Monday, February 6, 2012

Black and White Card

Are you working on the Scrap Challange...just a couple of more days!!!  Maybe this card will inspire you to make a quick card using scraps!  This is perfect for that!

I rarely work with black and white and I don't really know why because I really like the classy look it leaves behind on a project. So, today, I decided to work with it and make a cute 4x4 card with a homemade envelope with a different type of closer. It is one that you see quite frequently, but in this case, it is homemade! I saw a similar envelope idea on one of kwerner's videos at She has millions of videos on how to make all types of cards. Her envelope was not square and maybe not even homemade, but I figured I could make it myself, so, I went for it! I did it on the first try, which is great for you because I have all the measurements all ready put together for you.

The card itself is pretty self explanatory by the picture. It is a 4x8 piece of card stock that is folded in half. I started by covering the entire front with a pale grey piece of paper. I then put the two matching pieces of black and white patterned strips on the bottom of the card. I then ran a piece of ribbon across the front and secured it with a brad. Then, I added the "Hi" with card stock letters. I rounded the corners and then inked the top part of the card with a white stamp pad and the bottom of the card with a black stamp pad. That is it! Simple and cute and ready to send to someone!

As for the envelope, the finished size is 4.25 x 4.25. It fits the 4x4 card perfectly with a little wiggle room!

1. Cut out a piece of paper that is 5.25 x 11.
2. Place the piece of paper vertically on your score board and score at the 1/2 inch line and the 4 3/4 line.
3. Now turn the paper horizontally and score at the 4 1/4 line and the 8 1/2 line
4. With the paper still laying horizontally, mentally make a note that the right side of the paper is the top and the left side is the bottom! Remember this for the next step.
5. At this point I want you to take the paper and place it into your paper trimmer and trim 1/4 of an inch off the top and 1/2 inch off the bottom.
6. Now, you are going to cut off all four corners (the rectangles between the score lines). See the picture below...your corners should look like mine.
7. Now I want you to punch a half circle in the bottom center of the seen below. This makes it easier for the receiver to remove the card out of the envelope.
8. Now, if you would like, you can cut the top edge of the card with a border punch of your choice.

Your finished product should look like the picture below!

Now, what I want you to do is to look at the picture below at the string closer. This is what you are about to do to your card. It is SIMPLE! Don't give up now!

I want you to now fold the envelope until it looks like it would when it is finished.  Fold the side wings in, the bottom flap up and then the top flap down.  You now need to make the marks for the holes that you will be inserting the eyelet into, as seen above.  Find the center and make a dot on the top flap about 3/4 of an inch above the bottom of the flap.  Then measure 1 1/2 inches below it and make another mark on the bottom flap.  Now you are ready to punch a small hole with your Crop-a-Dile at each dot.  Next, you need to select a small shape (punch a circle, square, hexagon...etc) and punch it out or use a dicut machine to cut it out.  I don't have a small circle punch (which I need to buy) so I just used a hexagon punch by Creative Memories.  You could use any type of shape that you can wrap a string around.  Punch the same size hole into the center or your shape pieces and secure each one onto the envelope with an eyelet.  Use some string of some sort (I used embroidery string) and tie a double knot around the top eyelet, wrap the string up and down on each shape and cut off the excess string.  Simple!!  It looks a little daunting at first but it is really simple!

Now it is time to glue the sides shut. Undo your string, fold the bottom flap up onto the wings and secure with glue or red tape. Now your card and envelope are ready to send! How fun was that??? Hope this inspires you to make a card today and an envelope to match!  Remember, it is always homemade!  Have a great day!


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