Wednesday, January 16, 2013

PTI MIM #100: Packaging Cards with Oversized Embellisments

There are always new supplies I want in the paper crafting world, but I'm trying to downsize. My stash has gotten too big for my space. Plus, I have so many things that I just had to have, but have never or barely used. I'm terrible about not using the things I love the most because I'm afraid that I won't like how my project will turn out and then I won't have that item anymore. Silly, huh? Anyway, I've made a mini-resolution to use my stuff...or get rid of it. So that's what I did with this card.  I love yellow and grey, and these papers fall into the "I bought these because I love, love, loved (and still do!) them but never used them" category. 
I also knew I wanted to use this card for this week's Make it Monday at PTI because it is oversized in two ways - the flower hangs off the side and the flower is fat (that's probably not the best word to use, but my brain is tired today).
I love glassine bags, but don't have any on hand, and I actually really want to stick this card in the mail, so I decided to make an envelope box.  I realize this will cost extra to mail, but I don't care.  It's useful, and I'm sure I'll make more of these.
The outside of the envelope is simple.  I couldn't do too much because I need room to write the addresses and have to leave the typical spaces for the post office to do their thing.  I realize I'm not the first person to make an envelope box, but this is the first time I've made one, and I put a lot of thought in how I wanted it designed.  I did make 3 until I got just what I wanted, but practice makes perfect right?  I obviously needed it to be just the right size for the intended card, but I also wanted as few flaps to glue down as possible, and I wanted the flaps to be completely hidden.  I also wanted it to be simple, and something I could easily adjust for future cards.  The best part is that it only takes one 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock, which I always have on hand.  It's finished dimensions are 6x4.5x.25.
I lined the inside of the envelope with the same papers I used on the card, and then on the outside I wanted the washi tape look, but don't have any (I know, I should probably jump on that bandwagon), so I just ripped some paper and glued it on.  Here it is with the card tucked inside.
Envelope Box Supplies
Stamps: Mehndi Medallion (PTI), Fifth Avenue Floral (SU)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Lemon Tart (PTI)
Paper: Breeze Paper Pad (MME), Cowboy Paper Pad (MME), White (PTI) 
Card Supplies
Stamp: Signature Greetings (PTI)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Tea Dye Duo (PTI)
Paper: Breeze Paper Pad (MME), Cowboy Paper Pad (MME), White (PTI)
Other: Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz), button brad (MM), pinking shears, white thread


  1. You are AMAZING!!! The card is stunning and your envelope you have created is fabulous. Love the details. I have a bunch of Washi Tape I need to share with you.

  2. hi lindsey! I'm here coz your sis Shauna recommended me your blog. I'm glad I came. What a great tutorial this is!

  3. Glad you used those supplies - your card and matching envelope box are fabulous.

  4. Beautiful! Love your how to, and you even made it lovely to receive. A gift within a gift!