Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Envelope Punch Clay Pots

Marya and Anne Marie have extended their June Card Sketch Challenge on the Coffeehouse Forum into July. Thank goodness, since I have been so busy and am finally getting around to creating something based on this fun sketch!

The sketch reminded me of a vase so I decided to create some faux clay pots as the focal image for my card. Here is how everything came together.

1. Create pots using an Envelope Punch board. Punch the bottom corners off two small rectangular pieces of paper. Note: the rectangles are different sizes which create two uniquely-shaped pots when punched.

Trim off the top of the long flat pot to form the brim.

Trim the larger wide pot to a desirable height.
2. Cut slivers of Gelatos from the stick with a metal palette knife. Mix colors on an acrylic block with a small drop of gesso and water with a palette knife until a smooth consistency is reached.

3. Spread the terra cotta colored mixture onto the white paper pot pieces using the knife. Allow to dry.

4. Assemble the flat clay pot. Attach the brim with book binding glue and allow it to dry.

Assemble the card using the sketch and coordinating papers.

1. Create the foliage and flowers with punches and neon Fire and Ice "art orphans." Click HERE to get a refresher on my art orphan technique.

I used a trick I saw on Pinterest to create leaves for my violet plant. Trim the petals of a retro flower into pointed leaf shapes.  Super cute and easy! 
Add centers to the flowers with Liquid Pearls in Platinum Pearl.
Have you thought of other "outside-the-box" uses for your Envelope Punch board?  Feel free to share them in the comments section.

Products used in this card: Bold Blooms White card base, Evergreen Dk. Green panels, Pattern Basics Brights dotty text weight panels, and Tribal UM stamp
Have a great week and don't forget to make a card with this sketch. Join us on the forum to share your creations!



  1. Julie, you are so creative! Receiving this beautiful card would certainly brighten someone's day.

  2. Reminds me of the Michael Strong plants book thingy ;) (That's about how my morning is going...thingy is the best I can do!)

    1. Oh yes Janet, I have that book and learned a lot from Michael's techniques!

  3. So creative! I LOVE my punch board, so I really like learning new ways to use it. Great card, Julie!

  4. Julie, This card is so darn cute. Love the way you made the pots using the punch board. Now, I have to re-visit your art orphan technique. I love the look of those violets. Thanks so much!

  5. You work magic with paper flowers. Oh for some of your patience!

  6. a cute card and thanks for directions

  7. Wow, another way to use the punch board, love that. Beautiful card and techniques Julie! The pots and potted plants are so cool.

  8. Love how you make more use of this punch board and the result is fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I love making file folder tabs with mine - learned that at the CS retreat!

  10. This is a wonderful idea to use those punches in another way. Your choice of colors and added texture is beautiful.

  11. so many clever techniques in this post, Julie!


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