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Vendor Spotlight: Crafter’s Companion The Enveloper

Reported by Kelleigh Ratzlaff

How many times have you created THE most adorable card, only to discover that you don’t have any envelopes that will accommodate the beautiful, bulky bits that make it so fabulous?

Unfortunately, that happens to me all the time. In the past, I would just hand deliver the card or tuck it in the gift bag sans envelope. All the while, I was wishing that I had the time and patience to create the perfect 3-dimensional envelope to encase my card and lend it that additional touch of elegance.

Let me introduce you to my new friend, The Enveloper by Crafter’s Companion.


According to the manufacturer:

“The Enveloper Pro has the capability to make nine different shape and size envelopes and comes with its own double ended scoring and embossing tool and a full colour four page booklet detailing how to make the various size envelopes and tricks of the trade such as achieving a professional finish by lining the envelopes.”

This unassuming piece of plastic was SO much fun to play with, once I got the hang of it. It makes flat envelopes and dimensional envelopes to fit my bulky cards.


I’m embarrassed to say that it did take me a while to figure out the envelope sizing chart included in the pamphlet that arrived with my Enveloper. I had a 3″x5″ card, and I needed an envelope to match. However, (and, it does take guts to admit this, so be gentle in the comments) I could NOT for the life of me figure out which envelope size would work! I mean, what does “1/2 US Letter Paper” mean? Does that mean that my finished envelope will be 8.5″x5.5″, or will it mean it will be 11″x4.25″?? And, what in the world is a “1/2 depth tri-fold”? I promise I am not a math dummy, but I simply couldn’t wrap my brain around those measurements without having to take out a sheet of 8.5″x11″ paper, folding it in half and then tri-folding it. Huh?


So, I decided to just make a “short slimline (5 1/2″ x 3″)” envelope, even though I didn’t know for sure that my card would fit inside.

I cut my cardstock to the size indicated on the chart (7″ square), then followed the directions to create an “envelo-box.”

First, I scored the lines:


Then I clipped the corners:

And adhered the edges of the envelope:

I folded the additional paper to the inside of the envelo-box and tucked my card inside. My card FIT!! Wahooo!


The finished envelo-box measurements were 5.75″x3.25″, even though the chart said “short slimline (5 1/2″ x 3″)”. This, of course, leads me to believe that the size indicated on the chart is the size of the CARD, rather than the envelope. Hmm. Good to know.

Check out the profile of the envelo-box:


Too cute!!

Okay, you know what gets me? Crafter’s Companion has a chart on their website that includes over 100 custom envelope sizes. I didn’t find this out until AFTER I made this little beauty. I could have avoided all of the frustration if I had known to look on the website. D’oh!

There is even an awesome video to show you how to use The Enveloper!!

A few days after I made my first little envelo-box, my son was wrapping a present for a friend and couldn’t fit the packs of gum inside his envelope. Taa-daa! I became the hero, because I had The Enveloper!! I quickly (super quickly!!) whipped up a 6″x6″ envelo-box, which held the gum perfectly!

I’m so excited about the possibilities of The Enveloper. I have a feeling that it is going to have a prime location on my craft table.

Pros:

  • The pictorial instructions are very easy to understand (once you can figure out which size you need! LOL!).
  • ENDLESS possibilities. I am super excited about the chart that I downloaded from the website. I think I will have to laminate it! I have no doubt that I will find an envelope size to match any card size I can make.
  • The Enveloper is made of sturdy plastic and includes some fun shapes that can be embossed on the flap of the envelope to further customize it.
  • The website includes a handy video to explain how to use The Enveloper!

Cons:

  • I think the pamphlet that came with The Enveloper is confusing and outdated. According to the very useful chart on the website, The Enveloper can create over 100 custom sizes, although the wording on the website and the chart both indicate that it can only create 9 sizes. This may be something they are planning to remedy in the future (hopefully!).
  • I would have liked to see a place to securely attach the scoring tool to the bottom of The Enveloper. As it is, the scoring tool is in danger of getting lost on my desktop.


GIVEAWAY!

We’re giving away one The Enveloper to one of our readers… just leave a comment on any Crafter’s Companion The Enveloper post (there will be two today) and tell us what you’d use it for. One comment per person, per article, please.

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Rock-A-Blocks Stamp Mounting System

Reported by: Julie Campbell
Today, I would like to talk about one of the newest tools that has hit the shelves in the stamping market – the ‘Rock-A-Block’ stamp mounting system by Crafter’s Companion. I decided to purchase these blocks a few weeks ago after becoming frustrated when I was unable to get a nice, crisp stamped image using an acrylic block. I was wasting a lot of time and money, and no matter what technique I tried, my image came out looking like this:
The second image is what resulted after replacing my acrylic block for a Rock-A-Block. I used the same stamp, ink, paper, and stamping surface. I think the result speaks for itself!
You may think that all stamping blocks are the same, but there are quite a few features that make Rock-A-Blocks very innovative. The Rock-A-Blocks come in a package of four.

  • Extra large block – measures approx. 6″L x 4″W
  • Large block – measures approx. 6″L x 1-1/4″W
  • Medium block – measures approx. 4″L x 3″W
  • Small block – measures approx. 1-1/2″L x 1″W

As soon as you pick one of these blocks up, you will notice how light they are! I weighed an acrylic block and a Rock-A-Block of the same size, just to give you an idea of what I mean. The acrylic block was 4 oz. & the Rock-A-Block was 1.5 oz.

To help you center your stamp, guidelines are etched vertically and horizontally on the top of the block. The blocks are curved and you’ll notice that there are raised ‘gutters’ on the right and left of the block. These gutters help to eliminate those extra ink marks that sometimes get stamped onto our projects if any ink gets on the surrounding rubber. Only the raised, inked image can touch your paper. (To better understand what I’m trying to explain, you can watch this video.)

To stamp your image, simply place your stamp onto the curved block surface. Any clear stamp or unmounted rubber stamp can work with this stamp system. The stamps will cling and hold tightly in place until you pull them off. Just hold on to the sides of the block and rock the stamped image onto your paper. Make sure you only make one pass. Rocking back and forth will make a blurry, double image. The design of the block helps keep an even pressure so that all of the ink is distributed evenly.


I think this product would be especially helpful for those who have limited wrist movement or hand strength. The block is so light, and the rocking motion eliminates the need to press firmly to get an even stamped image.

Stamps by: Papertrey Ink

I think that Rock-A-Blocks are great tools to add to your stamping collection. I will definitely turn to these when I’m using a detailed image or when I’m stamping onto expensive paper. I’ll still use my straight acrylic blocks when I need a perfectly aligned sentiment or when I use a stamp positioning tool. The Rock-A-Blocks just aren’t as easy to use when it comes to precise placement, and the shape of the block isn’t compatible with tools such as the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Pros:

  • Kit comes with multiple sizes of blocks and works with almost any size of stamp.
  • Blocks are light weight and do not require much pressure when used, making it perfect for those with arthritis or limited strength.
  • Blocks make clear, even images – eliminating paper waste.
  • “Gutters” help eliminate ink marks outside of your stamped image due to over-inking.

Cons:

  • Rocking motion makes precise stamp placement difficult.
  • The shape of the blocks make them incompatible with stamp positioning tools (such as the Stamp-a-ma-jig).

The Rock-A-Blocks stamp mounting system retails for $19.95. I purchased mine from All That Scraps, but it can also be found in the following online stores: Papertrey Ink, the HSN, & Stamping Bella (for you Canadians).

Have you tried the new Rock-a-Blocks? If so, I’d love to hear what you think about them! Leave us a comment and let us know!

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