envelopes can be fun too! decorated envelope with Chunky Monkey Crafts Stamps

How many of you slave for hours over a beautiful card for a friend or family member, and then just whack it into a plain white envelope that came with your card blanks and call it done?
I’m really guilty of this- I’ve spent so much time on the card, that I usually run out of time and energy by the time it gets to thinking about envelopes!
However, when I was sent some stamps to work with, from Chunky Monkey Crafts that were all about the envelopes, I was really excited to take card making to a new level!
I’m really excited to be working with Dani and her stamps – of which there are a limited quantity left for sale!
For this project, I wanted to make an envelope myself- and remembered that I had previously purchased a square 6” chunky envelope svg file from myscrapchick which would be perfect for what I wanted to do!
Using the ‘sealed with love’ stamp from the ‘sealed with love’ A6 set, I got to work.
The envelope itself uses 1 sheet of 12×12 paper, and the insert uses part of another. I cut, folded and stuck the envelope, then set to decorating.
Decorated envelope  front Rachel Gillham Art
front of the chunky envelope- complete with diecut banners, and stacked diecut hearts
back of envelope with stamped image- Rachel Gillham Art
back of the envelope, with a diecut pink heart, stamped sentiment and hand cut banner matts
back of chunky envelope showing inside - rachel gillham art
inner of envelope- isn’t the owl paper so fun?
I cut a banner around the stamped sentiment, and matted it with some gorgeous turquoise cardstock, before adding a diecut pink heart to the envelope flap. I diecut more hearts and layered them , to be used for the space where you add the name on the front.
I then faux stitched with a fine liner and a white gel pen round the edges of the envelope, and round the banner I created, as I can’t resist doodling on my projects!
all that is left to do is to create a card fit for this envelope! I should probably suggest making the envelope to match your card, and not trying to make a card to fit the envelope!
If you’d like to see the rest of this set, you can follow the link above- and if any of the stamps from CMC catch your eye, you can get 10% off your order with code ‘rachelcmc10’ – what a bonus!

Pretty Stamped Envelopes

Good morning crafty friends!  DT member Elaine here sharing some cute envelopes all stamped with sentiments from the ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ A6 stamp set.

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I recently bought some really cute coloured envelopes and thought I’d stamp a bunch of them on the seal so that they are ready to go when I need them!

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Here are the details of the stamps, envelopes and inks I used to create these super sweet envelopes:

  • Sealed with a Kiss A6 stamp set – Chunky Monkey Crafts
  • Envelopes:  Gina K Designs (A2 size) – Ivory, Bubblegum, Lovely Lavender (packs of 10)
  • Tsukineko Ink – Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink
  • Delicata Ink – Metallic Copper

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No-line pencil colouring (DT Verity)

-Hi there, it is Design team member Verity from Pretty Little Button. I have a lovely one-layered card for you today. I’m not usually known for one layered card, just because I love plenty of dimension to my cards. However, I loved colouring this in and felt it didn’t need anything more to it as the colouring had plenty of depth to it itself!

No-line pencil colouring Card overview:

To start off, trim down a piece of craft card to 1/4″ smaller than an A2 card. Select a few floral stamps and arrange into one corner of the panel – the stamps used here are from the Altenew Floral Frame stamp set. Using a watermark ink like versamark, stamp these images onto the card panel. You could mask the florals if you find this easier, but as I was going to colour this in, I didn’t worry about lines/stamps overlapping as this would be covered up.

Using a selection of pencils, colour in the image adding different shades to create depth and dimension. The pencils I used for this card were a selection of Polychromos. I used a white pencil for the highlight areas. Stamp and emboss a sentiment in white embossing powder and finish off with a few Tonic Nuvo drops in colour corresponding shades.

Finishing the card off:

To finish this card off I added a funny sentiment from the Narky Finishing Sentiments stamp set. The sentiment ‘This card was made by someone trying to raise pennies to fund their crafting addiction!’ can fit so many crafts and is the perfect addition to add to the back of your cards!


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Until next week,

Distress Ink Colourful Background

DT member Elaine here sharing this colourful thank you card.  I have used my Narky Finishing Sentiments stamp set to create a fun backgrounIMG_7350d panel to use on my card.  Details and how-to are below!

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I started with a piece of plain white cardstock measuring slightly larger than an American A2 size card.  I used an embossing buddy to coat the whole piece of card and then placed it in my misti stamping tool.  I arranged all the stamps that I wanted to use from the Narky Finishing Sentiments stamp set and then inked them all up with Versamark Ink.  I then coated the card panel with clear embossing powder and heat set.

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I filled in any gaps using little stamps from Lawn Fawn’s ‘Love Letters’ stamp set, inked again with Versamark ink & clear embossing powder.

Next I took three shades of distress inks and blended on all three shades in random areas on to the card bringing the clear embossed images and sentiments to life.


Once my panel was complete I cut it down using the largest rectangle die from Waffle Flower Crafts’ Lacey Layers die set.

For the white card panel across the front I cut down a piece of white card (from my scraps pile) with my MFT Die-namics Stitched Scallop Edges 2 dies and then cut it down to my desired width (4.25″).  This was secured to the front of my card with liquid adhesive.



I stamped the two birds from ‘Love Letters’ stamp set along with the open envelope and ‘thank you sentiment’ on to copic friendly cardstock (make it colour) with memento tuxedo black ink and then coloured with copic markes:

  • Envelope: C3, C1, C00
  • Birds: Y15, Y13, Y11, YR04 (beaks)
  • Letter: RV55, RV52

I used glossy accents for the beaks and a black glaze gel pen to accent the eyes.  To adhere the birds and envelope to the card I used small pieces of foam tape.  As a final embellishment to the card I put some dots of gloss white nuvo drops.

Here is a list of all the products I used in this project:

Here are some links to help you find more information and inspiration using all products in the Chunky Monkey Crafts shop:





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Masked Embossed resist – Sealed with a Kiss (DT Verity)

Hi there, it is Design team member Verity from Pretty Little Button. I am very excited today, you are all part of my next adventure in crafting…..venturing on to Youtube! For today’s card, I  choose to use the Sealed with a Kiss stamp set on the front of the card by creating a masked emboss resist card. I love the pop of colour the inking gives and how the sentiments from the stamp set really stand out. So, less writing from me today, and instead watch and see how these cards came together!

Masked Embossed resist – Sealed with a Kiss Card overview:


To buy Chunky Monkey Crafts stamps and sequins, make sure you check out the links below:


To see more on this card, head to my blog here.

Until next week,



Simple Masking Using Printer Paper

So recently I’ve been spending time with my mum to lift her spirits. My grandma (her mother) died recently and it’s been tough on all of us.

I came up with a simple masking technique to make cards with her and to my surprise she really got the hang of it!
Here is one of the cards I made using this technique and a little on how I did it!
Rainbows all the way!

Step 1

Make a mask by die cutting printer paper and using repositionable spray adhesive on the back of it, then stick it to the card you want to ink.

I used a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock that I die cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Die.

Step 2

Ink lightly through the mask using Distress Ink and a Mini Blending Tool.

Step 3

Put a stencil over it, stick it in place and ink heavily using the same colours over themselves for a big contrast and bright colours.

Step 4

Remove the mask and gasp in wonder at the clean design that only moments ago looked like a hot mess!

If you’re careful you can use the masks a couple of times. They do curl when removed but if the adhesive is good quality they will stick down completely flat again on the next use.

Step 5

Stamp the sentiment in black ink to make the bright colours pop. Archival or pigment ink works well.

Using a stamping tool makes this even easier.

I chose to stack a bunch of sentiments for a fun look. I hadn’t tried this before and I really like the look (even though I didn’t get it completely lined up).

I think it works because the colours are so bright that they aren’t washed out by so much black! In fact they make the colours even more vibrant! 😀

Step 6

Add any embellishments you want.

In this case I used twine for the string of my balloon using some Matte Multi Medium and trimmed off the excess once it had dried.

Step 7

Stick fun foam to the reverse and then stick the panel onto a card base.

I was surprised by how much value was added to this simple card by using a little dimension!



Step 8 (optional)

Stamp some fun messages on the back of your cards!

To really finish off a card I like to stamp on the back and (if I have the time) the envelope too!

Lawn Fawn Ink is great for this and they have so many colours to choose from!

I went on to make a whole bunch of these with my mum as they are so quick and easy to make!

I think this is the first time that my mum has actually asked to do crafting with me afterwards!!

I’m so happy to have finally found a crafting activity that my mum not only enjoys but can do with relative ease without much creative experience!!!

This activity is a winner!!!


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Bridal Hangers – DT Charlotte

I decided to create something a little different with the white gel pen from Chunky Monkey Crafts, I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it – this pen is literally amazing.

I was asked to make some personalised hangers for a set of bridal party dresses, I’ve seen plenty which have been embossed but though I’d make tags instead. A sweet white bow simply threads over the top of the hanger which has been finished with a tiny little rose gold embellishment in the middle.

The tags themselves were written with the white gel pen, and it is perfect for this! It’s so pigmented it glides onto the brown craft card like a dream! I love it. I’ve used this pen so much already – I’m a fan of brown/rustic cards so it’s ideal for me!

At £1.80 it’s very affordable and with my code charlottecmc2018 you can get a whopping 25% off everything in the shop at http://www.chunkymonkeycrafts.co.uk, along with the shop there’s also loads of inspiration to have a gander at!

Magical Unicorn Shaker Card

IMG_7350DT member Elaine here today sharing this fun, colourful shaker card.  I cut a panel of white card stock and used my ‘All Prettied Up’ scallop frame to give a pretty edge and stitching detail around the outside.

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I used my ‘Over the Rainbow’ die by MFT to cut my rainbow on some white card stock and then ink blended each piece in rainbow colours (picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio, tumbled glass and wilted violet).  I used Lawn Fawn’s ‘Puffy Cloud’ dies and ‘Puffy Cloud Frames’ for the clouds.  The unicorn was a free digital image but sadly no longer available (I’ve tried so hard to find the links).  I coloured my unicorn with copic markers.  Before I stamped my sentiment and adhered my unicorn I used Windsor & Newton Gold Ink to flick on some splatter.  I then went ahead and stamped my sentiment from Avery Elle’s ‘Be a Unicorn’ in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

I covered the back of the panel with some clear acetate, securing with double sided tape.  Then I added one layer of foam tape all over the back, being sure not to get foam tape near my cloud openings.  I filled the cloud wells with sequins – the smaller cloud is filled with ‘Mermaids Tail’ sequin mix (you can find this in the shop) and the larger cloud is filled with some chunky pink glitter and clear 4mm sequins from my stash.  I covered the whole panel with another layer of clear acetate and then secured the whole shaker panel to a heavyweight card base.


I finished off the back of my card by stamping one of the adorably cute sentiments from the ‘Sealed with a Kiss‘ stamp set….I’m obsessed with these ‘Delivered by….’ stamps in this set.

Here are some helpful links to inspiration and the Chunky Monkey Crafts website.  Don’t forget you can still use the coupon code elainecmc2018 for 25% off in the shop!




Hello Beautiful – Narky Finishing Sentiments (DT Verity)

Hi there, it is Design team member Verity from Pretty Little Button. I do love to make a clean and simple card, and I have another one for you today. For this one, I used a lovely small little stamp set from Altenew (One of a kind) and it just shows you don’t need a lot to create something beautiful. Of course, I finished the card off with one of the amazing stamps from Chunky Monkey Crafts and added a couple of small silver sequins from the Icicle Sequin mix to help balance with the larger sequins I added.

Hello Beautiful – Narky Finishing Sentiments Card overview:

I stamped the floral image 3 times onto smooth watercolour card. I used a selection of watercolours to add colour. I purposely didn’t ‘colour’ the images in, I just added colour all over for a bold pop of colour for the card. When the images were dry, I fussy cut these out.

I cut several square frames from a Tattered Lace die set in three sizes and stacked these together at an angle. Where the excess overhung the card, I trimmed the pieces down. The floral images were layered onto of one another, and foam squares help to give depth and dimension. I stamped a simple sentiment from Altenew Meadow Flowers in black ink and added some gold paint splatter to the background.

Lastly, I added some yellow and orange sequins to match the colour of the flowers.

Finishing the card off:

I felt the card was lacking a little sparkle, so I did add a couple of small silver sequins from the Icicle Sequin Mix from Chunky Monkey Crafts. In addition, I used the #supportasmallbusiness stamp on the back, as I feel this is very appropriate. I am helping Chunky Monkey Crafts, supporting this small business by creating and promoting their products. So please, so support Chunky Monkey Crafts.

To get 25% off in the shop, just use the code: Veritycmc2018

Happy shopping!


To buy Chunky Monkey Crafts stamps and sequins, make sure you check out the links below:

To see more on this card, head to my blog here.

Until next week,

Nice one dad!

Thursday 7th June

I’ve been pairing my ‘Narky Finishing Sentiments’ stamps with the ‘Sealed With a kiss’ set to create lovely little duos.

I’ve used the ‘made with love’ stamp on the exterior of the envelope, I placed it at the bottom centre, and it’s so beautifully delicate it finishes the envelopes off perfectly!

The card I designed here is a Father’s Day card, and I’ve simply just used my old stamps from around a year ago to decorate the front with a cheeky phrase.