holiday cards 2008

holiday cards
i’ve been making my holiday cards for the last 15 years, and it’s a tradition i’m unwilling to break, no matter how busy i am. my favorite motif is a simple, triangle tree, and it makes an appearance again this year, along with a handmade envelope.

i used old anthropologie catalogs: i cut out an envelope and the tree from the same page. recipients may not notice that subtle detail, but i had fun with it anyway. after the jump, a brief picture show, and downloadable envelope template!

while i was working on the envelope template, i took a few of the prototypes to my post office to make sure they were the right size and that there wouldn’t be any issues with processing them. they are approved by my favorite clerk, jim, for domestic mailing. those in other countries: you may want to check with your post to make sure they meet minimum size requirements/proportions.

download envelope & tree template (pdf)

cut envelope and trees using template. (i used an exacto knife to cut, and used a ruler as my edge guide.) glue tree onto folded cardstock. the envelope template will accommodate cards up to 3-1/2 x 5 inches. i used paper source’s 4 bar foldover cards.

cut envelope, trees

fold the left/right flaps in first, followed by bottom flap. insert your card, then fold the top flap.

fold envelope

i sealed mine with a 3-inch circle punched from a label sheet. you could also just cut a different shape, or pick up rectangular labels at any office supply store or buy circle labels (available at paper source, and i swear, they don’t pay me!). i wrote my return address on this label.

close envelope

i used the same circle on the front, and wrote the recipients address on it. and i have a few eames stamps left, yay!

address envelope

fully recyclable, cheap, and pretty easy, with the exception of cutting lots of envelopes!

13 responses to “holiday cards 2008”

  1. apple cyder says:

    Jen, these are great. You are so clever. Thanks for the envelope template. Molly

  2. Jess says:

    Is there no end to your GREAT ideas?
    Thanks for the download!

  3. jenn says:

    you’re creativity is endless… you continue to amaze me.

  4. Dana says:

    awesome! missed you at knitting last night.

  5. Jackie says:

    Oooohh, I love these! They are so mod and clever! Thanks for the template too. So that’s where you get your circle labels – they should pay you! I love your homemade spiced cocoa and the great packaging on those.
    Did you get that dress anyway – even though there are no Christmas parties?

  6. aimee says:

    wonderful!! i’ve done handmade envelopes before but did not think to match them to the card, or to put that cool circle on the front. lucky recipients!

  7. Anna says:

    Nicely done! Love the woman with the umbrella looking out from inside the envelope. What lucky recipients.

  8. leslie says:

    oh, they are wonderfully simple. i used to make similar cards. and envelopes. thanks for the reminder. i need to start doing that again.

  9. Ayama says:

    wow how sweet. now if cutting straight lines with a ruler were my thing, i would be jealous. honest i really struggle with straight lines, i have a slight stigmatism that makes me do it. my eyesight is not poor enough to warrant glasses but it would help correct the diagonal thing that i have going on. and finally, your page loaded on the first go and ie did not have a hissy fit with error message and shut the browser down, this week. hurrah! ps i am not ignoring you. :D

  10. janie says:

    Excellent, you’re ideas are magical:)

  11. Jen C. says:

    Wow! Love these…I was going to do handmade envelopes, too, but don’t have your patience or discipline. You are once again brilliant! I’m really loving all the great ideas here, thanks so much!

  12. Claudia says:

    Oh, perfect! I wanted to make handmade envelopes for such a long time! Happy :)

  13. kristin says:

    you are truly dedicated…i went crazy once trying to make my own envelopes, guess it would have been nice to have a template ;) what a nice surprise in the mailbox.

leave a reply