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Old 07-05-2016, 11:48 PM   #1
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For those of you who make your own envelopes, what kind of paper do you use? DSP or some other kind?
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I use DSP that comes in multi packs or stacks. It is not cardstock weight. I tend to use less expensive paper for envelopes and do not line them. If I find a 12x12 paper pack from holiday sales, I trim to size. Typically, though, they are made from 8 1/2 x 11 packs. My envelope board is a lifesaver, especially for gift card enclosures. Hope this helps! D
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I make my envelopes from cheap 12 by 12 scrapbooking paper. White side outside and colored side inside. I am sure that card makers quake at the thought but really, do they pat attention to the envelope?
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I haven't bought an envelope for years!! Mostly I use an origami fold or my envelope maker and coloured copy paper or those specialty papers you can get at Staples after Christmas (at give away prices). You know the kind that you use to send the 'yearly family synopsis' in your Christmas card. They are always decorated with great patterns and sparkle.
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I make my envelopes from cheap 12 by 12 scrapbooking paper. White side outside and colored side inside. I am sure that card makers quake at the thought but really, do they pat attention to the envelope?
As you do, I use the big scrapbooking paper stacks to make envelopes. I use any smaller patterns that I like for my cards, and the rest for envelopes with the pattern inside. I've found that even the patterns that I would never use for a card look pretty good inside an envelope.

I've tried using colored copy paper to make envelopes, but the weight seems a little too thin to me. I much prefer the weight of the scrapbooking paper.
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I have a salvaged, bound book of local county land plats. It makes the very coolest envelopes! I'm likely to use magazines, a travel atlas, most anything. I like to decorate my envelopes relevant to the contents even if I use a plain vanilla, purchased envelope. It's just part of the fun. I wish I was talented enough to do those envelopes of art featured in RSM Magazine. They are far out!
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Thanks for the info. I thought about copy paper but was worried about it being too thin. A pack of 100 envelopes is 12.99 at hobby lobby.
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Thanks for the info. I thought about copy paper but was worried about it being too thin. A pack of 100 envelopes is 12.99 at hobby lobby.
Here is a good deal that I use for ordering my A2 envelopes, $5.99 for 100 and free shipping with Amazon Prime:

https://www.amazon.com/Invitation-En...nvelopes&psc=1

When I use these plain white ones I often make a matching decorative liner to match the card.
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I use calendar pages and try to match the picture to the card in some way. I buy the very cheap calendars at Michaels for hand-out cards because the paper is thin. I use better calendars for mailing. You stick a white address label on and the post office is fine with it.
I can give a little more room by cutting them myself, as Invitation size at the store is pretty snug with any layer at all.
Cheap-ish DSP with patterns I will NEVER use on a card get cut into envelopes, too. White on the outside, print inside.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:24 PM   #11
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I use the WRMK envelope board to make a few envelopes. I was at the post office the other day to mail a die in one of my handmade A2 envelopes; I had them weigh it to make sure I had enough postage. The envelope did not fit their guidelines. So I had to pay extra.

If you've ever noticed the scale in the PO, there's a green area to the right of where things are lined up, even though you may not have realized they were doublechecking sizes. My envelope lacked less than 1/8th the necessary width so I had to pay extra.

I would venture to guess that 99.9% of the handmade envelopes are never "caught" if you just put a stamp on it and stick it in the mail, but if you need to have them weighed, be prepared to pay extra.
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Hi All, The post office has all size requirements on their web page here:
https://www.usps.com/ship/preparing-...shipments.htm?
the chart shows the minimum and maximum sizes that fit into their sorting machines. You will pay extra if your envie needs to be hand cancelled. HTH
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I used patterned papers I didn't like, with the WRMK envelope punch board. Then I gave up making my own, haha. I bought a really expensive box of envelopes with liner on the adhesive that you just peel away to close from Office Depot; it was the only place I found that type locally. Now I'm going to look at buying them from other places, since the adhesive doesn't even work anymore; I have to close the envelope with washi tape so it won't get open on the way. That's okay, though, since I get to use the washi tape for something instead of just collecting it!
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Retired designs of 12x12 papers ... Great way to use what I have.

Also, beautiful magazine pages make gorgeous envies! Just use an address label to make the addy easily read by the USPS.
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LindaE and Rorysnonna thanks so much for the info re smaller envelopes - who knew! I make A2 envelopes that are a bare bit smaller and they've always arrived at their destination without postage due. But I may just add some postage to be safe. It's not like I send tons of cards. Or maybe I'll just make the envelope the next size up. (I use the WRMK envelope punch board.)

The extra charge may be 21 cents (if not more than an ounce) but I could be wrong.

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My BFF took a card to the PO recently. The clerk flipped it into the measurement area and declared it oversize. My friend looked closer and saw the clerk had placed the card in there "a-kilter." No additional postage was required. We all make mistakes.
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Hi, wanted to check back in and report on my previous post about envelopes I ordered from Amazon.

I received the envelopes today, and they are not the same brand I previously got. They will do, and I will use them, but they are pretty thin, so keep that in mind if you order them.
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On a related note, what do you do about sealing the envelopes?
I see that Stampin indie editor uses washi tape.

I made a bunch of 6x6 cards for a craft fair, and I made envelopes using scrapbook paper.

Do I just leave it for people to figure out for themselves!
Do I buy envelope glue for them? (Not even sure how well this works.)
Do I stick a piece of washi tape in the package?
Other ideas?
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I've put double-sided tape (ScorTape) on the few envelopes I've made for someone. I added a note instructing them to remove the backing when ready to close.

You could die-cut a little shape out of cardstock and stamp a small image on it with your note so it will look polished, even punch a hole and attach it by a ribbon, especially if your cards/envelopes already have a ribbon around them.

But if there's a different double-sided tape with backing that's less instantly permanent/strong than ScorTape I'd go with that instead, in case someone flips the flap a little wonky.
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Does anyone make light weight dsp with a solid (preferably white) side, and a patterned side? I would love to make more envelopes, but the dsp with patterns on both sides is not what I want to use. I'd also like paper to come in 8x8 just for this purpose.
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That would be nice. Origami paper comes 8x8, and is generally white on one side with a color on the other. The weight should work, and of course it folds nicely. I haven't seen a pattern with white, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, so maybe worth googling.
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I have a ton of one sided paper that I've bought over the years. I've kind of quit scrapbooking, so I'm delighted to use it to make envelopes!
All of it comes from the big box craft stores. However, it's all a couple of years old (or more).
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I've put double-sided tape (ScorTape) on the few envelopes I've made for someone. I added a note instructing them to remove the backing when ready to close.

You could die-cut a little shape out of cardstock and stamp a small image on it with your note so it will look polished, even punch a hole and attach it by a ribbon, especially if your cards/envelopes already have a ribbon around them.

But if there's a different double-sided tape with backing that's less instantly permanent/strong than ScorTape I'd go with that instead, in case someone flips the flap a little wonky.
I thought about this, but I've made quite a few, and that red tape isn't cheap.
I found an old bottle of envelope glue that surprisingly still works, so I'm starting with that. Glad to use it up!
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Then maybe I'll start with the scor tape.
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On a related note, what do you do about sealing the envelopes?
I see that Stampin indie editor uses washi tape.

I made a bunch of 6x6 cards for a craft fair, and I made envelopes using scrapbook paper.

Do I just leave it for people to figure out for themselves!
Do I buy envelope glue for them? (Not even sure how well this works.)
Do I stick a piece of washi tape in the package?
Other ideas?
You should know that square envelopes require extra postage as the machines can't figure out which way is up.

Washi tape would be a very nice addition.

I use magazine pages for envelopes for extras within other envelopes to keep the weight & thickness down. Plus they're really pretty.
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Yes. I'm stamping the envelopes with a stamp that says "Extra Postage Required".
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I've put double-sided tape (ScorTape) on the few envelopes I've made for someone. I added a note instructing them to remove the backing when ready to close.

You could die-cut a little shape out of cardstock and stamp a small image on it with your note so it will look polished, even punch a hole and attach it by a ribbon, especially if your cards/envelopes already have a ribbon around them.

But if there's a different double-sided tape with backing that's less instantly permanent/strong than ScorTape I'd go with that instead, in case someone flips the flap a little wonky.
Hobby Lobby is carrying a doublesided version of scoretape.It is narrower than the pulloff piece and could work for envelope closure because even noncrafters could easily remove the backing.
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No Hobby Lobby in my area, but I'll check out the others.
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