This is an embellished envelope that looks like a little box. With a card tucked inside it might be just the thing for Mother’s Day to let mom know what a treasure she is to you.
This envelope is made from card stock and embellished to enhance the illusion of being three-dimensional. I used washi tape, stick-on gems and colored markers for the decorations.
I made a template here for you to make your own jewel box envelope and card.
Jewel Box Envelope & Card
Patterned Paper for front of card (optional)
Bone Folder (Useful but optional)
Pencil & Eraser
Sticky Tape or other stronger adhesive for the flaps
Double-sided adhesive (My favorite is Tombo permanent)
To Embellish: Washi Tape, Stick-On Gems, Gold or Silver Pen, Colored Markers
Print out template and cut out pattern pieces. Carefully trace around the envelope pattern onto colored card stock. Use a bone folder to score where the dotted lines are indicated on the pattern. These are fold lines. If you don’t have a bone folder you can use a letter opener, ruler or popsicle stick to score the fold lines.
Cut out envelope. Another way to do this is to use tiny dabs of adhesive to adhere the pattern directly to the card stock and cut out the card stock right on the lines. Tracing around the pattern makes it just slightly larger than the original.
Don’t assemble the envelope yet – it will be easier to do the embellishment before it is assembled.
The card that goes into the envelope can be either a folded card or a tag style card. In the photos for this project I made a folded card. If you want a folded card, fold a piece of card stock and put one straight edge of the card pattern right on the fold. Trace the card and cut out leaving the fold intact.
Washi tape is a great decoration for this Jewel Box envelope. I picked out a narrow tape with two thin stripes of color and a wider tape with a floral print design. If you haven’t yet given in to the lures of washi tape, you could cut narrow strips of decorative paper to embellish the envelope.
Crease the envelope piece along the fold lines to see how it fits together but don’t glue it yet.
With a ruler and pencil, lightly draw a line down the center of the front and back of the envelope where it comes to a point.
Refer to photos – this is harder to describe than to do! Line a piece of washi tape up with the bottom edge of the front, going across the pencil line. Lightly mark where the pencil line is and cut the washi tape right along the pencil line. Smooth the tape into place and do the same on the other half so the two pieces meet together in a V in the middle.
Continue to place your washi tape keeping it lined up with the bottom edge of the piece. I found it easiest to cut or tear a piece of tape slightly longer than what was needed for each section, lay it lightly in place, mark the center line in pencil and lift it up to trim along the line than smooth it back in place. Once the washi tape is all in place, erase pencil lines.
Fold the envelope together to see where the lid of the box will be when the envelope is assembled. Keep the trim below that line.
After you finish embellishing the front and back of the envelope, continue to the lid portion, marking with pencil in the same way.
For the lid, I made a diamond shape with the washi tape, following the lines of the paper. I added some bling with stick-on jewels, pearls and flat, sparkly stickers.
Add additional embellishment with gold and colored markers.
Once you’ve finished decorating, fold the envelope and adhere the tabs into place. Even with careful cutting and folding, you may need to trim places that aren’t quite aligned.
I used decorative paper for the front of my card. I was delighted to find this great hexagon printed paper in my stash from a recent shopping trip to Scrapbook Territory. It is Wortley Village 12×12 Victoria Park Paper by Lily Bee Design. It went perfectly with the colors and shape of the project. It’s nice when something works out so well. Simple trace the shape of the card on decorative paper, cut it out and adhere to the front of the card.
Another variation would be to use washi tape to add a border around the edges of the card.
You can finish the card off by putting a heart on the inside.
Be sure to write a lovely message inside the card to go in your beautiful Jewel Box Envelope.
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