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How to Make Your Own Envelopes

by Tara
(London United kingdom)

Envelope Punch Board

Envelope Punch Board

I am now making my own cards, and would love to make all the envelopes too.

What paper /card weight should I use? and what is the best crafting tool to make the envelopes with ?

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Jan 01, 2019
Making Your Own Envelopes
by: PaperCraftCentral Susan

Hi Tara

Welcome to your new hobby of paper crafting and card making. Thank you for contacting me with your question about how to make your own envelopes and what type of paper to use for them.

You can easily make envelopes by using the Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up!

If you have never heard of this tool, you can watch this video to find out what it looks like and some ways of using it:

Envelope Punch Board Video

If you would rather start out by making simple envelopes of your own without an envelope punch board, you can see how to do that at this page. Then you may only need a paper trimmer and a bone folder. I describe them on the Paper Craft Tools page.

I have used different types of paper to make my envelopes depending on what I want them for. Sometimes simple copy paper is strong enough. Other times, I like to use designer series paper (also known as scrapbook paper) and really step the envelope up a notch, especially if you use double sided designer series paper. You can get this type of paper in several thicknesses so it just depends how strong and substantial looking you want the envelope to be.

You can read more about Designer Series Papers here and about Cardstock here.

For really sturdy envelopes, you can use cardstock. Being plain to start with, you can add your own design to your card stock or emboss it with an embossing folder or stamp a design with cling or photopolymer stamps to personalise your envelope.

I hope this information helps you.

Please do come back and ask me more questions if you want to know something else. I remember how exciting it is to start out and how frustrating it can be if you don't have someone to help you if you get stuck.

I also know that Stampin' Up! exists in the UK. You could find a demonstrator near you and have a real life, in person creative coach of your own. It's also a way to buy the tools I mentioned. Tell them I told you about them :)

It's nice to make contacts across the globe.

Happy card and envelope making!

PaperCraftCentral Susan

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