Happy Friday! The weather here is beautiful today and we are in the peak of our beautiful Fall foilage. Here is a picture I see looking out my driveway.
The picture just doesn't capture the vivid colors that they really are.
Today I want to talk about envelopes. I don't always do it, but sometimes it's fun to decorate your envelope to go with your card. It's fairly easy to do with all the stamps I'm sure you have. I've even seen stamps that are made to stamp on envelopes. They have a little scene all built around a blank space for you to write the address on. You can make envelopes out of designer paper to match a bit of designer paper you used on your card. That can get expensive though! What's really fun to do is to make your own envelopes with old calender pages or wallpaper from old wallpaper sample books.
You can go to paint stores or some of the big box hardware stores and ask for their old wallpaper books. They are more than happy to give you a bunch! Use some of the wallpaper just as you would designer paper and make a matching envelope! Some of the wallpaper books even have fabric samples in them. That can really dress up a card!
Calenders are a lot of fun. I get family and friends to save their old calenders for me just for this purpose. Guys I work with have wildlife and hunting or fishing calenders and they are great for guy cards.
You can position your card in a way so the part of the calender picture you want to show is front and center (with room for the address). The person receiving your card gets entertained twice!
You can make envelopes with templates that you buy or you can take apart envelopes and use them as templates tracing around them, but neither of those things is necessary. I usually make my own envelopes like this:
I pick a page from a calender; one that compliments the card I made. Here's my page
So you'll understand why I picked this particular page, let me show you my card
The image one my sister drew years ago and is available at Creative Images. I stamped it, embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with copics. I added some clear liquid glaze pen on the berries and embossed two of the corners with holly leaves. The words were one clear stamp from Printworks that I cut apart and stamped separately with a clear acrylic block. That makes them easy to curve and see exactly where they will stamp.
I want the raccoon image to show on the front of the envelope, so I position my card on the page where it should be to allow this.
Now fold all the sides of the page around your envelope. This will be your top, bottom, and side flaps. Once that's done, remove your card and reverse the folds so the picture is on the outside.
Now you're ready to cut. Cut the side flaps down to about 1 inch. Then cut off the corners (on both sides)like this
Now cut off the side flap on the part of the envelope that folds up like this
lay down some double stick tape on the side flap that remains
and fold over to seal. Do this on both sides.
Now cut the side flaps off the top portion of the envelope so your envelope looks like this
and slide your card in like this
here's the envelope from the front
Now I know you're thinking "hey! The raccoon is sideways!" and you're right, but who says you have to have the address facing one way? I cut a little slit to slide my address into so it looks like the raccoon is holding it in his mouth! (of course this will be glued down when I have the real address on there)
edited to add: In case you don't read the comments Diane said she works for the post office and it would cost 83 cents to mail an envelope with the address put this way. I guess if you want to entertain twice, you have to pay twice!
But isn't it cute? Now who wouldn't like seeing that in their mailbox before they even open the card?
I hope you'll have some fun playing around with envelopes made from calender pages! Seriously, it took me way longer to write up how to do it than it actually takes to do it. Plus, I think I made it sound and look harder than it is, but it's just hard to explain.
I have a fun day planned for tomorrow. I'm going to a stamp-a-stack where we will make 24 Christmas cards! So, I'll be sure to share those with you! Thanks for looking!