Today I bought some gift cards for Christmas and they needed their own envelope so I decided to make my own. Here is how I did it…
The supplies I used:
- Old magazines
- Glue stick
- Scissors and stencils
- Paint and foam brushes
The first thing you need is an envelope template. I searched Google for a gift card sized envelope template (here) which I then copied and pasted into Word so I could make sure it was the right size, then print & cut it out to use for your envelope. Once printed, place the template over a nice picture in the magazine, making sure the image you want is in the middle of the template. Hold the template sill and trace around it with a pen or pencil, cut it out from the magazine and fold the edges over to form the envelope shape. To complete the envelope and attach the bottom flap to the two side flaps, use a very tiny amount of white glue on the inside edge of the bottom flap then stick to the two side flaps and voila, you have an envelope!
Now to give it a little something extra, I painted designs on my envelope. I used Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils with flowery designs but any stencil will do. First, lay down the stencil where you want the design, then paint over it with a brush making sure you get paint in all the little holes. You don’t need a lot of paint, just enough for the design to show up on your envelope. Once that’s done, gently peel the stencil off and let the paint dry which only takes a few minutes. You can then add sparkles, stickers, feathers, ribbon, or anything else you can come up with to add to your piece of art!