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Thursday, March 3, 2011

"HERE, THERE, ANYWHERE" ONE PIECE, BUILT-IN ENVELOPE CARD

Hello and happy Thursday!!!  Thank you all for joining me again for my DT project for  Sheila's wonderful blog today.

This is not the project I'd intended; however, I couldn't complete the project I've had for a week now.  My project today is interesting though, considering I had absolutely no idea where I was going with it, lol!  I got excited and thought I was back on a roll when I had the cut.file completed and then the construction of this project down; but when it came to how to embellish it, my creative thoughts took the same flying leap out the window as my thoughts did for the other project I've yet to complete!  I kept telling myself something Sheila often says and which she refers to as "KISS"... Keep It Simple Silly!  That's definitely what I've done today!  I found a bunch of leftovee items I hadn't used on previous projects and/or there wasn't enough for what I needed at the time, and I altered them to suit this project.  Because I ran out of time to plan, I think my leftovers look pretty decent as embellishments!  But it's the card itself that's the project today!


So, what's unique about this card?  It has a built-in envelope that can be placed on any side of the card you'd like depending on how you fold it.  Yes, built in -- meaning only 1 sheet of cardstock and one cut!!!  The envie can be on the inside right or left, or the front or back of the card; it's totally up to you!  And, what do you place in the envelope?  That's totally up to you too -- money, a tag, whatever fits! 

I decided I wanted my envie on the inside right of the card and I'm going to show you how I folded it to get it there, and how I  made this card.  I'll also show you how to fold it to place the envie on the front, back, and inside left.  So let's get started.  Materials needed for the card:

1 - 12" x 12" sheet of desired cardstock (that's it and only 1 cut)

Begin by cutting out the cut.file template:


For your envelope to be on the inside right or on the front of the card, align your template on a table as shown below:

Note:  You must fold in a 1/2 " tab at the bottom of the bottom panel on the left of the card for the envelope closure; unfortunately, I forgot to allow tick marks for this fold on the template.

Now bone-fold the tabs and card panels (and the 1/2" tab on the bottom right side panel at the bottom):


Add glue to the top and bottom tabs on the right panel (shown above), fold the panel over to below the tab on the left side panel (which is the cover tab to the envelope) and bone-fold envelope in place:


After you've glued down the envelope beneath the flap, turn the card around to look like this:


Now, here's the fun part!  When you fold the remaining left panel over the top of the envelope, you have a card with an envelope on the inside right.  However, if you fold the left panel to the back (behind the envelope) you have a card with the envelope on the front.  Just look at the card example above and imagine that left panel being folded over or under!  How fun is that?!!!

To get the envelope on the inside left or on the back of the card, align your template to look like this:

Now follow the same folding and gluing steps as described above; however, the remaining panel will now be on the right side instead of the left side.  It will look like this:



Now if you  fold the right panel over the envelope, you'll have a card with an envelope on the inside left of the card; fold the panel back and beneath the envelope, you'll have a card with the envelope on the back of the card.  Pretty cool, huh?

Well, here's my card with the envelope on the inside right:


To hold my envelope closed, I've attached a small 2-piece magnet:


What's in my envelope?  Well, nothing right now!  I'll figure that out later!  LOL!

Now go off, make this card, and decorate it any way you'd like.  You can even use leftovers for embellies like I did, and please let me see what ideas you've come up with for this card!!!  I'd love to see how you've designed yours!  You can really play with this card!  You can remove the tab from the envelope and make it a pocket -- experiment with it!

I have the cut.file (George and Storybook carts) available at the bottom of this post - at the very end. 
I would have liked to -- but as it is now past 2 a.m. in the morning and I 'm still completing this post --I won't have time to do it now but, if anyone doesn't know how and would like me to convert this into a Gypsy file, please let me know.  I'll also provide a PDF file for those of you that may not have a Cricut.  However, unless you request it, I probably won't get around to doing it soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it, and...

 I'll be seeing you!

Download files:
card with built in envie.cut

card with built in envie.gypsy

39 comments:

Love That Bug said...

Ok, how creative are you? I love this idea. You should market it, really! This is so original. I really wish I could sit next to you while you are thinking (maybe some of your thoughts will jump on me).
Absolutely fantastic!!!
Hugs
Stacy

Jamie Lane said...

So clever and such a great design! :)

Lori Apgar said...

A secret pocket...I love it!!! Your card is amazing my friend!!!!

Besthobbyeva said...

Wow this is awesome! Thanks so very much for the instructions, that really does help!!

This card is beautiful. Very elegant looking!

I love the KISS rule I am so using this, thanks to your friend for passing it along.

Laurie

Rhonda Emery said...

very very creative and pretty. I wouldnt say its simple but it is beautiful. I love it. hugs

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow.... I am glad you shared the steps to give justice to the card. It turned out beautiful! Love the colors you chose. Have a fabulous and blessed day!

Nicole said...

This is amazing! I love it!

Ladybug said...

Trust you, Audrey, to make something "hidden" and very special!! It's beautiful! TFS! :-)

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Wow...this is a beautiful card. The envelope is a clever idea. You could easily place a gift card inside. So perfect for gift giving. Love it. :)

Rose said...

nope this is not "cool".............. it is AWESOME!!!! oh the possibilities :)

you rock girl :) and so does this card!!!

DonnaMundinger said...

You are SUCH a clever gal! this is such a unique design. LOVE it! xxD

Dawnll said...

Unbelievable! You really are. I love that you create these ideas in your head and run with them.
I LOVE this envelope built in and can't believe you just whipped it up.
Thanks for sharing sweetie

Terry Oulboub said...

Audrey, what a fantastic idea! I just love the color scheme and ink distressing. This is so elegant!

Luvy said...

Love it Audrey! And, yes, yes, yes, please convert to a gypsy file. I don't have the software to open this. Thanks bunches!

Also, do have a gypsy file for the fry bag/box you did the other day?

Awesome projects!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is a wonderful combination envelope. It is not simple though! BEAUTIFUL Thanks for sharing with us at Shes A Sassy Lady today.

lovemypaper said...

WOW Audrey this card is just to cute, thanks for the file I will work on one soon.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

This is so awesome!!! You are soooo stinkin' creative, I ♥ it!

magicwanda said...

Oh Audrey
How cool is that !!!
I love this and I thnk for all your odds and ends your card turned out Fab.
Hugs Wanda

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [04 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Katherine Bonner said...

That is a awesome card with the envelop. I would love to have a gypsy file.

Beebeebabs said...

Thanks Audrey for stopping by. I love love love your card/envel - I have to try this one day. You did a lovely job tfs!!

joeygirl86 said...

Hi Audrey I hope you are doing good! Thanks for checking out my little bloggy lately! I love all the sweet comments you always leave me! This card is beautiful! Have a great weekend! :)

flowerdisco said...

wow darling, what a genius!

Marlene said...

Very smart, a built in envelope. Love it.
xxx
Marlene

Mary said...

Well aren't you the clever one! I love this idea. Hmm wonder if I could use this for a wedding invitation I have to do? I could use the envie to put the response card in! I also would love a gypsy file cut. P.S. pick up some air plants and surprise your hubby with a plant even you can grow, lol. Hugs always, Mary

Helen said...

Fantastic! you come up with the neatest ideas!

~BridgetL~ said...

Audrey, thanks for sharing you how you put this together. I like step by step instructions like that. Oh and thanks for sharing your cut file. HUGS!

Flamenco92627 said...

Terrific card Audrey! The embellishments came out great and that file is so versatile and creative. Great job! Do you have and SVG by chance? If not, no worries. Take care sweetie!

Trisha said...

What a great idea! TFS! I would love to have a pdf, since I do not have a cricut.

Jean said...

Audrey, this is such a great idea. Love it.

Staying Crafty said...

What a clever little idea!

G-ma said...

Awesome idea...and the KISS...that is so right. And I have this word in a Tom Clancy book!!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Card post on Mar. 04, 2011. Thanks again.

MaryEllen said...

Such a wonderful idea its fantastic thanks for the easy to follow directions. I have a gypsy but not the carts needed yet I would appreciate the pdf file when you have the time

1CRTVCHK said...

I just found your blog and I love your card/envie creation! It so rocks!! If you do convert it to PDF I would love the file. I am now following your blog. You can find me here,
http://www.paperartsgirl.blogspot.com/ .
Thanks again for sharing this wonderful project!

Kate said...

What an amazing idea!! Thanks for all the photos as this helped my mind figure out what you meant. I'm so impressed! Your card turned out beautifully!
I like the "KISS" idea too!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh if this isn't the cutest card ever.. you are one very amazing lady. I absolutely love this.. I am having trouble with my computer, it's not wanting to charge, hoping I can post on some blogs before it totally dies on me... :-( hugs

A Creative Operation said...

That is a very cool idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Curt in Carmel said...

I'm just sitting here shaking my head thinking "How does this woman come up with this amazing stuff?" OMG Audrey. . .this is flat out genius. You really are one of the most creative people I know when it comes to making these amazing projects. I'm so glad that I found your blog. I can't imagine not reading your blog. Best, Curt