I created this money envelope using this tutorial created by Wendy Vecchi of Studio 490. I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have all the stamps she used or one of the Distress Ink colors. I must admit it’s nice stepping out of your comfort zone every once in awhile and stamping is certainly stepping out for me. It’s scary as I cannot get over the everything needs to be perfect stuff but I am trying.
Oh and let me fill you in on a little secret… today is my super sweet friend Wendy’s birthday. I think she is celebrating something like her 25th. I don’t know I could be wrong but I know I’m not off by far. So when you go over to check out her awesome tutorial make sure you wish her a “Happy Birthday” too. She will be so surprised and surprises are great on your birthday.
Substituted Supplies: Forest Moss, Studio 490 Art Fit for a Queen – the Ticking stamp, Studio 490 Seriously Art – Polka Dot stamp, Tim Holtz Mini Holidays, Studio 490 Make Mine Mini, Studio 490 Book Art Basics, Glossy Accents, Ribbon
Supplies Used: #8 Manila Tag, Archival Inks – Jet Black, Coffee, Distress Inks – Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Pine Needles and Fired Brick, Studio 490 The Art of Making it Merry (Christmas Background, Make it Merry stamps), Studio 490 Be Inspired Make Art (Plaid Background, Leaf Stamps), Studio 490 Ticket To Art (Spatter Background), Heidi Grace Clear Stamps – Christmas, Distress Stickles – Fired Brick, Rock Candy, Stickles – Diamond, Platinum, Enamel Accents – White, Seam Binding, Black Pen, Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, Old Fashioned Mica Snowflakes, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Diamond Glaze, Maya Road Metallic Inkpad – Silver, Maya Road Snowflakes
- I created the money envelope just as Wendy instructs in her tutorial although before inking I cut the bottom and top of the tag using scallop scissors to give the flap and pocket a decorative edge. Note: If I did not have a certain stamp or Distress ink color Wendy used I substituted it for what I did have.
- After I had the envelope all inked and stamped I accented the swirls with Diamond Stickles and added berries using Fired Brick Distress Stickles.
- I created mistletoe berries using White Enamel Accents and accented the leaves around them using Diamond Stickles, once dry I added Rock Candy Distress Stickles on top. After the Distress Stickles dried I outlined the leaves with a Black Pen.
- Since I wanted the words “Santa” and “Believe” to have color and not left with just the black outlined image I painted Fired Brick Distress Ink inside the black border. To do this all I did was push the stamp pad onto my craft sheet and added a little water. Then I used a fine bristled paintbrush and got to painting. After this was dry I applied Diamond Stickles on top of the Fired Brick ink.
- I then outlined the entire tag using Platinum Stickles, once dry I glued the bottom flap using Quick Dry Tacky Glue to form the pocket.
- Next, I added a little Quick Dry Adhesive around the mistletoe leaves and berries and applied Old Fashioned Mica Snowflakes.
- Cover the front of a Maya Road Snowflake using Silver ink, apply Diamond Glaze on top of the inked snowflake, generously apply Fine Silver German Glass Glitter, tap off excess, let dry.
- Once the adhesive for the Mica is dry attach the glittered snowflake to the top front flap of the envelop as shown, thread Green Seam Binding and tie into a bow.
Ok for today you should create something out of your comfort zone. It really is fun.