I learned a lot of useful things in art school. In fact, I’m afraid I learned more useful things than I ever did in my other subjects. To this day, I still can’t do a thing with percents. Not even on a calculator. For real.
One of the most useful things I learned in art school was how to make an envelope. I’m forever running out of envelopes! I make it a point to teach my elementary kids this craft. Because, one day, they will be appreciative whenever they have an envelope emergency. Trust me. At some point, they will not have an envelope when they need it.
To make the envelope for the Valentine’s Day card in my previous post, I began with a 9″x 12″ paper. With it turned vertically, I created a fold 4 1/2″ from the bottom.
Next, I created a fold 2 1/2″ from the top. Make sure to smooth your creases!
The sides were then folded inwards 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″.
With all the folds opened, cut away the corner rectangles.
Here are the dimensions, all written out….
Next, fold the side folds inwards and glue the outside edges of the bottom fold (the larger fold).
This creates a simple envelope! There are all sorts of ways you can trim the edges to give your card a more creative look! Just imagine the possibilities….
Now that you’ve saved a little money and have the satisfaction of having completed a craft, you can treat your own self for Valentine’s Day!