Lucky Envelopes

Hello, hello! Hope you have had a great start to the new year! Can you believe we are already two weeks into 2016? Geez, give me my time back!

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I was occupied with hosting some special guests the past couple of months, and usually when life gets hectic, I find every reason I can to craft! So when I found out that there were upcoming birthdays in the family, I could not help but to jump at the opportunity to work on handmade lucky envelopes! Lucky envelopes (also known as red packets or hongbao) are often given as a sign of luck in my family.

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My first lucky envelope was for a dear aunt with the biggest heart I have ever known. The envelope was made of a red card stock measuring 6 1/8″ by 3 1/8″ with a 1″ flap on both sides. The top and bottom flaps measured 2″ and 1 1/2″ respectively.

I then sized a doily to fit the inside of the envelope and cut the top flap to shape, leaving a tiny outline (not shown here). With the remaining doily, I angled it on the envelope front and cut to shape. The doily was adhered to the front on top of a polka-dotted patterned paper in red. To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Everything stamp set on a black card stock. If you are wondering what silver ink was used, I actually coloured the stamp with my Zig Metallic pen in silver and it turned out very pretty! The heart was a die-cut using the Owl Heart set by Memory Box, mounted on a double-sided foam tape.

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For the second envelope, I was going for a masculine design. I recently won a Christmas design competition and among the prizes was an Echo Park stencil. This was my first time playing with a stencil and I must say I fell in love with it almost immediately! God knows why it took me so long to do that! I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White to create the background.

To accentuate the sentiment amidst the busy background, I stamped Bella Letters on a vellum which had a torn paper effect for added visual interests. I also adhered some enamel dots in coordinating colours.

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

Hugs, Michelle

CHALLENGES

The first envelope is in the following challenge:

The Card Concept #46: A Warm Heart

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The second envelope is in the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challene: Something New

Color Throwdown #375

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SUPPLIES

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