If you haven't been inspired create handmade holiday gifts until this point, there is no excuse after today. Stop by Nichole's blog to see what the Papertrey Ink design team has put together for you! I just can't help but get excited about using some of these ideas for my own gift giving. I love the inspiration.
My own gift was something I put together with my Grandma in mind. I have so many special and happy memories of her and I doing craft and sewing projects together while I was growing up and she truly appreciates and cherishes handmade gifts. We draw names for gift giving for our holiday celebration and she always tells me, "If you draw my name, all I want is for you to make my Christmas cards to send out." Do you think I have drawn her name since then? Nope! Nichole's project inspired me to put this project together now and give it to her just because. I know she's going to love it and I know that she will use it.
Right now, I don't have a pattern made up for the felt cover, but I will share that information with you soon. The cover is made with 2 felt squares. Mine is wool felt, but you could use any kind.
I stamped one of the snowflake borders from my new Rustic Snowflakes set with Versamark ink, embossed the snowflakes in clear embossing powder and then painted Twinkling H2O's over them. The embossed snowflakes resist the Twinkling H2O paints.
I quickly added snowflakes to the envelopes with the same border from the set. It quickly dresses up the envelopes to coordinate with the cards.
Here's a look at the inside of the felt folder. One side has a pocket for the cards & envelopes, and the other side has a pocket for address labels, postage stamps, and also a little side pocket for a pen! I printed out the address labels (which you will find here) on my computer and left a 1" margin on the left side of the address so I could add a snowflake stamped in silver ink to each label.
The cover image is a paper label that I stitched right onto the felt. You could definitely stamp your cover decoration on fabric as well.
I can see this project so easily adapted to other themes - birthday cards, thank you cards, monogram cards, etc. You will probably see more of these from me in the future!
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post - make sure to see all of the projects created by the design team on Nichole's blog. Michelle Wooderson (our newest senior design team member!) has a sneak peek project with Melissa's new set, Merry & Bright, and I know Melissa will have more peeks at her blog too.
Tomorrow the countdown winds to the end, so stop by for a last peek before the official release at midnight EST on the 15th at Papertrey Ink!
Snowflake Card Sending Kit
stamps: Rustic Snowflakes (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Jet Black Archival (Ranger), silver pigment
cardstock: white, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
accessories: Aqua Mist grosgrain ribbon (Papertrey Ink), address labels (Papertrey Ink), Twinkling H2O's (LuminArte Inc.), envelopes, felt, buttons, clear embossing powder, heat embossing tools, sewing machine/thread, linen thread