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Tips & Techniques: Lining Envelopes

In this example you'll see how easy it is to line an envelope using the Kreate-a-lope® Envelope Maker. Although we've chosen a simple combination of colors to show you the technique, we would encourage you to try any combination that suits your fancy.

Materials Required:

1. Select a paper to use for the outside of the envelope. Follow the Kreate-a-lope® instructions for sizing the paper making it the same size and shape as the Sizing Template as shown.

2. Select a paper for the liner. Place the Sizing Template on the paper and slide the template past the edge 1/8" to 3/8" as shown.
3. Leaving the template extended over the top edge of the liner, tear the remaining paper against the bottom edge of the template. This will cause the liner to be smaller than the outside piece.
4. Apply glue to the underside of the foil and attach it to the underside of the outside paper that you sized in step 1. It isn't necessary to apply glue to the entire foil piece - the edges are the most important and an "X" is usually enough for the middle area. Pay particular attention to the top back flap (shown in photo) when aligning the foil. This is the part that will be visible. (The top back flap is the corner opposite the notched side - see the instructions that come with the templates for further clarification.)
5. From this point, follow the Kreate-a-lope® Instructions for completing the envelope - place the Sizing Template on the underside of the paper, insert Center Piece Template, remove Sizing Template.
6. Fold around Center Piece Template as per instructions.  Be sure to pull the paper snugly against the edge of the template and to crease along the entire length of the fold as shown, including the portion that goes beyond the template.
7. Apply glue to the bottom flap as shown. Note: if you haven't applied enough glue to edges of the underside of the foil (step 4) the paper will separate from the foil when you attach it to the side flaps.

8. The end result...

Kreate-a-lope® envelope templates are fun and easy!

Tips & Techniques: Photovelopes™

This section shows you how to make Photovelopes™ using
photographs of family & friends and Kreate-a-lope® envelope templates.

Materials Required:

  • Kreate-a-lope® Envelope Maker
  • Photos of family, friends, pets ......
  • Glue stick
  • access to local color copy center or computer scanner
  • deckle scissors
  • colored paper

1. The Sizing Template has "Overlap" Lines and "Position Image Here" markings. (In these photos they have been digitally enhanced with black dots.) Arrange your photos accordingly and tack to a plain piece of paper. You can either cut your photos or you can arrange your photos so they overlap each other.  After your photos are placed you can add frames using colored paper and deckle scissors. You can also use the common technique of placing your photos onto a background paper that is larger than the photo. Also, if you are going to send your envelope, add an address area - it becomes part of the photo copy. Note: position the photos for the top & bottom back flaps "upside down" so when they are folded they'll be oriented "right side up".

2. After you make your copy, simply follow the Kreate-a-lope® directions for making envelopes. Note: experimenting with a black & white copy machine first is a cheaper mistake if you make one.

3. If you plan on using your computer to make these kinds of envelopes,
you'll have to transfer the template dimensions and guidelines to your computer.

1. This sample was set up a little differently.  The photos for the top and side flaps were cut and laid against a printed paper to take advantage of the printed pattern. Note the top & bottom photos are "upside down" in the layout, but are "right side up" in the finished sample below.

Tips & Techniques: Ironing Tissue Paper

This section shows you how to iron tissue paper to freezer wrap - a great
way to create texture for making one-of-a-kind envelopes.

Materials Required:

  • Printed tissue paper or printed napkin
  • "Freezer wrap." Also known as butcher paper. Not wax paper - wax paper has wax on two sides and will stick to your iron (freezer wrap has wax on one side).
  • Iron
1. If you want added texture, crumble the tissue paper before ironing.
2. Place the shiny side of the freezer paper on the underside of the tissue paper. Note: freezer wrap has wax on one side. DON'T use wax paper as it has wax on both sides and will stick to your iron.

3. Gently iron, using enough heat to bond the two papers together. Note: 1) if you are using a printed napkin that has multiple layers (most are three ply), be sure to separate the printed layer from the others. If you miss a layer, the printed napkin will be separated from the freezer paper and won't adhere when heat is applied. 2) if you crumble the paper in step 1 and you want to maintain the texture, be careful not to press too hard when ironing.

This technique is great for use with Kreate-a-lope® envelope templates.



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