Monday, January 5, 2009

Handmade Envelope Tutorial

Edit to add: to make handmade envelope: "The Enveloper" i would also recommend to purchase the remoistable glue for your envelopes. In the past i have closed my envelopes with Mono Multi glue. I am very very happy with this glue.. however i find it not good enough for envelope boxes due to the heavy layers and embellishments i use. I have found that Scor tape is just PERFECT. I used it on everything.. on the altered note books i made because this is supposed to be an item that you USE.. i actually tape down the ribbon with it. That stuff sticks!!

Hi, as promised here are pictures how i create my own matching envelopes for my cards. I love this personal touch. Plus i invest so much love and time in my creations.. i feel like a matching handmade envelope is just the dot on the i :-) If you use a CS like this you can still hand write the address onto the envelope - the patterned papers work with Avery Labels or if you add them to your present.

Lets get started:
You will need
The Enveloper, I just noticed that the store i got it from has a sale on it.
The tool comes already with scoring numbers but, not for the card size i craft in 6x6 and some other sizes i use occasionally. I will add the scoring / paper size for those card sizes later on.
Cut your paper to 9.5 x 9.5 inches.
for envelope boxes cut to 9 5/5 and score on D and D1

See the "lip" this is an important "gap" you want to pay attention, once you lay your paper into the enveloper.
For 6x6 cards you want to lay your CS on top of that "lip" score now on mark "F" all the way down on all 4 sides.
This is what you will get. Note.. i want the pattern on the outside showing so i scored on the white side of this paper.
Cut all 3 little triangles out.
if you want to make a envelope for a basic card you just fold and adhere your flaps with glue.
Since some of my cards are thicker, because i decorate the inside as well I tried yesterday to make a envelope box for those kind of cards. At this point envision folding the top flap once back towards the table making a little fold just a few millimeters above the scored line and fold back. (i noticed i have more control over the size of my fold by folding it once back and than back forth) Repeat this step on all 4 sides and you will get a 6x6 envelope box! Perfect also for cards with thicker embellishments. You can determine how much space you need.


I use the red bottle glue for my cards to hold everything in place. After your envelope is assembled you add the glue in the green bottle to your flap. You can re moist this glue like you would do with your store bought envelopes.
For recent samples you can take a peek here: Valentines, Thinking of you and Always in my heart

24 comments:

stardustgemsandribbon said...

Wonderful tutorial Claudia and what wonderful clear instructions and pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.
Goodnight my friend.
Hugs
Carole x

Krisstee said...

Thank You,Thank You,Thank You.........I have this tool but don't use it. It all make sense to me now. Thanks again!!!

Rina said...

Great tutorial Claudia. I will have to try it one year (lol). You are so talented.

I've been asked to start tutorials but I wouldn't know where to begin, hmmm... You've just inspired me. But when it will be done???? I dunno!?!

DeeDee said...

Perfect tutorial Claudia!!! THANKS!!!

Kristine B. said...

Oh, that's brilliant! When I lose my envie template for square cards, I have to calculate measurements etc. so THIS would be the perfect tool! And I've GOT to get that green bottle :) I always wondered what to use for that last flap? THANK YOU SO MUCH for this tute!!

Irina said...

WOW, great tutorial!! I've never seen this tool before, now I just MUST get me one ;-)

Hugs,
:) Irina

TERIBERI said...

This was AWESOME!! Not only did I get the enveloper, I got the glue (I had never seen this and it's FABULOUS) and I also finally got my SCOR-PAL!!!!! Thanks for the information and the website.
Hugs, T

Heidi said...

Oh I love this tutorial. I am going to have to try this! Thanks!

Elena said...

Thank you for the tutorial Claudia!

jules p said...

thanks for the tutorial. i love making envelopes. thanks!

Annie said...

thanks for the tutorial Claudia and the great pictures to explain everything. hugs, annie x

retiredheather said...

Thanks so much for this tutuorial Claudia. I don`t have the envelope maker but I am going to try to create this using a scor-pal.
Hugs
Heather

Kim said...

Claudia thank you so VERY much for your tutorial! I can't wait to get my enveloper and give this a try! This is going to be perfect..now I don't have to order envelopes for my cards! Woo-Hoo! Your instructions ROCK!
Hugs~ Kim

Shazza said...

your envelopes are gorgeous as are your cards. This is my frist visit to your blog, I will definately be back
x

Ila said...

I've always loved your envelopes Claudia...and this tutorial is Wonderful!!...I made my first 6" envelope...it turned out perfectly!!!...Thank you so much!!..Hugs, Ila

P.S...we have a pair of doves too..morning doves...I just love to hear them sing.

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