Friday, August 26, 2011

Mini envelopes with windows

As Jasmine told you, we tried our hand at gum paste a couple nights ago. You may notice that my post is not labeled gum paste. My rose  didn't turn out so well. I think the class will be fun, and I will get to add gum paste and fondant to my cake decorating skills.

So.... instead I am going to share a few ideas about mini envelopes with cut out windows. I have 2 templates for making small to medium envelopes. I happened to get it from a home sales stamp company, but I am sure you can get one from other sources. If you can't find a template, find some envelopes that you like and take them apart. Create your own template.

I traced my pattern on to the back of the paper I selected for my first mini envelope. I chose a medium blue paper with snowflakes on it.  Make sure to press hard with your pen or pencil when you are marking lines for folding. This will make your edges sharper. I like to use a straight edge just to make sure they are straight. I also cut out a rectangle in plain white for the card inside the envelope. Then I used a snowflake punch on the front of the envelope. I saved the snowflake and glued it on the card. I turned it so that the snowflake does not show through the window when sealed. To glue the flaps down, I use either a glue stick or double sided tape. I punched another snowflake from a shiny gold fold adhesive paper. I used this to seal the envelope shut.









Envelope two has a photo showing through the window. This would be great to use for a child's thank you notes. You could snap photos of the gifts and have it show in the window.



Finally, I made a third envelope with a pumpkin cutout. I glued a Halloween paper on the back of the cutout.


For the second two, I actually traced tiny cookie cutters and then cut them by hand.

There are many other ways you can use mini envelopes. I made a bunch of them without the top flap and put word sorting activities in them for school. The students enjoyed pulling the words out and using the words.

13 comments :

runzalot81 said...

Cute idea! TFS

Brave Brooke said...

I know some grandkids that would love getting something like this in the mail!

Jordan McCollum said...

Brooke, don't you think she's a little young to appreciate that?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Such a cute idea with the envelopes!

Chef in Training said...

cute idea! Love it!

I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Tracy said...

I think your roses turned out pretty darn cute.
I would love to take a cake decorating course, I think it would be fun.

Your envelopes are so fun. I have recycled envelopes from the bills and used the window part to see through.

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

They would be great for Christmas Cards!

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

What a great post....cute idea, you made it look simple. Wish me luck trying it!

shopannies said...

super cute

Michelle said...

I love the snowflake one! great idea. Would be fun to add on a neighbor gift! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Jami said...

Great envelopes! Thanks so much for linking them up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

The possibilities are endless with these! Super cute! I love how you supported Show & Share with all your awesome ideas--thank you!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

How cute! Great idea for Christmas cards! Thank you for linking to It's a Party!

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