25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 12
I love pockets and have developed several projects which utilize envelope “pockets”. When you cut out through the layers of the envelope and slip another paper inside, you get a cool gift tag or ornament that catches the light! Grab the small blue envelope (from envelopes.com) and the square of Ginwashi (from GPC Papers).
Okay, fair warning here. If you are not adept at using an craft knife, this project is a bit tedious, and cutting through the layers of the envelope requires a sharp knife and some umph. You might consider simplifying the design by cutting out the 6 triangular pie-shaped pieces and leaving out all of the ornate little bits.
Another warning: you might be tempted to cut the design with a punch, which is a great idea. However, most punches will not cut through the double layer of envelope paper, and I speak from experience – I’ve ruined a punch trying!
For this project you will need:
- This template
- Blue envelope
- White flecked Ginwashi paper cut to 2″ x 3-1/4″
- Ruler, optional (I cut freehand)
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
Step 1: Cut Snowflake: Cut out the template and tape it in place on the envelope, making sure that you will not cut through the envelope flap. Cut out the dark parts of the template.
Step 2: Insert Ginwashi & Prep Hanger: Slip the sheet of Ginwashi into the envelope pocket. Cut a piece of thread or string approximately 18″ in length and double knot one end.
Step 3: Attach Hanger: Slip the un-knotted end of the hanger beneath the flap and seal the flap. Hang your ornament in a window, on a tree, or use it as a gift tag. It is tricky to photograph these types of things with light behind them! There’s a snow storm brewing over here in Colorado.
Share your ideas in the comments box below and show us what you made in the 25 Days of Paper FB group.
About the 25 Days of Paper 2015: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. Throughout December, I’ll be posting a paper tutorial on even days, and every odd day will bring news about paper artists, stores, distributors and more! Receive updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!