Pushing the Envelope

Looking for ways to switch up your cardmaking game? Well you’re in luck, because today we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeves (or cards, in this instance!) to help you take things to the next level!

For starters, try decorating your envelopes so they coordinate with your cards.

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It’s like creating your own stationery! Getting a beautiful handmade card is already a breath of fresh air, so imagine how much you’ll brighten someone’s day by giving a card with a beautiful, matching envelope.

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You can also add stamping to your envelopes. This “Thinking of You” envelope communicates love and empathy before it’s even opened.

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Embossing is another great way to make your cards extra special. It’s simple to do, but gives your cards a high-end look.

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And while you have your embossing machine out, here’s another fun idea to try—embossing the flaps of your envelopes!

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Eager to start crafting? Then head over to your Consultant’s website to get your hands on these Flash Sale bundles, which are perfect for making unique cards:

CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack)
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle
CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack)

Remember to hurry though, because these bundles will only be available until Monday at 3:00 pm (MDT) or while supplies last!

Recipes

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Thanks Card & Envelope
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5931 Champagne Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Thinking of You Card, Thanks Card, & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼” × 5 ½” So Sorry Card & Thinking of You Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Happy Birthday Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2846 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 
4 ¼” × 5 ½” Happy Birthday Cheer Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), B1504 My Acrylix® Sending Love, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

 

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Pushing the Envelope: A Letter to Papercrafters

Dear Papercrafters,

When you hear the word “envelope,” you probably think of the plain, white ones used to hold cards, letters, and bills. Well, we’re writing to tell you that, contrary to popular belief, envelopes are not only purposeful but also artful! Today we’re going to expand the envelope’s repertoire by showing you how to incorporate these playful pouches into your artwork.

Let’s start with scrapbooking. With the help of the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, you can create miniature envelopes from brightly colored papers to embellish your pages and layouts. Take a look at the three mini envelopes on this page:

Love You

These adorable envelopes are the perfect way to add a sense of familiarity, friendship, and intrigue to any scrapbook page. And wouldn’t it be a fun place to showcase a child’s nickname, a family saying, or a cute quote? We think so! Leave your envelopes closed, open, or a mix of both for visual variety.

Love You mini envelope

Using a double-sided paper, like one from our Paper Fundamentals line, makes for a cute peek-a-boo pattern on the inside of the envelope.

If you don’t have a Cricut® machine, don’t worry! You can still join the envelope fun by gathering up some of those plain, white purposeful envelopes you have lying around the house and upgrading them to a beautiful photo album.

One of our artists created a mini album with 4 ¼” x 5 ½” White Daisy envelopes, and we think the results are simply genius! It’s stowaway scrapbooking with bits and pieces tucked here and there that make the act of thumbing through the pages almost as adventurous as the memories themselves.

Life Album

The envelope acts as a perfect pocket for holding smaller pictures or little notes about the experience. Attaching paper tabs to the back of these keepsakes makes it easy to lift them from the envelope pockets. Plus, it looks pretty cute, too.

Eiffel Tower

Use the plainness of the envelope to your advantage by showcasing stamps or embellishments on its smooth surface. Our artist used a simple yet meaningful stamp and design on this envelope:

Lighthouse

Have we convinced you to try using envelopes to preserve your favorite memories, yet? Whether you’re cutting mini envelopes on your Cricut® machine or repurposing plain card envelopes, we’re confident that you’ll find a way to take the creative reputation of envelopes from drab to fab.

Best wishes in your quest to push the bounds of envelope creativity!

Sincerely,

Close To My Heart

12″ x 12″ Love You More Page
Make It from Your HeartVol. 1: Pattern 9
D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1790 Cricut® Artiste Collection, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artiste
3/4″ Shift+Accent2 (p. 51)

Artfully Sent
2″ <Env-5> (p. 41)

Life Envelope Album
D1648 My Acrylix® Snapshot Memories, D1647 My Acrylix® Documenting Moments, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, Z1476 White Daisy Envelopes, Z2032 Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1999 1″ Circle Punch

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