So yesterday we made the card, and today we are learning how to make a custom envelope, (using the Diagonal plate)- I made a video tutorial to assist with that.  This envelope is clearly not one that you can mail, it is to hand deliver or put on a package or something like that.

I wanted this to scream combination – the card with the envelope, so there is no mistaking that they go together.

Making custom envelopes was something that I struggled with for years.  Allow me to share a story…

About 10 years ago, I was sitting at work, which was an EMS station, I was on the tail end of a 48 hour shift (ahhh… the joys of being a paramedic) and at the station I was at, there was little to no rest.  As I was sitting there doing paperwork, QVC was on the TV.

I am always amazed at what is on at 3am.  Back then, it was pretty much all infomercials and QVC.  And I am even more amazed at what you NEED to buy at 3am.  Anyone else know what I am talking about?  Anyway, this was a segment where you could buy this 11 piece envelope making system.  Was it for papercrafts?  No.  In fact, I really don't remember what it was for, I just remember thinking that I could use it for my cards.

I pulled out my cell phone (that was about 4 times bigger than the one I have now – I don't remember if I had to flip that one open or not) and ordered it.  I was totally stoked!

It arrived about 4-6 weeks later and I stared at it.  How in the world was I going to make this work?  This was for envelopes the size of my car.  You had to roll out these templates.  What in the world was this product designed to be used for?  To this day, I still have no idea.

But…. over that 4-6 week time period, I was so excited that soon I would be making my own envelopes, I mean, how cool would that be?  This idea was better than Fruit Loops in my mind.

So now I have this product, no envelopes and a desire to make my own envelopes.  And I did OK for the next few years, I just folded and creased and didn't use tools, and it showed :).  Can you imagine how I felt sitting in this huge auditorium when Stampin' Up! announced the Diagonal Plate?  They said that you could make envelopes!  And the lady was holding the thing up, so I knew it was smaller than a Buick.  If you are wondering if the bird of happiness landed on my shoulder, no, but it was pretty darn close.

Now that we have taken this longer than planned stroll down memory lane, let's get to the envelope.

Learn how to make a custom envelope using your Diagonal Plate, Video tutorial

Supplies Used to Create this Custom Envelope (all are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise indicated)

Stamps:  No Peeking, Sweet Essentials

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

DSP:  Festival of Prints

Accessories:  Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate, 1″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Other Accessories:  10 Second Bow Maker™

Here is the video tutorial teaching you how to make it:

I hope that you have enjoyed this two part series!  And now you can make the custom envelope using your diagonal plate and you can refer back to the video tutorial as often as you would like!

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