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How to make your own envelopes: Navy with gold and white polka dots

How to make your own envelopes: Navy with gold and white polka dots

For those that know me personally, they know how much of an OCD pyscho I am about certain things and love making things myself, to a level of perfection that is…well I made my sister’s wedding invites and they came in their own box wrapped like a present -need I say more?! :p

I knew for this birthday I wanted something nautical and sparkly, as that would be totally me, hmmm well technically there’s no animal print, so two big things that would totally be me haha! I didn’t have time to make any and was tossing up as to whether I spend countless hours that I didn’t have stressing, or magically find something that I would even remotely like to buy, that was affordable. I happened to be on Esty and thought oooh I wonder if they do invites on here, and what do you know, after being too anal and going through zillions of designs just to be sure (there’s quite a selection on there) I found a nautical and sparkly one that was exactly what I was looking for!!  I picked one from DesignedbyDaniN and she edits the text to whatever you would like to have and was great to deal with. You pick between two sizes, and this particular option was also a downloadable file so you can then get it printed on the paper you want, at your local copy shop. 

I chose the C6 size and had it printed on premium white textured paper. Though, when I went to look for envelopes I literally couldn’t find anything nice in that size! So after more hours of searching shops and the internet, along with my anxiety of wanting to make something lol, I decided on making these envelopes to match.

It’s not that hard; you just need some patience…smirk…

What you need:

  • CardStock (I picked out two colours as I wanted the insides to be different and a bit extravagant. I found both from my local craft store – I worked out how many I wanted to make so got a few sheets to start with. You don’t need a big piece for the blue, it was just that it was in that size, but it does make the making time and cost better)
  • A cutting matt or something that will protect the surface area from any scratches
  • A cutting knife (you can use scissors but I find a craft knife is quicker and neater –I swore by it at fashion school) 
  • Double sided sticky tape and scissors to cut it
  • Something to use as a pattern (I started to make one from scratch using a basic office type as the starting point, but during it I didn’t really like the style and when I was redesigning I realised I had an envelope that would work if I just made it bigger to fit. If you already have the perfect template just trace around it on a piece of plain paper/scrap cardstock -always test that the tracing went ok and the envelope folds and matches up correctly before using the real cardstock)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser/Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Flat area to work on 

Step one: Choose the cardstock that you want to work with and prep your work area with everything you need.

 I chose these two options -the gold polka dots came in a pack and the navy card was in those project size sheets. The thickness is a bit more than standard paper but not so thick that its hard to fold. I like having a bit of thickness as it gives the envelopes a more luxurious feel.

I chose these two options -the gold polka dots came in a pack and the navy card was in those project size sheets. The thickness is a bit more than standard paper but not so thick that its hard to fold. I like having a bit of thickness as it gives the envelopes a more luxurious feel.

Step two: Work out what template you want to have, then trace around it on scrap paper first so you know whether it works properly (inside and outside)

 As I mentioned above, I had this envelope already so all I had to do is carefully pull it apart, trace around it on plain/scrap paper and measure and extend the whole thing out to fit my invitations. This part takes a bit of time and patience but is crucial to getting it right and making the rest of the steps easier, so take your time.

As I mentioned above, I had this envelope already so all I had to do is carefully pull it apart, trace around it on plain/scrap paper and measure and extend the whole thing out to fit my invitations. This part takes a bit of time and patience but is crucial to getting it right and making the rest of the steps easier, so take your time.

 This is the finished template that folds up to fit my invitations and what we shall be using the navy cardstock for. If you look closer you can see in the lines where there are joins to match up and make a perfect template.

This is the finished template that folds up to fit my invitations and what we shall be using the navy cardstock for. If you look closer you can see in the lines where there are joins to match up and make a perfect template.

 After you have made the template for the shell (navy part), you need to make one for the inside that we shall be using the gold polka dot cardstock for. To do this, I used the above finished template that we are using for the navy shell and traced around just the back section as you can see above on another piece of paper. I then made it a bit smaller so you can see a thin blue strip around the edges. The best way to do this, is to decide how thick you would like the strip and then with a ruler evenly measure around the template, cut along the new line, and then fold the template in half to make sure the sides are perfectly even; and do any trimming if needed.    

After you have made the template for the shell (navy part), you need to make one for the inside that we shall be using the gold polka dot cardstock for. To do this, I used the above finished template that we are using for the navy shell and traced around just the back section as you can see above on another piece of paper. I then made it a bit smaller so you can see a thin blue strip around the edges. The best way to do this, is to decide how thick you would like the strip and then with a ruler evenly measure around the template, cut along the new line, and then fold the template in half to make sure the sides are perfectly even; and do any trimming if needed.    

Step three: Use the finished template to trace over the navy cardstock (I always trace carefully and tightly so I don’t waste cardstock…as you know craft supplies are expensive #firstworldproblems)

 Because the navy cardstock is big, I can fit more at the one time and have less wastage, but it doesn't matter how big your cardstock is. I do the tracing in pencil lightly so it doesn't damage the cardstock.

Because the navy cardstock is big, I can fit more at the one time and have less wastage, but it doesn't matter how big your cardstock is. I do the tracing in pencil lightly so it doesn't damage the cardstock.

Step four: Once you have traced out all your needed shells, cut around the outside pencil line so it looks like below 

 I used small scissors to cut in the corners easily and then folded along the straight lines to create the flaps you need. Once you have done this, go back and gently erase the pencil lines around the edges of the cardstock and straight lines.

I used small scissors to cut in the corners easily and then folded along the straight lines to create the flaps you need. Once you have done this, go back and gently erase the pencil lines around the edges of the cardstock and straight lines.

Step five: Next you do the same with the inside template. Trace around it and then fold along the straight line

 I also went back in and gently erased all the pencil lines so you definitely can't see anything.

I also went back in and gently erased all the pencil lines so you definitely can't see anything.

Step six: Turn the gold polka dot cardstock for the inside part over and tape strips of double sided tape evenly around the edges like below

 I left the top side of the tape with its protectant layer still on until I'm ready to stick down the whole thing to the navy cardstock.

I left the top side of the tape with its protectant layer still on until I'm ready to stick down the whole thing to the navy cardstock.

Step seven: Once you have taped around the edges, get a fair idea as to where you are going to stick down the inside part. Then, peel back the protectant layer and stick evenly down to the blue cardstock like below

 Using double sided tape for this makes everything easier and cleaner.

Using double sided tape for this makes everything easier and cleaner.

Step eight: Once you have done the above, tape around the edges of the bottom section of the navy cardstock like below. This is to turn it into an actual envelope

 Be careful when placing your tape as you don't want the navy cardstock to stick to the gold and white polka dot cardstock, otherwise you won't be able to insert your invitations. Once again leave the protectant layer of the tape until you have finished taping and are ready to stick down. 

Be careful when placing your tape as you don't want the navy cardstock to stick to the gold and white polka dot cardstock, otherwise you won't be able to insert your invitations. Once again leave the protectant layer of the tape until you have finished taping and are ready to stick down. 

 It should look like this before and after...

It should look like this before and after...

 The finished product!

The finished product!

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 I also had some custom seals made up for finishing touches to the back of the envelope as getting a custom wax seal made up wouldn't arrive in time

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xo Noskam

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