I dunno about you, but I love the look of an envelope liner — it just adds an extra special touch to your invitation suites. I’ve actually been adding them to everything — stuff like Christmas cards, too! I’ve seen expensive liners sold just about everywhere, and getting some custom made is outrageous — even for a wholesaler like me, with a wedding invitation business!
The typical wedding invite size is 5×7, which uses a A7 envelope. I am a huge fan of the Euro Flap Style sold at Paper Source, which run about $5 for 10 envelopes, however you can get A7 Euro Flap envelopes at EnvelopeMall.com for $18.95 for 100 envelopes. HUGE savings. They have many of the same colors as Paper Source for WAY cheaper.
If you don’t want to create your own template, you could also get a envelope liner template set from Paper Source that contains clear plastic templates to make envelope liners in these sizes: 4bar, A2, A6, A7, A9, 5 3/4″ square, 6 1/2″ square. The kit costs $10.95 and if you see yourself using it alot in the future for projects, I think it’s a good investment because the templates should hold up well over time. But if you don’t want to buy the templates either, then here’s an envelope liner tutorial to make them yourself!
What you need:
- One piece of heavyweight cardstock or chipboard
- Whatever paper you want to line your envelopes with
- Xacto Knife / Scissors
- Glue sticks or tape runner
I didn’t have any patterned paper on hand, so for the sake of this tutorial I printed a pattern onto some text paper on my printer at home. Using wrapping paper is a very cost-effective solution as you can trace lots of liners onto a roll.
Quick and Easy Directions to line an A7 envelope:
1. Take one envelope and trace it onto some cardstock. Cut out your template
2. Cut 3/4 inch off the bottom of your template, and 1/8 inch from each side, so the liners will slide in easily
3. Trace the template onto your envelope liner papers
4. Cut out the liners
5. Insert the liner into your envelope
6. Fold down the flap with the liner inside it to make a crease. Using a ruler inside the envelope helps to make a good crease
7. Fold the flap back up, but leave the liner folded down. Apply glue with a glue stick or tape runner and then fold the liner back with the flap, pressing down to make sure the glue sticks
8. Ooh and ahh over your beautifully lined envelope!
This is something I really wanted to do for our wedding invites but I was just too short on time. It can really make a big impact on your wedding suite and doesn’t have to cost alot to do!