If you like to give gifts cards during Christmas this little project might give you some inspiration! It's so easy to tuck a gift card into a card or little envelope, but if you spend a few extra moments to make the envelope special, it will help the recipient feel like you really had them in mind when creating it!
I started making these little envelopes by taking some White Mini Paper Bags from Canvas Corp and stamping a wood grain design over the top of them. I used Ground Espresso Distress Ink to do the stamping. I wanted a darker color to contrast the white, but I didn't want black. The dark brown worked just fine!
I also used that same color of brown to stamp the pinecones from the Sketched Holiday stamp set. I stamped them four times, and then fussy cut them out. Then, I used several more shades of brown Distress Ink to color over the pinecones.
After I had all the pinecones colored, I stacked and adhered two together using a bit of foam adhesive. Then, I glued a red raffia bow to each along with some tiny leaves from Petaloo. I set the envelopes and the pinecones aside while I worked on the sentiments.
I grabbed my Holiday Sentiments stamp set from Brutus Monroe and stamped out the "Merry Christmas" on a few strips of vellum. I used the Penny Embossing Powder, and I just love that metallic shine it gives! It fit perfectly with the overall look of these envelopes. I then cut the vellum down to size, and cut a little flag shape on the end of each.
To adhere the vellum to the envelopes, I used some tiny dots of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue behind the letters. It can sometimes be difficult to hide your adhesive behind vellum, but if you get clever with where you add your adhesive it can be done!
With my sentiments done, the only thing I had to do was assemble all the pieces! I added the pinecones off to the side with some tape runner adhesive, and then also added a few red sequins here and there. Now, I personally think all Christmas projects should sparkle a little, so I also added just a bit of Stickles to the ends of the pinecones.
These little gift card envelopes came together pretty quickly, so if you plan on giving out a handful of gift cards this Christmas, it shouldn't take you too long to decorate a little envelope if you want to!
I hope you enjoyed today's project and remember to always "Create Your Own Ending"!
Until next time,