It seems that my tutorial is too long to put in just one post so I'm splitting it in two. This is my first time making a tutorial, I tried to make it really clear. Let me know if there's anything that doesn't make sense.
Iím going to write out the easiest/basic instructions for the regular flat ones (in the picture these are the striped and star ones, betcha didnít know the blue and red ones were textured did ya
). At the end Iíll explain how to make the textured ones, and an alternate way to make these envelopes. Also, please excuse the mess in the background; I donít like to make my bed. And just ignore the fact that my ironing board is dirty.
Ok, lets start by gathering our suppliesÖ.
You will need:
- Freezer paper Ė itís the kind w/wax on one side only; mum says itís usually found in the baking isle and not by the plastic wrap (like I thought). Iíve never had to buy some because the lady that owned this house before us left this huge mongo industrial sized roll of it and a bunch of unopened smaller rollsÖIím set for life!!
- Tissue paper
- An envelope that is the size/shape you want your finished envelope to be
- Glue Ė Iím using mod podge but mum uses those little photo squares scrapbookers use, she has to cut them in half first. Iíve also used rubber cement and elmerís. All of these work fine.
- Something to apply the glue with Ė Iím using a paint brush
- An iron Ė with the steam turned off
- Something to iron on Ė it needs to be relatively hard. If your ironing board isnít super padded it should be fine.
- Scissors (somehow these didnít make it into the picture)
- A pencil (or a pen is fine to)
- Some music to craft to Ė today weíll be listening to Charlieís Angels Soundtrack
If your iron is like mine, it takes a few minutes to heat up. Turn it on a low-medium setting and put it somewhere stable to heat up.
Start by cutting a piece of freezer paper thatís about 6 inches longer than your sheet of tissue paper; itís better to have too much than too little. My freezer paper wasnít as wide as my tissue paper, this is fine, just try to cover as much as you can with one piece. Lay them on your ironing board with the freezer paper on the bottom (wax side up) and the tissue paper on top (pretty side up).
Now youíre going to iron the tissue paper to the freezer paper. Carefully smooth out the wrinkles with your iron (itís ok if you donít get them all out, just try to smooth out as many as you can). Be sure not to iron the waxy side of the freezer paper directly (messy, messy). When I do this I just try to get within an inch from the edge of the tissue paper; weíll get all the way to the edge later.
After you iron the whole thing, cut any excess freezer paper off. Try to cut it flush with the tissue paper.
After cutting, turn your paper over (tissue paper side down) and iron it again. This time go all the way to the edge. After itís cooled enough you can touch it (learned this the hard way, give it about 30 sec so you donít get burned) turn it over again (pretty side up) and gently rub your fingers over the top to check for parts that havenít completely sealed with the freezer paper. Youíll know when you find one; itís kinda like an air bubble. If you donít find any, good for you!! If you do find some, go back over them with the iron.
Next youíre going to need your envelope
Carefully take it apart,
and using it as a template, trace it repeatedly all over the freezer paper side. I usually get five envelopes out of one piece of tissue paper
Now you need to cut them out (this is easier if you cut them into smaller bits first)
Now youíre going to fold them up. Hereís my folding sequence. (Please excuse the odd bits and pieces. I was trying to fold them on my ironing board, which was not a hard enough surface, and they wouldnít stay down.). To get a nice crisp fold, do this step on a table or a hardcover book.
Now weíre going to glue them. I tried to take a pic of one w/glue on it, but you couldnít really see it so put a thin strip of glue where the purple is.
Now it looks like an envelope!!
At this stage I fold the top flap back down and stick them in a heavy book so they can dry and be pressed flat. My book of choice is a wallpaper sample book because it has a handle on the spine and I can hold it up by the handle and shake it so all my envelopes fall out (when I glue mine I stick them in randomly and it takes forever going through each page looking for them). I leave them in the book for about 2 hours. This is the time when I work on swap packages, write letters to go in the envelopes, and check craftster
After theyíre all dry I like to put little symbols on the inside of the top flap. I think of them as wishes for the recipient. My favorites to use are:
- Dollar sign = wealth
- Peace sign = peace
- Heart = love/romance
- Smilie = happiness
- Four leaf clover = good luck
Sometimes I free hand them, other times I use stamps or stickers (I didnít do a four leaf clover this time because when I free hand them they look like crap and I couldnít find my stamp)
So thatís basically it!!
(cont. in next post)