I was making some little envelopes last weekend using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board, which is a rather nifty little device in its own right for making envelopes. However, I always look at craft tools from an investment point of view – how much use will I get out of it, and will it justify the cost in the long term.
I was a little dubious at first about a tool for such a specific purpose, but I’m actually enjoying the challenge of coming up with other ways to use it, and I’ve found several so far, including this cracking little cracker card.
Exact measurements will vary and you can come up with your own based on the size of the card you start with, but here’s a quick guide.
I started with a piece of A4 card (210 x 297mm), cut a third off (99mm) and folded in half to make a skinny card (often referred to as DL because it fits a standard DL envelope).
I also cut myself a layer 6mm smaller all round.
[EDITED - I double checked my measurements after spotting a typo.]
I then put the base card on the punch board and lined it up at 5cm and punched a notch. Make sure your card is thin enough to go in the punch when folded. If it is too thick it will jam up the punch – if it won’t go, don’t force it.
(Tip: I place a large acrylic block over the punch to give me more surface area to press down on.)
I flipped the card over and repeated the notch at 5cm in from the other end and repeated the two notches on the bottom. This gives you the basic cracker shape.
If you punch the layer using the same measurements, it won’t line up neatly so you need to make a slight adjustment. Because I cut the layer 6mm smaller all round, the punch position on the layers needs to be 3mm shorter – that’s 4.7 cm in from each edge.
Measurements that tiny can run off a little, but I found that it’s quite easy to put the paper back in and make a tiny adjustment and punch again. It doesn’t matter if the bottom of the notch is a little wider on the paper layer – it really doesn’t show.
The cracker card is now ready to decorate. I kept mine pretty simple with die cuts, punches and paper flowers. All the papers you see here are from the Chalkboard Cheer paper pad from Cosmo Cricket.
I’ve also discovered that the notch punch on the board is a super easy way to create tabs and file folders. Start by punching at the start and end of where you want your tab to be, then simply trim off the rest. If you’re making a tabbed folder, you just need to offset the fold slightly so the tab sticks out.
This wasn’t really meant to be a post specifically about the envelope punch board, but it just shows, it’s not the one trick pony it may sound like at first. I love pushing tools beyond what they were meant to do. What about you – have you got any tips for using crafting tools in ways that weren’t originally intended?
(click image to find on the Chocolate Baroque website)