Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Valentine's Gift For You!

From me to you.


The little heart stitching angel (from Google free clip-art images) was combined with four images from Dezinaworld (the background, the upper left corner lace design, the button, and the spool of thread under the chair) and I added one other graphic (the chair) from the Graphics Fairy. With the assistance of my Photoshop Elements software I merged and blended them together and added a text message to create an image for my ATC Valentine. I reduced the image to 2 1/2"  by 3 1/2", printed it out and glued it to a decorative piece of card stock of the same size. I added two real buttons trimmed in ribbon and lace next to the button image. I outlined the edge of the heart in red glitter and finished it with a gold glitter frame. You may print out my ATC image and decorate it as you wish for you own ATC to keep or give. To do that just right click on the image and save it to your computer.
I would love to trade my ATC with one of you for one of your ATC creations. It doesn't have to be from my image or even a Valentine design. I will trade with the first person to e-mail me telling me you want to exchange ATC's. 
My next gift came from post comments and email requests asking, "How did you make that"? A few people noticed my lace envelope in a previous post. I made the envelope for a Valentine that I sent to a special friend. I won't be able to make all of you an envelope but I can show and tell how I did it. My second gift is an easy tutorial on how to make a paper doily envelope. 



Paper Doily Envelope Tutorial

Supplies:
10" by 10" paper doilies (a standard 4 1/4" by  5 1/2 " card fits inside nicely)
Scissors
Bone Folder (optional)
Glue
Position the doily in a diamond with the wrong side facing you. 
 The center of the doily will become the front of your envelope. Fold the left and right side triangle sections towards the center. Gently crease the edges with a bone folder or your finger tip. Take care not to tear the doily. 
Fold the top and bottom triangles toward the center.
 Unfold the flaps and trim the corners where the triangles overlap.
 Apply glue to a few areas in the right triangle. Place a small sheet of wax paper inside the flaps to keep the glue from sealing the envelope closed.

Fold the right and left sides together.
Apply glue to the bottom flap, fold up, allow to dry. Check inside to make sure glue isn't sticking to the opposite side. 

Insert your card and use a pretty sticker to seal. 
This doily envelope is very delicate and should be hand delivered or sent in an sturdy mailing envelope.  There is a technique using freezer paper to make the doily sturdier for regular mail delivery. 


Paper Doily Envelope With Freezer Wrap Tutorial. 
Supplies:
10" by 10" paper doilies (a standard 4 1/4" by  5 1/2 " card fits inside nicely)
Scissors
Bone Folder (optional)
Glue
 Cut a 9 1/4" by 9 1/4 " sheet of freezer paper. Place the shiny plastic coated side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of the doily.
 Use a hot dry iron setting to melt the freezer paper (plastic coated sided down) to the doily. To protect your iron you may want to use another sheet of plain paper or fabric between the iron and the freezer paper. 
 The photo above shows the doilies with and without freezer paper. 
 Fold, trim, and glue the triangles as suggested in the tutorial without the  freezer paper. 
 As you can see the freezer paper isn't as delicate looking but it is more durable. 
If you plan to send it you may want to tack down all the scalloped edges to prevent it being torn in the postal machines.  

Happy Valentine's Day!
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23 comments:

  1. That really is sew pretty and sew very Valentine-y Linda! lol. Clever you! If I had any ATC's I'd definitely be wanting to swap! Would you believe that I've never made one yet!!?? lol. But I'm sure it won't go wanting.
    Those doileys do make gorgeous envelopes don't they.
    Hope you're doing something wonderful for Valentine's Day. xxx

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  2. p.s. Oops, sorry meant to say thanks and how lovely of you to share all this Linda! x

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  3. Well, that is simply beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  4. Happy Valentine's Day Linda! Thanks so much for the digital atc and the envelope tutorial. That envelope is so pretty as is your atc. I have photshop elements but have yet to play with it. Just not enough hours....
    I would love to trade an atc with you if you would give me just a little time to create one for you?
    xo
    JoAnne

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  5. Hi Linda,
    How beautiful! And what a great tutorial!! Happy Valentine's Day to you and Paul!!! And thank you so much for linking this up to the party!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  6. Oh Linda, What a great tutorial and so inspiring. That has given soooo many ideas. Thakns for your creativity

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  7. Those are seriously adorable! I love the envelope tutorial! Thank you for sharing all of your creativity.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  8. So pretty! I found you through the blog hop. I'm your newest linky follower. Stop by www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com and check me out.

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  9. These are just lovely! what great tutorials! Thank you for sharing with us and have a happy Valentine's day!

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  10. Love love the way these look, such a nice post! Thanks much for sharing. Hi, I'm Loretta, welcome to my blog(Linky) I am so happy you are here and I'm sure I will love visiting with you. Hope your day a delightful one! Hugs

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  11. Thank you for sharing this, Linda. I stopped by to wish you a very happy Valentine's Day and to thank you for my GORGEOUS Valentine. I opened all of the special gifts from my dear blogging friends and sisters this morning and it's the afternoon and I'm still in tears.
    Thank you for you. Your beautiful heart is a gift not only to me, but I'm sure to many.
    Much love!!

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  12. Oh such beautiful ATC's!! And that envelope is amazing! Thank you for sharing your methods with us!!
    If you still need someone to trade ATC's with, I do have my 2 valentines ones! Let me know!
    Happy Valentines Day!
    xxDaniella

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  13. Thanks for following me, hope you will enjoy all my ramblings. I make ATC cards and if you want to trade in the future, I sure would like to. Great envelope tut. Don't your just love Adele? Have a good day.

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  14. hi Linda~ We love you sew much!!! Thank you for the tutorial on the doily envelope. I like that a lot! I hope your day was full of love and blessings!
    Holly

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  15. Hello Linda,
    What an adorable ATC! I love how you made it, and the holder too! It looks so lovely together.
    The envelope tutorial is fab! It makes such a gorgeous presentation and this I know for a fact as I have received this wonderful envelope with a gorgeous card in it!
    I was so thrilled to open your card! It is just beautiful. Every little part is so lovely! The tea time theme is so sweet! I will e-mail you as well with my thanks. But I wanted to let you know here how much I appreciate your making this for me.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  16. Hi Linda I love that atc its so precious and thank you for the clever and beautiful envelope tutorials. so gorgeous.
    sending big hugs your way my friend
    June xxx

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  17. Your paper doily envelope is just beautiful. Thanks for your great tutorial.

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  18. That is so beautiful! I would love to make some of these! I'm going to add your blog to my favorite list! I love all of the wonderful things you make! I'll put you in the list for artists! Thanks! ♥

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  19. Oh my gosh! This is so very beautiful! Wow! I've never seen anything like it before. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful handmade work with us. I will have to come back to this tutorial, as I want to make a few for a special project coming up.
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  20. This doily envelope tutorial is delightful. I love the photos as I'm such a visual person. I've done a similar thing with paper napkins and freezer paper. Thanks so much for sharing this and for following my blog. ~ Abby

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  21. Where did you find the Gift Card envelopes and the paper you used for it...i wish to use it for my own.

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