I have a reminder for you today – Don’t forget the envelopes! Have you ever spent a couple of hours making the most beautiful card to send to a loved one, and hated placing it in a plain white (or ivory) envelope? I certainly have. I have a solution for you if you have a few embossing folders (of any size or shape) and a die cutting/embossing machine. Emboss the envelopes!
The picture below shows some of the various sizes and shapes of embossing folders that you may have in your stash, and that will work for embossing envelopes.
The first folders that I want to show you are the 2×2 folders (approximate size – most are actually 2” x 2.25”, etc.). These are often sold in sets of four (Cuttlebug and Quickutz sell them this way), or come as a part of a larger set of embossing folders (Sizzix often sells them this way). You can usually just slide the folder over the lower left side of the envelope either from the bottom or the side. Sometimes the hinge on these small folders is in the “wrong” place for envelopes, but you can easily correct this by taping the folder together at the bottom, and then cutting it apart at the top fold. These two photos show some use of some of the smallest embossing folders. (Note that I added some color to the embossing so it would show up in the photos. I normally do not do this.)
Strip embossing folders or borders also work great with envelopes. Borders that can be used in any direction (i.e. no writing or top/bottom, etc.) can be used either on the bottom, back flap, or side of the envelope. Borders that do have a writing or a design that must go in a specific direction can usually only be used on the bottom of the envelope, or on the back flap. See the pictures below for examples.
The medium-sized embossing folders also work well for envelopes. Sometimes you can use the entire folder (as in the “Make a Wish” folder shown in the video), and sometimes you can only use a portion of the folder (as in the “tree” folder shown below – here I used only 1 of 3 trees on the envelop). For either one, just find the best way to use the folder on the envelope (sometimes you just have to experiment a little). Note that you can either emboss over the back flap or not (I generally fold it up and do not emboss over it).
You can also use full-sized embossing folders. Some are very well suited to this. Two examples are the knife, fork and spoon by Sizzix, and the corner scrollwork on the Darice folder.
Some A-2 folders have a design on just one side, such as the Darice Lighthouse folder. This also makes a very cute envelope.
Other A-2 folders incorporate an opening that provides a perfect space to address an envelope. “Snowflake Banner” from Crafts Too is an example of those designs.
A-2 sized embossing folders with an all-over design can also be used to decorate a corner or the back flap of an envelope. You can also use them with the various sets (such as Darice Easy Frames) to create an empty spot that you can use to address the envelope.
Please see the linked short video for a little more information on how to use/place embossing folders with envelopes. Just a warning – it’s addictive. Once you start embossing your envelopes, you’ll never use a plain white (or ivory) envelope again!
Miscellaneous embossing folders of all shapes and sizes – I used a number of folders from my stash including: “Winter Set”, “Sending Christmas Love Set” and Holiday Damask Set” by Sizzix; “Thanksgiving” 2×2 folders from Quickutz; “Lighthouse” and “Seasonal 3 Pack” by Darice; and “Snowflake Banner” by Crafts Too.
A2 Envelopes or other desired size
Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Provo Craft Cuttlebug
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!