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Inside Envelope Pocket Booklet

I was playing around with a sheet of A4 card trying to come up with a new way to make a mini booklet, when an idea struck me. Why not use envelopes to make a pocket booklet! I love to use envelopes in rubber stamp projects and especially for books but I usually end up making books with LOTS of envelopes in them! This booklet requires just 2!

The Envelope pockets are perfect for inserting artwork – I created 2 cards using the Apple and Pears theme – you could also use tag art or insert photos or even gift vouchers! It goes without saying that these would make great gift ideas too!

Read on for more details….

Supplies Used

  • A4 Sheet Sturdy White Card
  • 2 Envelopes (any size)
  • Permanent Memories Inkpad: Artprint Brown (Stewart Superior)
  • Sienna Ancient Page Permanent Inkpad (Clearsnap)
  • Peony Purple Fabrico Inkpad (Tsueseneko)
  • Sponges For Direct To Papering
  • Water Brush (Judikins)
  • Twinkling H20’s
  • Front Cover Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Bone Folder
  • Pencil and Ruler
  • Peel Off Stickers: Brads and Circle Letters (Stampendous)
  • Rubber Stamps Used

  • Apples And Pears Sheet ( Time To Stamp )


1. Before you begin take your sheet of A4 card and lay it on your work surface horizontically. Place the envelopes you are going to use for this project on top of the card vertically. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a line across the A4 card to tell you how big the envelopes are on your card stock.

2. Allow a 1 inch border on the A4 card sheet and trim off the excess part of the card using a paper trimmer. Position the envelopes back on the card and they should now fit snuggly with a small border around them.

3. Fold the card stock in half to create a single fold card blank. Score edge with bone folder.

4. On either one of the unfolded edges, fold back the card on itself approx 1-2 inches (depends on the size of your envelopes and how big you want the fold to be) Score along fold with a bone folder.

5. Repeat step 4 with the other unfolded edge – use the fold you have already create as a guide to how big your fold needs to be. Score edge.

6. Apply Sienna Brown inkpad colour to the entire surface of the folded card using sponges.

7. Repeat stamp the apples and pear images over the surface of the front and back of your booklet using artprint brown.

8. On the edge flaps repeat stamp the apple and pear background texts with artprint brown. 9. Sponge the peony purple inkpad over the backs of both envelopes and also to the flaps. Let dry.

10. Repeat stamp the apple and pears on the envelopes – leave the flaps blank.

11. Measure and crop 2 sheets of card stock so they fit inside your envelopes. Stamp one in the theme of apples and the other in the theme of pears using artprint brown.

12. Paint apples and pear images on the booklet and also on the white card sheets using a waterbrush and Twinkling H20’s paints.

13. Use gold leafing pen to highlight the edges of the booklet and the envelopes as seen in the top image.

14. Turn booklet over so that the unstamped edge is facing up. Lay your envelopes on the left and right hand sides. Apply double sided tape to the reverse of the envelopes and stick them down on the panels.

15. Now apply double sided tape to the reverse of the booklet flaps and press them down on top of the envelopes.

16. Affix gold brad stickers to the inside flaps to embellish them.

17. Use letter stickers to spell out the words apple and pear on the corresponding envelopes.

18. Slip the white apple and pear cards inside your envelopes. Close your booklet. Your book is complete!

Pictures Of Inside Of Booklet With Cards Removed and Close Up Of Apple And Pear Card Inserts

Inside Book Cover With Cards Removed Apple And Pear Card Inserts


Ive been playing around a lot with Cd Art recently, so naturally I thought I would have a go at making card wallets to hold the cd art in.

The card wallets on this page where all created very simply without the use of a template, infact you could follow my instructions to enable you to make card wallets in different sizes to hold other items too.

I enjoyed the challenge of discovering ways to fasten and seal the wallets, and have chosen a couple of methods which you can see on the artwork on this page.

Read on for details

Supplies Used

  • A4 Cream Card Stock
  • Velvet Paper (optional)
  • Memories Artprint Brown Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Autumn Leaves (Clearsnap)
  • Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
  • Scissors
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • String
  • Gold Brads
  • Screw Covers (from hardware stores)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • CD Labels
  • Gold Eyelets
  • Eyelet Setter
  • Gold Cord
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Scottish Borders Stamping


I have prepared visual instructions below to help you understand the process in which I created the CD Card Envelopes below:

1. Place your sheet of card stock in front of you, on the right hand side of the card, place a CD, use this to guide you when you fold the card, to enable you to make the wallet big enough to fit your CD inside. See below

All the blue lines in the diagram above are FOLD lines, you need to use the bone scoring tool to enable you to make crisp folds as shown above. If you use the CD as a guide, you wont need a proper template as you are folding the sheet of card around the actual CD itself. You could adapt this step to enable you to make a wallet which fits anything inside: no matter how small!

2. Following the fold lines, cut and remove the sections shown below in the diagram marked in purple. See below:

3. You are now left with a sheet of card shaped like below:

4. Score all fold lines so they are all facing the same direction

5. Apply double sided tape on one side of Flaps One and Two as seen in picture above, fold flaps over to face the other side.

6. Place the MAIN BODY of the card, over the top of Flaps One and Two, press down to seal onto the double sided tape.

You now have the basic shape of the CD Wallet

7. Stamp the CD wallet on both sides

I stamped mine using Artprint Brown Memories inkpad, and applied colours from rainbow inkpads using Hunter Green Memories, and rainbow dye pads.

8. In the centre of Flap Three, make a single hole using a single hole punch. This hole is what you use to make your fastener. See below for ideas of fasteners

9. Stamp on a CD Label, place on CD, and slip inside your wallet.

Your CD Wallet is complete!

Ideas For Fastening Your Wallet

  • Plastic Screw Covers:
    You can find these in hardware stores, I picked mine up for 80p for a pack of 40. They have 2 parts, one part clicks inside the other, see below for close up. You will need to punch a hole in both sides of the wallet to make them work. I painted mine with Gold Krylon Pen.
  • Eyelet Fasteners:
    For this I made 2 holes with a punch in the flap, set eyelets into the holes, and then on the main body of the cd I made 1 hole with an eyelet. I then secured a piece of gold cord through the hole in the main body in a loop. Then fed it through both eyelet holes to enable me to fasten it
  • Paper Brad Fasteners:
    For these I punched a single hole in both the main body and the flap. On the flap part I pushed a large paper brad through and secured. On the body part I secured a loop of string, which I pulled through the hole and threaded round the brad to secure at the front.

On some of the CD Wallets I stuck a strip of stamped velvet paper to the flap to add interest. More Cd Cases

I loved making this card! Im a real hoarder and dont like to throw anything away incase I can later use it in my stamped art – hey arent ALL stampers built that way?

Well naturally I have stacks and stacks of cds and am always looking for new and exciting ways to use them in my stamped art – heres a card I created using a recycled cd….a SPINNING card! Its a great concept for using those unwanted CDs and I had a lot of fun creating them! I hope you will too!

Supplies Used

  • Cd Rom
  • A4 Cream Card Stock
  • CD Labels
  • Green Card Blank
  • Memories Artprint Brown Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Memories Hunter Green Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Autumn Leaves (Clearsnap)
  • Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon)
  • Jigsaw Piece
  • Modge Podge Glue (Plaid)
  • Sharp Darning Needle For Making Hole in Jigsaw
  • Large Paper Brad
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • Double Sided Tape
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Scottish Borders Stamping


1. Take your sheet of A4 cream card stock and fold it in half to make into an A5 Card Blank, score fold with bone folder.

2. Take your card blank, with the folded edge on the left end side, take the top flap of the card, and gently fold the top right hand corner over the bottom right hand corner as if you was going to fold your card in two.

Instead of folding, make a tiny pinch where the centre of the card is. See below for details

3. Next working on the top flap only: fold the top right edge downwards, and the bottom right edge upwards; to create 2 semi triangles which meet in the centre of the card. See image below for details:

4. Now fold the entire card back round so that the triangular flaps you have just folded are hidden behind the main card section of the card like below:

You have assembled the first part of your spinner card and are now ready to proceed onto the next step. But first you need to stamp your card!

Read on for directions on how I did mine:

1. Onto the folded card, I randomly stamped Celtic images all over the flap and the border panel using Hunter Green and Artprint Brown Memories Inkpads.

2. I applied colour to the background using sponges to apply the ink from rainbow inkpads.

3. Next I stamped a cd label using the same inks and stamps and applied colour in the same way. Once I was happy with how it looked I peeled off the label and stuck it on the printed side of the cd.

Assembling The Spinner Card

1. Take the jigsaw, paint it using the gold krylon pen, allow to dry.

2. Once dry, pierce a hole in the centre using a sharp implement such as a darning needle.

3. Glue the jigsaw over the hole on the front of the cd using Modge Podge. Let dry.

4. Position the CD on the front of the triangle flap to decide where you are going to assemble it, and using the darning needle, pierce a hole through the hole in the jigsaw through the card itself.

5. Thread a large paper brad through both the hole in the jigsaw pieces and also the card stock, split the ends of the brad on the back to secure.

6. Next stick the triangle flap down onto the back of the folded section of the card, taking care not to stick down the actual cd itself, as you want to allow it to be able to move.

7. Finally stick the whole section onto green card blank to finish.

3-d Tag Box Art – New Ways With Tags!

I love to use tags in my artwork, and am always thinking of new ways to use them and new avenues to explore. This got me thinking; why don’t we ever see any 3 Dimensional Tag Art?

Then it came to me…why not use tags to create boxes with! And that was how this idea came about!

Its a really fun technique; once you try it you will be making all your tags into boxes! The best thing about it is that you can make your boxes as big or as small as you wish!

Better yet your not restricted to just tags you can use any die cut shapes to make them into mini boxes of art!!

General Tag Box Making Supplies Used:

  • 4 Shipping Tags Or Sizzix Die Cut Tags: must be all the same size.
  • Black Stazon Inkpad (Tsukineko)
  • White Card Stock
  • Pencil and Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Scorer Tool
  • Double Sided Tape or your preferred gluing medium.
  • Gold Paper Brads or Eyelets (optional)
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Ma Vinci’s Reliquary

General Tag Box Making Directions:

First of all I am going to walk you through the instructions on how to make the very basic Tag Box, it is a lot easier than it sounds in the written instructions.

To make it easier I have drawn a diagram in a program so that you can get an idea of the basic structure of the box base.

Once you have mastered this; you can make boxes using more tags or even baskets! Read on for more details..

First things first you need to measure the width of one of your tags, this is the shortest bottom edge of the tag itself. This will be the measurements you need when creating the box base. Let us assume for the sake of this technique our tag is 5 centimetres wide.

1. Using the pencil and ruler, measure and draw a square onto the white card stock; each side of the square must be 5 centemetres long.

2. Next draw a parallel line approx 1 centimetre from the square all around the outside edges of the square.

3. Using the ruler draw small ‘flaps’ within the 1 centemetre border you have just created. For a better idea see the RED lines in the diagram below:

4. Cut along all the red lines as shown in the diagram above.

5. Fold and score along the actual black lines shown: This is the actual 5 centimetre square you first measured out.
6. Now if you hold a tag up to one of the flaps you will notice that it fits perfectly along the base of the tag. Your box base is ready but first you need to decorated your tag!

7. Stamp your tags and add colour using any method or technique of your choice. I stamped in black ink and added colour using dye inks and ‘Direct To Paper’ technique.

8. Now apply a small amount of double sided tape to the bottom of each tag on the REVERSE. And affix each tag to each of the 4 flaps of the box base. You will now need to make a strip of card to enable the tags to join together and make a complete box as it is just a flat cross shape at the moment! This step is easy!

9. Measure a strip of card approx 2 inches long on a sheet of A4 card stock *the strip may need to be smaller if you are using small tags.

10. Remember the dimensions of the widths of your tags? We said 5 centimetres for these instructions; so measure 5 centimetres along on the strip of the card, and score just UNDER the 5 centremetres mark approx 1 mark on the ruler. So that the fold is slightly less than the 5 cms.

11. Using the first fold as your guide, concertina fold the strip of card until you have folded the entire strip. You want 5 folded sections in all. If there are more; cut off excess.

12. Fold the strip back round so it resembles a box shape, and using double sided tape; stick it together.

13. Slide the box shape inside the tag base, and affix a tag to each of the 4 walls to assemble the box itself.

This bit only SOUNDS tricky until you have the actual pieces infront of you. Once you have your pieces it kinda all ‘falls in place’. Your tag box is complete!

As an embellishment to add a little JAZZ to the boxes, I like to split paper brads through the holes of the tags. This is optional. You can leave your box as it is, use it to hold candles or slip tags or notepaper inside or use as a gift box. Or simply as a work of art!

Once you have mastered the basics you can begin experimenting!

Arched Die Cut Boxs

Instead of boxes I used Arch die cut shapes to make a box, you can use any die cuts so long as they are all the same shape and also have a flat base. These are perfect for creating candle holder with! See scans below:

Milk Carton Tag Boxes

This is a favourite of mine, I like to do is make my tag boxes into Milk Cartons!! These are really easy to create. Follow the instructions above, then once your box is assembled; tuck 1 flap right inside the box shape, then tuck another flap over the top of that. Then finally use a paper brad to secure the 2 remaining flaps together to resemble a milk carton. See scans below for a better idea:

Milk Carton Side ViewMilk Carton Side View Milk Carton Front Milk Carton Back

Tag Art Baskets These Tag Art Baskets are a little more complicated to make, but once you’ve mastered the basics of a basic tag box they should be pretty easy to understand and make!

Instead of using 4 tags, for the baskets you need 12 tags in total, all the same size. For the baskets you need to use smaller tags, the Sizzix die cut tags are perfect for this as they are just the right size.

Tag Art Basket Making Supplies Used:

  • 12 Small Tags Or Sizzix Die Cut Tags: must be all the same size.
  • Black Stazon Inkpad (Tsukineko)
  • White Card Stock
  • Pencil and Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paper Scorer Tool
  • Double Sided Tape or your preferred gluing medium.
  • Gold Paper Brads or Eyelets (optional)
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Ma Vinci Reliquency

Basket Front As before measure the width of the tag, let us assume for these instructions that the width of the tags are 3 cms wide.

1. Times the width of the tag by 3, giving you the total of 9, measure 9 cms onto the middle of the A4 sheet of card stock. This will be the longest side of the basket base.

2. Now times the width of your tag by two; giving you the total of 6cms. Measure a line 6cms down from the line you have just drawn on the card stock. This will be the shortest side of the basket base.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above to draw in the rest of the rectangle basket base using a pencil and ruler, refer to the diagram below for a better idea.

4. Now as with the basic box shapes; draw a parallel line all around the outside edges of the basket base approx 1-2 centimetres from the actual base itself. And draw in ‘flap’ shapes at every 3 centimetre interval. For a better idea refer to the RED lines in the diagram below.

5. Cut around all the lines marked in red in the diagram below.

6. Score along all the black lines shown above and fold all the flaps upwards.

7. Stamp and decorate your tags using your chosen method.

8. Affix a tag to each of the 10 flaps on the basket base using double sided tape as above.

9. Now is the tricky bit! The best way to do this is to tackle it a side at a time, I find it best to work with the sides with the 3 tags on first:

Basket Back

    Basket Assembly Instructions For Side With 3 Tags:a. On the reverse of the left hand tag place double sided tape or your chosen glue method to the top right hand side of the tag. Lift and affix the lefthand tag over the top of the middle tag; allowing it to overlap. See pictures for a better explanationb. Repeat this step using the right hand flap; affixing double sided tape to the reverse top lefthand corner. And assemble over the top of the middle tag. Repeat steps a and b for the other side with 3 tags.

For the remaining 2 sides with 2 tags on, the assembly is straight forward; just place a strip of double sided tape to the reverse of either tag on the top corner and overlap to assemble.

See pictures for a better explanation

10. To add strength to the basket interior I measured a long strip of card the same width as the tag shapes (3 cms), then placed double sided tape on one side of the strip. Next I slipped the strip of card inside the basket, and pressed it inside the basket and moved the strip around until it had gone around all the edges. If you want to disguise the card strip interior at this point you could add a tissue paper lining using glue or tape.

11. Next I placed a paper brad in each of the tag holes to add embellishments.

12. The final touch was the basket handle. To create this I stamped 2 tags with the words ART on each and DTP’ed colour to them both.

13. Next I took a strip of card 3cm wide, and used double sided tape to stick both tags to the card to join them together. Trimmed off excess card.

14. Finally I applied double sided tape to both edges of the tags, and slipped them inside the tag basket to form an handle. See pictures below for a better idea. The Tag Art Basket was complete!

Basket Side View Basket Side View Basket Handle amd Top View