Adventures in Card-Making

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Dear Fellow Crafters,          envelope-liners

Today’s topic is designing envelopes. I have been designing envelopes for years. I always felt that after spending time making the card, I needed to “jazz” the envelope to showcase the card. Here are some of the things I’ve done. They’re all relatively easy, as you probably have the stamps, die cuts and paper on your craft table already.

  •      If the card has a simple design, say balloons and a simple sentiment, stamp or hand-draw a balloon or other birthday image on the lower left corner of the envelope.
  •      If the card has a lot of embellishments, stamp or hand-write a similar image on the back flap.
  •      Sending a card to a child? Try using the “to and from” stamp set or stamp the name in letters.
  •      Change the envelope flap by using decorative cut scissors or your cutter. Most envelopes have enough paper on the flap to allow fancy cutting but if you go “overboard” just use glue to the edge or seal.
  •      Be sure the address is clearly visible through any design.
  •      The entire envelope design should be stamped in lighter colors so that the address and postmark are visible.

The most fun I have had is creating liners for the envelopes. This is really easy.

  1.      Place an open envelope over a piece of your liner paper. Use paper not cardstock. Wrapping paper works well too.
  2.      Trace around the flap and down the sides about 2″.
  3.      Trim the flap edge to fit inside the envelope and test fit the entire liner.
  4.      Glue  the edge of the envelope.

*****Important: Place the glue on the flap liner only. This keeps the envelope lining from buckling when the envelope is closed.


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