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.
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.
fold the left/right flaps in first, followed by bottom flap. insert your card, then fold the top flap.
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.
i used the same circle on the front, and wrote the recipients address on it. and i have a few eames stamps left, yay!
fully recyclable, cheap, and pretty easy, with the exception of cutting lots of envelopes!