This year I purchased the EK Tools Scoreboard. In addition to scoring cardstock with it, I am also using it to make envelopes with thinner paper. The directions that come with the board definitely have a flaw or typo, but after wasting some paper I figured it out. To make an A2 envelope (card is one-quarter of an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper or 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches) follow this basic process:
- Cut an 8 inch square piece of thin paper, cardstock will work, but it isn’t ideal to learn.
- Place the yellow triangle (might be embedded in the back of the scoreboard) in the upper left hand corner of the scoreboard.
- Put one of the points of the 8 inch square of paper along the left hand side of the score board and line one side of the paper up against the triangle, as shown above.
- Score the paper at 2 3/4 inches then rotate it 180 degrees and score at 2 3/4 inches again, same measurement
- Repeat the process for both unscored sides using 3 1/2 inches this time instead.
- Clip out the small triangles created where the score lines meet using any pair of scissors. Quick and easy snips, don’t worry about making them perfect. The score lines will come together at a 90 degree angle, but if you clip them slightly wider you won’t need to expand them later or tidy them up. See pink marker lines in the photo below to see where to cut.
- Lay the paper down (wrong side up if the sides are different) with one of the first score lines closest to you (point toward you). Fold in one side, then the other, now fold the point closest to you over the two sides. (It should look like an envelope by now.)
- Now that you’ve tested it out and can see that the envelope is correct, put adhesive on that last flap you folded up so it will glue to the sides. Be sure to start adhesive an inch away from the point. Any adhesive you have should work, Elmer’s glue, double sided tape or any fancy papercrafting adhesive should get the job done. Don’t glue your envelope shut! If you prefer, you can cut out the pointy part that sticks up – just clip out each side, cutting away that excess square in the middle.
- Then fold the top down and give it a good crease so it’s ready when you want to stuff and glue it.
Other pointers, thing to try once you get the basic idea:
- Vary the paper, use all sorts of patterns and colors. If you use a 12 X 12 sheet there are plenty of scraps to make a matching card when the envelope is done.
- Grab basic paper out of a printer or copier and stamp on it, draw on it, cover it with washi tape (any 8 inch square of paper can turn out beautiful). If I’m stamping I like to stamp all over the paper before I make the envelope so it’s more like patterned paper.
- If your envelopes are patterned and busy, address them with a bold marker like a Sharpie, but remember a Sharpie might bleed through so don’t put the card in the envelope until after you address it.
- To make envelopes that are larger, to allow more room to insert gifts or heavily embellished cards, make the square 8 1/4 or 8 1/2 inches
- You can do this same concept with an 8 inch square on an A2 card without a scoreboard. If you want to make an envelope and don’t have a scoreboard, just wrap the paper around the card like a tidy package. Position one of the points toward yourself, lay the card in the center of the square and move things around until it makes sense. I show you how to do this at the end of my first envelope tutorial if you want to see it. It’s very simple to do.
Click here to see the detailed envelope video tutorial.
Here are two more envelope videos I created to give you some more inspiration: