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by Kristine Ann Khatri
July 29, 2020
After a long hiatus, I'm back with a new tutorial and a free template. Eid Al Adha is just around the corner, and well let's just say I haven't gone out to do any shopping. So I'll resort to handing out some "Eidis" instead. For those of you wondering, "Eidi" is either gifts or money that we give to younger members of our familes and friends during Eid.
You can download my free template here and continue on reading, or skip ahead to the video below if you don't wish to read.
When you open the pdf file, you'll notice that there are three money envelope templates for you to use. For a super quick job, you can just print out the two colored templates, assemble them and call it a day! 😅
If you'd rather use a paper of your choice instead of the colored templates, print out the blank one, then cut it out and trace the outline on to your desired paper. Once you're done tracing, you can then cut out the traced image and assemble.
I printed these out in their actual size on white 8.5" x 11" Neenah 90lb/163gsm cardstock using my inkjet printer. Any paper is fine, though be advised if you use regular printer paper, any further stamping or decorating should be done before you've assembled the envelope. This is to avoid any stamping that you do from bleeding through to the back side of the envelope.
To cut the templates out, you can use a large scissor or a sharp craft knife and ruler. I prefer the latter, since I was faster in cutting straighter edges with a craft knife. My edges come out wobbly when I use a scissor. 😋
Next up is folding. You could just fold along the fold lines or you can first score along the fold lines using a bone folder and then fold. Scoring is optional, but I found that it makes it easier to fold the flaps.
Once you're done with folding all your cut outs, you can choose to decorate them now or after you've assembled them. Apply glue on flaps A, B and C, though i found it less messier to just use double sided tape. Maybe, I'm just bad with glue. 🤭
Since its almost eid, I used some eid themed stamps and dies from Altenew to dress up my envelopes. You could use other stamps sets of your own choosing. Simple sentiments that are embossed in a striking gold or silver, then paired with some subdued patterns or an image work well.
For the above images I just mix and matched sentiments from Altenew's Eid Al Adha and Eid Greetings stamp set. Since I wanted my images to be subdued, I used Distress Ink Tattered Rose for the pink envelope and Broken China for the blue envelope. Before stamping my sentiment on, I rubbed my anti-static tool across the surface, to avoid having the embossing powder stick elsewhere.
You can use an acrylic block to do your stamping, but I'm not that great at it, so I use the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform which let's me stamp over again till I'm happy with the result. I used Versamark embossing ink pad to stamp on my sentiment, then covered it with Ranger's Gold Tinsel Embossing powder. This is hands down one of my favorite embossing powders to use. Its got the right kind of sparkle and gold to it that I just absolutely love. Alternatively, you could also write or draw anything with embossing pens and cover that with your embossing powder of choice.
Then when its fully covered and the excess or stray powders have been brushed off, I apply heat to it with my already hot heat tool. Since this powder has some tinsel in it, it's best not to over do the heating, as it will melt the tinsel and you won't get that sparkle.
For the last card, I wanted to use the Eid Mubarak Die from Altenew, but I didn't have sparkly paper that matched with the gold tinsel embossing powder I had used on the other envelopes. To solve this, I made two die cuts using some scrap paper (which were the same paper as the one I used to print the templates on), and then using a glue pen, applied glue to one and stacked it on to the other. I then placed an acrylic block on top of the die cut to weigh it down as it dries. Depending on how thick you want your die cut to be and the paper you use, you might just need two or three pieces.
Now for the somewhat messy part. Take a piece of low tack tape (I used Purple Tape) and join its edges so that you end up with a loop then stick it to the back of the die cut, making sure there is an ample flap for you to hold on to with tweezers. Its important to use a low tack tape as you'll be removing it later on without ripping apart your die cut. I completely forgot to take process pictures but in case that was confusing, just follow the video below.
Then on top of a scrap piece of paper, place your die cut, and pat on embossing ink all over it's surface. Once you're confident its fully covered, use a pair of tweezers to grab on to the tape and move it on to another scrap piece of paper where you can cover it with the gold tinsel embossing powder. Make sure you can't see any of the white paper but if you do, just apply more powder.
Then move your die cut back to the previous scrap paper, and apply heat to it with your heat tool. Its good practice to warm up your heat tool for a minute or two before you use it on your embossing powder. That way the embossing powder melts quickly before the heat warps the the surface its on.
I didn't want to use an image for the last envelope, so instead I took a greeting sentiment and stamped it as a repeating pattern. This time for ink, instead of using Broken China I used Whisper Amalgam Ink from Gina K. Designs to get a faint pattern. I stamped a couple of rows till I was satisfied it would be enough behind the die cut, then I stuck the die cut on with glue. This envelope took more effort but its still simple and quick enough to do.
When your envelopes are done and full, you can seal them with glue, double sided tape or with a pretty sticker. You can even use a wax seal to close it. That would be so pretty, and reminds me to go search for some pretty seal stamps and wax.
Hope you all are staying safe and enjoyed this tutorial. Let us know what your favorite way of dressing up money envelopes are in the comment section, or share your work with us on Instagram. 😊
Loves cats and crafting, and is currently adding roller skating/blading to the mix. Hopes to spread her love of crafting to others and someday do a drop in at the skate park.
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