Tuesday’s Tip #9

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Technique Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tip just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some different ways to decorate envelopes for cards. After all, care and time were put into creating just the right card for someone special. So why not include a fancy envelope as well!

#1} Machine emboss ~ very simple to do as all you need is an envelope, embossing folder and embossing machine. Insert the flap only into the embossing folder and run it throught the embossing machine. That’s it!

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#2} Heat embossed stamping ~ stamp a matching or coordinating image from the card onto the front of the envelope {if there is room} and heat emboss with embossing powder. As with any heat embossing, use a powder tool first. {I added some Liquid Pearls “sprinkles” to match the card}.

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#3} Die cut edge ~ this is  a great way to dress up an envelope with a rectangular flap. Or if you don’t have any border dies, draw a faint straight pencil line along the bottom of the flap and cut along it with decorative scissors.

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#4} Stickers ~ one or even a couple of stickers on the front or back of an envelope adds a nice finishing touch. They can coordinate with the card {theme or colors} or can be something completely different that will mean alot to the recipient.

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#5}  Washi tape ~ place a strip along each edge of the envelope and along the bottom of a cut out address label. Add a strip to seal the flap closed as well.

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#6} Pencil eraser dots ~ this might be fun to do for a birthday or baby shower card envelope. Lots of fun dots ~ kind of like confetti or sprinkles at a party! I masked the center part of the envelope, the left/right hand corner {with pieces of a post it note} for a clear area for the address/return address labels and stamp. Then dipped the eraser on the end of a pencil into different inks and used it as a stamp. This pencil could be saved just for this technique to keep the eraser nice and flat and smooth.

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#7} Envelope liner ~ a coordinating envelope liner not only makes the envelope pretty but also a bit more sturdy, which is a bonus if your card happens to be a little on the bulky side.

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#8} Envelope stamp sets ~ there are a few envelope stamp sets that embellish an envelope beautifully. They include sentiments such as “happy mail for”, “open me a.s.a.p.”, “hugs enclosed” and many more. They are available in every day as well as holiday. I don’t have any of these sets but I do know that you can purchase them from http://www.simonsaysstamp.com {*Type envelope stamp sets in the search bar}.

 

So there you go! Some ways to dress up otherwise plain envelopes and make them extra special for the recipients of your handmade cards 🙂

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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