It's freebie time! I know I've said it before, but I just love doing stuff like this and I could spend all day every day making printable goodies like this. I'm such a dork. This time I'm sharing a full page of a pattern I call "Flourish" along with a page of coordinating gift tags. Flourish is a colorful floral pattern of peonies and anemones with a soft spring color palette. I think this little batch of goodies could come in very handy for a certain holiday coming up next month. Ahem. Mother's Day.
The full page pattern could be used as scrapbook paper, gift wrap, to make (as I did) a gift envelope, or maybe folded into a small paper box if you like projects like that. I printed the gift wrap page on standard printer paper on a high quality setting and although the colors won't come out quite as bright on regular paper, it still made nice gift wrap. Obviously you're not going to be printing your own gift wrap in mass quantities (even I won't go that far), but it's a good size for a small gift box or (ahem) jewelry box. You know, for your mother.
Then I decided to print the pattern on a more sturdy piece of Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte (you could also use card stock) and make an envelope out of it. Of course I could have come up with my own envelope pattern but come on, that's what the internet is for. Why reinvent the wheel? I found this envelope template on Riva la Diva. Do a quick google search and you'll find all the envelope templates you'll ever need. I like that this one makes a more "gift" envelope as opposed to a standard letter envelope but you could do that too. I traced the template on the back of my paper, cut it out, and folded it along the fold lines. Hint: if you've never done this before, score the fold lines first by running an Exacto knife or the tip of your scissors along the line very gently so you don't go through the paper - it makes the paper fold easily and you'll get a nice crisp line - it's worth the extra time. You can use a bone folder or the edge of a ruler to flatten and smooth out the edge. I used this handy adhesive roller to seal the flaps, which might be my new favorite gadget.
Then you could use a sticker or wash tape to close the envelope, wrap it in ribbon, whatever. I think it'd be a great way to give a gift card or gift certificate. You know, for your mother. Use all those gift tags to add the matching finishing touch.
I hope you enjoy the printables! I had a great time making them because I'm weird like that. If you want more printable fun check out my Freebies page.
** Printing Notes ** * For best quality, print on good paper and print on a high setting. Print actual or full size on standard letter size (8.5x11 in.) paper. When printing the full page pattern select the "borderless" option if your printer has one and the pattern will print all the way to edge of the paper, otherwise you'll get a narrow white border you can trim off. * This particular printable is a two page PDF file so you might want to print each page separately. * As always, for personal use only. Please don't sell, copy, or distribute in a questionable manner - you wouldn't do that to someone's mother, would you?
Here's a behind the scenes pic of this project with all my crafty shrapnel all over the floor. It was nice and sunny there and the perfect way to spend a Friday morning.