonderful Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper. It is so soft and pretty.
I made the bow using a Bow Builder Punch. Then, I curled the pieces with a bone folder and adhered it together with glue dots.
I cut all the banners with the Banners Collection Framelits Dies. The largest one was cut from another great Sale-A-Bration product, the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack.
I guess I used a lot of different framelits on this gift; I didn’t realize how many until I went to write this up. I cut the “Friend” label out with the Large Numbers Framelits that coordinates with the stamp set, and I cut the large label with the flowers out with a Lots of Labels Framelits die.
Finally, I embellished my gift with some Metallic Thread and basic rhinestones.
I love the bright, Springtime colors. It just looks so cheerful.
Supplies used on my gift:
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Sometimes, it’s worth it to experiment outside the box and see what you can do. Have fun and share your discoveries.