Making your own matching birthday cards and craft envelopes is lots of fun! It is simple to do and does not require too much technical know-how. Here are our top tips and advice that will help you produce your own, matching birthday cards and craft envelopes.
Matching birthday card and craft envelopes: A how to guide
Let’s start with making the birthday card!
If you have someone in mind then decide what sort of things they like or would appreciate on the card. See if you have any bits of leftover paper at home, or head to a craft shop and see what sort of embellishments they have available.
Next, think about sourcing paper to make your card and envelopes. There are lots of styles and colours to choose from. Popular card weights include 80gsm, 160gsm and 240gsm. If you are making your own cards and envelopes from scratch, decide if you want the papers to match. If you just want to focus on the design, or want to save time, then you can buy readymade, blank cards and envelopes – this means you can get decorating straight away!
What will I need to make a birthday card and craft envelope?
Once you have your paper, you will need some craft tools to help you realise your design.
- Embellishments such as stampers, for instance, to make your designs.
- If you are making a lining for your envelope then you will need some paper to line the inside.
- A ruler or measuring instrument to ensure the paper fits inside the envelope.
Design inspiration & ideas
A really nice idea for making your own card, and one that is very simple, is to use floral decorations or embellishments, such as flowers, trees, butterflies, dragonflies, birds, as well as delicate beads.
Bows, pipe cleaners, glitter, confetti stars and shapes or even photos can all be utilised to great effect in your designs. Taking an old, brightly-coloured button, and transforming it into a flower on the card, with felt petals, for example is a simple yet effective thought. The A4 Papago and Super Smooth Vanguard brand is ideal and can also be used with laser and inkjet printers.
Fold the paper or card in half and decide which way you want to present your card. Arrange the embellishments on the card before you stick them down to ensure you are happy with their position. If you are going to write anything on the front of the card, or use any stickers such as happy birthday, then make sure you save space for this. Use glue sparingly when sticking anything down to the card to avoid smeared patches.
How to make your own craft envelopes in 5 easy steps
Once you have finished the design of your card, start working on your envelope. To make an envelope from scratch, simply follow these steps:
- Use a square piece of paper or card that will be big enough for the card to fit into it. Turn your card around until it resembles a diamond shape and draw an X from each corner to its diagonal corner.
- Fold the left and right corners to correspond to the lines of the X. The bottom corner then needs to be folded with its point a little above the centre.
- Use some double-sided tape or glue to stick the inside points of the folded left and right triangles.
- The bottom corner should then be pressed against the left and right triangles to hold them all together.
- Fold the top corner down to form the top of the envelope. Check again that your card can fit snuggly into the envelope.
You have just made the traditional style of envelope, but you could make other shapes and styles to fit your card too.
Decoration idea: How to line an envelope
For a really nice touch, add some lining to your envelope. This is also a really effective way to tie in a theme from the card to match the envelope.
- Find some coloured paper to match your card and cut it to size to fit inside the envelope. Stick the back of the lining to the envelope.
- Next you can start decorating your envelope. Consider adding similar items used on the card, to match the two together. For something novel, why not use two buttons and some string to secure the envelope? Make sure you use thick card for this one, to withstand the weight of the buttons and enable you to sew them onto the card.
Finally, all that is left to do is write the card and address the envelope. Once you have made one, you will soon start finding unique and creative ideas for other designs and can watch how your card crafting skills grow!
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