Video: Mini Messages Card + 12 GIVEAWAYS!

Hi there. I’m always looking for ways to make my cards unique and different. Today’s video shares how to add many mini messages to the front of cards for unexpected fun. (And I have 12 giveaways!)


[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Personalized cards are the best. And when the card is extra special with many encouraging messages? It is even better!

I created two cards using mini messages on front. To create the messages, I used the Mini Trifold Notes Die from Waffle Flower. (See below for other ways to create these mini messages.) I die cut many from scraps of patterned paper and cardstock. I found that the patterned paper is a bit thinner and folds up nicely. Also, it often has white on the backside, which is perfect for writing a message. However, cardstock works, too!

Mini Messages Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the card with patterned paper, I tied some twine around the message to close them… and then adhered them to the card base with strong double-sided tape. For the card using the cardstock messages, I applied coordinating Distress Ink with a blending tool to define the envelope’s edges. I used Memory Box heart die cuts to keep these little messages closed.

Mini Messages Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On both cards I stamped a greeting from the Waffle Flower Bowtiful Additions Stamp Set.

Mini Messages Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To tie everything together, I stamped the sentiment from the Waffle Flower Happy Mail Stamp Set on to matching envelopes.

Mini Messages Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another fun way to use this die is to create a bunch of mini envelopes to put in a jar. I plan on doing this and for next to my kids’ beds.

Don’t have this die? No worries. There are other ways to get the same effect. You can purchase tiny envelopes to add to your card and slip your message inside or you can cut thin strips of cardstock and accordion fold them closed. Any way you choose to do it definitely will put a smile on the recipient’s face.


Today is the last day of Week 1 of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge! No worries… I will be back tomorrow with Week 2’s challenge. Stay tuned!

I think today’s card would be good for encouraging any friend or family member… especially a kid. I hope you will try it!


How would you like to win a Waffle Flower Mini Trifold Notes Die? The VERY kind folks at Waffle Flower sent TWELVE of them for me to give away! Nina is very generous and wanted to encourage the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Thank you, Nina!!!

For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 11/15/15 telling me who the last card you mailed was to. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Waffle Flower (WF), etc.


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1,020 thoughts on “Video: Mini Messages Card + 12 GIVEAWAYS!”

  1. Oh, this card is so cute and those mini envelopes are adorable. The last card I sent was today, to my sister for her birthday. I am also sending a card to my elderly aunt tomorrow as she just moved into assisted living.

  2. The last person that I sent a card to was for a special friend from church. We are putting the finishing touches on our second annual bazaar. She has been a super help. I made a card telling her thanks for all of her wonderful help and how much she is loved.

  3. The last card I mailed was to a friend in Florida for her birthday. Thanks for the opportunity to win a doe. What a really cute idea!

  4. What a cute idea for a card. I love the way you tied these envelopes with twine and wrote a message inside. The last card I sent was last week, to my sister in law. Her son was injured at his daycare center and is recuperating at home after having a fractured femur. The poor little guy is only 6 months old and you can imagine how upsetting it’s been.

  5. I made and mailed cards to my beautiful granddaughters letting them known how much I love and missed them. They really love getting cards from me.

  6. Last card was to my brother. Today is his birthday!! I told him about your week one challenge in the card. Love all the great ideas!

  7. Love the idea of this card, I think it would be great from a group of people where everyone could write their little message. The last card I mailed was to my niece for her birthday, which reminds me that I am late for my nephew’s birthday. Time flies. Thanks again.

  8. The last card I sent was to a friend who went out of her way to check on me, and make me feel special. Friends like that are truly a rare gift, so I was happy to send her a card. Thanks for your great ideas.

  9. I mailed out my First handmade card 2 weeks ago to my step-mom for her birthday with the help of your great videos:) thank you for another one!

  10. The last card I sent was to my granddaughter, for her 1yo birthday. It was a see through card with a gift card in it like yours in a previous blog post!! It was a hit! Thank you

  11. I just love this cute mini envelope die! How sweet!:) The last card I sent was to my dear friend Bev. We used to be co-workers and now we stay in touch by snail mail and e-mail! <3 ~ Gin K. ~

  12. Oh how fun for your children! I love the colorful envelopes you have made. I have never heard of Waffle dies and stamps…I will have to check them out!!

  13. The last card I mailed was to my sister when she lost her husband. I love these little dies; they are adorable!

  14. The last cards I sent were to my kids! They love how I receive letters and cards from friends around the world, so I got an idea a few months ago. Every month I prepare a special card for my son who is eight, and another one for my daughter who is four, and go to the post office to send them out. Of course they are arrive to our home, lol! But sending these through postal service give it an extra special touch, and they feel so happy every time they receive them, and I love that!! Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

  15. I love your cards and it is such a great idea for kids and friends. The last cards I mailed were some Halloween cards that I sent to some friends just for fun. I don’t usually make Halloween cards but I had fun making them this year.
    Right now I am getting some card supplies together for the teens in our church to make Christmas cards for a nursing home. They are going to take them to the nursing home and deliver them in December.
    At work, we are putting together boxes for the seniors in the Meals on Wheels program and I am making cards to include in the boxes.

  16. Love those cute little envelope messages! My last card (actually two that day) was for my BIL 81st birthday and his daughter’s 34th wedding anniversary. Thanks for a chance to win!

  17. This is tooooo cute!

    The last card I mailed was to a friend who recently had a baby shower that I was unable to attend. It featured a rain cloud with baby showers (the word “baby”– I thought falling babies would be too…morbid) and a sentiment that said “sorry we missed your baby shower”.

  18. I sent another card today to my sister just as a hi how are you card she really enjoys my hand made cards and keeps them in n her cork board in her office you have also inspired me to do something for our service workers I am making our mail man a Christmas card and our trash collector I never thought just how hard they work so ty for the idea

  19. Love this little envelope card! The last card I sent was to the kind staff at the LongTerm Care home where my mother lived.

  20. The last card I mailed was to a friend who recently lost her unborn baby. I wanted to let her know that I’m thinking about her and her family even though I live hundreds of miles away.

  21. It would be the one I made for my sister-in-law which is a card, come calendar, come picture frame I made for her to keep a picture of her grandson in on her worktable.

  22. These are adorable and I love the way you used them on the card. The last card I sent was to my hubby’s former neighbor and dear friend. She’s like a mother to him and she really misses him being so close.

  23. The last card I sent was a birthday card. I used Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, Crazy Things, and Crazy Thoughts to make a card for a 15 year old autistic boy who likes birds and has a quirky sense of humor.

  24. I love your cute card and the way you include encouraging messages in the little envelopes. The last card I sent was to my daughter who is away at college. We miss her a lot and I want her to know that we’re thinking of her.

  25. OMG those little envelopes are so adorable!!! They would be perfect for little tooth fairy envelopes.

    The last card I mailed was to a friend of mine for her birthday.

    Love your cards, you are always such an inspiration! Thank you!

  26. These cards are so cute! I love the tiny messages of encouragement. The last card I mailed was sent to my close friend who lives in a different city in the province. We like sending mail instead of only texting to stay in touch!

  27. Such a great idea! Thank you Jennifer. My grandchildren would love these cards. Thank you for the opportunity to win these sweet dies also.

  28. the last cards I mailed was my halloween cards. I mailed them so they would arrive on Halloween (if I was lucky).
    Everyone seemed to like them.
    Love the little packages.

  29. What?! This is so cool and amazing! I love the idea of little messages and surprises for the recipient. I know my grandmom would love receiving a card like this in the mail! The last card I mailed was to my best friend for no particular reason other than to let her know I was thinking about her.

  30. I love these cute envelope cards! The last card I mailed was last week to my mom, thinking of you card. Thx for awesome giveaway!

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