Alice’s CardMaker Tip: Begin at the End
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Have you ever finished making a card only to realize you don?t have an envelope that fits? I can?t tell you how many times I?ve done this. Even now, after years of making cards, sometimes I get so caught up in the design, that I forget all about what sort of envelope I need to put it in.

Decide what size envelope you will use and work backwards to create a card that fits. Leave a little extra room if you will be using dimensional embellishments or adding something inside the card, or consider using a padded envelope if the card will be sent through the mail.

This is especially important if you are making multiples, such as holiday cards or invitations. This is a batch of wedding invitations I made for a family member. Also, keep in mind that in the U.S. it costs more to mail a square envelope.

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Using a premade card and matching envelope as the base for your project can be a big timesaver. When I first started making cards I frequently used these as the foundation for my card. This can also be helpful if you need to make a batch of cards or are in a hurry. I always keep a pack of white and cream cards on hand. These are frequently on sale at the craft store.

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Adding an envelope liner can have a big impact. Creating a liner to match your card is an easy way to dress up a store-bought envelope. Imagine how this card would look with a plain white envelope versus one with the liner.

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To create a liner, cut a piece of coordinating paper about 1/2 inch narrower than your envelope.

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Slide the paper inside the envelope until it is about 1/2 inch from the bottom and flip it over. Use the flap of the envelope as a template to cut the paper. Trace around the edge with a pencil and then cut, or skip the tracing step and use a craft knife and ruler lined up with the edge to cut around the flap.

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Place adhesive along the top edge only and position the liner inside the envelope. This helps prevent the liner from wrinkling or buckling when folded. Focus on matching up the point of the liner with the point of the envelope and the rest will take care of itself.

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If the paper is a heavier weight, create a score line over the crease on the flap to help the liner fold neatly.

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I love the way a lined envelope complements the card and makes it feel a bit more special.

Creating a custom envelope can have an even bigger impact. Making your own envelope doesn?t take much time (especially if you use a template system), but really helps create a cohesive look.

I used a Kreate-a-lope template from Green Sneakers to create this set of inexpensive note cards. These would make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer and the entire set only took about 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

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Green Sneakers makes envelope templates in 18 different sizes—including several that are brand new—and offers a liner template in each size as well. The templates take all the guesswork out of making an envelope. By using this tool, you can create a custom envelope in just minutes. Here are a few of the different templates they offer:

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I?m thrilled that Green Sneakers is offering a giveaway to one lucky CardMaker blog reader who will be able to make their own Mega Kit by choosing any five of the Kreate-a-lopes and corresponding liner templates.

CLICK  HERE to enter the Green Sneaker?s giveaway on my blog and see more samples of envelopes I have made using Kreate-a-lopes over the years.

Thanks so much for visiting the CardMaker blog today!

Alice 

8 Responses to Alice’s CardMaker Tip: Begin at the End

  1. Jo Ann says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you… for making the envelope lining tutorial so easy to follow! It is such a big help!

  2. renee m says:

    Wow–that’s a LOT of wedding invitations! I’ve always liked the fun look of envelope liners, but had no idea they were that easy to create. Thanks so much for the great how-to pictures and instructions 🙂

  3. Becky says:

    Lovely cards! And thank you for the quick how-to for envelope liners! They look absolutely fabulous!

  4. barbara macaskill says:

    Thank you for the great envelope making tips! I will be putting them to use soon!

  5. Julie A. Shearer says:

    Thanks for the information .great tips .

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