Try Something New: How to Create a Non-Traditional Sized Card and Envelope

by Sveta Fotinia

Hello, crafty friends! Today, I prepared something special for you! I challenged myself to create a masculine card inspired by a present. @fotinia photography BW 3133I took the color palette of beige and gold and additional textures as base elements for my card. That's why I decided to use Altenew's Embossing Paste along with the Layered Kaleidoscope Stencil B.presentphoto

How to create the envelope:

The non-traditional size of the card came from the size of the stencil and that's why I needed to extend the size of my Outer Envelope, which was sized 5.5″ x 8.25”.

@fotinia photography BW 3138When my card was ready, I put it into the envelope and folded the envelope cover over the card on a new line. Then, I took a wide strip of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, made a negative die-cut “for you” using Envelope Liner Die Set and adhered it over the envelope cover to extend it.@fotinia photography BW 3134

How to create the non-traditional sized card:

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For the card, I started with the stencil and the embossing paste. Afterward, I started adding more texture and color (originally it was white). Then, I added Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder randomly and started to blend a gold color. Next, I used Antique Gold Pigment Ink and  Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink to get that gold color. Finally, I blended them over the card panel and added some contrast spots.

It was my first time working with these inks and I was extremely surprised by how they are really shimmering gold, not just yellow-colored like most of the metallic inks I worked with before. @fotinia photography BW 3139Afterward, when the main textured background was done, I adhered it to a piece of Gold Mirror Cardstock to create a tiny gold frame. And then, finally, I adhered it on a card base. A regular cardstock was too short for this size so I used a 12″ x 12″ patterned paper. @fotinia photography BW 3143Using the patterned paper sheet as a card base made the inner part of the card pop – this was one of those cases when the process itself guides you right to the beautifully unexpected results. Additionally, inside the card, I used Reason to Smile Stamp Set and stamped all these kind words in two colors – black and gold.@fotinia photography BW 3146
Here, I tried to show you how cool the Enchanted Gold Pigment ink is! @fotinia photography BW 3148I hope you enjoyed my card today! Try creating a non-traditional sized card on your next crafting session!


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Envelope Liner Die Set
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Layered Kaleidoscope Stencil B
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Embossing Paste
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Antique Gold Pigment Ink
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Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink
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Classic Crest Solar White (25…
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Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
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Reason to Smile Stamp Set
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Gold Mirror Cardstock (5 sheets/set)
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Annette Gordon February 5, 2020 - 10:12 AM

I love how you die cut the envelope flap! What a cool idea. going to have to try that. I just love the results. And I am a huge fan of square cards, and texture paste. So this card with the amazing colours just speaks to me. I love it! Simple and elegant.

Adrianne S Fane-Hervey February 5, 2020 - 10:27 AM

I loved all your projects and also seeing my national flower being used as part of the photo setting made it more special

laurap36 February 5, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Love the textured background! For anyone making a card this size, just remember that if you mail it (within the USA), you’ll need to include a second ounce stamp on it, even if it doesn’t weigh 2 ounces, due to being non-standard size.

Michele W February 5, 2020 - 11:21 AM

What a great card! All the texture you created using different mediums is amazing and I love the sentiment on the inside. This is a fantastic masculine card. Clever how you modified the envelope. Thanks for sharing!

Lagene February 5, 2020 - 11:33 AM

WOW this is GORGEOUS, I love all the texture and variations of gold! Thanks for showing how to extend an envelope size!

Eileen February 5, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Very beautiful! I appreciate the tip re. the shimmer in the inks.

Inkin' Chickie February 7, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Wonderful texture card.


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