Why stop at decorating cards? Embellish your envelopes too with Venessa Matthews’ ideas!
1. Watch the Birdie
Transform a plain yellow envelope using simple layering techniques. Mount a panel of plain white card on to it first, followed by a sheet of matching yellow card to create a border effect. Now embellish with rub-on flowers and a chirpy bird, pieced together from scraps of felt.
2. Notch just an envelope
For a variation on a traditional envelope, fold a pocket from card instead. Now use a circle punch to make a notch in the top and slip your card creation inside!
3. Interior decoration
Don’t forget the inside of envelopes too! Line them with patterned paper to reveal a happy surprise when open.Simply pick a paper to complement your envelope’s colour and secure inside with double-sided tape.
4. Have your cake and eat it…
Dress up the seal side of your envelope with a patterned paper cupcake. Stick the cake’s ‘case’ to the bottom half then trim the flap to look like icing for delicious results!
5. Brighten up the postman’s day!
Change a boring old address into something special by sandwiching a length of ribbon between the address panel and a slightly larger piece of decorative paper. Tie the ribbon in a bow for a funky finish.
6. Mix and match your patterns
Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns – combining them is a fun way to make envelopes really stand out! Add triangles of different papers to the envelope’s four flaps, then top it off with a button on the seal.
7. Make an envelope that’s first class…
Dress up hand delivered cards up with a mock-posted envelope. Make a dinky postage stamp with scalloped scissors and flower stamps, then ink up alphabet stamps for a messy ‘Special Delivery’ message. Finally, have fun adding faux franking marks with more stamps and a fine pen!
8. Wrap them up for gorgeous greetings
Decorate a plain envelope by wrapping it with metallic thread. Wind a long piece of thread around several times for this textured treat. For added bling, why not thread on a handful of seed beads too?
9. Bags of fun…
An organza bag makes a great alternative to an envelope. Use it to give wedding cards a luxurious twist – as the organza is partially see-through, you’ll get a hint at what’s inside. Embellish your bag with paper flowers and pop a handful of confetti inside to finish!
10. Envelop your envelopes
Try wrapping up your card just like a gift. First cover it with creased tissue paper, then secure with matching ribbon. Tie a small tag embellished with a felt flower to round off the gift wrapping theme!