I have been inspired by the lovely Design*Sponge to do some handmade cards and envelopes in my spare time to say thank you to a few people (as money’s a little tight at the moment!) and I thought I would put a little post about it! Hope you like it!
Firstly, I like to take a lot of pictures everywhere I go. I recently went to London to see my friend, and we had a lovely walk around Covent Garden where they had collected 200 eggs that had been hidden around the city, for people to find and enter to win a Faberge Diamond Jubilee Egg! The event was also in aid of two charities, Action For Children and Elephant Family.
So, I took lots of pictures of the eggs and then used Instagram to do the final touches after cropping the images to use for my cards (see above).
Then I just printed them out on some card and hey presto!
For the envelopes it was a little more tricky. As my cards were randomly sized, I had to make “bespoke’ envelopes! So, for this I gently undid a “proper’ envelope to see how its done (Picture 1).
My cards were a similar size to this so I went from that. I then put the opened envelope onto an A4 piece of paper and marked the corners just to know where to tear the paper (Picture 2).
I then lined up my ruler with the pencil marks and tore away! (Picture 3).
Next, to make sure I folded the corners in to the right pace, I softly drew lines form corner to corner, and half way across to find the centre point, and to aline my folds (Picture 4).
Finally, I rubbed out the pencil lines and stuck down each corner to make an envelope! I popped in the card, wrote the names on it and there we go! Finished! (Pictures 5-8).
This is just a very simple way of making the cards and the envelopes, which I’m sure many people can do a lot bette! But I like to think that if you put some time into a little gift it means a whole lot more, even if it is a very simple card and envelope.