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23.11.16

Quick and fun Christmas cards with matching envelopes


Hi everyone, I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with a completely different style of card to last week! This week I want to show you a really quick and easy design for batch making Christmas cards with fun matching envelopes.
This is great for producing large quantities of cards that still look like some time has gone into them.



So what do you need? Just a few supplies:



Cut some card bases to the size you want. I cut my card stock to 8" high by 5.6" wide so that the folded cards were 4" high. 

Cut some 1.5" strips of different papers from your paper pad and glue them to the middles of the card bases.

Cut two strips per card of coloured card at 1.5" high by 5.6" wide and glue them to the tops and bottoms of the card bases. You should have a gap of 1" in the middles where your paper shows.

Cut the letters H, A, P, P, Y multiple times from your coloured card using the My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Dienamic. Glue them into the gaps, positioning the word slightly to the left of centre. If you're not confident about the fit, just stick your top strip of coloured card, then the letters, then the bottom strip of coloured card. You can always trim a bit off the bottoms if you need to.

Stamp and colour some images from your stamp set, then die cut or fussy cut them out and glue one image per card at the bottom right corner.


Now take matching sheets of paper from your paper pad and one at a time use a corner rounder (or neat cutting) to round off one corner.


Hold that rounded corner at the top inside of your envelope so it lines up along its sides with the glue strips on the envelope flap. Just before the paper overlaps the sides of the envelope, make a small pencil mark, and join the two marks. Make sure your joining line is below the open portion of the envelope body. I've used a thick black pen so you can see the lines.


Cut out the shape, and add two strips of glue tape or other glue of your choice to the back.


Insert the paper into the envelop, aligning its edges with the envelope so it's centred and level.




Finally, re-score the fold line for the envelop flap.


I promise in real life this is so quick to do, and having a matching envelope creates such a fun, personalised effect! It really makes your batch Christmas cards look like they took a lot more time than they did, and will put a smile on the recipients' faces!


That's it for this week - hope you like them! See you next week, and thanks for stopping by.


            

6 comments:

  1. I have never thought of just making a plain envelope look good like this - I always thought I'd have to start from scratch :( Brilliant idea and I love these simple designs that look so elegant!

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  2. A super tutorial, Esther ... what a brilliant idea to match the envelope liner to the DP on the cards ... really takes these adorably cute cards up a notch ... they're fabulous! Anita :)

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  3. I love this ! Easy, quick and still beautiful ! If I understood well, in fact the height of the gap depends on the height of your letters die cuts, right ? And I love also the idea of the matching envelope ! Well, well, well ! Thank you so much for sharing these tips, very useful for the coming weeks !

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    1. That's right, these letters are 1" so the gap is 1" :) Thanks Izzy!

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