Friday, January 18, 2013

Just Add Ink...#149 "Bigshot Blog Hop"

Welcome to our first Challenge for "2013' and what a great way to kick off our challenge year with a fun, 

You would have just come from Delys Cram's blog and her beautiful scrap layout, but if not, you can pop over to the JAI Challenge Blog where you can find a complete list of links to all the DT blogs and their gorgeous projects.

When deciding on my project, l wanted to use a Die that l had not used much and as my "Petite Pocket" Die has not had the love it should have, l went with that.
I really wanted to show more than the obvious use for this and came up with an envelope that will hold a 4"x 4" gift card, a simple project, but a size l use often and I'm always on the lookout for envelopes.
I have also included a little picture tutorial on how l made it! This post is rather photo heavy, but that was the easiest way to share the how to.

1: Cut a piece of card stock, dsp or even copy paper @ 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" and fold length wise.
2: Place paper on your Die with the "fold" approx 2mm in from the edge and the fold flap.
     You can see in the pic, the white area of the Die shape is the part you leave uncovered.

3: After running your paper through the Big Shot it should look like this.

4: This is how it looks opened up and ready to decorate..

5: I trimmed the 2 front scallops to get a nice straight edge for this envelope, but you can leave them and decorate for a different look.

6: I Then embossed the front flap with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder & used my Simply Scored Tool to put some lines on the top flap. This step helps camouflage the fold line and you could continue to score all the way through to the embossing.

7: As you can see it holds the 4"x 4" card perfectly and is a very simple way to get more from this Die.

I do hope you enjoy your Blog Hop journey and the beautiful and clever inspiration from the DT.
Your next stop is Christine Blain and her lovely Big Shot project using the Petite Pocket Die also.

"Thanks for hopping by & have a great weekend"

All Supplies used are Stampin-Up.


  1. Beautiful Nikki - I love the texture that this embossing folder creates. Very elegant project.

  2. A great set, and love the idea for your petite pocket, its very creative.

  3. WOW! I love this!! Gorgeous envelope design and really stunning card!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your design for the envelope.

  5. WOW Nikki this is an awesome idea! I think I might have to buy that pocket die now :)

  6. Very pretty and I love that you have now given my another use for this die.

  7. The idea for your Petite Pocket die is amazing. It's pinned :)

  8. Very clever! I love the embossing on the envelope!

  9. WOW, now that is very clever how you made the envelope. I will have to try that but with another die I have in clever. Cheers Donna :)

  10. Love the elegance of this Nikki and your awesome tutorial on making an envelope is so clever I'd never have thought of using the pocket die to do that!

  11. So very clever Nikki! I had put off buying this because I thought it would be too limiting - now I'm off to buy it! Thanks for being my enabler! :)

  12. Very clever use of the die. Love the stamp set you have used - it is my favourite at the moment.

  13. Such a beautiful project,Nikki ... and thanks for the tutorial (you know how challenged I am with anything 'outside the square'!). I may even get more use out of this die now - mine, too, is a bit neglected. Love what you've made.

  14. So elegant and clever. I didn't think I could get much use out of this die but I think you've changed my mind! Love that you did a little tute to go with your project - thanks for sharing. x

  15. Fantastic idea & beautifully decorated Nikki - clever girl! Love that die, but but would never have thought to make an envelope from it. Inky wishes, Di

  16. So lovely and fresh looking. You are such an inspiration.

    Judy mc