I think I’m in love with the Well Written Dies. They’re the ones with lots of different words that coordinate with the Well Said Stamp Set. One of the best things about these dies is that they come out of the dies really easily. What’s more, unlike some other words dies I’ve seen, these ones are totally readable. In fact I’ve been playing with this set and now have a stack of words just waiting for attention. So I picked up bride & groom, and set to work.
PRETTY INSIDE AND OUT
A gift card envelope would be really useful but I wanted it to be pretty on the inside and outside. That headed me off in the direction of my Designer Series Paper (DSP). The only problem is that while Stampin’ Up! DSP is thicker than most other patterned paper you can buy in stores, it’s not really thick enough to score. So instead I grabbed the Share What You Love Specialty DSP. This is almost card weight and perfect for boxes, tags, bookmarks and gift card holders.
Using my Envelope Punch Board I created the gift card envelope from a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the DSP. To get the perfect size envelope I made my first score line and punch starting with the DSP at 2-3/8″. Next I turned the DSP, lined up the scored line with the pointer, and punched and scored again. Then I repeated this process twice more. To finish I used the reverse punch on the board to round each of the corners on my DSP.
If you’ve not used an Envelope Punch Board before, or would like a reminder of how to use it, here’s a video I made showing the process. The finished project shown is different, but the process is exactly the same.
Once I’d punched and scored the DSP I folded it along the scored lines and sharpened the creases with a Bone Folder. Then I folded the side flaps in, and secured the bottom flap to them using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
BRIDE & GROOM BELLY BAND
I had a strip of Window Sheet on my desk from a previous project and decided that would become a belly band for my envelope. To get the length I wrapped it around the assembled envelope with the join at the front. Then I used my fingers to add a crease at each side. Next I trimmed the piece so the ends overlapped 1/4″ and secured them to each other with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then to keep everything nice and crisp I reinforced the fold lines with my Bone Folder.
After that I needed the words cut from Coastal Cabana Card using the Well Written Dies. As usual I’d forgotten to add Adhesive Sheet to the back of the card before I’d cut it, so instead I attached the pieces to the belly band with liquid glue.
The floral DSP made me want to add a butterfly and I found that in the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. I stamped the butterfly onto Whisper White Card with Rich Razzleberry ink. Then I punched it out using the Butterfly Duet Punch. Once that was done I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the butterfly body. Finally used the butterfly to hide the join in the belly band, attaching it with a little Tear & Tape Adhesive.
And that was where I’d planned to finish, with the butterfly flitting from flower to flower as the clear belly band was moved. Sadly though I felt that the bride & groom words seemed lost and decided to make one slight addition.
So I attached a strip of Sparkle Glimmer Paper to the inside of the belly band with Mini Glue Dots. The Glimmer Paper made the bride & groom stand out more, and added a pretty sparkle to the gift card envelope.
I might still tweak this project a little more, but I’ll see how I feel in a couple of days. Do you ever finish a project and then go back and tweak it?
UPDATED 2020: The following products have been retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Share What You Love Designer Series Paper
- Sparkle Glimmer Paper
- Envelope Punch Board