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    Make a cardboard template by opening an envelope the size you want and trace around it. Overlay the template on the paper of your choice, trace around it and cut out your envelope. You can assemble your envelope with permanent glue. Can use wallpaper for a twist.

    ENVELOPE GLUE RECIPE

    Ingredients:

    6 tablespoons white vinegar
    (4) 0.1 oz. packets unflavored gelatin
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or any flavor that you like)

    Directions:

    Bring vinegar to a boil in a small pan.
    Add gelatin and stir until dissolved.
    Add extract and stir until mixed.
    Brush on thin layer onto back of an envelope flap...Let dry.
    Moisten to apply.

    Store excess glue in a sealed container and melt again for future use by putting in a pan of warm water.


    Another idea:
    To make tissue paper envelopes you will need Reynolds Freezer Paper, large blue carton in with the Saran wraps, wax papers, etc. in your grocery store. Take a sheet of tissue paper and wad the thing up, wrinkle the daylights out of it. Now smooth it out nicely, but you do want these wrinkles so don't get too carried away. Next, take a same size piece of Reynolds Freezer wrap and place it wax side to the back of the tissue paper. Iron, on the freezer paper, no steam, medium high setting. Remember the waxy side of the freezer paper goes against the wrong side of the tissue. The paper when heated fuses to the tissue. Then you have one nice sheet of paper. You can make envys from it, or use it for wrapping paper, backing on cards, etc. Napkins, paper tablecloths, fabric, text weight paper, specialty papers, and all work well
    with this technique.

    Tissue Paper Envelopes Tissue paper Freezer paper Iron Scissors Envelope templates Step

    1: Crumple up the tissue paper as tight as you can in a ball. (Fancy napkins will work too)

    2: Open up the tissue paper without flattening it too much.

    3: Cut a piece of freezer paper the size of the tissue paper.

    4: Place the shiny side of the freezer paper on the tissue paper and paper clip the edges together (one at each corner and one half way between on each side should be enough)

    5: Iron on low to medium setting. The papers will stick together. If an area doesn't stick well, heat again.

    6: Cut to the desired size and shape. You can use an envelope templates or steam open an envelope at the seams, and trace it on the freezer paper after ironing.

    As a variation, use as a full sheet, as wrapping paper .Use freezer paper or heat-n-bond to fuse crumpled tissue paper that has been stamped on colored card stock. The color will show through the stamped tissue paper to make a nice textured card stock surface.






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    I wanted to make some home made envelopes to send out my valentine day cards.

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    Bumping this up....... I thought this would be cute if you made the envelope from a copy of a favorite or romantic photo...... Put your homemade Valentine in it.......

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    that is a great idea. i made envelopes along time ago, but did white, and matching paper by taking a pan of water, and shaving colored chalk into it. then let it dry and cut out the envelopes you will know when the water is too yecky to use it anymore.

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    We made envelopes all the time when my kids were little to go with their home made cards. If you don't want the mess of homemade glue, you can use a glue-stick- works great!

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    Great ideas! Thanks for bumbing Lori.

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