DIY Embellished Cards + Lined Envelopes

8 April 2009

Hello, friends! Guess what? DIY Wednesdays are back! This week, I’ll be showing you the lined envelopes and embellished cards I recently made for a friend’s birthday. Both are super easy and extremely satisfying projects.

Let’s gather our supplies first, shall we?

cutting mat
straight edge or ruler
thick cardstock
bone folder
adhesive (I used a Tombow permanent roller)
Martha Stewart edge punch, available at Michael’s (use a 40% off coupon!)
an envelope
patterned paper
coordinating thick stock cut to fit your envelope
x-acto knife

First, the cards, and really, they couldn’t be easier – but they look fabulous! {Psst… it’s all thanks to Martha!}

1. Cut your cardstock to fit your envelope if it doesn’t already. Make sure your card is at least a 1/2-inch narrower than your envelope for easy ins and outs.

2. Using a Martha Stewart punch, carefully punch out a design along the bottom. Three tips: a) flip the punch over so you can see where you’re cutting (as in above photo); b) if your paper is textured, cut with the textured side facing the top of the punch to avoid rough edges; and c) when moving along the paper, overlap the edge that’s already cut just a tiny but so your pattern is continuous (in the closeup photo above, the tiny overlap is on the left – see what I mean?).

Et voila! A custom card for pennies.

Now for the envelope half of the equation, which is only slightly more difficult.

1. Trace your envelope onto patterned paper. Measure the width of your lick-’em-stick-’em strip (at the top of your envelope). Mine was a 1/2 inch, so I trimmed off a 1/2 inch from the top and both sides. If the top of your envelope is angled, be careful to cut the angle exactly.

If you think there are more lined envelopes in your future, or you’re planning to make a set like mine, I would highly suggest making a template at this point. All you need to do is trace your envelope insert shape on to a thick piece of cardboard and cut it out – it will be much sturdier and last much longer than thin decorative paper.

2. Working with your template, trace it onto the paper you’d like to line your envelope with.

3 & 4) If you’re feeling brave, skip the tracing step and cut directly around the template with an x-acto knife. Otherwise, line a straight edge up with your tracings and slice away.

5) Ta-da! Now you’ve got a correctly-sized insert.

6) Insert it into your envelope.

7) Line your straight edge up with the crease in the envelope and imprint the crease on your liner with your bone folder. Fold the liner on the crease to make it even deeper.

8) Remove the liner from the envelope and glue along the edges, taking special care with the flap.

9) Carefully reinsert the liner into the envelope, making sure it is evenly spaced from each side.

10) Run your hands over the back of the envelope to smooth things down and secure the glue.

11) Fold the liner…

12) and then fold the flap down, running your hands over the flap to secure.

Done and done!

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April 8, 2009 6:38 pm

wonderful post! this is so helpful! i’d like to make some of my own

April 9, 2009 12:11 am

love these!

May 12, 2009 2:22 am

these are so cute! did you get the papers at Michaels too?

May 15, 2009 5:59 pm

Hi Krista! The papers are indeed from Michael’s – 12×12 cut to size.

June 15, 2010 12:14 am

Love the idea of the inside part of the card, very cute and creative. Keep making them! They are very lovely.

Austine T.
December 10, 2013 7:32 am

The cards look beautiful and lovely…