Putting together your wedding invitations can be positively exhilarating, but not a lot of people pay much attention to the envelope (it’s like the middle child of the announcement-making realm). Envelopes are essentially just paper pouches that only the postman notices, right? Wrong! The envelope is just as much a part of the presentation as the card (and really it’s the first thing people see when they receive your announcement so try to make a delicious impression!) There are many ways you can jazz up the boring, stark white envelope to better complement your wedding theme. For instance, some come in many colors. Some fold up like flowers. Others are decorated with a foil/patterned lining. You can even embellish the envelope flap with a beautiful wax seal or stamp your address on it for a raised effect. “But specialty envelopes are expensive!” you wail. Fear not my poor college-going peers! I will show you how I lined my Louise Vellum ultra white envelopes at a reasonably reasonable budget :)
First you must decide how you want your envelope to stand out. I decided to line ours with a pretty but subtle patterned scrapbook paper (initial size 12″ x 12″, $0.59 each). And make sure it isn’t too thick otherwise it might up the weight of your cards and you will get a mean backlash from the cost of stamps. Like usual, I paced up and down the paper aisle at Hobby Lobby like a mad woman until I found my destined pattern. If you’re incorporating bold or bright colors into your wedding, don’t be afraid to try an adventurous print or texture! Now that we’re in the midst of spring, colors like raspberry, kiwi, lemon, coral, peach, apricot and cherry red are very popular. Even if you’re trying to achieve a classic, elegant look, there are lots of beautiful damask patterns available in taupe, creme, black, white, silver and pearl.
Once you’ve picked your mate, go home and begin your quest! Here is a list of materials you will need:
1) Make yourself a template out of paper, card stock or cardboard so you can repeatedly trace the shape of your liner on your patterned paper. Make sure that the template is smaller than the envelope in order for your liner to fit (cut off about 1/8″ – 1/4″ on both sides and make sure that the top pointed part does not cover the adhesive on the envelope flap so you can still seal it at the end). I was able to fit two liners on one 12″ x 12″ paper. Cut them out using scissors or an x-acto knife.
2) Once your liner is cut, slide it into your envelope (making sure that it fits) and fold down the top. I folded down both the envelope flap and the liner together which made it easier to crease. Apply two strips of double sided tape to the edges (to save tape, rip off the desired length and cut it in half). This is all the tape you will need. Do not add tape elsewhere (i.e. on the rectangular part of your liner that goes inside the envelope) because your envelope will not open properly. It needs to be able to “slide” open (which you will understand once you’re done making the first).
3) Fold your liner back up so that it sticks with the flap of your envelope and voila! You are finished! Now you have an envelope with a face lift. Do that 200 times and let me know how your hand feels.