By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
The holidays are coming quickly and it’s time to start thinking about all of the cards you will need to make this year. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have an easier way to do them? Well, here’s one of them. Use the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to create the envelopes for those cards. It saves a lot of time and adds a personal touch to those handmade creations. It’s easy to do, too! I’ll even show you how quick and easy it is in this review so keep reading.
The punch board will allow you to make cards ranging from 2 x 3 ½” to 6 x 8 1/2 finished. You will be pretty much covered for any sizes that you will need which takes a lot of the figuring out of making your own envelopes.
The first step, you need to cut the size of card stock that you will need to create the envelope. The sizes are listed right on the board for your convenience and there’s no worry about losing it over time.
Place the card stock on the board matching it to the ruler mark on the top left. The score line measurements are listed for you, as well. Punch the notches out and score it according to the guide. I love that the punch is attached on the board so all you have to do is press the button. There’s no having to take out the card stock and using any additional tools to get the notches made and then having to get it back in to score again.
Rotate it, lining up the score line as indicated in the instructions and punch and score again. Repeat these steps until you have worked all the way around the card stock.
Fold at the score lines and tape closed. It’s that easy!
There were a couple of things that I found as drawbacks to the board, but they are so minor that it would not stop me from loving and using this tool often.
The scoring tool which is a little bulky to begin with and doesn’t fit real well into the scoring groove, also, does not fit well for storage. In fact, mine got stuck in the holder the first time I used it. I had to spend some time and wiggle it out of there. If the tool is not pushed all the way in, it sticks out and often falls out. You can see what I’m talking about in the pictures below.
The second drawback is when making larger envelopes especially the largest on listed on the board, the board itself is too small to completely do the score lines. You have to score up to the edge of the board and then flip the paper over making sure to get everything lined up and then score it from the backside to complete the score line. It would have been nice if the board would have been made larger to prevent this.
One thing that I absolutely love is that the Envelope Punch Board has the breakdown of the individual markings that you will need to create all of the envelopes listed on it. There’s no guessing as to whether you have the correct mark or not.
Now, that you’ve learned the about the board itself. Let’s make an envelope. The first thing you will need to do is measure the width and height of your card. Next week, be sure to check out my post entitled, “Christmas Village Tryfolds” to see how to make the card shown in these pictures.
The card measures 3 ¾” wide by 5 ¼” tall so the card stock will need to be cut to 7 7/8” x 7 7/8” which is also known as a (5-Bar) sized envelope for mailing.
Score the card stock according to the directions on the envelope board at 3 3/8” and punch the notches out.
Fold it at the score lines and your envelope is almost finished. See how well the card fits into it?
Adhere the flaps with an adhesive. I like to use a double sided tape such as Wonder Tape because it really has a good hold and even works great to seal the envelope closed.
You have now completed one card. Imagine receiving a card looking like this one tucked inside a handcrafted envelope. It adds to the joy of giving and receiving.
The We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board is a must have tool to make those envelopes quick and easy for all of your card making whether it’s this holiday season or year round. It’s a great all-in-one tool. Everything is right there at your finger tips now so there’s no need to search for an envelope that will fit that last minute card you just created. This is one of those tools you often wonder how you ever lived without.