How to make an envelope!

Today I want to talk you through how to make an envelope.  But first I have a few things to share:)

My daughter’s artwork she made for a friend (she is only 14 and very talented) ….

She made it for a friend that loves pink and horses!

Next… I got some happy mail to create with!

I just wanted to show you how nice it came wrapped… and shipped to me 2 days after I ordered it!!!  I had planned to create with these stamps next week for my mom’s box to fill… but now I can get started early!

I ordered these from Verve Stamps during a sale they are having right now and paid less than $40.00 for the whole lot of these stamps… they have lots of inspirational and christian stamps.  Perfect for making cards for her to enjoy giving!

The next happy mail I picked up this morning from Gina my CTMH chik!  She is very smart and inventive with scrapbooking and inspires me on a regular.  I got some new stamps, a Christmas card set and some embellishments…

And the cool thing on the new Artiste stamp sets for their new cart for the Cricut that just came out is now there is a page number next to the size to cut the image… how NEATO is that!!!!

Don’t think you can make it out buy under each size number is a page number… corresponding to the book to find the image you need!  AWESOME!!!  Now to get the cart!!!

Now onto why you are here… to find out how to make an envelope… well I messed mine up and fixed it but I will share my blooper then continue with how you properly make an envelope for an odd shaped card.

My card is 5″ x 5″.  It is the circular birthday card I blogged about early in the week.  I need an envelope and have some great princess paper that I haven’t used yet and it is burning a hole in my pink paper holder!!! lol

So double the size of your card and add 2″ and cut your paper there.  For me I didn’t have to cut because it was 12″.  This is your “long” side.  Next for the short side..

Take the width of the card and add 3″.  For my card that meant cutting at 8″.  With paper cut now it is time to score and trim excess.

As you can see in my pic I got crazy with the scoring and scored in the wrong places so here is the RIGHT way to do it.

Score the long sides at 1 1/4″ in.  This takes up the 3″ you alloted total with 1/2″ for your card to comfortable fit in… then on the short sides score on each side so your card fits in the middle with 1/4″ on each side…

Once you have it scored cut away the negative corners in like I have above except I went back and had to cut them more on the long edges… the flaps that stick out should only be as big as the card plus a half inch….

See the back side of my envelope and it will all make sense…

Notice I trimmed the top edges of the flaps down so that the envelope closed nicely… I did this before I taped it closed.  Also when I added my tape I added it to the big flap and not the side flaps as I could have put too much or not enough… putting it on the big flap and folding it up allowed the flap to have a good fold and look how nicely my custom made card fit in it!  SCORE!!!

The front has a crease down the middle where I went score crazy so it will have to be embellished to look cute … I will post that here later so check back to see how the finished envelope looks 🙂

Let me know if I should do a better tutorial or if this one made sense if you make your own envelopes too!  If there is an easier way please share it but once I understood how it went together it was easy to finish and primp with!  🙂

Happy Crafting!  Kathi


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