Watercolored Gift Card Envelopes + Hop

Hi there! I’m back again today to share with you a gift card envelope idea using products from Reverse Confetti!


This post is part of Reverse Confetti’s Spring Fling blog hop, where all the design team members and special guest (me), are creating anything but a card! So when I was creating my project, I thought it would be fun to use the new Butterfly Dreams stamp and die sets to create some colorful watercolored envelopes that are perfect for holding gift cards in.

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I started off by stamping the “kindness matters” butterflies (I adore this stamp) onto watercolor paper using distress inks. I shared a similar technique using this same butterfly stamp set on my blog a couple weeks ago and I loved it so much I had to do it again! You can see the card using this technique over at this post.

As you may know, stamping with clear stamps and distress inks doesn’t usually provide perfect results; distress inks stamp splotchy because of their make up. However, I used this to my advantage to create built in texture. After stamping the butterflies I used the same colors of distress ink (Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey) to watercolor back over top the butterflies and fill them in. The result is a gorgeous watercolored butterfly with a subtle texture underneath (die cut out using the coordinating Butterfly Dreams die set). LOVE!

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Next came the envelopes. I am a big fan of creating custom envelopes for my cards and usually almost every card I send to friends and family is enclosed inside a pretty handmade or handstamped envelope. For these gift card envelopes, I cut down  thin watercolor paper (linked in the product section at the bottom of the post), and did a bunch of watercoloring on top using distress inks that coordinated with my butterflies.

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After my three watercolor panels were dry, I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to turn my watercolor background into envelopes. You can even use this board to create boxes and bows; check out this post for a video tutorial I did on creating a string tie treat box.

Once my envelopes were put together, I heat embossed a sentiment and some butterflies on the backside of each envelope to add a little more decoration and finish things off.

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This post is part of the Reverse Confetti Spring Fling blog hop. To see more inspiration using Reverse Confetti stamps and dies keep hopping to the other design team members blogs! There are prizes up for grabs too, so be sure to leave comments at each stop! :)


Reverse Confetti blog
Susan Liles
Fetti Friend– Nina-Marie Trapani — that’s me! :)
Heather Pulvirenti
Lisa Henke
Kay Miller
Amy Rohl
Amy Tsuruta
Audrey Tokach
Amy Sheffer
Sarah Gough
Leigh Penner
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Addesa


I have two other projects up on my blog today! Click on the pictures below to be taken to the corresponding posts.

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If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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36 Responses

  1. Avatar Leanne S says:

    Beautiful! Love the watercoloring.

  2. Avatar Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome colors! These are beautiful! Gorgeous butterfly!

  3. Avatar Karen B. says:

    So pretty and such a fantastic technique!

  4. Avatar Yvonne C. says:

    So pretty!! Love the matching envelope too!!

  5. Avatar lisascreativeniche says:

    Ohhhh the backgrounds are great!

  6. Avatar Sue D says:

    Very pretty and colorful!

  7. Avatar Kate says:

    Your little envelopes are simply gorgeous and such a wonderful way to present a gift card!

    Small Bits of Paper

  8. Avatar Gilda (McStamper) says:

    Love your water coloring. Beautiful ideas.

  9. Avatar Kathy says:

    These are beautifully made butterflies! Amazing colors.

  10. Avatar Diane says:

    Oh WOW, these are fabulous, love those colorful envelopes!!

  11. Avatar Mary-Anne V. says:

    wow those envelopes are gorgeous! i love the large butterfly detail.

  12. Avatar Kim Faucher says:

    Beautiful job Nina. I would have never known they didn’t stamp perfect… Always thought it was just me… So happy to have learned this trick of filling them back in… Love Distress for that!!!!

  13. Avatar Carla Hundley says:

    Oh these are gorgeous!
    Wonderful handmade
    envelopes and the
    butterflies are lovely.
    Carla from Utah

  14. Avatar Linda says:

    Gorgeous coloring. The envelopes and cards are as much a gift as any gift card you enclose. Lovely!

  15. Avatar hobbitnoll says:

    What STUNNING cards!!! I LOVE the colors you used!!

  16. Avatar Pam Young says:

    Beautiful water colors! It’s my goal to decorate my envelopes from now on.

  17. Wow! Simply adorable!!!

  18. Beautiful cards love the colors.

  19. Avatar irisesther54 says:

    Very nice watercoloring. Like all the colors.

  20. Avatar Deepa M. says:

    Those envelopes are gorgeous – I would LOVE to see happy mail that colorful in my mailbox!

  21. Avatar Pam B says:

    So-o-o-o-o pretty!

  22. Avatar Oliev says:

    Love your watercoloring, very beautiful envelopes!

  23. Avatar Cyndee says:

    How sweet of you to take the time to make pretty ‘special envelopes’ !

  24. oh my…sooooo beautiful…the colors…soooo fabulous!

  25. Avatar lisahenke says:

    what beautiful watercoloring. soooo, so pretty!

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