5,000 Visitors Exclusive – Instructions, and CU Freebie
The Exclusive Template is ready to go so check your email over the next few days. There were so many comments that it may take me a while to get through the list – each and every one was a pleasure to read! I have included the download link for both A4 and Letter paper, as promised. There are basic instructions in the template folder, but I have done a LO (above) to show you how I went from file to finished Petal Envelope. (All background papers and embellishments are from my recent kit, Spring Zest.)
***When working with a new template, I always do it in 3 stages***
1) Top left shows the first stage – Print the files labelled Print 🙂 onto ordinary paper first so that you can see where the design is going and how to fold the shape into an envelope.
Cut out all pieces along the black lines. Fold (or score and fold when using card) along the grey lines, so that you have a flap and a petal semi-circle with the text visible. Unfold all pieces again.
2) Next you are going to glue all 3 flaps. (Note that the flaps overlap in the corners). For this the very best glue is ordinary glue stick because it allows you to move the flaps into place perfectly before sticking down firmly.
The most accurate way to do this is to glue the flaps, one by one, attach each one to an edge of the “Cards by Carol” pattern piece, then fold over the score line and butt the petal closely to the fold line. This is very easy and straightforward to do, especially with the card version. (see below)
(If you click on the LO above, it will open in a new tab so that you can see the details up close. Can you see how the flaps are all glued onto the printed “Cards by Carol” part?)
3) Now turn your paper over so that all printing is on the bottom. Fold the petals in one by one, clockwise or anti-clockwise. When you come to the last one, bend the petal while at the same time lifting the edge of the first petal and tuck the last under the first.
Now all of your petals interlock and voila! you have a beautiful Petal Envelope . You may need to burnish the edges with a bone folder, the edge of a ruler or a fingernail to flatten well.
4) Centre right shows the second stage – Print the files again onto card. I use 220 gsm white card, inexpensive will do fine. Follow the directions exactly as above. You can see on this image how I inked the edges of the petals so that you can see how they interlock in a swirl.
5) Centre bottom – The card version is now your official template. So let the fun begin! Lay the template out flat on a 12x12in sheet of Designer cardstock or paper, on the plain side or the reverse of the side you want to show. I use paperclips to hold the points of the petals in place. Trace carefully around the edge of your template. Cut out with sharp scissors.
At this stage I line up a ruler at the base of each petal and fold it up gently, pressing the base of the petal against the ruler and then folding it down and burnishing the edge with a bone folder. Do this with care and on the back of the envelope because some paper “shines” a little when burnished.
Finished Petal Envelope
Here’s one I prepared earlier 🙂 The edges of the designer cardstock had cute corners which were cut away with the template, so I extracted them and added them as an embellishment. Liquid Pearl dots complete the ensemble.
Wouldn’t this be fun to do with your favourite DigiScrap designer’s kits?
Mmmm, I feel another Template coming on….In the meantime, I would love to see what you make with this one 🙂
And in other news – a CU PhotoMask for all! You use these as a clipping mask, which is really easy – when you know how!
I will do a Newbie Notes on this asap for those who don’t.