Let’s make something bright and fun and fast and easy and colorful, shall we? Let’s make envelopes with Astrobrights paper!
To get started Astrobrights sent me a rainbow in a box. Wouldn’t you just burst to have this show up on your doorstep? (More on that at the end of the post!) I almost did. I got GIDDY. And nostalgic. I’ve used most of these colors over the years and I can actually remember which projects I used each of the colors for.
When Astrobrights e-mailed us recently about working with them I couldn’t say “YES YES YES” fast enough – in part because I already had a draft of this project sitting next to my keyboard.
Download the envelope template here and get to work! Making envelopes is SO fun! It’s natural to think about folding a piece of paper into a card. But making the envelope too? Now we’re talking! My 7-year-old was looking over my shoulder and asked “how’d you learn to do that?”. So, this offers the added bonus of feeling super smart. All you need is a template, a piece of paper and a glue stick.
The finished envelopes hold a 4 x 4 inch insert – which is perfect for an Instagram print, a lunchbox note, a note to accompany a gift or a gift card!
Each template uses just a regular 8.5 x 11 sheet. Each also works on A4. Easy peasy. The file includes 6 slightly different shapes for the closure, because I can’t settle for just one of anything, ever. Nor can I settle for two. Which is why tequila and I broke up entirely a few years ago and chocolate and I meet each other in the multi-pack area rather than by the one-at-a-time register impulse area. Wait, what were we talking about? OH! Back to the yummy and blissfully calorie-free paper story.
Well, actually, while I’m being ridiculous, behold: my first crush. Stardust. I LOVE THIS PAPER. It’s a subtly fancy and affordable neutral in paper world. Flyers, awards, brochures, invitations, stationery – everything looks good on it! I’ve used Stardust in the card stock weight to print my envelope templates. Start by cutting the templates. For the envelopes both a text weight (thinner) and card stock (thicker) work – and both are available in all 26 colors!
So, there are 4 ways to cut our your envelopes. Depending on your making style. (Which of these are you?)
1 – most precise – print it directly on your envelope paper.
2 – precise but paper-conservative – place the template on top of your paper and trace around it
3 – less precise but no marks left on your edges – place the template on top of your paper and carefully cut around it
4- “Meh”. Just hold the template on top of your paper and cut not so carefully because it’s just a piece of paper and you can always print another one if you want to go crazy. The good crazy.
Once you’ve cut the envelope (2.5 seconds) shape folding them up takes about 2 seconds.
Fold the longer side in first and ready your glue stick. I’ve been purposely globby here for visibility’s sake, but of course, smoother application means smoother finish. Stick the shorter of the two wide flaps on top of the wider one and then the bottom flap.
Then make a THOUSAND. Because you can. And because it’s so satisfying to do.
Ready to win your own rainbow in a box JUST like the one they sent me AND an Office Depot gift card? Yes, I think you are. (And look how nicely a gift card works in these!)
Enter now! (No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law.) The winner will be announced on our Facebook page!
This post is sponsored by Astrobrights. I was about to post about this idea anyway when they e-mailed me, how cool is that? Thanks to them I had about 20 more colors to work with than I would have had otherwise. Except the purple ones. Dedicated readers will notice the removal of purple. Because we can.