The gals at My Sketch World wanted to know how I make my quickie envelopes for my cards of an odd size. Actually, I've never bought envelopes for my cards. I like to use up those odd pages in the DCWV stacks for envelopes, or I'll stock up when my LSS has those twice-yearly 10 sheets for $1 sales. This is SO simple that after the first one, you'll be whippin' these up in no time. Warning: if you're a measuring freak, stop reading. This envelope's so easy because it's based on eyeballing skills and guesstimating.
You'll need just the typical tools for this-
corner rounder with the guide thingy removed
six inch ruler (NOT for measuring)
something to score with (I use the wrong side of a knife blade)
stamps, ink, etc. for optional embellishing
Note that my bone folding tool is conspicuously absent, thanks to one very cute but naughty chihuahua who shall remain nameless.
Start by laying your paper face down, place the card on it and fold up from the bottom to cover about 2/3 of the card. Now would be a nice time to crease with a bone folding tool if you're fortunate enough to own an unchewed one.
Fold the top down, but don't snug it up to the card. Make sure that this creases the paper about 1/4 bigger than the card itself. You've now made the flaps that will form the body of your envelope.
Move the folded paper and the card to your trimmer. Using the card as a rough guide, cut away the excess paper leaving it at least an inch wider than the card.
Now for the end flaps. Unfold the paper and make slits at each end of the two fold lines. 4 slits in all.
You can do this next step without the trimmer but I'm not a good scissor-er so I slap it back on the trimmer and cut away a 1/2 inch or so. I start by slicing down from the top of the sheet and then up from the bottom of the sheet, leaving a wider part in the middle to form the end flaps. Turn it around and do the other side of the sheet.
Be careful not to overcut - finish with a snip from your scissors instead.
Use the corner rounder on the end flaps. Notice I've removed the guide. Also notice that I'm using it upside down so I can see if I've got it lined up correctly.
This is what your envelope should look like now, trimmed for end flaps and ready for take off.
Using the ruler as a guide, score the end flaps and fold.
Now's a good time to turn the sheet over and
stamp or embellish it to your heart's content
Since the flaps that form the body of the envelope will overlap by quite a bit (remember the guesstimate warning!) you'll need to glue each flap separately. So turn the envelope face down, and apply adhesive along the top edge of the top flap, on the wrong side of the paper.
Then apply adhesive to the edge of the bottom flap, but this time on the right side of the paper. Fold the top flap down over the bottom flap and press to seal.
Apply adhesive to one end flap; fold and seal. Insert card. If I'm not mailing the card right away, I apply a strip of Scotch Scrapbooking Tape to the remaining end flap without removing the backing. Or you can use Pam's Lick and Stick Glue on this flap http://mysketchworld.s2.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=527&mforum=mysketchworld
TaDa! Look at the lovely envelope you just made!
Now go snap a picture and PLEASE post it here. I'd love to see your results!
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