Wednesday, July 3, 2013

My Newest Toy



I preordered this little gadget back in February, and the company had delays in getting it out to vendors, but it finally arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I love it!  I've made plenty of envelopes with my score board, but this is so much easier, and the end result is perfect and professional looking.
I got mine at Marcos Paper, and I believe they still have it in stock.  (And no, I have no affiliation with We R Memory Keepers or Marcos Paper; I just love a good gadget).

One of my online groups is having a mail art swap, and judging from the sign up page, it looks like I'll have at least 20 pieces of mail art to get out.  This is where the envelope punch board comes in.  Like most of you, I suspect, I have piles of unused backgrounds I've made.....experiments, extras, even some journal pages I don't mind giving up.  I've been busy turning them into envelopes, and with very few additions (some stenciling or stamping or bits of washi tape) they are ready to go postal as mail art.

Here are just a few.  What do you think?

I used some of my favorite Wendy Vecchi stencils on these next few.  I dabbed Ranger's Embossing Dabber right through the stencil, lifted it off, then sprinkled embossing powder over the image.





 

 

 

 

 


 
 
These were made from gelli plate prints on deli wrap or old music paper (reinforced by pasting the prints on cardstock), and more Wendy stencils:
 
 
 This one, done on an old piece of sheet music needed reinforcing on the folds, so I used tape for that:

 


 
 
Wendy's Mail Art stamp set is perfect for this project, and I'll be using elements from it on all my envelopes.   Here's an example.  (I also used the dandelion from her Botanical Art set.)

 
 
This one features a great stencil designed by Ronda Palazzari for The Crafters Workshop:
 
 
 
I love the stencil of people holding hands; I've had it for ages and use it a lot.  It's from Retro Cafe Art.
 
 
 
If you happen to use paper that has art on both sides, you wind up with an envelope that is decorated inside and out:
 
 
 
 
I have a few more to go, and will probably add to some of these, but I've made a good start.
Oh, and by the way, the Envelope Punch Board makes MANY sizes, from the smallest gift card size to one that will hold a 6x8 1/2" card.







18 comments:

Maggi said...

Those are really cool! Never heard of this toy before and I love me a new toy! lol

jacquie said...

Eileen these are gorgeous! I love the city scape one. I need to get that stencil! What a fabulous idea to use the backgrounds you have. I have the envelope maker it arrived and is still packed in its box! So sad so many toys and so little time! Hugs Jac

Elena said...

These are FABULOUS!

teri flemal said...

Eileen, these are FABULOUS. I hope I receive mine soon...now even more so. And you gave me a good idea for what to do with my "this is art" "this is not art" stencil.

sally said...

Wish I was receiving art in one of those! They are magnificent :-) sure looks a good gadget to have ;-D

Sally

Patzee said...

These are so fabulous! It looks like making envelopes is almost as addictive as playing with the Gelli plate. It's a match made in crafty heaven! Will you be slipping an envelope inside an envelope for this swap?

Michele said...

Love this!! **Sigh** i'm off to order one..... ;)

Debby said...

I love your envelopes! I guess I will have to use some bigger papers as my working on papers and then save them to create envelopes. I have that tool too and I love it! I have been using up some of my older 12 x 12 sheets to create envelopes.

margaeli said...

Great envelopes. You're SUCH an enabler!!! I've been eyeing that envelope "jig" for awhile, telling myself that I really DIDN'T need it. Sigh...... Maybe I do??? Thanks for sharing your lovely work. It's wonderful inspiration on this long ink-y weekend!!!

Lori said...

Love these! Great, another tool I have to check out, but I trust your opinion, so, it must be a good one!

Nancy said...

These are so cool!! I'm not going to buy one I'mnotgoingtobuyoneimnotgoingtobuyone ... lol

Leslie said...

Love your envys....now I want that awesome new toy!!!

Helen said...

What a fabulous new toy, and I adore your envelopes!! What works of art they all are. Enjoy...

Rhea said...

Lovely! I adore mail art and I "need" one of these. Thanks for the inspiration! The one with the city scape is my fave.

Melody Strahan said...

Gee...thanks for making me step up my game! lol

I feel privileged knowing I will be one of the lucky recipients of one of these beautiful envelopes! Thanks for the sneak peek!

Kathy Eddy said...

I got mine a couple weeks ago from the same pre-order but I have yet to take it out and play with it. Gorgeous results you got!!!

Vic said...

Fabulous! I've been loving my envelope punch board, too.

Juliet A said...

I had never heard of this, but on your recommendation, I bought one, and I have to say, I love it! the only thing I don't love is the fact that the measurements it gives are no good. I know, there is a revised measurement list online, but those aren't right either. Anyway, had fun making my own measurement chart - this is such a fun tool!