Monday, February 28, 2011

Make Your Own Envelopes

I've started to venture into card making.  Once in a while, I'll make a card...and I've discovered that if I don't have any envelopes, I need to make some!  

There are templates and guides that you can use online, but I found The Enveloper tool by The Crafter's Companion.  Handy Man bought it for me for Christmas, and it's been a lot of fun to play with.

It comes with a nice instructional booklet.  For this demonstration, I'm making the 1/4 US Letter Paper Envelope.  The sizing and scoring instructions for this size is shown in the second purple block in the top row.
The instructions say: Paper Size, 8 1/4" square.  I used my great Making Memories paper trimmer, and cut a piece of paper into an 8 1/4 by 8 1/4 inch square.

I've found that it's best to use paper that is somewhat lighter than cardstock.  Heavy cardstock is a bit hard to fold into an envelope. 

For the size envelope I'm making, the instructions say to use score lines D and F.  You can see the letters on the edge of the Enveloper.
Put your paper into the corner of the Enveloper. Use the scoring tool to make a score line at "D."  Then, turn the paper around and score the opposite side at "D" as well.

Then, you'll need to score the other two corners on the "F" line. 

(By the way, this is the same piece of blue paper.  I didn't use a flash, and took all these photos in the same spot, within just a minute or two of each other.  I am really trying to take better pictures for the blog. but I have no idea why this happened!)

Here is the paper, with all of the scoring marks on it.  If you look closely, you can see some of the marks, especially to the left.

Next, you'll fold in the short sides of the envelope.  (At this point, I remembered that I had used paper with measuring lines on the back.  Oops, don't do that when you make an envelope.)  I used my bone folder to get a nice, crisp, edge.
Now, put some double-sided adhesive tape on the bottom flap's edges. 

Fold up the bottom flap and press down to secure it to the adhesive.

Next, I like to tuck in the excess flap.  Put a tiny bit of adhesive inside the flap before you tuck it in, to help it stick down.

Use your bone folder to fold the top of the envelope down.  Now you have a cute, handmade envelope!

This tool is great for those of us who are envelope-challenged and need some guidance. 

You can make envelopes of all different sizes; you can make pretty lined envelopes, and even what the site calls an "envelo-box".  This is an envelope that has a double set of folding lines and comes out a bit thicker, so you can enclose a card that might have some lumpy embellishments.

Go to The Enveloper site for video instructions.  This fun little tool costs only $14.99. 

Have you ever made your own envelopes?  Have you ever used this tool?  

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SMG said...

I too love making envelops for my cards...I will try to make them with the heavier paper vs. cardstock as I have so much trouble with the cardstock (DRIVES ME CRAZY WHEN FOLDING)!!! I do not use that tool...I was able to purchase the Martha Stewart Scoring board (which also is a genius tool for making cards) at 50% off at Michael's (coupon) and so it was only $12.99!!! It rocks as well!!!

dizzytina said...

i really need one of those now :-) Thanks so much for sharing i found you on a link party tina x x

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Love this idea! I have a linky party today and would love for you to join! It's for projects made for $10 or less!

Marie C. said...

Very nice! An envelope-making-tool sounds like a *great* idea! Maybe I need to find one... :-)

Tara said...

Looks very cool:)

glamourpuss said...

Wow! I have always wanted to try this! Looks great!!

laurel said...

Cool tutorial! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

Tara @ FabuLESSly Crafty said...

Thanks for checking my blog out! Ive been following you for a bit now :) Love seeing your ideas!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Just getting into craftier type projects and now I need a 'scoring' thingy-and a coupon for Micheal's! Following you from 'thrilling thurs'

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