Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Envelope Please

A million and three years ago, back when I first started creating cards, someone sent me a clever card that was a card and envelope in one.  It had flaps that folded shut and a ribbon to secure it closed. 
I really liked that design for something different and kept the card for inspiration.  The card is so old that it is frayed and faded now but I still keep it to remind me of the technique.  Back in those days, I had to trace the inspiration card and cut it out to get the shape made.  Nowadays I can use the Envelope Maker to get the shape made perfectly, with rounded corners and all, and I have a variety of sizes I can make.
Even though it is a card and envelope all in one, I put it inside another envelope to mail.  I think the post office would frown on the ribbon closure and flower embellishment as well as mangle the card (because that's what they are good at).
 So when you are looking for something a little different to make, this is a fun one.  And now you know the Envelope Maker trick you don't need to know the dimensions-you can do whatever size you like. This one is roughly 4"x6".

The Fine Print: Since the technique was from 'back in the day' I used a stamp set from that time frame as well--an oldie but goodie by Stampin' Up.  Envelope Maker by We R Memory Keepers. I later received a similar card that was secured shut with a sticker, which while nice was kind of hard to open without ruining the card.


Irish Cherokee said...

You never cease to amaze me. Great card and food for thought. The cats are just perfect for this card.

Carol L said...

Very innovative and clever to make an envelope card! Love those kitties :)

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is too cute! My neighbor gave me one of those, QJ, and I still have it in my template box along with a few other fun ideas that perhaps should be brought back into the light. It makes me wonder what equipment will be like ten years from now coz I know my neighbor, who died about six years ago, would be AMAZED by the envelope punch boards of today. Interesting.

My apologies for being away so long. Just one of those busy times and I'm taking an online watercolor class - fun, but taking up visit time. I don't know how I ever worked and blogged! I hope you are doing better with the allergies, altho spring is the worst time. Hugs, Darnell

Mrs A. said...

Brilliant idea and a simple one at that but oh so classy to send a card in one! Hugs mrs a.

Jessi Fogan said...

What a cool concept! Love this - and somewhat glad to know it's not just Canada Post that specializes in the mangling of awesome things.

butterfly said...

It's a really clever design - and fun too. No joking - just a straight compliment on a really cool card.
Alison xx