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Envelope Punch Board
As crafters, we all love to shop for cardstock, patterned papers, stickers and embellishments. The next items we tend to purchase are tools. Tools can be great additions to our crafting supplies, but they are often much costlier than paper and stickers. A good rule of thumb for justifying the purchase of a bigger-ticket item is to determine how often or how many different ways the tool can be used.
One innovative and versatile tool to hit the market in the last few years is the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. This tool was created to allow crafters to make envelopes of different sizes. It’s very easy to use. The tool is a board with a two-sided punch located in the center top of the board. The side of the punch that faces the board creates notches and the Reverse Punch side that faces away from the board creates rounded corners. To the left of the punches there are measurements and on the right, there is a scoring channel that angles from the punch to the lower right corner of the board. There is a scoring tool that comes with the board and it is stored within the board on the right edge. Smartly, instructions, dimensions and measurements for all the different envelope sizes are printed directly on the board.
As stated earlier, the basic use of the Envelope Punch Board is to create envelopes. You start by cutting a piece of paper to the size indicated for the finished card. Next, the cut paper is placed on the board and slid up so it is inserted into the punch and positioned to match up with the desired Score Line measurement on the upper left side of the board (Photo 1). For example, a standard A2 card (41/4 x 51/2 inches) would start with an 81/8 x 81/8inch piece of paper. Insert the paper into the punch with the left edge of the paper aligned at the 33/4-inch mark.
Once your paper is properly placed on the board, press the blue punch button and, without moving the paper, score from the right edge of the punch down at an angle toward the lower right corner of the board, using the channel as your guide (Photo 2). Next, rotate your paper 90 degrees to the left (counterclockwise) and instead of lining up the left edge of the paper with a
measurement, line up the scored line with the little “tail” on the left side of the punch (Photo 3). Once you have it lined up, punch and score again like you did on the first side. Repeat the rotate, punch and score process two more times. Next, rotate the board and use the Reverse Punch to round the corners of your paper (Photo 4). Fold three of the sides in along the scored lines and secure with adhesive to create the envelope (Photo 5).
This tool is wonderful if you like to make different-sized cards and need matching envelopes, or if you simply don’t have envelopes on hand. Use anything from a basic sheet of cardstock to coordinating patterned paper to make custom envelopes for any card, any time. We R Memory Keepers also has an Envelope Generator Tool on their website for help in determining paper size and punch guide measurements for any size envelope you need.
Now comes the fun part! Experiment with the Punch Board to see what other kinds of projects you can make. A few options you might want to try are darling little bows and mini file folders!
To create bows, start with strips of patterned paper or cardstock. The project instructions in this article give you measurements to create the bows shown on the projects. You can play around with different sizes to create larger or smaller bows for your projects. The trick with creating the bows with a strip of paper that is less than 1 inch wide is to NOT push the edge of your paper strip all the way into the punch. If you go too deep, you cannot punch both edges to create the center of the bow.
Do a quick search on the We R Memory Keepers website, YouTube or Pinterest and you can find many examples and tutorials on how to create other items with the Envelope Punch Board. We R Memory Keepers also offers punch boards for creating gift boxes, pinwheels, flowers and other shapes that would make fun additions to your craft tool supply! •