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Old 12-11-2016, 07:28 PM   #1
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Question How to deal with envelopes for sets of cards for gifts?

I plan on giving several sets of cards as gifts this year, and was considering making coordinating envelopes, but not sure how I would deal with the recipient sealing them. I generlly use my ATG when mailing a card. I was curious if anybody had any ideas or suggestions for me.

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You can buy special glue and tape but I just buy a sheet of stickers/seals from the dollar store and pop the packet in with the cards and envelopes.
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Another thought would be to make the closures like those envelopes you buy that you peel a protective layer off to expose the "sticky": Use your ATG, but cover it with a strip of something non-stick - maybe a backing sheet from stickers or something... Susie's idea is definitely easier (and cuter), though!
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You could add in a roll of washi tape.
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You could add in a roll of washi tape.
What a terrific idea.
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This is the envelope glue, at Amazon.com Lick & Stick..
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Use narrow double sided adhesive tape. You peel one to stick it and they peel the backing to seal it.

Scor-tape comes in a variety of widths. One example:
https://www.amazon.com/Scor-Pal-SP20...ded+tape+craft


Depending on how many sets you are making and how many cards each, this roll could do it all. If you are patient, you could get 1/2 inch and cut it in half to stretch dollars.
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I make note card sets as gifts at Christmas for the gals in my family.

I like to use my regular card envelopes, and then make envelope liners to coordinate with the notes. I don't usually have time to make the envelopes from scratch, but the lined envelopes spiff up the sets and are pretty quick to do.
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That's cool Bugga! I use reg envelopes too and then lie to myself I'll line them..I have the templates. No excuses. LOL
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SU sells tear n tape. I love that stuff
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A little off topic, but since we're talking about note cards, here is a great little note card set holder that I'm making this year. It's really cute, easy to make and only takes a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11, plus some layers to embellish:

Dannie's Designs: Note Card Holder Video Tutorial
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This is the envelope glue, at Amazon.com Lick & Stick..
I was so happy to see this! But the one third-party seller on Amazon is charging $49.00 ifor one bottle, and I don't see it sold in other US stores.

I think ScorTape will do for now, but I'll cut it longer than it has to be, cut the bottom to fit, which will mean the top is a little longer - like a tab.

Or maybe there's another tape that's super easy to separate. I'm concerned about eyesight and dexterity. So I also bought a bunch of pretty envelopes.
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Thank you for all of the great suggestions! I do have some stickers, washi tape and double sided tape (what a surprise, right?), so I'll have to decide which to use. I've never lined a regular envelope, so may look into how to do that too.
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I make 95% of my envelopes for the 'give-aways' I do. I just use double-sided tape. All they have to do is pull the cover off. Easy peasy...I think.
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Personally, while I like to craft with washi tape, I don't think it is sticky enough to reliably be used as an envelope seal on something I might be sending through the mail.
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I found these instructions for DIY envelope glue, but have never gotten around to trying them. They both give the same ingredients.

https://thepostmansknock.com/diy-env...ade-envelopes/


https://www.scrapbook.com/articles/h...-envelope-glue
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There's this on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crafters-Comp...=envelope+glue
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Neat! Someone please try it and report back. : D It doesn't come with an applicator so you have to brush it on. I read all the reviews, and it sounds like it could be a little messy or otherwise not the most fun ever, but some card makers like it a lot.
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In the interest of time I decided to use plain white envelopes and line them with coordinating paper. I will try the diy recipe for making the envelope adhesive as soon as I get the ingredients and let you know how it goes.
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This is the envelope glue, at Amazon.com Lick & Stick..
It costs $50 here in the US! I think it's made in the U.K. Is it reasonable there?
I searched and searched for some a couple of months ago. I could not find it in any brick and mortar store here, and could only find the $50 stuff online, so when my old Stampin Up Lick and Stick ran out, I used Tear and Tape.
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You can buy Dab n seal also, it is much cheaper.... saw it on Amazon. Never tried it.
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You can buy Dab n seal also, it is much cheaper.... saw it on Amazon. Never tried it.
That's a moistener so you don't have to lick envelopes, especially if you have a ton to close. Nice but a different purpose. : )
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I just wanted to share this tutorial for a different kind of envelope closure:
DIY Project: Button + String Envelopes 2 Ways | Design*Sponge

It might not be the best thing for hundreds of envelopes, but it's certainly useful for a very special and unique gift set. And it's a nice way to make use of those eyelets and brads in the back of the crafty stash.
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I make 95% of my envelopes for the 'give-aways' I do. I just use double-sided tape. All they have to do is pull the cover off. Easy peasy...I think.
This is exactly what I do. The tape I use even has the words "remove before using," or something to that idea, printed on the carrier.
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This is exactly what I do. The tape I use even has the words "remove before using," or something to that idea, printed on the carrier.
What brand do you use? I'd love to get some.

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I have to say this year the bought Christmas cards didnt seal well-shimmer paper- so I was scotch taping them closed and I thought about this thread. I would advise agaist shimmer paper for envies now.

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What brand do you use? I'd love to get some.

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I use the "Scotch Photo & Document Tape" or "Scotch Scrapbooking Tape." Both come on rolls that you can tear off against a serrated blade, so makes it easy to use. They both seem to be the same tape, but sometimes I find one and not the other in the store. I always use my coupon, but they are not too spendy.
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I use the "Scotch Photo & Document Tape" or "Scotch Scrapbooking Tape." Both come on rolls that you can tear off against a serrated blade, so makes it easy to use. They both seem to be the same tape, but sometimes I find one and not the other in the store. I always use my coupon, but they are not too spendy.
Great, thanks so much! I love ScorTape but don't think it would be the most user-friendly for non-crafters who aren't used to it.

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Beth:
You can also use this tape:
https://www.amazon.com/3L-Scrapbook-...dp/B000S167IK/
(it's on sale right now here for 2$ off: A Cherry on Top: The World's Largest Selection of Craft Supplies Power Tape - Scrapbook Adhesives)

The liner is larger than the tape, so it's easier to remove than Scor-Tape, and there's quite a lot of it on the roll.
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You can also use this tape:
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(it's on sale right now here for 2$ off: A Cherry on Top: The World's Largest Selection of Craft Supplies Power Tape - Scrapbook Adhesives)

The liner is larger than the tape, so it's easier to remove than Scor-Tape, and there's quite a lot of it on the roll.
Thank you, Elle! I don't always make envelopes - in fact rarely, but I enjoy it and would do it more with the right tape.

Any preference - from anyone - about 1/4" (the tape above) or 1/2" (the Scotch)? I suppose it wouldn't really matter since they're both good adhesives or wouldn't be recommended. : )
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I have no preference on width, but the Scotch is readily available (with a coupon), I don't use it that much (so the large roll is not important for that reason), and I keep all my tapes in plastic refillable dispensers that all fit neatly lined up into one bin. Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Funny I make up cards but I stopped making custom envelopes years ago. I used to purchase the Lick and Stick glue. I think I may still have a bottle of the glue somewhere in my room. lol Currently I purchase white or ivory envelopes and just use those. I still have lots of other colors too in my stash. My goal this past year was to use as many of the envelopes I had on hand. I've put a good dent in that stash. Still more could be used up.

In the past I've used: Lick & Stick, Double sided Tape - left the liner for the other person to remove, stickers, washi tape.


what did you end up using for your gifts?
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premade envelopes that I lined to match the cards for one set, and narrow double sided tape for another.

I liked both solutions and think I feel more comfortable with the double sided tape than a homemade concotion, plus I have a lot of double sided tape that I bought at a flea market.


BTW, the card sets were greatly received, so I will definitely be making more in the future.
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I use Scor tape. I put a strip on each side. When your ready to send you just peel and seal like a regular envelope.
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