Friday, 16 January 2015

Paper cut Envelopes

I'm not a big fan of plain envelopes. Wouldn't it be nice if an envelope was able to hint at the loveliness inside it like a beautifully wrapped gift creates anticipation at what might be within? Too much? Maybe just not be quite so plain and boring then!
I first shared this papercutting idea to fancy up an envelope back in September last year at It Happens in a Blink and as one is quite Valentine-y I thought I'd share it here with you all now. 

To have a go all you need is a plain envelope, a pencil, scrap paper, a craft knife and a piece of contrast paper for lining.
Draw your design in pencil on the scrap paper, keep it pretty simple unless you are a papercutting master. I did Sealed with a Loving Kiss and some very simple lips.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy

Open the envelope and place your design pencil side down, upside down on the inside of a red envelope point - face down and upside down - that is important!
Rub all over with a pencil, so it transfers to the envelope.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy

paper cutting to make envelopes fancy

It's not the best photo every but you can just about make it out. 
Cut round each letter and the lips with a craft knife. I used my swivel-y one because there were lots of curves here but a regular craft knife will be fine too.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy

Then line with contrasting paper and you're done.


I also did one for my Dad for his birthday card last year and took more photos on how to line it as I made that one. Just scroll down and it will all become clear....

For this one I used a stencil instead of drawing my own design.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy

Open the flap of the envelope and flip your stencil back to front and upside down. Do the centre letter of your message first then add the rest. You may need to put them pretty close together.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy
Cut them out with a craft knife. Remember upside down AND back to front - I learn't this the hard way!
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy
When you close the envelope the writing will be the right way up.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy
Pop your contrasting lining paper under the envelope flap and draw round it.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy
I was using a bit of scrap paper so had to tidy up the sides. You need to cut it a fraction narrower than your envelope and long enough to fit right down inside below the V.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy
Glue just along the top edge of the lining paper then pop it in the envelope.
paper cutting to make envelopes fancy

I had made a papercut card too for him, that is supposed to be a camera as he likes photography and collects cameras. Not the best camera I've even seen but at the time he was polite enough to say he liked it!
Simple papercuts to make envelopes more special
It's pretty quick and easy and doesn't get in the way of the address on the front if you are posting your card or letter. 
I've a few more ideas to fancy up envelopes to share soon - I'm on a bit of a mission now, I feel my handmade cards deserve a special envelope now and again!


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I'll be linking up this project at these lovely link parties, pop over for a look at loads of projects from other blogs.
Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

19 comments:

  1. That's so cool! it's a great way to personalize a plain envelop and make a love one feel special.

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  2. How fun are these! I'm stopping by from SITS & I hope your having a great day!

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  3. Aww this is the cutest idea! Will definitely have a go :) x

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  4. That is such a lovely idea and turns an already heartfelt card into something even more special :)

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  5. That's a really nice way to make a boring envelope a lot prettier!

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  6. What a great idea, and relatively simple to do too, thanks for sharing

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  7. Ohh they are soo fab! I'm really gong to have to try this! I love the idea of jazzing up snail mail! xx

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    1. Thanks Jen, I still like to send cards by snail mail (you can't put an ecard on the mantelpiece now can you?)

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  8. What a wonderful idea. It makes the card so much more personal. I will have to stop visiting you. Every time I pop by you give me more crafty ideas. Last time I had to buy a corner rounder (gift tag post). Now I will have to get a swirly craft knife. I will be back, you are so inspirational. Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx

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    1. Sorry Ali, but it's all useful stuff to have! I use my corner rounder punch more than any other by a mile and my super lovely craft knifes were my birthday present last year. I love papercutting more than I ever thought I would but you do need a good knife. Do you have a birthday coming up soon?

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  9. Please come and continue to join in with Handmade Monday, I shall be hosting it on my site from this Sunday but everything else remains the same.

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  10. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you'll party with us again this Friday.
    ~Bonnie

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  11. That transfer tip is awesome!

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    1. It's just another one of those "I'll put it in the tutorial even though I'm sure everyone else already knows this" type things. When you've always done something a certain way you have no idea if everyone else does too or not!

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  12. so lovely! thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

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  13. That is super clever! I love the way those turned out!

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