Dusting off more old tools to make clever envelopes!

I guess you could say I am a bit obsessed with envelopes. I’ve always loved them, I used to save the ones that came in junk mail when I was a kid, I would steam them open and trace them on construction paper to make my own. I still save interesting envelopes that come in the mail to trace! I have designed cutting templates for envelopes, purchased templates and tools and even have a cartridge (from the company that shall not be named) that cuts even more fancy envelopes. So, as you can imageine I have been eyeballing the new Envelope Punch board from WeRMemoryKeepers but I cannot justify one more envelope tool (although if it shows up at Joanns and I have a 50% off coupon all bets are off! LOL!) I really just want the side notch punch that is on the board because¬†
I can make any size envie I want with my other tools. Then while walking the dog the other day I had an “ah-ha!” moment, remember the Basic Grey Notch and Die tool that everybody had to have a few years back? Come to find out it was not all that useful (great for making slots and tabs for gift cards tho) and I had almost forgot I had it. The right angle notch is perfect for trimming out the bits between the flaps, have a look:

but wait, before you scour eBay looking for one of these discontinued wonders I have another idea, try a square punch, just hold it at an angle and punch with the corner part of the square, easy peasy! Flip over the punch so you can see where you are punching. So there is my quick tip today, I hope someone finds it useful and you are not all rolling your eyes at me because I can’t be bothered to trim off the edges with scissors. ūüėÄ What old tools have you used lately? Dust them off, have a go and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Pull-Strip for Cards & WOYWW!

I have been having the brainstorms this week! I loved the look of the cards the Papertrey¬†Ink design team had made that had a pull¬†away strip (think of the pull strips on cardboard ice-cream boxes you use to open them) and I really wanted to try that technique. The PTI girls used a die which I don’t have. I am picky about dies and almost only buy ones that are thick and can cut a variety of materials¬†such as foam, burlap, mat board, metal etc, so I was not really interested in buying a die for such a novel purpose. The good news is that you can replicate this look many ways. Here is my attempt at it:

I am quite pleased with¬†the results. In case you are wondering the seed packet and flower stamps are from Papertrey¬†and the pointing finger is from one of those old Making Memories magnet mount stamp sets and the letters to spell “pull” are from a $1 wood peg mout¬†Studio G set. Here is a close up of the pull tab:

There are so many ways to make the pull strip.

  • You can use a perferator¬†wheel on your paper-cutter¬†to cut two parallel lines and connect them on the pull end.
  • You can use a cutterbee¬†perforating bug (this¬†is¬†the method I wanted to use but I could not find¬†my perforating wheel!) and proceed as above.
  • You can use a Basic Grey Notch¬†and Die tool to make¬†2 series of strait notch lines and connect then at the pull end with the tab notch.
  • You can use an x-acto knife and a metal edge ruler to cut two lines of slits and connect them at the pull end.
  • You can make a template in SCAL2¬†(or snag my free one here) so your electronic die cutter can cut it for you. For an explanation on how to make your own custom templates in scal2¬†please check out my screen shots:

The file I designed¬†will cut 4 cardfronts¬†for a 8.5″x11″ paper, if you are using a smaller cutter like a Cricut¬†Personal just delete the bottom two designs and use a half sheet of paper. I am using SCAL2 and a Cricut¬†Expression and the oval end perforations¬†did not cut all the way through but I think it has more to do with my finicky¬†Cricut than the cutting file ūüôā

***FYI SCAL3 does NOT work with Cricut Machines****

Now Let’s put it together! You want to decorate the cardfront¬†with the strip first. Then you need to stamp your sentiment on the card base. For placement I centered my cardfront¬†on the card base and made little pencil marks on the edge at the top and bottom of the strip. Then I stamped my sentiments.¬† Put a strip of adhesive on both sides of the pull-strip, this will keep the card from tearing when the strip is removed.

Since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday I snapped a pic of mine:

I hope you try this technique it is so much fun! Thanks for stropping by and til next time happy crafting!

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