As I was packaging up a handmade gift to mail overseas (the gift was a mitten ornament), I wanted to include a card but the envelopes I had were not a suitable size. I wanted to present the gift and card tied together so I was really aiming for a smaller than usual size card/envelope.
Looking for an envelope I spied some small Kraft bags (I’d call them pockets), just the perfect size and suited the style of the homespun feel of the gift packaging for the actual mitten.
In the supply list I’ve noted a substitute for the bag I used. That’s Crafty! stocks Canvas Corp bags in white and also Kraft and in various sizes.
The card below is approx 5” x 3.2” and the bag/pocket, 6.5” x 3.5” when opened and 5.2” x 3.5” when closed.
Oxford Impressions Stamps Sets:- Season of Giving and Sleigh BellsKraft Bag (substitute with Canvas Corp Kraft Bags – Small)
Jingle BellSeam Binding Scrap (substitute with Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon, staining red with Distress Stain/Distress Stain Spray or similar
Extras:- Trims, lace, button, cotton thread and tartan ribbon
The card might be small but there are a few different elements to it. For the Gesso and snowflake background I would advise preparing several A4 sheets at any one time so you have some to hand.
Cut Kraft cardstock to size before randomly applying Gesso, just skimming over the cardstock with a foam brush. Apply iridescent paste to the Snowflake stencil.
Once dry adhere panel to cardbase (made from white cardstock). Adhere torn lace and guipure lace to top edge.
Ink up the photo real stamp with Archival ink.
* my preference is to ink up the stamp with a brayer and my first choice of ink is Archival but as with anything, there are no rules, those are just my personal preferences.
* to achieve a stamped impression most resembling a photograph, stamp onto glossy cardstock.
Layer to cardbase with a panel comprising of the sentiment stamped onto a piece of scrap Kraft painted with Gesso, edged with pompom trim. To embellish this panel, apply Distress Stain Spray to a jingle bell, attaching to the pompom trim.
Create an embellishment by applying Gesso followed by Snowflake Paste to a That’s Crafty! snowflake, adorning with a button and tartan ribbon. Adhere to top corner of cardbase.
Finally, apply Glamour Dust to the card.
Stamp star and date onto Kraft cardstock prepared with Gesso. Fussy cut, distress edges and apply Glamour Dust. Adhere stamped date to centre of the pocket/bag. Create a faux button appearance by stitching the stamped star to a piece of ticking fabric. Finally, attach a piece of seam binding and tartan ribbon to top corner.
Until next time