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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Easy Valentines

As promised, here is an easy valentine treat. Does anyone else get excited when the measurements for projects come out so that you can get the most out of your paper? I just love paper! Especially a good heavy card stock like Stampin' Ups. 

Well here is an example of how I got the most out of an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock. Three of these treats can be made from one sheet of paper. My measurements started out by measuring my cellophane bag I used on the inside to hold the M&Ms. The (resealable) cello bag measures 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" and I got them off Ebay some time ago. I am pretty sure that by now I should be getting a kickback from cellophane bag sellers on Ebay, but {sigh} I am not. I originally intended to use these bags for little 3"x 3" cards, but that hasn't happened. I can already see a future post...3"x 3" cards. 

Here the instructions:

  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" heavy card stock (3 projects can be made from this one page, if you cut on the 8 1/2" side. Long side at the top of your cutter.)
  • Cut 3 1/2"x 8 1/2" 
  • Score on the 8 1/2" side (long side is at the top of your scorer) ...Score @ 1 1/2", 5", 5 1/2"
  • I stamped my greeting now, before I bent the paper. Also if you want to emboss (far right example below) I would do it now.
  • Fold on score lines
  • On the 1 1/2" tab, use an edge paper punch of your choice.
  • On this same 1 1/2" tab, fold this tab down and punch with a standard hole punch @ 1 1/2" and 2". These holes should be centered. (Punching through the tab and back of the treat bag at the same time.) Put ribbon through holes and tie.
  • On the other end, use the Extra Wide Oval Punch...slide the paper all the way in and center the punch. This will create the "window" so you can see the candy.
  • Fill candy in cellophane or perhaps you can make-shift a sandwich baggie if you don't have the cellophane bags. I taped it into place on the inside.
  • This is an upside down "matchbook" fold. Decorate as you wish. 

Need a video tutorial? 
Let me know if the written directions are not clear enough.


 Three examples...simple on the left. One ribbon tied as a bow. 
Middle: Three ribbons, tied in a know with Owl Punch.
Right: Embossed version, with Full Heart Punch.
Notice on the right example, I didn't center the oval window. 
It is off-set to the right so I could put the owl on.
With the card from yesterday's post.

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