Monday, October 31, 2011

Vintage Paris

I made this a couple weeks back and put it into my Etsy shop, but have never posted here. This was a project that was so much fun ~ I thoroughly enjoyed every step of the process.

I wanted to make a gift pocket of tags ~ but I did not want it to look like so many I see out there. They’re beautiful, but not exactly what I wanted. My sister-in-law gave me a ton (quite literally) of envelopes of varying sizes, and I needed a way to use them. So here’s what I did…

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I simply took an envelope near to the size I wanted, trimmed off some on both sides to get the exact size I wanted, cut off the flap, covered what was left o the envelope with a variety of papers, then sewed the sides and bottom together for stability. I used my own hand-dyed and crinkled vintage seam binding, a vintage if not antique button I found in an antique store a couple of years back, and a small tag distressed, stamped, and accented with a little pearl. The beautiful image of the Eiffel Tower is from Trisha at FrenchKissed. I also used some of my vintage trim found at a flea market many years ago – this is not the new stuff you see now – it really is vintage.

Then the tags…

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I started with small shipping tags, soaked them in a mix of tea, coffee, my own homemade vanilla and cloves, crinkled them up, straightened them out, put them on a cookie pan, sprayed them with glimmer mist and baked them just to the point of toasty. They smelled (and still do) delicious. After I applied the images, I glittered them just enough for a little sparkle, and tied on some more of my seam binding.

Take care friends,



Cindy (Stamp With Me Cindy G/Stamping Therapy) said...

Love these Dru. Happy Halloween and have a wonderful week.

Payne Holler Cards said...

how beautiful - so clever and creative ...will stop tossing those odd envelopes now (-:

Trishia said...

Dru, this is so gorgeous! I'm going to link to my blog right now and give you a shout out:) Merci beaucoup!!

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Dru,

This is a gorgeous project, thanks for sharing. I came here from Trishia's French Kissed blog.