August 23, 2010

Introducing Label Wraps

EDIT: The Label Wraps are now available in my Etsy shop. The price is $4.00 for 20 blank, white labels. You can find them here.

Hi friends, hope your week is going great! I am back into work mode this week and had some time to work with a few of my new products that will be going up in my Etsy shop soon. Today I am introducing you to my new Label Wraps. I always think it's so fun to receive a card or parcel that is embellished on the outside as well as the inside. If the outside packaging is nice, you just know the inside is going to be even better, right?

Here's a sneak peek of my finished card and envelope with a Label Wrap......but I'd love to show you step by step how I did my project so let's get started.
Here's a photo of my supplies that I'll be using including Papertrey Chartreuse cardstock for the card base, Vintage Cream cardstock and A2 envelopes, Vintage Tea Dye Duo ink in Chamomile for distressing, Chartreuse Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Vintage Buttons tied with brown and white baker's twine, Pine's Fillable Frames #7 stamp set with coordinating die cut, old ledger paper, velvet ribbon, buttery vintage lace, Wrinkle Ribbon and Medium Manila Parcel Tags from my Etsy shop and October Afternoon patterned paper.
Here we go. I cut enough supplies to make several cards but I'll show you how to assemble one. To the card front, attach a piece of the October Afternoon cardstock. Add the piece of old ledger paper. Assemble the tag by distressing edges with Tea Dye ink, die cutting and stamping the label and adding the tied button with a mini glue dot.
Attach the parcel tag to the card front. Punch a hole through the tag and card front and tie on the snippet of Wrinkle Ribbon. Notch one end of the Chartreuse ribbon and attach to card front, just below the parcel tag. I use Scor-Tape to adhere my flat ribbons.
Next up, attach the buttery lace and velvet ribbon pieces to the card front using a stapler. You can use a regular stapler but I love my Tiny Tim stapler (Tim Holtz's mini stapler). The staples go through the entire card front and will show on the inside of the card. That's okay. I use a small craft hammer to flatten the staples on the back side just to make sure there are no pokey edges. Your card front is now done. Lots of fun layers that add nice dimension to the card.
I like to embellish the inside of the cards too. People will really freak out with they see this added touch. They will be impressed! Here, I added another piece of Vintage Cream cardstock along with a notched strip of the October Afternoon patterned paper.
Now for the new, exciting part! I'm going to show you how to use my Label Wraps. The Label Wraps are like giant address labels that are intended to wrap around envelopes. On the front of the envelope you write the recipient's address on the label space that you create and on the back you write your return address on the label space you create.

Here's how you do it. Using a Label Wrap, mask off two die cut labels. I'm using the Fillable Frames #7 label die that I cut with Eclipse masking tape. You can see both of those label pieces on the white blank Label Wrap below. Place one die cut label mask at each end a Label Wrap. The polka dot Label Wrap is completed so you can get a visual. Note: You can use any of the Fillable Frames labels with my Label Wraps. I can't wait to try more.
Once the masked labels are placed on the Label Wrap, stamp the desired design over the entire Label Wrap. I used Polka Dot Basics in Chartreuse ink.
Once the ink is completely dry, peel off the label masks. Then stamp on the coordinating label stamp from Fillable Frames #7 with Dark Chocolate ink. I love this customized look. You can use any label images, any background you wish and any color combinations. The possibilities will be endless. The Label Wraps are white but can be distressed, brayered, painted, name it. And think how these would look on Kraft colored envelopes or colored envelopes. Love!
So now that the Label Wrap is all stamped, I have a pretty card, coordinating Label Wrap and a Vintage Cream envelope. Oh how I love to see this little ensemble. Lots of detail on every little element.
You will want to keep your Label Wrap in tact until you are ready to insert the card into the envelope. This is because the label wraps around the back of the card and goes over the back flap of the envelope. Here's the front view of the Label Wrap being placed on the envelope.
Then you turn your envelope over and it wraps onto the back side....over the sealed envelope flap.
Jordy helped me make a few extra cards for my stash. She's such a good helper. Be sure to let the kiddos join in on the fun.
Here's my finished card again shown with a card that is sealed up and ready to go in it's Label Wrapped envelope. So fun, don't you think?
And here's the back side again. Very clean and simple and totally okay to send in the mail.
Here's a little closeup of the front of the card. Love the look of the label on the parcel tag.
And here's my little stashola of card, envelopes and Label Wraps. Oh, come to mama, I do love a stash of cards.
Just store your little bundles in a little tin or basket until you're ready to use them. Remember.....the Label Wraps have to be adhered after you seal up your envelope.
I hope you enjoy my new Label Wraps. Stay tuned for more ideas using the Label Wraps on new packaging items coming soon.


Lynn said...

Mish -what a fabulous idea! Love this!!! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

jaymack said...

These labels are cool. Are they sticky? Where do I get them?

Cele said...

These are wonderful! How long is the wrap?

donna calamari said...

Fabulous post!!! I bet you are doing wonders for October Afternoon's sales.

cashemere said...

I just love this project. Perfect!
Kisses from Brasil.

snarflemarfle said...

Well aren't you Smarty McSmartyPants!! How very clever! I actually found something similar a year or so ago on the net and it was a download. I don't know why I didn't think to make my own, but that's exactly what I'm going to do!

Love this idea; thanks for sharing!

Heather Jensen said...

You clever girl! I love all the ideas you come up with. Thanks so much for always sharing your fabulous talents. You Rock! :)

Romaine said...

Mish Mish Mish-Once again, FAB idea!!!

Kristi @ Creative Kristi said...

Great idea! I've seen the label wraps being sold places but never blank to be embellished to coordinate with the card you made!! Lovely!!

mamajulie said...

Great idea! 5 stars for ease and eye appeal!

Anne said...

Great idea!!! I love to stamp the outside of my envelopes and this takes it to a new dimesion!

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