When I made Little Jo’s Valentine shirt the other day, I told you I had a few more ideas in mind for that stamp downloadable, and here I am sharing another one. I’ve always loved the look of lined envelopes and realized it would be super easy to make my own. What better design to try it out with than the love stamps?
First, get yourself an envelope. I found some plain envelopes that McGeeky had in his office stash. It doesn’t matter what size envelope you use — the technique I will show you can be used on any of them. Then trace the outline of the whole envelope onto a piece of scrap card stock, and cut the card stock piece out slightly smaller than the traced line.Â Make sure it fit into the envelope, trimming a little if necessary.
Now you need to expose the gum part of the envelope.Â Remove the cut-out template from your envelope and place your envelope on top of it, lining up the pointed edge.Â Use a bone folder and score a line along the inside of the glue line of your envelope.Â This will make an indentation on your card stock at just the right place so you’ll know how much of the cardstock to cut away so that the liner doesn’t cover the gummed area of the flap. If you happen to have an extra envelope, you could go ahead and just cut it up to make your template.
Once you cut away the excess, slide the template back into your envelope to make sure that it fits inside and the gummed area on the flap is now exposed.Â That was the hard part!Â Now you have a perfect template and can make lots and lots of lined envelopes very easily.
Use the template you just made to trace the shape onto your decorative paper, and then cut it out.Â I wanted to use our love stamp downloadable since I was making Valentine cards, but you could use any type of paper you want.Â This could be a great way to customize wedding, shower or birthday invitations.
Slide your liner into the envelope and fold it where the flap of the envelope folds.Â Use any adhesive you like to adhere the design to the envelope flap (I used Scotch double sided tape). Didn’t it turn out cute?
I wanted to make a whole Valentine’s Day set with the stamp collage, so I got out my Sparkle Mod Podge and went to work decorating a plain metal mailbox.Â I just covered the mailbox in a collage of the collage!Â Quite easy!
Those envelopes need cards, so I used those leftover paper scraps from making the envelopes to decorate three different sized wooden hearts.Â I just traced the hearts onto the paper, cut the shapes out, and glued them onto the hearts.Â To make the hearts “pop” even more, I covered them with Plaid Liquid Embossing.Â I absolutely love this stuff and use it all the time in my scrapbooking.Â Once the hearts were thoroughly dried, I glued them to the front of a plain card.
I used a few additional stickers to adorn my mailbox once it was dry.Â I love how everything matches and how quickly I was able to finish all the projects.Â The longest part was making the cards, but that was only because I had to allow time for the Plaid Liquid Embossing to dry.
I think I might let my Daisy Troop do something like this in anticipation of their Valentine’s Day party. I’ve also been picking out some fun items for the party, like these fun heart swirl party plates and accessories, glitter hearts, and foil balloons. They’re going to love it!