Take plain envelopes and card stock and dress them up with pretty linings for the envelope and sponged or spritzed ink borders on the cards.
I make a lot of cards for people and buy plain white and cream colored envelopes by the box of 500. Most of the time I’m fine with a classic envelope and let the card stand out, but sometimes a simple note is called for and it looks awfully plain by itself. A border around the card and decorative paper lining the envelope steps it up to something a bit more special.
Decorative paper comes in hundreds of colors, weights, patterns, textures, etc. For this I prefer something that isn’t too heavy. I traced an open envelope onto grid paper (any scrap paper will do fine) and then cut inside the line a bit to make a pattern. Try it inside the envelope for size and trim it down if needed.
I think it looks nice if it goes close to the top edge but it will also cover the adhesive on the flap. A glue stick will work to close the envelope or, if you prefer, you can cut your liner down to keep the gummed flap from being covered up.
Once you have the size for your pattern, trace around it onto your decorative paper. Cut it out, mark the line for the fold of the flap and fold it down. Slip it into the envelope and close the envelope, making sure the liner is folded in the right place. A little adhesive going up the sides of the flap and across the top is enough to keep the liner in place.
You can also use decorative scissors to cut along the top of the liner or around the sides of the flap and top. This will uncover part of the adhesive on the flap.
Now to dress up the notecards. An 8. x 11 inch piece of card stock cut in quarters makes 4 notecards. Cut a piece of scrap paper 1/2 inch smaller and align the scrap paper in the center of one notecard. If you have an air spritzer tool, you can use that with a colored marker to spray a fine mist of ink along the edge of the paper (the scrap paper covers the rest of the card).
A sponge is also a great tool to use in a similar way. Instead of spraying a mist of colored ink, you scrub the sponge into a stamp pad or scribble colored ink on the sponge with a marker. Now dab the sponge along the edge, carefully holding the scrap paper in place, leaving a border of colored ink all the way around the note card.
In the following picture I cut the scrap paper with scalloped scissors and used a sponge dauber (a little hard to see in this photo – the small black plastic piece with the dark, inky sponge on top) to ink over it, creating an inked, scalloped pattern on the notecard.
A set of 4 notecards and 4 lined envelopes makes a nice little gift.
Last year on Day 15 I created Glass Marble Magnets.
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