09 July 2010

Envelope Tutorial

Hello, my loves!

It's been hot hot hot here - true summer weather with temperatures in the high 90s. Today, for the first time in what feels like years, I awoke to rain making the trees outside my window dance. I do love rain; it's so soothing, quiet and steady, and makes the world feel cozy and calm. I hope that this indicates that the heat will recede a bit, for though I love summer, I prefer not to feel like I'm melting into a puddle.

Back in May, I had several giveaways to celebrate my blog's anniversary. When I shipped the gifts, I included a letter to the winner sealed in a handmade envelope. I received many compliments on them, and was asked how they were made; today, I'd like to share that with you!

The process is very simple and an envelope can be made in a matter of minutes. When you've finished several envelopes, you can use them in your art journal, make an envelope journal, or leave sweet notes for strangers or friends!

1. Print out (or sketch by hand) a template for your envelope on stiff paper. You can find many online - this is the closest to the template I used.

2. Trace around the template onto the paper you wish you use for your envelope. Cut along the outer lines.

3. Fold along the tabs, and use a glue stick to secure the bottom flap to the side tabs. Let it dry for a few minutes - and tada! Done!

Tomorrow I head home for an annual family reunion; Sunday you'll be able to find me excitedly watching the World Cup final. What are you up to this weekend?


Dyche Designs said...

Have fun at your family reunion, not sure what I'll be up to yet, waiting to see how the weekend unfolds.


Heather said...

Oooh cool I like this! Thanks for the tutorial - I am going to do a bit of creating, learning , reading, bonding and go to a obon festival near me! A buffet of things! Have a great one!

Silver Strands said...

So glad to have this tutorial! Thanks :)

Abby said...

Great tutorial! Back when I used to write letters (I wish I still did...) I used to make my own envelopes. None of them really looked as pretty as yours, though. I love it when people use interesting paper to make them.

S and O said...

It's so cool to see this :)
I'm always making my own envelopes whenever I have anything to send...certainly can't wait to try out your method!


trish said...

great tutorial! thanks for the blog comment :) I haven't done anymore in the Drawing Lab book yet, but love the exercises so far!

whollyafool said...

neato! thanks for the tutorial :)

Ingrid said...

glad you enjoy the tutorial! i'd love to see photos if you ladies make (and send!) some envelopes - or a project involving them.


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