When trying to find a gift for someone doesn't it always seem like they already have everything. It can be a little frustrating and we're often left with limited choices. Gift cards sometimes feel impersonal but I found a way to make them extra thoughtful. I think these homemade cards and envelopes just add that personal touch that we're after.
- Adhesive roller tape
- Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board
- Greetings Stamp
- Paper Cutter
- Precision scissors, corner rounder punch & M.S. doily lace punch opt.
Trim your paper to a 4 1/2 inch square. Using the score board and bone folder score at: A 2" mark and B 1 3/8" mark (if you have the scoreboard this will make sense)
Fold and smooth the paper with the bone folder. Paper should be folded so the embossed line creases. This sort of goes against what your first instinct is. You might want to fold the paper where the line indents to make the crease but this isn't the proper way to fold (I'm not sure who made the paper folding rules but they exist non the less: ;) In the picture I should be scoring with the chevron side facing up... what can I say, I like livin' on the edge...
With a highlighter I wanted to show you how to cut the paper to round off the corners. This will give the envelope a more professional look when it's finished.
Fold in the sides and then fold up the bottom.
Using your adhesive roller apply on the area I highlighted. Be careful not to apply too wide a strip or you'll end up sealing the envelope shut.
Using a paper rounder corner punch trim the top of the envelope. You can try to round off the corners by hand but it's surprisingly not as easy as you would think.
That's it you re all done. Pretty easy right. Now you have a great way to give a gift card.
You've taken something impersonal and added your own unique homemade touch. It is sure to be appreciated by anyone receiving it.
*One way to measure the thickness of paper is by how many pounds 500 sheets will weigh. This is pretty much standard in the US. Most cardstock sold in bundles is 65lbs. That means that in one ream (500 sheets) of paper the weight will be 65 pounds. Sometimes the weight of paper isn't listed especially if it's sold individually and you just have to go by feel. I like the feel of a 100lb smooth cardstock. It feels sturdier and stronger. However if you are going to use punches you might want to stick with a thinnner 65lb paper to make a clean punch.
Martha Stewart Scoring Board, $20, Michaels, Martha Stewart Crafts Paper cutter, $20, Michaels, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch, $15, Michaels, Fiskars corner round punch, $10, ACMoore, Color Box white pigment ink, $6, JoAnns.com, Recollections Chevron Paper, $5, Michaels.com, TomBow Adhesive runner, $8, Michaels, MSC Doily Stamps, MSC Holiday Bakers Twine