Decorate Your Mail Like Never Before With This Easy DIY!

Hello everyone! This is Anna-Karin here with you and I am happy to be here today with a fun and easy tutorial. I love to receive a card or letter in a decorated envelope, but don’t think I have ever made one myself, except for adding a stamped image here and there. With Katelyn Lizardi’s Envelope Liners collection, including both dies and stamps, it is very quick and easy to decorate envelopes.

I made one vintage envelope, and four simpler ones. You can either alter the entire envelope like I did in the example above, using dies, stamps and ink, or you can make a much quicker version by just adding die-cut patterned paper and some stamping. Decorating envelopes is a great way to get your envelope to coordinate with a card. Use up leftover paper from making a card to decorate the envelope. Let’s start!

 

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1. I used plain white envelopes, but also wanted an envelope that could manage some inking, so I traced one of the white envelopes onto Ranger’s Mixed Media cardstock. Cut it out, score and fold. The Envelope Liners [http://shrsl.com/11pzb] are meant to work best with envelopes that are size A2 and A7. I didn’t find any envelopes at home in that exact size (we have a different measurement system for envelopes here), but the ones I used also worked well. As long as the liner fits into the envelope, you’ll be fine. Sizzix sells kraft envelopes in A2 and A7, which will fit perfectly together with the Envelope Liners set.

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2. Mist a piece of watercolor paper with water and sprinkle Paper Artsy Infusions Colored Stains on top. Mist more water to blend. You can also use watercolors or Distress Inks.

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3. When the paper is dry, die-cut the larger envelope liner from the Envelope Liners. Die-cut in your Big Shot or Vagabond. Use this sandwich: Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.

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4. The Envelope Liner set comes with both pattern and word dies that you can use together with the liners. They are very quick and simple to use and give a great effect. On this card, I used the heart pattern, and I saved those cute, tiny little hearts for another project.

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5. Use the lovely and versatile Envelope Corners set to die-cut embellishments. You can die-cut them from the same paper or use a different shade of color. Aren’t these roses adorable?

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6. The coordinating You’ve Got Mail stamp set is stunning and very versatile. It has frames for writing the address, cute paper airplanes, corners and a bunch of sentiments. Stamp the envelope with various Ranger Archival Inks. Using waterproof inks ensures that the stamping isn’t ruined, should the envelope get water on it along the way (which it hopefully won’t).

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7. Ink the envelope with Distress Inks and an ink blending tool. Mist with water to create texture.

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8. Score and fold the envelope liner before adhering it to the envelope. If you want a pattern or color underneath the die-cut pattern, you can use tape. Or simply ink the envelope or add a piece of colored paper.

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9. For my remaining envelopes I used plain white envelopes. As you can see, the envelope liner covered part of the adhesive on the envelopes. This is because I didn’t have the exact size. If you use A2 or A7 envelopes instead, you won’t have that problem. I will just add a piece of tape on the outside of the envelope, which I often do in any case. I used patterned paper from Sizzix paper pads. They are 6" x 12", a perfect fit for the Big Shot, and since they are double-sided, you can use the opposite side of the paper to die-cut embellishments from. I used the Watercolors pad and Lynda Kanase’s Succulent Serenity Cardstock Pad.

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10. To die-cut a word from the liner, it is easiest to use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform. Use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.

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11. You can maximize the use of the patterned paper by die cutting corners from the areas leftover after die-cutting the liner.

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12. Stamp the envelopes with You’ve Got Mail and Ranger Archival Inks.

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13. Here’s the finished vintage envelope. You can, of course, customize it to fit the recipient or to coordinate with a card. Since I stamped a sentiment in the address area, I meant for this envelope to be hand-delivered. I also used a rose die-cut instead of a postage stamp.

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14. The little paper planes are so playful and fun and can be used on any type of project.

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15. Here’s a look at the inside with the design tape showing through the little hearts.

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16. Don’t let the name of a die set, or the example on the packaging, limit your uses of the dies. The Envelope Corners set, for example, is very versatile. The three lovely ornate corners would work great on any type of project: cardmaking, scrapbooking, in an art journal etc., and the two roses are gorgeous.

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17. Here I placed silver Deco Tape under the sentiment.

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18. Another of those pretty corners from the Envelope Corners.

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19. Here I combined a stamped and a die-cut corner.

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20. I love these triangles and they fit well with the shape of the liner. I placed a piece of leftover inky paper under the sentiment.

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21. This patterned paper from the Watercolors pad looks almost like a traditional envelope liner paper.

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22. Here’s the other side of that same envelope, with both stamping and die-cuts.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to start decorating some envelopes. You can quickly do lots of these in one sitting, and have them ready when needed. Another idea would be to make envelopes that coordinate with a series of thank you cards, or with your Christmas cards.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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