Saturday, November 22, 2014

Luxury Envelope with Merry Christmas Tag

Luxury Envelope with Merry Christmas Tag
Hi Friends,

Today I'm so excited to share this lovely envelope and tag which I created for my Christmas Card Club this year.  The original designer of this envelope fold is Christina Bitts and you can view her easy folding technique on YouTube.  To follow along, grab one sheet of medium weight 12 x 12 double sided cardstock and your tape runner or glue.  Click here to go to Christina's envelope folding tutorial. 

Once your at Christina's video, you'll see other variations of this envelope done in different sizes and styles.  The one I really like was done by Tara and rather than a tutorial, she shows us her collection of different envelopes she's decorated.  This one really got me thinking about what other items I had that I could use to make mine unique.   Click here to take a look at a few of Tara's beautiful styles. 

Luxury Envelope with Ornament Magnet Closure
Luxury Envelope with Festive Merry Christmas Leaf Tag
Merry Christmas Leaf Tag Close-up

As a designer myself, its very important to me to give credit to these talented artists for sharing their beautiful work and creative ideas.  I encourage you to give Christine and Tara's video's a look (they are both short and sweet) before you get started on your own ideas.   With your stash, who knows what you'll be inspired to do! 

I'm just amazed at how simple Christina's folding technique is and what an amazing envelope it creates.  Embellishing the envelopes can be clean and simple or as elaborate as your heart desires.  No matter which way you go, they are easy and fun!  

Christine and Tara chose to adhere seam binding or ribbon to tie their envelopes closed. You can see by the pictures below that I chose to use a magnet for a closure.   Even as I write this, there are several more ideas floating around in my head.  The sizing and decorating possibilities are just endless! 

Top (Open) Magnet Closure
Bottom (Hidden) Closure
A word of caution:   I used a heavily glittered page which did two things.  First, it created a massive glitter bomb which I am sure to be cleaning for weeks (or months) to come.  And second, since my paper was heavily glittered on the front side when I folded my flap the score line across the inside was rough enough to almost split the heavy paper. To get crisp clean fold lines, I recommend using a medium weight double sided paper (rather than a heavy weight) and remember to cover your entire workspace if you chose glitter paper! 

Close Up of Tag Top

Well friends that's it for me today.  The balance of this post is dedicated to my supply list and sources.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  If you have a minute to leave a comment, please know that I always appreciate hearing from you! 

If your new to my blog, please 'follow' along or sign up for emails so you don't have to wander any further than your in-box to see what's next!   Until next time, remember to create from the heart and live life inspired!  ~ Dawna

Ornament Magnet Closure

Luxury Envelope and Merry Christmas Tag
 Supply List

1 ea 12 x 12 Tinsel Paper from MME Joyous Collection
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Textured Criss Cross - Kisses Cardstock
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Canvas Textured - Ivy Cardstock
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Grass Cloth Textured - French Vanilla  Cardstock
1 ea 12 x 12 Bazzill Gold Foil Cardstock
Elizabeth Craft Designs:  3-Leaves No. 953 Tag Die Set
Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Ornament No. 3 Die Set
Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Merry Christmas Die Set
Martha Stewart Frond Leaf Punch 
Spellbinders Poinsettia Die Set (used med flower for leaves)

12" of Websters Pages Velvet Red Sparkle Ribbon
12" of 1" wide Venice Lace from Tresors de Luxe at Etsy
6" of 7/8" wide Sheer Red Organza Ribbon
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Use on Ribbon and Rhinestones)
Aleene's Easy Flow Glue  (Paper to Paper)  
1 set 1/4" Magnets (for flap closure)
5 ea 5/8" Red Rhinestones
11 ea 1/4" Red Rhinestones

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