Hey, Mr. Postman!

Cards … do people even send these anymore? It’s such a huge treat for me to receive cards or gifts in the mail. When I see coloured paper or wrappers in the mailbox, my eyes widen with excitement and my heart secretly hopes it’s for me. 

With cards, you don’t have to be fancy. I like to think it’s the message inside that has the real value. So, I’m going to show you how to make simple but meaningful cards and envelopes.

You can try making a card similar to the one I show  you here or you can do your own thing. Make it as intricate or simple (flat postcard style with just one word like “thanks” works too) as you’d like.

I just want to encourage you to play around with your inner creativity. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised with the outcome and the recipient will be grateful for your cool and thoughtful gesture. So, when should I expect my card to come in the mail??


What you need:

Cards

Envelopes


Instructions:

Cards

I had a very particular idea in mind for this card and I felt that watercolour would be more forgiving than my drawings or painting with other types of paint. This is the first time I painted with watercolour … unless you count that time in grade two when I’m sure I was more occupied with eating the paint than actually painting.

The card actually turned out a lot better than I expected. But again no pressure. Come up with a vision for your card and use resources on hand and your sexy creativity to make it happen.

    1. You want to make sure you have a card that fits the size of the envelope. Start by cutting the paper you’ll be using for the card to 23.2cm x 14.8cm for folded tent cards or 11.6cm x 14.8cm for postcard style cards.

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    1. Use the paper you’ve just cut as a tracing board on the decorative paper. This will help to ensure that the inside paper is the same size as the outside paper. Once you’re done tracing, cut out what you’ve traced.
    2. If you’d like to paint a watercolor forest like mine, check out this easy to follow video for tips and inspiration.

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    1. Allow 10 minutes or so for the paint to dry.
    2. If you’re using them, begin strategically placing your stickers on the card.
    3. Use a marker to write a short message on the right side of the card. This will be the front part of the card.
    4. Fold the paper in half, leaving the painted side on the outside.
    5. Now, fold the paper that you’ll be using on the inside of the card in half.
    6. Write your message on the inside of the inner card paper.

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  1. Apply a few strips of glue tape on the outside of the inner card paper close to the crease.
  2. Gently align the inner card paper on the inside of the outer card paper (in this case, your beautiful painting). Try not to adhere this paper until it’s been aligned. 
  3. Once you have the appropriate alignment and fit, close the card and rub gently overtop where the glue tape strips would have been applied. In this step, you want to make sure that the inner paper is secure to the outer paper.
  4. Don’t forget to initial or sign your masterpiece in an inconspicuous area. 

Envelopes

    1. Heat up glue gun – make sure you have at least one glue stick in the gun.
    2. Use the envelope template below and print it out right onto your chosen colour of cardstock paper. ✿ Tip: you can also print the template out on white cardstock paper, cut it out, and use it as a stencil. 
    3. Cut out template.

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    1. Fold along all of the dotted lines towards the printed side of the paper (you want to hide the ink). Be sure to to apply firm, even pressure when folding since you’ll want to have crisp creases.

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  1. Apply a zig zag strip of hot glue along one of the side flaps of the envelope.
  2. Quickly fold over the back flap of the envelope and be sure to align the edges of the flap with the edge of the bottom part of the envelope.
  3. Rub and apply a bit of pressure to the part that has just been glued together so that you can ensure it’s properly bonded.
  4. Lift the back flap up slightly on the opposite side that has been glued and apply a zig zag strip of hot glue along the side strip.
  5. Quickly fold over the back flap of the envelope and be sure to align the edges of the flap with the edge of the bottom part of the envelope.
  6. When your card is ready, insert it into the envelope and fold the top flap over with firm, even pressure.
  7. Apply a small strip of glue to the inner side of the top flap and seal the envelope.
  8. Smack a fun label on the other side and put your luvvie’s name/address on it.

 

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