Recently I had numerous thank you cards to send for my birthday, I had some amazing photos I'd screen grabbed and printed from Magnum Essays, I was originally going to make a suspended room divide from them, but never found the right room.
Instead I backed them with thick card and made postcards from them (for personal use only, of course) and sent them as my thank you cards. My only issue was that I didn't have any envelopes for them and instead of buying boring white envelopes that are ill fitting, I chose to make my own.
Here's how to make the template and envelope:
Find a card you need an envelope for.
Measure it 3 times height wise.
|Draw around the three, |
add flaps to the middle section,
and a triangular end.
(It's good to measure it with a ruler,
to check it's straight, etc).
|Cut out as instructed above,|
I normally use hardboard
(for this, I simply used paper as a demo).
|Find an appropriate magazine image.|
High fashion magazines are good due
to the elaborate photo shoots.
|Cut the page out, either draw |
around your template and cut,
or use your template as the guide.
|Remember that the image seen on|
the front is the middle panel.
|Turn over and place your|
card in the middle position,
to check everything fits well.
Fold the bottom flap up,
|Fold the side flaps in.|
|You might need to cut the|
top of the flaps to line up...
|Fold the top over.|
|Unfold and attach double sided|
sticky tape on both side flaps
and on the top flap to secure
the envelope with.
|Remove the cover of the tape |
on the side flaps and secure the
bottom flap to the sides.
|Some times, you can incorporate|
the top flap to exaggerate
the over all effect, when opened.
|Pop your card inside, seal,|
add a clearly written label and stamp.
Pop to your nearest Post Box.
And this is how you make free envelopes with a twist and a charming impact!
As you can see above, I even used ones with a body of type, basically, every page in most high glossy magazines can work.