The best tool for making an envelope:
If you want to know how to make an envelope the fastest and easiest way, I’ve got an amazing tool to show you.
With the envelope punch board from Stampin Up, You can make up to 66 sizes of envelopes in a snap. Let me walk you through how it works.
Grab your supplies!
You can use any paper you like. The designer series paper works great with this tool, even though it’s slightly thicker than regular envelope paper. I recommend the snail adhesive for fast assembly with no mess.
How to make an envelope with the punch board:
Before we go any further let’s take a quick peek at our punch board and it’s awesome features. You’ll see there is a size grid printed right on the board (shown in red section below) to show you what size paper you need to begin with, and where to position your paper to make your first score mark.
When you receive your punch board, look for the supplementary size grid included in your box. It will give you this information for any size envelopes that aren’t printed on the board itself.
You’ll see the punch right at the top of the board, but turn your punch board around and you’ll see the reverse punch feature. Use the same button to make your punch marks and your reverse punch marks.
To the left of the punch is a type of ruler or measuring guide. This is used to line your paper up for the very first score mark only.
Tucked neatly into the side is your scoring tool. It looks similar to a butter knife. After you have made your envelope you can tuck it right back in it’s holder for safe keeping.
There is a diagonal groove that runs from your punch to the end of the board. When you’re making your score lines, you press your score tool on your paper following this groove all the way down.
Finally, you’ll notice a score guide. After you’ve made your first score line, you’ll rotate your paper and line up the score mark you just made to this guide.
Let’s walk through how to make an envelope step-by-step.
Step 1 – Trim your paper and line it up:
For this example, we’ll be making a 4 x 6 envelope. Please note that the finished size will have a 1/8 inch margin on all sides. Accordingly, the final envelope will have extra room for your card or letter to fit.
As you can guess from above, the first step is to look at the size grid and see how big your paper needs to be to end up with a 4 x 6 envelope.
The size grid tells us to start with a piece of paper that is 8 1/4 by 8 1/4. Therefore, you’ll need to use your trimmer to cut your paper to this exact size.
The next step is to line your paper up with the measurement marked on the grid. For instance, we see here that to get a 4 x 6 envelope we need to line our newly trimmed paper up to the 3 3/8 mark on the measuring guide, as shown in the photo below.
Step 2- Score your first line and punch:
At this point, you’ll take your bone folder from the side of your punch board, and line it up just inside that opening on the punch. Press down and follow the diagonal groove all the way to the end of the board. (Or the paper, as needed.)
Don’t press too hard. Otherwise, you can slice right through your paper. Before you move your paper, punch!
Step 3 – Rotate and repeat three more times:
So, you’ve made your first score line and punch mark. Next you’ll rotate your paper 90 degrees to where the score mark you just made aligns with the score guide (as shown below).
From here on out we don’t align it to the measure mark in step one any longer. Each time we rotate, we line it up with the score guide.
Now that you’ve got your paper in the right place, use your scoring tool again to make another score mark down that diagonal groove. Then, punch!
Afterward, you’ll do this two more times. Rotate and join your newly made line with the score mark, punch, then rotate and join your newly made line with the score mark and punch.
We’re almost done learning how to make an envelope, but there’s just one more step before adding our adhesive.
Step 4 – Use the reverse punch on all the corners:
You will now have four corners. You can leave them the way they are if you like, but they do look great rounded off.
Place your corner all the way into the reverse punch guide, and press. Do this for all four corners.
Step 5 – Fold your envelope:
I bet you never knew how to make an envelope so easily, did you? I turned my scored and punched paper over, because I want the polka dots on the outside.
Note, the paper I’m using here is retired, but you can use any one of the amazing double sided designer series papers we offer to make a beautiful envelope. The color will still be available in ink and plain cardstock until May of 2018. It’s called “flirty flamingo”.
The next step is to fold in the side flaps and add some adhesive to them. Of course, the tape is not dark as shown here, I added a line on the flap to demonstrate where I add the tape.
At this point, you fold the bottom up and press it over the adhesive you just placed. There! You just learned how to make an envelope.
Step 6- Insert your card or letter and close the top:
I know this step is not necessary to mention. I just like to round out a post properly. Of course, you know that next you insert your card or letter. Finally, add some more tape to the lid, and fold it down. Done, and done.
I turned my completed and closed envelope around and stamped on the front so you can see how cute that looks:
Once you make one envelope, you’ll get the hang of it and be able to make dozens quickly and easily. Now, you can stop hoarding those amazing cards you have been making, and get them sent.
More than Envelopes
You will be able to use your punch board for more than just making envelopes. See how I used it in this DIY gift card holder project here.
I hope this post is helpful to you. Remember, you can get your envelope punch board at my Stampin Up demonstrator website. Thanks for visiting!