‘It’s Your Birthday’ Envelope by Leanne McAlpine

Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog post of 2019. I hope you are all managing to keep warm and dry during all this snowy weather we are having?
Today I’m sharing with you my altered envelope.
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I was recently sent a collection of items as shown. This collection included dies from Joy Crafts. I have never used their dies before but was really impressed with how they cut and how easily they released especially as the cuts were quite intricate.
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If you’re anything like me, you probably have a stash of envelopes at home that never get used. I buy premade cards and envelopes but as my cards have loads of embellishments, I never use the envelopes but can’t bear to throw them out. I have turned this envelope into a pocket that would be perfect for housing a tag but equally this could be adapted to be used inside a memory book. Envelopes are also a great base for making memory books from.
I used a DL envelope here, but this would work well with any size.
The papers I have used are from Craft Sensation, I say papers, but they are actually card stock. They are double sided with a variety of spring time patterns.
To begin I sealed the envelope then trimmed the top edge off with a guillotine.
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I cut a piece of the paper pad slightly smaller than the size of the envelope. I distressed the edges and inked with distress ink before fixing to the envelope. I attached it to the side with the flap, so it was hidden.
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I then cut 2 more layers of the paper in contrasting colours, distressing and inking the edges.
To add some interest, I die cut a fancy border edger die from cream card. I edged this with distress ink to age it and fixed this to the back of layer as shown.
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The smaller layer was wrapped with some silk ribbon. This is fab quality and a beautiful vintage dusky pink colour that matches the paper pad well. The 2 layers were then attached to the base layer.
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Using the Joy Craft layering flower dies a cut a number of layers from cream card stack. These dies cut really well and the faux stitched edges to the flowers add to the distress/vintage look. 2 layers is all that is needed to create a flower. Again, using the same distress ink, I inked the edges of the flowers before layering and adding a pearl drop to the centre of each one. I also cut and inked some of the leaf fronds and attached to the project as shown before stamping a sentiment and attaching.
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Thanks for popping by.
Join me next time for more crafty inspiration.
Leanne x

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