Friday, July 29, 2011

Coupon Envelope Book (Design Team Project)

by Sharon Jeffs

Coupon Envelope Book

I made this book for storing coupons using envelopes, coordinations card stock, and distress inks reinkers with an oldie but goodie technique! Here are the step-by-step instructions for making your own book.
  • Cut the brown CoreDinations card into a strip that measures 4 ½ inches by 12 inches. Score fold lines at the following points from the right edge –
    • 2 inches
    • 2 1/8 inches
    • 8 ½ inches
    • 8 5/8 inches

  • Fold along scores to create book cover.

  • Using the envelopes, open the top flap of each and lie them down flat. Adhere the flap to the underside base of the next envelope so that you have a long line of pockets running down it. Accordion-style fold them together.

  • Adhere the back of the last pocket onto the cover. Cut the green CoreDinations card to a rectangle measuring 4 ½ inches by 6 3/8 inches. Adhere this to the top of the envelope stack.

  • Fold closed the cover and adhere a length of ribbon along the back and sides of the cover. This will be used to tie the book closed.

  • Fill a cup with approximately 1 Tablespoon of dish detergent, 1 teaspoon of water and 3 measures of the Peeled Paint ink. I measured my ink with the bottle top applicator and therefore used 3 lots of this.

    Use a straw and blow into the solution until bubbles appear over the top of the cup.

  • Lay white card piece over the top of the bubbles, allowing the bubbles to touch the card. Pull up and pop any attached bubbles, leaving an ink residue.

  • Continue in this manner until the whole card has been coated in a bubble texture. Allow to dry then trim to 4 ¼ inches by 6 1/8 inches.

  • Choose one of the Autumn Leaves flourishes and ink with the Black Stazon pad. Stamp along the edge of the bubble textured card.

  • Using the silver stamp pad and one of the Chandelier stamps, stamp and emboss with silver embossing powder, a Chandelier onto the bubble textured card.

    Ensure you dab the entire surface with a static pad before beginning otherwise the bubble texture will also pick up embossing powder.

  • On a spare piece of the white card, stamp the large label with Black Stazon ink. Apply a drop of the Mustard Seed and the Fired Brick reinkers to a piece of glass. Using a paintbrush and water, colour in the flourishes on the frame.

    I did mine by beginning with pure ink at the ends of the flourishes and as I progressed along, added more water to dilute the colour. By doing the same thing with both colours, I got a strong gradient effect.

  • Cut out and attach over one side of the Chandelier using Foam mounting square

  • Adhere this whole piece to the centre of the Green CoreDinations piece on the top of the envelopes. Add a title using the Thickers alphabet stickers.

    I also chose to print and punch out additional letters to form a second line for my title.


  1. Woooow ! Beautiful Project ! :)

  2. love Distress inks and happy to know another way to use them...thanks.