If you’ve ever thought about making your own envelopes and cards, we’ve got a quick and easy approach. Best of all, this is a great way to upcycle older cards or old books and magazines. We used a vintage atlas page, but you can use anything you like on the front of the card. Add stickers, drawn elements, layer it up with matching patterned scrapbook paper. Make this your own. It’s a great rainy day activity for the kids and a fun girl’s night in project. Plus, we could all use more hand written cards and letters in this fast paced digital reality.
I made this card for my husband’s birthday, yesterday, when we had some car trouble and couldn’t get out. I have lots of old books and scrapbook stacks in my craft coffers. My husband loves maps, so the old atlas with our neighborhood on it was perfect.
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Coordinating Patterned Scrapbook Paper
Vintage Atlas Page (I got mine at a thrift shop. Alternately you can use a used Card front, magazine page, whatever you like!)
Heart Sticker or Paper Cut-out Heart
Find an envelope in the size you prefer. Gently pry the envelope open, maintaining the shape. You can steam it to loosen the adhesive if needed. Place this template on the paper you want to use for your new envelope. Trace with a pencil.
Use scissors to cut out envelope. Use a bone folder to create the creases for your envelope, this makes sharp, uniform creases. Simply fold, then press along the edge with the bone folder, moving from one side to the other to make the crease. Repeat for all four edges.
Construct your envelope, using a tape runner to assemble the body. Use the body to trace your card, remember a card is folded so you’ll be doubling up on the paper here.
Cut out card using a paper trimmer, remember that the card should be a little smaller than the envelope so it can fit inside. Fold card and use your bone folder to make a sharp crease.
I measured and cut a background paper and the Atlas page with our town on it. Layer these and adhere them using tape runner. I added a heart sticker on our town and circled it in pencil.
Inside I wrote: “Any place you hang your heart is home. Though you’re away on your birthday, we’re sending you love from home.”
Use tape runner to seal the envelope after you insert the card.
That’s it! So easy and fun!
Once you start making your own cards and envelopes, you’ll wonder why you ever bought a card from the store.
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