I actually just had some fun today instead of pressuring myself to "work" on my projects.
While the kids watched a movie, I got out the Martha Stewart Scoring Board that I have never used and followed the directions to make an A2 card and matching envelope. Both could be made from 8-1/2 by 11 paper, which I think is brilliant.
This was not truly a bad way for me to spend my time because it does give me info for my Xmas cards this year--now I know I can make custom envelopes for my custom cards. It's real hard to sell someone a card when you don't have an envelope to offer with it.
I used natural kraft paper from Archiver's for both the card and the envelope. I had to be careful not to press too hard when scoring, but once I got a feel for it I have to agree it was easier than scoring against a ruler.
Simplicity was my goal for the card, and I decided to make a thank-you for the aunt we stayed with last week. It was going to need some bling but not too much so as not to clash with the look of the kraft paper. I used some golden angelhair from England as a midground panel and cut another panel for the sentiment from some of the scrap. This I embossed with colotBox gold ink and Ranger's Queen's Gold embossing powder, then I used the deco Corner Chompers punch on the corners. Mounted the angelhair with double-sided tape and the sentiment with foam tape.
This was the first of two cards + envelopes I did, and I scored it in the wrong place so that one side was longer than the other. Oops! Rather than cut it off, I decided to decorate it instead so it would add to the card and turn out to be a feature instead of a mistake. I used the Tim Holtz ruler to poke evenly spaced holes, worked out a plan for two different colors of gold seed beads, and sewed them on with gold embroidery thread. Ta da!
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