Yesterday, we were talking about these:
And the need to make some of these:
I tried a couple of prototypes for envelopes before I decided to use an envelope from a card I received from a friend as a template.
Carefully open the envelope at the seams to reveal the template. (Please ignore the disaster area in the background. It's a wreck back there. I don't think "art" and "neat" can be accomplished simultaneously.)
Since this is a step-by-step of how *I* made envelopes, you must now scrounge around, excavate, and spelunk in the piles for a piece of cardboard or card stock large enough for trace around your sample envelope. I found this:
Since my sample envelope was a tiny bit smaller than I wanted, I traced a little larger to create a bigger envelope. (I realize this is a horrible photo. Sorry it's blurry. And why are my hands swollen? Too much smoked turkey, me thinks.)
Now cut out your template, and you'll have a nice, sturdy tool to use to make another 50 envelopes for all those Art Cards, which I have now christened "LeissnerArt Cards" (trademark and patent pending). Select the paper you want to use for your envelope. I chose thicker cardstock because I want to protect the artwork. Trace around the template. Then carefully cut the envelope. Your cut out envelopes will look like this:
Now fold and glue your envelope ( I should get a manicure. Have you ever seen Martha Stewart's nails, though? Maybe I'm good. I'm not left handed, either. But how else can I take a photo of myself gluing my envelope when I need my right hand to take the photo? This blogging business is crazy.) :
Come back tomorrow to learn how to make envelope glue! Yes, lickable glue! I found the recipe on the internet. (I love the internet.)
May the Lord bless you with pretty paper and perfect folds.