I will not be able attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter this weekend, so I thought I’ll give the new couple a little token in a handmade card, instead of the usual red packet (monetary gift for such happy occasions, usually placed in a red envelope for good luck & blessings).
Thankfully, I had received a set of Kaisercraft P.S. I Love You paper collection from the Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine team earlier in the year, for participating in their Cardmakers Around the World feature. So this became an ideal choice to make the card with, as I wanted something romantic but not too pinkish.
I selected a large but not too busy print to use as the card base, dividing it into thirds, so that I can make a pocket to hold the cash. Fortunately the papers are all double-sided, so I didn’t have to worry about decorating the inner flap. On the outside, I selected a suitable phrase from another paper, and created a frame for it using a darker patterned paper and the WRMK Frame Punch board.
The inner piece of of the frame wasn’t wasted – I simply flipped it over and punched some corners and borders and tucked those under the frame as decorations. The scalloped strips were punched from the paper collection too. The accompanying sticker sheet provided the butterfly and Happiness stickers. Only the sequins, wax seal & lacy heart came from my own stash.
Thanks to my enthusiasm, the card is now too thick to handle easily, and I had to make an envelope box for it. This wasn’t difficult using the WRMK Envelope Punch board, but now I worry the card will have trouble fitting into the typical money box at the wedding reception table.
Nevertheless, the damage is done, and I’m too pleased with the card to redo it. So I decorated the envelope box with the initials of the happy couple, again using a WRMK product – the mini alphabet punch board. I’m becoming reliant on these tools to take the guesswork out of my crafting! More stickers to embellish the initials, and the scraps from the frame created earlier are used to decorate the corners of the envelope.
For the inside of the card, I kept the design simple, to include a message from me – printed from computer so that I won’t have to ruin the pretty card with my ugly handwriting! I wanted to include a metal clip to hold the cash in place, partly as an excuse to play with my new toy – the WRMK Happy Jig!
Turns out that all the heart designs in the booklet or on the official Instagram account are unsuitable for my needs, as much of the heart pokes above the paper clip portion. So I decided to create my own design, based on the basic heart shape provided in the booklet. Fortunately the wire I cut was long enough to maneuver an additional small heart, so that it becomes a double heart shape.
The wire got a bit wonky after all the reworking, but I think overall it’s not too bad, and it does serve its purpose well of holding the cash in, so I guess it’ll do for a first attempt!
Hopefully the young couple would like this card and live happily every after!!!