Who knew that a Big Shot framelit die designed to line an envelope could instead be turned into a great little pouch -- perfect for holding a gift card, chocolate or in this case a hot cocoa kit complete with candy cane stirring stick. I've got a photo tutorial for this -- and then be sure to check the end of the post for this week's new weekly deals. And remember the Holiday Sale goes through Dec. 2!
Here's a look at the pouch empty -- this version is made from the Coor'dinations Card Stock in Real Red (part of the Brights Collection Assortment Pack and it's on sale as part of the Holiday Sale until Dec. 2!) Because it has a lighter core, I could emboss the snowflakes with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and sand it a little to make it "pop."
This pouch can be made two ways -- with the method you choose determined by how heavy the card stock or paper you're cutting is. Using the largest envelope liner in the framelit set, you can either cut two envelope shapes from 6 inch squares of card stock. Or if the card stock or paper is lighter weight, you can fold a 6-inch by 12-inch piece in half to make a 6 inch square and cut "off the fold." Here's a look at what that looks like when it's ready to run through the Big Shot.
Notice the small gap between the bottom of the paper and the framelit. You want to do it that way whether it's one layer you're cutting or folded into two layers as that lets you cut it from a 6-inch square and save paper. Stampin' Up's regular card stock is 80 lb. -- too heavy to fold and cut off the fold. I experimented and you can fold and cut the lighter weight Coor'dinations card stock or our Designer Series Paper folded.
When cut folded -- you then score the tabs that stick out and this is what it looks like -- note that I also scored the top flap on what will be the pouch's front.
At this point you can decide whether to just adhere the side flaps together or you can cut the ones off the pouch's back for a little less bulk when it's put together. You can see how I cut off the back flaps in this version made with a 6 by 12 piece of card stock (sorry the photo is a little fuzzy).
If you use heavier paper and need to make the pouch from two 6-inch squares that you die cut, the front will look like this once it's die cut and scored.
The back of the pouch will look like this with the side flaps cut off.
When I do it this way I like to put Sticky Strip across the bottom (leave the red liner on) then adhere the side flaps to the back panel with Stampin' Up's Tombow multipurpose glue -- then it's easy to reach in from the bottom and remove the red liner and seal your bottom. It takes more pressure than the sides so Sticky Strip is best there and the glue gives you "wiggle time" on the sides.
I loved the simple decorations on this pouch made with the Snow Day stamp set. The words are embossed in white and I just stamped the eyes, mouth and carrot and punched them out to make a cute little snowman face.
Here are those new Weekly Deals that started today - you can click here to view them in my online store.
Remember the Holiday Sale as well -- only through Dec. 2. It's going so well that Stampin' Up will add some 24 hour specials to the deals just for the last day Dec. 2 -- and on Dec. 1, new custom Valentine's Day products are coming!
Next post I'll show you a very elegant version of this cocoa pouch that a fellow 3-2-1 Stamp team demonstrator made!