ENVY ART or HELP STAMP OUT BORING UGLY MAIL

GREETINGS Y’ALL 

Yes, this is going to aggravate the Post Office but then again I think they will enjoy it…they must also get bored with all those plain old white envelopes… so here we go…

Did you know you can make your own envelopes… ok well some of you do and some of you don’t so let me tell you that my first efforts were using the THE ENVELOPE MILL a spiralbound book from AMAZON…$ it has 4 different templates that you can use and lots of photos but when I bought it years ago it was $16.95…today at AMAZON its $40….Yeah I thought I was on ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW…lol… anyway its nice but pricey and you can probably make your own templates using the blank plastic that quilters use to cut quilt templates and you can just open up envys and trace them on to the plastic then cut them out and bingo you have the template.

The envelope Mill

The envelope Mill

After that one My next and most used was the templates from Kreate-a-lope …it came with  3 different tempates and it works so slick as you can simple tear the paper using the template …IT WORKS….You need to click the blue link and watch the video to see just how it works and do understand the image below… but it does work..

Kreate-a-lope_envelope_template_A2-A7-6x6-glue-500w

kh kreate-a-lope envy's

kh kreate-a-lope envy’s

The above are just two of the envy’s I created using the KREATE-A-LOPE and here is a photo of how many I have made using old magazine pictures, calendar pages etc…

my Kreate-a-lope envys

my Kreate-a-lope envys

Yeah … way more than I have used but I love them and you can sit in front of the TV and just tear away ….of course you will have to turn the tv up a little and your other half may find you annoying…but still.. These are still available again from the blue link above and you do get three size envys for about $30 by the time you pay for tax and shipping.. but they are great…and you now get glue for them also and you can buy those CHEAP calendars at MICHAEL’S for a dollar each and the images are good and they make great envelopes even though they seems kinda light weight once your card is in there they are fine…and if you want your image to show then just use a mail label but put in on the back side of the envy and your pretty picture is on the other side .

So have you noticed a trend here the price keeps going down…well this last tool is my new favorite because there is almost NO LIMIT to the size of envelopes you can make…really huge down to the business card size.. remember last week I told you about this when I suggested you could go buy the coin envys at office supply stores well now you can make them using old magazine pages etc… just don’t tear up your hubby’s  or your daughter’s favorite magazine…that would be big trouble for you… this one will work with card stock …the Kreate-a-lope works best with lighter weight paper it will work with old calendar pages but you have to be a little more careful with the heavier paper this has is on cutter and it punches out the corners where you will score and then fold… it is just fantastic and I found mine at scrapbooking store but I also found them on…wait for it …yeah come on you know …. AMAZON… ( I have not found them in any of the craft stores like JoAnn’s or Michael’s or Hobby Lobby YET) at least not near me… but AMAZON DOES HAVE IT and again wait for it….$19.42  HONEST..(Click the blue AMAZON and it will link you to that page.) Yep, its the cheapest and too hard for me to explain here but there is a whole list of sizes on the board and you just pick your finished envelope size and it will tell you what size to cut the paper then put cut your paper put in int the punch board and follow the directions for scoring and punching and VIOLA…you have a hand made envelope. Use old maps, old calendars…even photos if want… its just a great tool and once again…no I don’t get a kick back … I am just doing my part to keep the economy up and running…. by the way this little baby is made by WE ARE MEMORY KEEPERS…its sturdy and comes with its own scoring tool which fits into a slot on the bottom so you can keep it all together… I am tellin ya its a HADDA HAVE…especially if you like the idea of recycling paper…

envelope punch board

envelope punch board

And wait you see all those listing for sizes on the board well it comes with even more for really big envelopes like manila size… yeah you can go wild …use up old gift wrap or pieces of old calligraphy that weren’t perfect you name you can make an envy out of it…

kh mini envy

kh mini envy

kh mini envy

kh mini envy

kh standard card size envy

kh standard card size envy

Ok the ones above are just made from an old desk calendar I had and I like them the first two would be used on a card as a pocket on the front or inside but the bottom one is actually large enough to hold the card itself.. and again I would use mail labels to address them …we don’t want to piss off the PO too much or it will end up in the dead letter office… horrors!!!

kh mini on the front of a card

kh mini on the front of a card

This one was made using very light paper with twigs in it and then I cut a heart , a state of washington and a space needle to embellish it .  I really like this plus when I got the WA die I also got the stamp that said SENDING LOVE FROM SEATTLE.. So that’s one idea for using these to make cards as well as mail cards…

Now while I really like the ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD the advantage to the KREATE-A-LOPE is that you can see thru the plastic so you can postition the template so that you get the image you want where you want it.

LASTLY the cheapest way is to make your own templates by tearing carefully apart the envelopes you have and drawing your own template on a piece of file folder or on the plastic you can buy to make quilt templates.  GET THOSE ENVY’S OUT THERE AND HELP STAMP OUT BORING UGLY MAIL!!! LOL

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.…wireheaded cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

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