Tales from Willson Wood happy mail

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 02 Aug, 2016

There's so much to craft with in the Tales from Willson Wood collection, which makes it ideal for happy mail. Create rustic woodland charm by combining dinky wooden embellishments with hand-cut leaves and twine. It's a truly one-of-a-kind project that will be sure to brighten the recipients day.

This make has been cleverly constructed using landscape card blanks. They have all been connected along the long edge and then concertina folded, creating a happy mail that can be as big or as small as you like! 


1. Take a 5 x 7" card blank and centrally cut a 6 x 4" aperture in the front with a craft knife. Mat wood-effect paper from the Willson Wood ultimate pack onto the front of the card blank.

2. Cut two pieces of acetate to measure 6.5 x 4.5" and apply two layers of 9mm foam tape around all four outside edges. Fill the internal space with die-cut leaves (trim the leaves from the sprig/branch included in Xcut's A5 leaves die set). 

3. Remove the backing tape from the top layer of foam tape and position the second sheet of acetate on top. Apply double-sided tape around the inside aperture edge and fix the shaker element on top.

4. Cut an identical aperture from another sheet of wood-effect paper and secure this to the inside of the card blank.

Internal pages

5. Using masking tape, attach a 5 x 7" card blank to the un-decorated long edge of the aperture cover and fold so the panels concertina. Use double-sided tape and your favourite Willson Wood papers to cover the remaining blank pages.

6. Create a pocket from Anita's vellum and adhere to the second spread. Embellish with die-cuts from the ultimate pack, as well as hand-cut and stamped bunting.

7. Decorate the remaining panels with your choice of embellishments, pockets and envelopes.

8. Once the happy mail is complete, wrap a length of Willson Wood ribbon and Bare Basics jute twine around the bottom third and attach a wooden embellishment and die-cut tag.

Project and how-to instructions by Aisha Green. Make sure to check out issue 72 of Creativity magazine for the full jam-packed happy mail feature.

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