Tailored Envelope

by Cindy Lawrence

Dress up envelopes to match your cards.


  • Paper trimmer
  • Scor-Buddy™, or other scoring tool
  • Circle punch or oval punch
  • Corner punch
  • Invitation size Envelope
  • One 2" x 4 5/16" piece of patterned paper
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Apply Adhesive to the flap of your envelope and seal shut.

  2. Step 2

    Trim the long side of envelope at 4 5/16", making a square.

  3. Step 3

    Turn envelope over, and punch half-way in on top edge.

  4. Step 4

    Score patterned paper piece at 1/2" on short side.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere flap to envelope, and round corners.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your card, and slide it into your beautifully coordinating envie.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tailored Envelope. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

LOVE this tutorial video. Concise, informative and illustrative. PERFECT! Quick question: if indeed you are going to mail it, how do you seal it so the recipient doesn't have to rip it apart to open???
Thanks so much!
suzy  |  Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 7:10 AM
Love this. I am new to SCS and loving everything I see. This is a really great idea for my cards to our preschool kids. They love fancy envelopes on their notes.
tgmamoo  |  Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Suzy, I know there is a product out there called Envelope Glue; but you might have to rip it open anyway, just like a regular envelope. Perhaps try a temporary adhesive or a seal (sticker)?
Cindy Lawrence  |  Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM
Absolutely great, great! I've been doing various things (like gluing one side of an envelope closed and decorating this portion on the outside it so as to make a large envelope fit my smaller card) but this is MUCH better. Thanks very much for sharing.
Tula  |  Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM
This is only my sencond time visiting this website and was so pleasently surprised to see your tutorial! It solves a problem I've had for some time with square cards. Thanks so much!
Nancy  |  Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 6:05 PM
Wonderful tutorial, I echo others in saying this is a great alternative to putting a cute square card in a regular envelope. Unfortunately for all of us card makers that like lots of layers, we have to pay more to send them, even if we have a regular A2 size envie. At my local PO, they have a device to measure how thick my card is, and that determines how much postage I pay, as my cards are generally not more than one ounce, but they normally have layers. So, I usually end up paying additional postage for most cards I mail, but I figure it is part of the deal with sending hand made cards!

Thanks Cindy for a great tutorial with a clever and pretty solution for square card envelopes!
Stef Perry  |  Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 1:13 AM
Wow! I love making square cards (5" and now 4.25 -yes!) and talk about an easy way to do envelopes to match.
Thank you for making my envelope budget go way down and my supply budget go up!
And I absolutely love the card!
Lisa  |  Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Great tutorial, I hate putting little cards into very big envelopes! This is so useful, thanks!
Jenni B  |  Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM
What is the "frame" you used on the card? I LOVE it and want to get the die you used. Thanks!
Connie  |  Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 4:39 PM
I love all of the tutorials! You are acomplete joy to me. I am 92 years old adn feel i am at a party all the time!
Alta Brown  |  Tue Nov 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Alta - your comment made our day on the Splitcoast team!! Thank you for visiting!!
Lydia Fiedler  |  Tue Nov 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM
Love it! I think I'll be using this idea for sealing homemade envelopes, using ordinary printer paper is certainly a cheaper alternative to invitation envelopes but I can never get the flap right.

Thanks so much for sharing!
Leeann  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 5:33 AM
Love it - How clever! Thank you!
Souize  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Great card and tutorial, Cindy. I also have a request for the die you used for the card. It is absolutely so cute! Could you please share this info with us? Thanx.
Shirley  |  Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 9:17 AM
The die used in the finished sample is from Spellbinders Fancy Tag 2 die pack! I love those dies.
beate  |  Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM
Yes, that's the die! Thanks, Beate! grin
Cindy Lawrence  |  Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Cindy, you are awesome! This looks so easy, and makes such a difference to the recipient! I am thrilled to know how to do this. I was afraid it was going to be a bunch of math and angles! You are a dear for sharing your process with us. Thank you for the video especially. It is easier for me to make things that way!

He IS Able!
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM
Love this product. Do you know if it is available in Australia??
Anthea Hill  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 5:41 AM
What a fabulous idea! Thanks
Susan Algate  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Can you put a 4 1/4" card in the mail? I know that you can send 5" square but because of its odd size you have to use 65 cents postage. Such a quick and easy way and so coordinated!
Trish Bennett  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

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