The other day, I was browsing Pinterest, and I stumbled upon some woodcut art. I was struck by its clean lines and bold strokes, and I couldn’t help but visualize it as a cool mail art concept! I had intended to make one printable envelope for you, but I loved the concept so much that I ended up with three. In today’s post, you’ll find two shortcut printable envelopes, and one customizable A7 printable envelope template. You can find all three by clicking here. Continue reading to find instructions on how to use them!
Shortcut Printable Envelopes
These two envelopes come in red and blue! Once you go through the checkout process for the printable envelopes, you can choose to download the “Red Faux Woodcut Art Printable Envelope”, the “Blue Faux Woodcut Art Printable Envelope”, or both. It really depends on which color you like best! Once you download the templates, print them out. I would recommend printing on 32# laserjet paper, which is sturdy and calligraphy pen friendly!
Once you have printed the templates, cut them out along the gray outline.
Turn the cut-out envelopes over, and fold in the two side flaps and the bottom flap.
Next, glue the side flaps to the bottom flap. I use a glue stick for this, but any adhesive you have on hand will be fine!
Finally, fold the top flap down. Don’t glue it down yet!
When you turn the envelopes over, they will look like this:
Once you write the address, you can add stamps, put a note in the envelope, then glue or tape the back flap to seal. If you want to make several of these envelopes at once for future mailing, you can use DIY envelope glue. That way, you can just moisten the glue to seal!
A7 Printable Envelope Template
This printable envelope template is perfect if you’ve got time on your hands and you’d prefer to send out a larger, customized envelope. This template is not foldable, and there’s no cutting involved. Instead, you’ll provide your own A7 (5.25″ x 7.25″) white envelope, and you’ll use the template to guide you with the lettering and artwork. To get started, download the “A7 Faux Woodcut Art Printable A7 Template for Tracing”, which is part of the free woodcut art envelopes download set.
Next, line up an A7 white or off-white envelope over the template. Grab a ruler and a pencil, then use the lines on the template to help you draw pencil guidelines on top of the envelope.
Once you finish, your envelope should look like this:
Now, use the guidelines you just drew to help you write in the address. You can use any lettering or calligraphy style! I used George Style lettering at the top for the name, and Janet Style calligraphy at the bottom for the address.
Once the ink has dried, erase your pencil guidelines and add postage stamps.
For this next step, you’ll need a light box (if you don’t have one, you can make a DIY light box). First, put the envelope template on the light box. Then, line the envelope on top of the template. You should now be able to see the design under the envelope, and you can use any writing instrument to trace over it. I personally opted for a green Gelly Roll Glaze pen and a fine-tipped red marker this time. However, next time, will try watercolors!
Once you trace over all the graphics, you are finished!
Whether you choose to make the foldable envelopes or the A7 envelope, I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial. Sending beautiful mail is such a win-win … you enjoy making it, your recipient loves receiving it, and postal workers along the way get to see something that breaks up the daily grind!
If you have any questions about this project or the printables, please feel free to ask! Otherwise, thanks very much for reading, and enjoy the rest of your day.