Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Altered Envelope Gift Card Holder

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! I am working with the newest release, Everyday Heroes! I am also using the January and February release stamps and dies: Birds and Blooms and Butterfly Medley.

I decided to create an altered envelope/gift card holder for you this week. I found some #9 kraft envelops in my stash, and wanted to play around with them. These envelopes are 8 7/8" x 3 7/8" in size. I think business-size envelopes are called #10, and these are a similar size, except these are top-loading. 

I decorated the front and the back of the envelope, plus I added a pull-out tag. You could write a note, add photos, or glue a gift card to the pull-out tag.

Decorate the front of the envelope by first trimming a plain section from the Everyday Heroes "boot and butterfly" paper to 8 3/4" x 3 3/4". Use a stamp positioning tool to stamp the newsprint image from the Everyday Hero Newsprint Cling Stamp Set onto the paper with Creamy Brown Chalk Ink. Cover the surface of the paper with the stamped image, making sure to create "newspaper grid." Sponge the edges of the paper with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Attach the stamped paper to the front of the envelope. 

Trace a section of the Everyday Heroes striped paper to cover the inside of the envelope flap. Fold the flap to the front of the envelope and glue into place to create a decorative "topper" for the top of the envelope front. Use the Cut Mat Create 2A Die to trim the Delicate Flourish from black cardstock. Attach the flourish to the top center of the envelope flap. 

Stamp the "Celebrating You" sentiment from the You Inspire Me Cling Stamp Set onto kraft cardstock with black ink.

Use the arrow shape from the Everyday Heroes Die to trim out the sentiment.

Flip the die around and cut the "banner" section on the other side of the sentiment.

Tape the die in place, making sure to line up the cutting lines.

Sponge with distress ink and attach the sentiment banner to the bottom of the envelope front with foam adhesive. 

Cover a 4 7/8" x 2 3/8" Manila shipping tag with Everyday Heroes paper containing the blue rose and butterfly images, trim the excess paper. Sponge the edges of the tag with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Attach the tag to the right edge of the envelope front, approximately 2" from the top.

Stamp the flower branch from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the image with distress and pigment inks. Cut out the branch with the Birds and Blooms Die and attach the branch to the top part of the tag as shown, using foam adhesive. 

Stamp the six small flowers from the Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set twice onto white cardstock. Color the flowers with pigment ink. Cut the flowers with the Leafy Branch Die. Shape the flowers and attach to the flowers on the branch. Create a few buds, the others keep flat and layer over the existing flowers on the branch.  Add black glitter glue to some of the flower centers. 

Stamp the flowers once and leaves twice from the Botanical Rose Cling Stamp Set with black ink onto white cardstock. Sponge the flowers and leaves with pigment ink. Use the Botanical Wings Die to cut out the flowers and leaves. Create a rose by gluing the flowers together. Glue the rose to the bottom of the tag as shown. Add the leaves. 

Stamp the leaves from Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set onto white cardstock with black ink. Color the leaves with distress ink and cut out with the Leafy Branch Die. Glue the leaves to the right edge of the tag. Add a small blue flower as shown. 

Stamp the Butterfly Medley Cling Stamp Set onto neutral Everyday Heroes paper with black ink. Sponge the largest butterfly with blue pigment ink. Cut out the image with the Butterfly Medley Die. Attach the large butterfly to the tag with foam tape as shown.

Decorate the back of the envelope by first using a circle punch to cut a notch out of the top of the backside of the envelope. Trim the paper with the image of the boot and the butterflies to 8 3/4" x 3 3/4". 

Use a circle punch to notch the top center of the paper and sponge the edges. Attach the paper to the back of the envelope, lining up the notches. 

Use a 2 3/4"circle die template to trim a section of Everyday Heroes paper containing the blue rose. Use foam adhesive to attach the rose image over the top of the boot image on the back of the envelope. Trim a piece of striped paper to 1 3/4" x 3 3/4" and line the top inside of the envelope so that the striped paper shows behind the notch made in the previous step.

Create a journaling card to slip into the envelope. Cut black cardstock to 8 1/2" x 3 5/8". Cut two pieces of kraft cardstock to 8 3/8" x 3 1/2" and attach to the front and back of the black panel. Trim one piece of Everyday Heroes paper containing the blue rose and butterfly image to 8 1/4" x 3 3/8". Sponge the edges and attach to the front of the kraft panel. Trim a piece of tan with black dots Everyday Heroes paper to 8 1/4" x 3 3/8". Sponge the edges and attach to the back of the kraft panel. Slide the panel into the envelope. 

Visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for more inspiration!
Products Used:
HCDP1- 253 Everyday Heroes Paper Collection

Other products used: 

Spellbinders dies: Standard Circles Large
Envelope: The Paper Studio #9 Kraft Envelope
Cardstock: WorldWin Black, White, Kraft
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass), ColorBox Pigment Ink (Aqua, Robin's Egg, Seaglass, Chestnut)
Glitter glue: Couture Creations Glitzin' Glamour Black
Manila shipping tag: office supply
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, My Sweet Petunia MISTI, Stampin' Up circle punch, hot glue gun
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks


  1. Gloria, I love your project! Every detail is perfectly placed. What a beautiful way to showcase a gift.

  2. A beautiful project in every detail, gorgeous X

  3. As always your project is so creative! I love how you cut the banner die to change the whole look of the cut out! Have a great Wednesday!

  4. Another beautiful project! A lot of work went into this! I like your tip on how to get a different look with one die.Hugs!

  5. Beautiful! I love tags rather then traditional cards!

  6. beautiful altered envelope, love the reverse die idea to create a double banner

  7. You never disappoint when I drop by, I always se a gorgeous work of art......

  8. I super love this clever design! Your flowers are stunning, too!

  9. Beautiful gift card holder Gloria! I love the different design and your embellishments! Blessings! Kathy

  10. Hi, Love this tag in a pocket...so romantic!. hugs

  11. Love the long size of the envy and the great mini tutorial on creating the banner! I will def be following this tip Gloria!

  12. Fantastic Gloria! What a wonderful keepsake to receive along with a gift card! Hugs

  13. Awesome !!! Hugs xx