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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Handmade envelope with graphics

The envelope was custom designed to specifically accomodate the printing of the puppies in an envelope graphic posted by the Graphics Fairy at http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.  After the card was designed, a pattern was created and used like a stencil to trace the pattern onto white cardstock.  The envelope was then cut out with scissors and a bone folder was used for the fold lines.
The image was edited for printing in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 to remove the flap.

The following steps through the process:
  1. Load the image into PowerPoint and using the ruler position on the paper and visually determine where to position it for printing.
  2. Print a grayscale image onto plain paper
  3. Fold the bottom and side flaps of the envelope to the underneath side, otherwise the envelope is too big to fit onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper
  4. Use a light box to position the custom envelope over the image and tape very close to the top edges, or use double-sided removable tape, to hold into place
  5. Put the paper with the attached envelope into the printer making sure the paper is inserted correctly (the correct end inserted and either face up or down according to how your printer prints) at this point you don't want to ruin your envelope!!!
  6. Print ... and pray that the cardstock doesn't get jammed in the printer!
  7. Unfold the flaps and glue down to form the envelope, set aside
  8. Print the image again but this time directly onto Avery (or another brand) of Clear Sheet Label
  9. Align the image on the label over top of the image on the envelope, trim the bottom and the sides
  10. Insert the trimmed image into the envelope and trace around the open area on the inside of the envelope (between the top fold and where the side and bottom flaps all come together) and cut out
  11. Remove the backing sheet from the label,  carefully align with the image that is printed on the envelope and apply.  Pay careful attention to align the dog's paw that 'hangs' over the edge of the envelope.

There may be an easier way to do this, but that is how I did it and I'm very pleased with the result. This makes a beautiful envelope for my handmade Mother's Day card.  I hope my mom enjoys it!


  1. Your card & envelope are so pretty! Great job!

  2. Oh, that is very creative and cute!

  3. Oh, this is so clever, and the result is just darling. Thank you for sharing the project. Petra.

  4. What a pretty envelope and card. I love the little button!
    And thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment today. :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my unusual collage! I know it is not the usual type of artwork to be posted, so I really appreciate someone who gets what I was trying to do!:-D