Home » Articles » Blog » Easy DIY Envelope Tools & Tips Easy DIY Envelope Tools & Tips January 12, 2020 Tom Schamberger 93 Articles, Blog Tags: card making, cardmaking, diy envelope, envelope, handmade card, jennifer mcguire, jennifer mcguire ink, Paper Crafts Previous: How to make a paper box, Origami Box, Rectangular Box DIY Next: Baking And Melting Chocolate Simulations Are Now Possible! 🍫 Related posts First day of Creativation Round U HI hollowers welcome to hedgehog Hollow if you are new and welcome back of course so today was like the first day of creative ation… Beautiful Valentine Day Card | Diy 3D Pop Up Card | valentine Pop Up Card About The Author Tom Schamberger 93 Comments VitaZgal says: January 10, 2020 at 4:43 pm A DREAM COME TRUE…Soooo excited…thank you thank you thank you….FABULOUS.. Reply Yolanda Pickard says: January 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm Matching envelops forever! Thank you! 👍 Reply Crafty Ana says: January 10, 2020 at 4:59 pm This is when I'm happy I bought the big mama Gemini. 🙂 Reply Wioleta Moskwa says: January 10, 2020 at 5:07 pm Awesome dies 😊 thanks for sharing your experience 😘 Reply CraftyAnna Studio says: January 10, 2020 at 5:11 pm 4bar and A4 envelopes are hard to come by where I live, so these are just perfect! So happy! Thank you for sharing other great ideas using these envelope dies. Reply Viola’s Craft Therapy says: January 10, 2020 at 5:13 pm I can’t wait to see you at CHA. I’ll be looking for you! Reply Amy Wazwaz says: January 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm I have been making my own envelopes for quite a while now. I buy some still but mostly the bigger sized ones like 5×7 sized envelopes. But otherwise I have a pattern I got from YouTube and it is quite easy. It makes the square flap envelopes. I use the double sided sticky tape with pull off strip to close them. I can put the tape on. Leave the backing on and when ready to mail. Pull off the backing as you woeful do on any envelope and mail. Reply Jean Westackroyd says: January 10, 2020 at 5:34 pm These are a good idea Jennifer, but my cards are typically 5×7. Sure lots of people will find them useful though. Thanks for sharing. Reply Marilyn Bailey says: January 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm Making envelopes is fun…so thanks for reminding me to make more! BUT, gads…SSS is getting more and more expensive…$40 + shipping/tax makes this one VERY pricey die! I've been making envelopes for years just by using a pattern/template & drawing on the back of cs and cutting it out…easy, fast and FREE! Reply Litza M. González says: January 10, 2020 at 5:38 pm Hi Jennifer, Do you have any ideas or where templates can be found for those of us who just don’t have the funds to buy an expensive die cut machine and then have to purchase the die cuts themselves? Reply Kristine Vencel says: January 10, 2020 at 5:42 pm I can see how these dies might be helpful to those who don’t have/don’t care for the envelope punch board. Thank you for the great how-to video!! 👍🏻👍🏻 Reply Debbie J's Crafting Corner says: January 10, 2020 at 5:43 pm I love this! such a great idea (and great way for me to use up some of my pattern paper.) And I had no idea that you could use the clear sleaves as the outer cover when mailing a card! I have to try that! Thank you so much for sharing. Reply Linda Hyden says: January 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm I really, really liked the idea of getting this die and making matching envelopes. However, that price of $40 for this die was extraordinary high. Yes, it is a bigger die, but … there really isn't much to this die so that should offset the price somewhat. Sorry …. just a lot of money for something that does one thing and one size. Reply Arlene McClung says: January 10, 2020 at 5:52 pm I'm glad someone came out with envelope dies. I believe the last envelope would have to be written so the address info is seen on the long side, not the top narrower opening so that you don't have to pay extra (in the US) for an odd sized envelope. That would be nice to see in a video, what can be sent for a regular stamp with no extra charges. Reply Nancy Lynn says: January 10, 2020 at 5:53 pm I'm so happy they finally came out with an A2 envelope die that doesn't require a lot of steps. Great info here, Jennifer….thank you! Reply ericastwilight says: January 10, 2020 at 5:53 pm Just realized you can use these to make triangle gatefold cards too. And if you have dies make the flips intricate. Great dies and tips, thanks for sharing! Reply Sweet Sarah says: January 10, 2020 at 5:53 pm Now for square ones! Reply Cindy Haselip says: January 10, 2020 at 6:06 pm Thank you😍 Reply Madge Haynes says: January 10, 2020 at 6:07 pm Gonna order the envelope die because I just love the fact that I can have coordinating cards and envelopes. Thanks so much for sharing. Reply Melle Clef says: January 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm Hello. I like to do my own enveloppes but the price of one die + shipment to Europe (15$) is too much for a single size. I have to stick to my punch board. I see another thing to do with the die : a gatefold card. Am I wrong ? Reply Deborah Anne says: January 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm Great dies to make envelopes! Jennifer, you once posted a Canadian address to mail cards to for children who are not well, I believe it was for children. If convenient, do you have that address? Thank you. Reply Nancy Nicastri says: January 10, 2020 at 6:21 pm A bit pricey but nice design as long as you use strong glue for those flaps. Reply Deb Mertin says: January 10, 2020 at 6:36 pm You put so much work into your videos. Thought, planning and professionalism! Well done young one! Thank you for ALL your hard work. You are one of my sweet young fave creators. Reply Kathleen Dunlap says: January 10, 2020 at 6:36 pm I have the large envelope die from Sizzix but you need the big shot pro! It does make beautifully professional envelopes and I use 8.5 x 11 inch paper and cut two at a time since the die is a bigz die. For the longer dies I use the extended cutting plates from Sizzix. Just another way to die cut your own envelopes. Thank you for sharing this video♥️😊 Reply Beth Campbell says: January 10, 2020 at 6:38 pm I have been using my Martha Stewart scoring board successfully for several years. I bought the large and small boards at a garage sale. The measurements are on the back of the boards and easy to follow. The large board has a triangular insert stored in a pocket on the back. YouTube has videos on how to use the tools. Reply kim sharabba says: January 10, 2020 at 6:43 pm They ARE a bit pricey, but I think I"m going to go with the 4Bar V Flap first. I do get them from The Paper Source, but that's NOT matchy matchy and I love what you've done with the side flaps. Reply Stephanie J says: January 10, 2020 at 7:12 pm Great video and tips! Thank Jennifer for sharing! Reply June M says: January 10, 2020 at 7:17 pm Do you write in the addresses on the front of those envelopes or do you use labels? Reply Melissa's Muddle says: January 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm I don't begrudge anyone another way to do envelopes but the dies seem like a lot more work than the envelope punch board and they defiantly waist more paper. I don't understand how it would take more than an regular piece of card stock to make an a2 envelope. I do it all the time and I have a scrap left over to use with something else. Reply Vanessa Walker Littleboy says: January 10, 2020 at 7:29 pm I always like your videos and the abundance of ideas you offer but can't help but exclaim $40 is an astronomical price for a one purpose use only die! For that price point why didn't SSS include 2 of the triangle side piece dies so that it only needs one pass – especially as they could have done that for no extra cost to them – I know how the manufacturing pricing of dies works! Reply Melissa B. says: January 10, 2020 at 7:43 pm Ahhh, a way to use up all that patterned paper I’ve held onto!! Thanks Jennifer! Reply Alonda Panck says: January 10, 2020 at 7:47 pm I paused this video to order this wonderful die, already sold out😢. This is a delightful video, thank you, Jennifer! I put it on reserve.😉 Reply Debbie Bonner says: January 10, 2020 at 7:59 pm Thanks so much! Reply Karen Simon says: January 10, 2020 at 8:01 pm Tfs, Jennifer! Since I don't have an envelope punch board, this will work for me. Is there a die for 5×7 cards? Reply Independent ScanNCutter says: January 10, 2020 at 8:22 pm Excellent video – thanks for sharing! Just wanted to share my own tip for those like me who don't own a die cutting machine, or if their die cutting machine is too small for envelope dies – you can create any size envelope or box free of charge as a printable to cut out with scissors or download as a .svg for your digital cutting machine here – https://www.templatemaker.nl/en/ Reply Sherry Y says: January 10, 2020 at 8:50 pm I'm so happy to see this envelope die. Love that it has just a bit more room to get the card in. But, doesn't using heavy card stock make it heavier and possibly cost more to mail? Reply Angela Hartley says: January 10, 2020 at 8:56 pm I still use my green sneakers plastic envelope template. Reply Katy Glenn says: January 10, 2020 at 9:06 pm I love making envelopes. Thanks for the video. Reply Lynnette Smith says: January 10, 2020 at 9:44 pm Great tutorial. Thank you. Reply Teresa Doyle says: January 10, 2020 at 9:47 pm Some really great ideas with the envelopes Jennifer, very pretty. Reply Maria Nyce says: January 10, 2020 at 10:11 pm Love these dies, on my list to purchase. Thanks so much for sharing these examples and tips on various ways to mailing them out. Blessings and hugs!!! Reply Jeanne Beam says: January 10, 2020 at 10:36 pm Great video! Thanks for sharing… Reply May Loo says: January 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm I tried making a few envelopes for Christmas cards which were too big to fit into regular envelopes. Interesting to try, but I ended up putting them in larger business envelopes. Decorated with decorative paper and stickers, of course. Reply Tracy Martin says: January 10, 2020 at 10:58 pm I can't wait to see the other great things you make with those dies – you know, getting the most out of your product 😉 Reply Anna Knobloch says: January 10, 2020 at 11:12 pm I have the We R Envelope Punch Board, but like you, I don't have a lot of 12×12 cardstock. The patterned paper I have in 12×12 I think is a bit too flimsy for mailing. These dies are awesome! Reply Kimberly Walker says: January 10, 2020 at 11:20 pm Jennifer, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your videos…great.cardmaking advice.I've gone a whole year without really making any cards this year(my Christmas model never made it past the model stage.)However, this year is GOING TO BE DIFFERENT….my card making time is MY time…which I believe I've figured out how to put that ME TIME back in my scedule….I MISS THIS HOBBY…..BUT NOT ANY MORE.THANK YOU again, for sharing such valuable information with us crafters…have a BEAUTIFUL DAY😀 Reply Chunky Bird says: January 10, 2020 at 11:28 pm This die cutting method is far more complex for me, compared to the punch board technique or even drawing around envelope templates by hand, like I still do. But its great that we have options – some work better for some people, others for other people. Thanks for sharing anotber method, lots of crafters will like this 👍 Reply dawn free says: January 11, 2020 at 12:13 am Would liked to have seen an envelope liner included with it. Reply Annie Fields-Chapman says: January 11, 2020 at 12:23 am We Are Memory Keepers makes a envelope punch that allows you to make envelopes of various sizes in no time!!! Reply DarqChildNYC says: January 11, 2020 at 12:45 am Thank you so much. I’ve been looking for something like this for months now. The punch board envelopes are quite limiting and so a die set (IMHO) is ideal. Just ordered all 3 from SSS. Reply Sharon Fletcher says: January 11, 2020 at 12:55 am Loved your video tutorial-great info! Reply Angel_On_The_Edge says: January 11, 2020 at 12:56 am I love how you jazzed up the envelopes Jennifer. Could you do a video on more ways to decorate them? You've a great creative mind so I'd love to hear your ideas. I'm trying the fancy writing that Kristina Werner does, it's fabulous!! Takes practice, lol!! TFS 😘 Reply Vera says: January 11, 2020 at 1:26 am Wow. Crafting is such a pricey hobby yet here we are 😛 Thanks for the video! Reply marie dun says: January 11, 2020 at 1:34 am Love the die machine you use in this video, i have one and love it. Reply Tina Tran-Dorrington says: January 11, 2020 at 1:39 am So nice and great ideas! I’m going back and forth on getting all of them 🤣🤣😱 so many decisions Reply Anneke Schep says: January 11, 2020 at 2:06 am Awesome tutorial, as usual. Thank you for showing so many ideas what can be created when making your own envelopes.I really like the custom envelopes and so far I either used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, or I simply folded the material around my card, cut it in seize and glued the sides. I like the die, especially with the sides separate, but I think the price of the 3 different types of envelope dies is ridiculous! I might take some card board and create my own template… Reply Nobody Cares says: January 11, 2020 at 2:08 am I have other dies that I use to make envelopes so I don't need this one; however, I encourage you to save your $$$ to buy from SSS. It's a small business that I love supporting. They have great selection of paper crafting products, their shipping time is blazing fast, and my shipments are always in good condition. Just a thought Reply luxurycardstore says: January 11, 2020 at 2:41 am I have always bought my clear sleeves from www.clearbags.com Just search for "Crystal Clear Sleeves" . They have LOTS of sizes, and the quality works for me. I often will use pages from magazines, old maps, used gift bags, and used wrapping paper instead of patterned paper. It cuts down on waste. I just use a die to cut a nice label out of white sticker paper to write the name on. Do a search on YT for "make envelope from a magazine page" to see where I get my inspiration from Reply Jennifer Maddock says: January 11, 2020 at 2:44 am One idea I got from Lindsay The Frugal Crafter is to use single sided patterned paper and assemble the envelope with the white side on the outside and the pattern to the inside. It is good for mailing and a nice surprise for the recipient when they see the pattern inside. Reply Linda Otero says: January 11, 2020 at 2:52 am Jennifer, u come up with the best ideas and explanation. While I do agree these dies are PRICEY and wish they were more around $30 at least, will I buy them eventually…YES! Maybe not all at once and maybe wait for a sale. You sold me on the different options and mix and matching papers. I have the other tool from WRMK and while I know it works well for others, it doesn’t for me. Me and measurements just don’t mix. So when I need a special one I get a friend to help me. Of course, I would prefer to do it myself. Reply Doreen Lees says: January 11, 2020 at 2:55 am I found this very helpful and so pretty. Reply Betty Wells says: January 11, 2020 at 3:30 am Oh my goodness that heart impression!!!!🥰❤️ Reply Beth Rivenbark says: January 11, 2020 at 3:45 am Love this! TFS!! This site has all the printable templates you will need, and they're free! https://www.neenahpaper.com/resources/design-resources/dielines-and-templates/envelope-dielines Reply Juana Henriquez-Postle says: January 11, 2020 at 4:30 am Sometimes I make my own envelopes using the Martha Stewart platform. I think the A2 envelope die from SSS is too expensive.I really like the the different ideas you use to make attractive envelopes. Reply Maria Serpa-Gauvin says: January 11, 2020 at 4:37 am Love the video. I have been using the we r memory keeper envelope board. For now I’m going to stick to that as the dies are pricey + shipping to Canada and the dollar exchange currently take it out of my price range. I love the ideas on making the different flaps. Have to see what I can do with the envelope board to create that. Always love your videos and your many options! Reply Liza Cronjé says: January 11, 2020 at 5:37 am It is simply great that companies come up with different products. And I love the way you made these envelopes. 💜😍 Thanks so much for your creativity and talent that you’re sharing with us. Agreeing that this will save time. These envelopes are so lovely. Hoping for square envelopes too. Reply Kerri Smith says: January 11, 2020 at 5:54 am Hi JenniferThis die is awesome. Will it be available in Australia?I want to use up some of my ppThanks 😊 Reply Deborah Anne says: January 11, 2020 at 6:21 am Are there instructions that come with the die? Thank you. Reply Deborah Anne says: January 11, 2020 at 6:25 am What set of wire clippers are you using? Thank you. Reply cljordison says: January 11, 2020 at 6:33 am Thanks for the great video explaining how to use the envelope dies. I ordered them and they're on the way! I'm so excited to use up some of my 12×12 pattern paper! Reply Chyna Doll says: January 11, 2020 at 8:02 am I am going to try this. I am not fond of the punch board. Reply Sheila Perl says: January 11, 2020 at 8:04 am Great envelopes! Reply cpharkins8 says: January 11, 2020 at 9:51 am Just thought that I'd mention that when you add the clear plastic sleeve envelopes over another envelope, USPS charges a fee called a non-machinable surcharge (currently an extra $0.15) because it can't go through the standard letter sorting machinery. This is the same fee they charge for square envelopes, those that don't bend, contain coins or pens, and those with uneven thickness — like when we add thick embellishments and/or firm multiple layers to our cards. 😉 If it weighs an ounce or less, USPS sells special non-machinable "butterfly" stamps that are worth the investment — especially because they act like "forever" stamps regardless of future non-machinable rate increases. If your card exceeds 1 oz just add one "additional ounce" stamp to the non-machinable stamp for each additional ounce (BTW, these also act like forever stamps). Reply Michelle Christopher says: January 11, 2020 at 10:18 am This is great Jenifer TFS oh how you make top loading go sideways ? Reply Jen Aultman says: January 11, 2020 at 10:21 am At 16:44 I would love to know what stamp set was used for this card….I do animal Rescue & have a shelter. I think these would make great thank you cards. Please help! 😀 Reply J9cardstock says: January 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm Super new product! Reply Bebs 06 says: January 11, 2020 at 1:34 pm Great alternative option…I am curious do you use those electronic die cutting machine like cricut, brother etc? I make my personal envelope thru my cricut so quick to mass produce. But these dies you use are good to add to my die collection so you can mix and match like what you did…where do you buy the plastic sleeves i didn’t see it in your link. Reply Maureen Lee says: January 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm Great ideas! I love the idea of mailing the cards with envelopes in a clear plastic envelope. I often use bubble envelopes for bulkier cards, so that would be a nice additional option. Reply geminithrese says: January 11, 2020 at 4:53 pm I may start making my own envelopes again!! Tfs. Reply Terri Hargraves says: January 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm Mahalo for so many great and fun creative ideas! Reply Pat Travis says: January 11, 2020 at 6:02 pm I us the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board and for me it seems less cumbersome than these dies and the board is much less expensive. However I like the idea of making the side flaps a different color. Love the fact you always bring us different ideas and products though. Reply tljones711 says: January 11, 2020 at 6:16 pm Thank you so much for sharing your amazing ideas with us once again! Reply Dorothy Dipaola says: January 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm what is a 4 bar envelope Reply Cindy McCool says: January 11, 2020 at 8:12 pm What about postage for these "larger" envelopes? Reply Jo Ann Usey says: January 11, 2020 at 8:31 pm I make a lot of cards I send overseas for military to use to communicate back home. Do you know of a product that will add the sealant on the envelope flaps so they can be wet and sealed when ready to mail? I have used double stick tape, but then I have to add a note explaining how to use and seal — not all those military folks are up to date on craft stuff. 🙂 Reply blackitten2 says: January 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm Thanks for sharing. Lots of ideas for regular cards. xox Reply 1tinac says: January 11, 2020 at 9:17 pm Oh I am excited about these. I look forward to hearing if the clear sleeves work. I loved the silver glitter example. It was so classy. Reply iamdawt says: January 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm The idea of using different colors is such a nifty idea. I had no idea you could mail them inside the clear envelopes! I'm definitely going to try that, thanks! Reply Kathi B says: January 11, 2020 at 10:49 pm I tried to make my own envelopes in the past – what a disaster! I am so sorry to ask as you do such a phenomenal job at explaining everything, but I am unable to locate the link to the completed cards. Specifically the card going into the green envelope with the poka-dot inside at around 8:40 and the one late in the video around 14:58, so pretty. I believe I was able to find one of the first ones from Mama Elephant – Fuzzy Hugs? Really all I am looking for is the name of the set & who makes it. Thanks! Reply Laura Gutierrez says: January 12, 2020 at 1:06 am I wish they had some for A7 cards. But they would probably be too large to fit thru a typical die cutting machine. I prefer to make larger cards. A2 cards seem so small. Reply Patti DelMercado says: January 12, 2020 at 1:25 am I think the envelope punch boards are much easier, faster, and more affordable. Reply Joanne Quagliara says: January 12, 2020 at 2:57 am I just want to send you a kiss card is so sweet. Is it possible to know which embossing folder with the snow and which tree die cut you are using. Love them . I can’t seem to find these. P. S. Great tutorial on these envelop products . Love them and will have to invest in these also….❤️Thank you for sharing. Reply Cheryl T says: January 12, 2020 at 3:20 am Sometimes I buy clearance 12×12 paper to make envelopes. You can fold the not so-pretty pattern inside and have a white envelope on the outside. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.