How To Make A Paper Bag Envelope

STEP-BY-STEP CHRISTMAS 2018.
STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS

Today, I want to show you how to make a Paper Bag Envelope.
They are perfect for cards with lots of layers, or very bold embellishments, like my Big Bow Cards.

It's a very simple idea. And, I think, a very stylish alternative to a Card Box or an expandable envelope.

They're certainly much quicker to make, probably better value for money too. And it's very easy to co-ordinate them completely with your cards.

Here's how to make one : )


HOW TO MAKE A PAPER BAG ENVELOPE
YOU WILL NEED
  • A4 Sheet of Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Bone Folder / Scoring Tool {optional)

1. With your paper in landscape mode, and the inside facing you, fold in 1cm along the short edge of your paper. You can score this first if you prefer.
2. Bring the other short edge over to meet the folded edge, create a crease and press it flat.

3. Now you're going to create a flap which will form seal the bottom of your envelope. And seal it to. So open your paper up, using the centre crease as a starting point, on the side without the 1cm fold, trim approx 2 1/2cm from the bottom edge.
4. Fold back together ... can you see you've created a flap at the bottom edge? You're now going to neaten it up so when it is folded, it is neater and less bulky. So, trim off the edges of the flap at a slight angle. And cut off any excess the 1cm side-edge fold.

5. Fold up this bottom edge. You should now be able to see the Paper Bag coming together.
6. Open up your Envelope and apply your adhesive along the length of the 1cm fold.

7. Fold & press it down firmly to seal the edge.
8. Apply adhesive to the flap at the bottom edge.

9. Fold it up & press firmly to seal.
10. Now you're going to create a fastening. So at the top of the bag, punch 2 small holes centrally positioned. They need to be large enough to thread through your twine or ribbon.

11. Pop your card inside your envelope.

12. Thread through your twine ...
13. ... & tie it into a bow.


And your Paper Bag Envelope is finished!

It's easy to adjust the size of them to accommodate different sized cards. You just need to remember to allow enough width & length in your envelope to accommodate the depth of your Card.

Oh, and it's easier to write your recipient's name on a Paper Bag Envelope before you put your Card inside. It's difficult to write on top of all those lovely layers! Or just add a tag : )


Love Liz xx

Paper Bag Envelope
Plain Paper: 'Solid Colour Paper' in 'Alabaster'. From the Free French Country Colour Resources Pack. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Dotty Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Twine, WRMK Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch, Scrap of White Card for a Tag.

Big Bow Card
White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Really Big Dots' in 'Alabaster'. From the French Country Collection. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto lightweight {160gsm} White Card.
Patterned Paper: 'Jingle Bells Text' in 'Pure Silver'. From The Christmas Colour Collection Collection. Printed onto Smooth White Card.
Sentiments: 'Christmas Lettering' Sentiments in 'Jet Black' & 'Wild Willow' printed onto Smooth White Card.
Bow Die: Lil' Inkers
Scalloped trim trimmed from the edges of a Scallop Edge Card base.

Big Bow Cards

STEP-BY-STEP CHRISTMAS 2018.
STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS

I made some more progress with my Step-by-Step to Christmas Crafting this weekend. I'm still on Step 3 and Making Cards. And my latest batch of cards is all about the bows.

I made cards with big bows.
And cards with little bows.
And Paper Bag Envelopes to present them.

I've made these especially for a very special group of ladies.
They are not going to be posted. So when making them, I was able to take as much creative freedom as I liked.
And I just adore them!

I'm going to begin with my big bow cards : )
I've made 4 of these cards. They are quite print-heavy as you can see from the credits below.

And I began by layering the printing of a sheet of the main 'Christmas Lettering' Sentiments onto the 'Jingle Bells Text' Paper Design. I printed directly onto Card. Like this ...

TECHNIQUE: HOW TO LAYER PRINTING
Print the Paper Design onto smooth white card or paper. Once printed, pop the sheet back into your printer and print a sheet of the Sentiments on top.

I cut it into 2x A6 wide strips, and then into pieces 8cm high, with the sentiment positioned in the middle.

Next I cut my big dotty backing paper. I cut it in half down the length, so into 2 x A6 wide strips. Then cut at 155mm on each one. That gave me 2 different sized pieces, and 2 of each. Just for variety.

I cut my card bases from 5"x7" Card Bases. They measure 115mm x 160mm, so in-between 5"x7" and A6. Just enough to leave a white border around my backing paper. I like that.

I trimmed the scalloped edge from an old scalloped edge card base. And I cut out my bows.

To put the cards together, I glued the backing paper to my card base, layered the main sentiment with dimensionals, then the scalloped trim, the companion sentiments with staples or dimensionals and finished with the bows.

I'll show you my little bow cards in a post very soon.
Next, I'd like to show you how I made the Paper Bag Envelopes : )

Love Liz xx


Card Credits
White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Really Big Dots' in 'Alabaster'. From the French Country Collection. Printed onto White Copy Paper.
Patterned Paper: 'Lots of Smaller Dots' in 'Pure Crimson'. From the The Colour Collection. Printed onto lightweight {160gsm} White Card.
Patterned Paper: 'Jingle Bells Text' in 'Pure Silver'. From The Christmas Colour Collection Collection. Printed onto Smooth White Card.
Sentiments: 'Christmas Lettering' Sentiments in 'Jet Black' & 'Wild Willow' printed onto Smooth White Card.
Bow Die: Lil' Inkers
Scalloped trim trimmed from the edges of a Scallop Edge Card base.


How To Make 3D Folded Stars

As I mentioned in my last post, today I have a quick tutorial to show you how to make the 3d Folded Stars I made for *these* cards.

So ... begin by cutting out or punching out your Star. It can be any size you want.

1. On the reverse side, score across the star to the tip of one point, as shown by the dotted line above. Repeat this for each of the points on your star.

2. Fold along each scoreline.

3. With the front side facing you, gently shape the folds, encouraging the longest part of each fold into a mountain fold and the shortest part into a valley fold.

And that's it. That was quick wasn't it?

To add them to a card, just add PVA glue to the five points of the star like this ... & glue them to your card.


I think I'm going to use these for my Christmas Thank You Cards this year. I haven't made them yet. I make those a little further along in my Christmas Step-by-Step process. I won't forget to share them when I have : )

They look lovely as hanging tags too. Like I did with these : )

Love Liz xx

Credits
Patterned Paper: 'Ditsy Dots' from The Colour Collection printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper. From Paperchase.
Sentiments: 'Christmas Tiny Tags'.
Tiny Jewellery Tag Punch: By Stampin' Up.
WRMK Crop-A-Dile Hole Punch, Red Glitter Cord, PVA Adhesive

How To Make An Envelope Liner To Fit Any Size Envelope

Thank you all for all the lovely comments you've left for me about the Cards I've made recently.
There were a couple of questions too following my last post. Namely ...

How did you make your Envelope Liner?
And how did you make your 3D Stars?

So I've done a couple of quick tutorials to show you how to make them : )

They're both very simple ideas. And just as simple to do. But they're lovely skills to add to your creative repertoire and enhance your Card Making projects.

This post covers the Envelope Liner. I'll show you the 3D Stars in the next one : )

How to make an Envelope Liner to fit any size envelope.


1. Draw around your envelope on the wrong side of your liner paper.
2. Cut out your liner. I like to use my WRMK Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round the top neatly.
3. If required, trim 1 or 2mm from the two side edges of your liner so it fits snugly inside your envelope. Place your liner inside your envelope.
4. Making sure the liner is properly aligned inside the envelope, and keeping the liner and envelope together, fold down the top of the envelope. You may find it easier to do this with the flat of your hand.
5. Open it up. Again, making sure the liner and envelope are neatly aligned …
6. … fold down and apply adhesive to the top part of the liner.
7. Using the flat of your hand, fold down the top of the envelope to stick the liner & envelope top together.
8. Open it up and you now have a beautiful lined envelope!

Love Liz xx

Credits
Patterned Paper: 'Ditsy Dots' from The Colour Collection printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper. From Paperchase.
Grey Laid Envelopes: From Paperchase.
WRMK Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (optional), Permanent Adhesive

My Hammered Card

STEP-BY-STEP CHRISTMAS 2018.
STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS

Do you remember me telling you that I had some beautiful hammered card I wanted to try to use up this Christmas? Well, I've come up with a design for a card I like which will allow me to do exactly that.

And this is it : )

Unlike the cards I've already made this year, I've made these with specific people in mind. And I've made matching Gift Tags because there will be small gifts for them too.
The preparation for this card was the most time-consuming part of making it. With everything ready to go, putting it together was very quick.

I cut the tags first, cutting a 6cm wide strip from the longest length of the my A4 sheet of card, folding it in half to make a folded tag.

Next, to make the cards, I folded the remaining piece into a card base approx 150cm square, and trimmed it down to 135mm square. This was the size of the envelopes I wanted to use.

I then added splashed grey watercolour paint onto the fronts of both. Just lightly. Mixing a small amount of paint with lots of water helps keep the paint very watery and make this easier : ) I dabbed lightly using tissue at any larger drops. And then left them both to dry overnight.

To create the stars, I printed the 'Ditsy Dots' paper design onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper from Paperchase and spray-mounted it onto smooth white card. Then I cut out my star shapes. The paper was a very close colour match to my Hammered Card. And I love the subtle sparkle of the paper. This gave me a finish I wanted.

Once they were folded into shape, I fastened them down using a small amount of PVA adhesive at each of the five points.

I added detail to the sentiment with a small piece of twine, which I knotted at both the front and back  to hold it in place and mounted it onto the card using dimensionals. I used the same twine for my tag too.

I added a few sequins and crystals to each. And my card and tag were finished.

Then I made an envelope liner for the envelope too so these is completely co-ordinated : )


I have just this one Card and Tag finished.
I have 10 grey envelopes. I have more sheets of card. But because I want each set I make to be identical in style, I'm going to make just 10 sets of these.
I have the stars already cut out.
I have enough banner-style sentiments cut and ready to trim with twine. I'm using some I already had printed from 'Happy Noel'. And some of my new 'Christmas Banner Sentiments'.
I'm going to cut my Card blanks & Tag blanks & do the watercolour splashes this evening and leave them to dry overnight.
Then tomorrow, probably whilst I'm watching Strictly, I'll put everything together.

That will put my total number of cards finished so far for this year at 30 : )
How's your Christmas card making going?



Love Liz xx

Card Credits
135mm hand cut Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Ditsy Dots' from The Colour Collection printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper. From Paperchase.
Sentiments: 'Happy Noel' Digital Sentiments & 'Christmas Banner' Digital Sentiments printed onto Smooth White Card, or printed onto white paper and spray-mounted onto Smooth White Card.
Star Die: 'Seeing Stars' Die. From PTI.
Grey Laid Envelopes: From Paperchase.
Grey Watercolour Paints, White Twine & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

Step-By-Step Christmas: Step Three 2

STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS
So continuing with my Step-by-Step to Christmas Crafting, I'm still on Step 3 and Making Cards. And this past weekend, I was able to make some more of my Christmas Cards : ) Actually, I was able to do more than that ... I designed some new Christmas Sentiments too.

I'll tell you about the Sentiments first. Then my Cards : )
Christmas 'Banner' Sentiments

The set includes
- a set of 24 Christmas-themed sentiments in a handwritten-style typeface in a single-line banner style.
- They print as 12 sentiments to an individual A4 sheet, as shown below,
- In the 38 colours of the Colour Collection Colour Palette,
- they are black or coloured text on a white background, ready for you to cut or punch out and add to your cards.

These are the A4 sheets included in the download...


... and these are the colours - the 38 colours of the Colour Collection Colour Palette

And you can find them *here* in the Boutique.

My cards are A6 in size. And to make them …

I cut the patterned backing paper to A6 size & glued it to cover the front of my A6 Card Bases.

Then I created my card mats.

The card mats are printed with 'Natural Calico' from 'Natural Neutrals' which is very nearly an identical colour match to the paper I used to print my patterned paper. (It's Sparkling White Paper from Paperchase. And although it's called Sparkling White, it isn't. It's cream. Beautiful paper. But cream.)

I cut my mats to the same height, but 1cm narrower than my card bases. I then embellished them with a mix of paper and wooden snowflakes & wrapped my pretty new sentiment loosely around them, securing the sentiments at the back. And I added the twine, the sequins & crystals to finish.

I fastened my completed mats to the card bases, centrally, using dimensionals. And my cards were finished!

I love these cards. They're soft and pretty and glittery ... they're neutrals with just a tiny pop of colour ... they have depth and texture ... all the things I love. I am so happy with them : )

Fingers crossed they'll be as well received : )

In addition to the 2 complete cards I've already made, I have the supplies ready to go for another 6 which I'll put together this week.

Added to the 12 I've already made, that will give me 20 so far. My Christmas card-making is going well : )

If you want to take a look at the new Christmas Banner Sentiments, you can find them *here* in the Boutique.

And if you follow the links on *this*page, you can see the new 'Tiny Tags' Sentiments too, which I'll be including on my cards over the coming weeks : )

I hope you like them!

Love Liz xx


Card Credits
A6 White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Snowberry' Designer Digital Paper Pack printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper. From Paperchase.
Cream Card Mat: 'Natural Calico' from 'Natural Neutrals' printed onto Smooth White Card..
Sentiments: 'Christmas Banner Sentiments' printed onto white copy paper.
Large Snowflake: Hero Arts Fancy Snowflake Die. Cut from Parchment Paper.
Small Snowflake: Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch.
Wooden Snowflake Baubles: Hobbycraft.
Wooden Snowflakes: from last years' Hobbycraft stash.
Scrap of 'Ditsy Dots' paper (also printed onto Paperworks #46 Sparkling White Paper from Paperchase), White & Grey Twine & a selection of small sequins & crystals.

Step-By-Step Christmas: Step Three

STEP THREE: MAKING CARDS
I make more Christmas Cards than anything else at Christmas. I always feel as though I've got the biggest part of my Christmas creating done when I've finished them. So I always prioritise them. They are always the first things I make.

All my cards this year are for my own personal use. I'm not making cards for any Craft Fayres or Charities this season. I haven't taken any orders to make Cards for anyone else this year either. Nor will I be accepting requests for any of these over the coming weeks. I don't have the time this Christmas unfortunately.

This weekend, I began my Christmas making in earnest making Cards with a few of my new things - New 'Bold Gingham' Papers from The Colour Collection, new 'Merry Wishes' Sentiments, new Foliage die. And new twine.

Initially, I made 4 of these cards, printing my card mat as a single layer so the sentiments were printed directly onto the paper design. My printer takes quite a heavyweight card. So I printed directly onto Card. Like this ...

TECHNIQUE: HOW TO LAYER PRINTING
Print the Paper Design onto smooth white card or paper. Once printed, pop the sheet back into your printer and print a sheet of the Sentiments on top.

Then I cut around each sentiment, cutting so the checks of the gingham pattern were the same for each sentiment.


I like to create my mat first, then mount it to my card base.
So my next step was to put together my foliage embellishments.

First I painted my die-cuts with watercolour paints, painting quite randomly. Once they were dry, I layered them together, using PVA adhesive on the bottom sets of leaves only, just above the stems, to fasten them together. I left the tops of the stems loose so I could arrange them to add a little depth to my finished card.


I then added them to my card mat with twine and a little bell. And finished with a few small sequins.
The bells are lovely. They tinkle when you pick up the card. It’s lovely little detail!

When I had printed and cut my card mats, two of the sentiments were aligned centrally. And two were aligned slightly to the right. So I adjusted where I placed my little foliage embellishments to accommodate them and used the twine in 2 different ways. This effectively gave me 2 co-ordinating card designs.

I mounted the completed mats to my card bases using dimensional. And my cards were finished.

I liked these cards so much, I made another 8 identical cards using the same 'Bold Gingham' paper design & the remaining 8 sentiments from 'Merry Wishes'.

Several things about these cards made it the perfect bulk-make for me ...
- I needed to print only 3 pieces of cardstock to make 12 cards.
- And there was very little card waste when I had printed and cut out my mats. I think that's good value printing.
- They were very simple and quick to put together, and not particularly time-consuming. The longest part of the process was waiting for my painting to dry.
- I enjoyed making them.

They're my first bulk-make of the season. 12 cards in one session. I feel as though I'm off to a good start : )

Love Liz xx

Card Credits
A6 White Card Blanks.
Patterned Paper: 'Bold Gingham' in 'Pure Silver' printed onto Smooth White Card. From The Colour Collection.
Sentiments: 'Merry Wishes' printed onto Smooth White Card, pre-printed with the patterned paper.
Foliage Die: MFT cut from Smooth White Card & coloured lightly with Watercolour Paints.
Twine, Tiny Silver Bells & a selection of small sequins.