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MIM #100: How to Package Cards with Oversized Embellishments

by cbaptista on 01/18/2013

Sometimes creativity has a mind of its own and when in the “zone” sometimes embellishments happen to find it’s way out of a standard A2 sized card’s boundaries.  So, the Make It Monday challenge this week is to allow that creativity to flow and instead of limiting your project to the boundaries of the card size, adapt to it by coming up with a packaging solution to the “problem”.

I typically run into this packaging issue when I use floral embellishments.  Parts of my leaves or petals tend to hang off the edge.  I usually just use a plain, bigger envelope and that solves my problem.  I still used a larger sized (A6) envelope with this card, but this time I prettied it up to match the card.  I’m really digging the herringbone background pattern I stamped on the card so I decided to carry it on to the envelope.  This is the front of the envelope:

I stamped half of the herringbone pattern on the across the bottom of the front of the envelope.  I wanted to keep the front of the envelope simple and to leave plenty of space for the addresses.  And, here is the back of the envelope:

It is a bit more decorated.  I took apart the envelope by steaming it open.  Only I didn’t do a very good job of it (read: impatient), that’s why it looks a little weird.  I stamped the left and right flaps with the same herringbone pattern, put the envelope back together and glued a little Rosie Posie die cut rose to the top flap.  I’ll glue it down really well once the card is ready for mailing.

I really like how the decorated envelope makes the card look more “finished”.  I’m going to have to start doing this more often!

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Paper: Lynx Digital Paper (white, 100#), Neenah Royal Sundance Cover (brilliant white, 80#), The Paper Company
Stamps: Rosie Posie (PTI), Natural Beauties (PTI), Fabulous Frames (PTI), Beautiful Butterflies (PTI), Interlocking Backdrops (lawn fawn)
Ink: Grape Jelly (Momento), Lulu Lavendar (Momento), Sweet Plum (Momento), Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz Distress Ink/Ranger), Stick Candy (Jenni Bowlin/Ranger), Onyx Black (VersaFine), VersaMark Watermark Ink
Other: Fabulous Frames Dies (PTI), Rosie Posie Dies (PTI), Clear Embossing Powder (Zing!/American Crafts)

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