I’m not sure what to call this little envelope and card. It’s not something that can be sent in the mail, but it’s such a sweet little envelope and coordinating card. I demonstrated how to make these at the Calligraphers’ Guild meeting earlier this week. They were a great hit, so I thought I’d share them here.
The card slips inside the folded envelope.
Start with a text weight paper that is 4 times as wide as it is tall. For the envelope above, I used a paper that was 4″ by 16″. For the envelope below I used a paper that was 2″ by 8″.
This is a piece of paste paper that I painted. The paper is 80# text weight Mohawk Superfine.
With text paper it is possible to fold either with or against the grain of the paper, however you will get the best results if you fold the paper with the grain. For information on paper grain and how to tell the direction of paper grain on a piece of paper, see my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
Fold the paper in half as shown below.
The paste paper is now folded in half.
Open the paper back up and fold the left side of the paper to the center fold.
The left side of the paper is folded to the center.
Open up the paper and fold down the top left corner to the bottom of the closest vertical fold.
Why this photo came out black and white, I have no idea. But it’s the only one I have that shows the diagonal fold.
Now fold the right side of the paper to the center fold.
The right side of the paper is now folded to the center fold.
Now fold a diagonal fold between the center and the fold you just created. See the photo below.
Fold the right side down on a diagonal as shown above.
Now comes what seems to be a tricky part for people to understand. Look carefully at the photo below for help. Flip up the bottom of the paper below the diagonal fold you just made. You will end up only seeing the back of the paper once the fold is made. See the photo below.
The paper is folded up so that you now only see the wrong side of the paper to the right of the center fold in the photo above.
The right side of the paper is now folded over to the left so that you can now see the right side of the paper that you just folded up. You can also now see the diagonal fold that was folded before too.
When the right side of the paper is folded to the left, the diagonal fold and the previous fold up are now visible.
The last step is to tuck the left flap behind the diagonal fold. Now the envelope is done.
Once the flap on the left is folded behind the diagonal fold, the envelope is done.
The flap is now folded behind the diagonal. The envelope is finished.
Next cut a piece of paper to fit your square envelope. It should be twice as wide as it is tall. Then fold it in half to fit in the envelope.
I’ve chosen an orange paper for the envelope. It is folded in half and is ready to be decorated.
I like to decorate the paper I use for the enclosure card. For this envelope, I thought an orange card would coordinate nicely. I saved some scraps to the paste paper and decided to use that along with some black and gold paper to create an interesting design on the front of the card.
Here the card has been decorated.
The card is now in its matching envelope.
Here are some photos of the folded envelopes and cards that some of the calligraphers were working on during my demonstration and mini workshop. I thought they would inspire you to think of new ways to make your own enclosure card and folded envelope.
I know Halloween has already past, but this could be something to work on for next year.
This would be great for a Halloween card.
For this card I sewed a white insert inside and tied the threads on the outside.
Happy creating, Candy