• How to Make Your Own Printable Mail Art Envelopes

    If you have a scanner, a printer, and some creativity flowing, then you can create your own printable mail art envelopes! Making printable mail art will save you time when you want to send out something cool and original. In this post, you’ll find a free blank envelope template plus another freebie surprise!

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    My family first got a scanner around the year 1998, and I remember being fascinated with the concept. You could draw something, and all of a sudden, there it was on your computer screen! And then, you could take it a step further and make copies of what you’d drawn. Amazing.

    I’ve never quite gotten over the thrill of scanning artwork to duplicate it, which may explain all of the printables on the TPK website! Printable mail art is one of my very favorite things to create … I come up with envelope designs all the time that I want to keep and re-use! In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make your own printable mail art envelopes, too. You’ll just need a printer, a scanner, and your drawing instrument of choice.

    1. Print Out the Blank Mail Art Envelope Template

    You can find the blank mail art envelope template for free by clicking here. It doesn’t really matter which paper you print the template out on as long as that paper will play nice with your drawing instrument.

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    I usually create my printable mail art envelope designs on 32# laserjet paper.

    2. Draw Pencil Guidelines

    It’s helpful to know exactly which part of the envelope will appear front and center. For that reason, you may want to use a ruler and a pencil to draw guidelines that separate the front of the envelope from the flaps. As you draw your mail art design in subsequent steps, you can keep the front of the envelope in mind.

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    Make sure that your pencil guidelines are faint! Otherwise, you may have trouble erasing them.

    3. Create Your Design

    Remember: you can use this template over and over once you create it, so it’s okay if you dedicate extra time and care to making the design! Feel free to use the writing instrument of your choice. I like drawing with a dip pen and ink; but any pen, paint, or marker will work!

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    If you have the time, you can draw a pencil draft of your design and trace over it.

    4. Scan the Design

    Use your scanner to scan the finished design into your computer. If your scanner presents you with a choice, I’d scan the finished template in at a resolution of 350 dpi.

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    Try not to scan in the design at a lower resolution than 300 dpi. Otherwise, copies of the scan may look a little blurry when you print them out.

    5. Save the Scan + Make Copies

    If you know how to digitize artwork, you can play with your design in Photoshop (or your preferred program) to modify it. If you aren’t very tech-savvy, that’s fine! You can skip playing with the design and just make copies of what you created by printing off the scanned file.

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    The paper on the left depicts an unedited copy of my scanned design. The paper on the right depicts a modified version of the design; I used Photoshop to quickly add some color to it!

    6. Cut, Fold, and Send

    Cut out your printable mail art envelope along the gray guidelines. Fold all of the flaps behind the main rectangle/front, then glue the side flaps to the back flap. Write your recipient’s address on your envelope, add a stamp, and you’re ready to send it!

    If you’re confused by the written assembly instructions above, see the last (fifth) photo here. Your finished, folded envelope templates will end up being 6-1/4″ x 4-3/8″ (15.9 cm x 11.1 cm).

    Free Printable Envelopes

    I enjoyed creating the design for this tutorial, and I love the way it turned out. If you like it, too, I’d like to give it to you! You can find both the black and white plus the turquoise and brown versions of the printable mail art envelope by clicking here.

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    If you like this design, you’re welcome to download it!

    What Prompted This Tutorial

    I get many of my tutorial ideas from Pinterest, and this tutorial was no exception. However, this post is unique in that the idea came from my own past work! I made a set of three fairytale-themed printable mail art envelope templates in early 2014, and someone had “pinned” a photo of them.

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    These playful mail art envelope designs are back up on the TPK website after over three years of being MIA. You can find them by clicking here!

    In 2014, there were no children in my family … my nieces, who are big fairytale fans, didn’t exist yet! I think that’s probably what prompted me to get rid of the printable fairytale envelopes in 2015. My tasteful aesthetic was too mature for such silliness (eye roll). After mid-2015, if you tried to find the fairytale envelope templates on the TPK website, you got a 404 error — meaning you were out of luck!

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    I love the bears’ facial expressions on this design! Goldilocks couldn’t be more oblivious.

    When I came across the old photo of the fairytale envelopes on Pinterest, I realized how imaginative and cool the designs actually are. I guess my perspective has changed now that there are kids in the family — they’ve really helped me to loosen up! The envelopes aren’t just for kids, though; I think they’re perfect for anyone who has a bit of a playful streak. So: if you like the fairytale envelopes, they’re back up on the website after a 3+ year hiatus, and better than ever after some editing in Photoshop! You can find them in the TPK catalog.

    I hope that this tutorial inspires you to make some printable mail art envelope designs of your own! If you come up with something that you really love, I’d love to see it. 🙂 It’s always so rewarding for me to see the different ways that you run with tutorials like this one! You can always email the file — or a photo of the finished piece — to [email protected].

    Thanks very much for reading TPK, and enjoy your weekend!


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