Saturday, 1 October 2016

How to make a plain envelope fancy (Die'sire)

I love making cards but sometimes feel disappointed with the envelope it goes in so I decided to see what I could do with a fairly cheap shop bought envelope.

First the card. This is a simple 6" x 6" card using cream card stock and the Die'sir Classiques Corner Die (Floral Corner):

You will need a 6" x 12" piece of Cream card which you fold in half to make the base. Take another piece of Cream card measuring 53/4" x 53/4" which will be for the topper. The great thing about the Corner dies is that you get two of the same design which speeds things up. Place each die in a corner and run through your die cutting machine to cut and then to emboss. Move the dies to the other two corners and repeat.

I inked through the die for highlights. Stick this to a 53/4" x 53/4" piece of coloured or patterned paper and then stick this to the base card. I used two strips of the same coloured paper to cross over the top and a circle for the sentiment.

It wouldn't be me if it didn't have a little bit of bling so I added a few extra flowers, some gems and a small butterfly to finish.

That was when I looked at the envelope it would go in and thought absolutely not! So here is the envelope after a quick die cut:

I just used one of the die's on the flap and decorated the front and back with the same paper I used for the card. I did use Distress Inks to give it an off white finish (need to put Cream envelopes on the shopping list).

But I didn't stop there because then I looked at the scrap pieces I had left and rather than adding them to a growing pile I headed over to Pinterest to see what I could do with them.

And here it is, a little corner bookmark which I think will make a fabulous matching pressie to go with the card:

Rather a long post for me this time but I hope you like it. I would love to see any envelopes you alter or what you use your scraps of paper for. You can visit me on my Facebook page and leave me a message or a link to your work.

Thanks for popping by x

Items Used:
Die'sire Classiques Floral Corner
Cream Card
Sara's Butterfly Lullaby (Flit & Flutter)
Sara's Floral Delight (Pretty Petals)
Distress Ink (Iced Spruce)


  1. Hi Angela all your creations are gorgeous that is a beautiful die. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Really stunning, love the blue and the envelope is the perfect finishing touch.

  3. beautiful card and envelope. love the bookmark maggie

  4. WOW what stunning work and thanks for the instructions :-)
    I know what you mean about envelopes - they are soooo drab :-(

  5. wow again angela the card is beautiful so elegant and I love that die ... the envelope is amazing and what a great idea love the little book mark too ... well done ... thank you for visiting my blog sorry I didnt get round to the weekend blog hop but better late than never eh ? lol ... hope you have a good week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  6. Beautiful card love the colours and fab matching envelope. Xx

  7. Gorgeous card and envelope. It's amazing how dies can transform a plain envelope.