I made these ones differently than my 3x3 envies, but you could use that method and just increase the size.
The cards when finished were 8”x8”; I used MS paper which is 18”x18”. Because I can’t cut a straight line to save my life, and my paper cutter can only accommodate up to 14” paper, I folded the 18”x18” paper in half and then cut my 8”x8” card.
Which means I had a 9”x9” piece left, for each card. Capish?
Forgive me with the pictures, I started snapping pics when I had already finished one step.
1) Cut away 1/4 to 1/2 inch from each side on ONE side of the paper. This part will become the back of the envelope; you’re doing this so the tabs that you make on the front of the envelope are on the inside the envelope looks seamless.
In my picture (you’re looking at the inside of the envie), the top half above the fold is the front of the envie, below the fold is the back. The paper below the fold is now 8.5” wide and the part above the fold is still the original 9” wide.
2) I fold up the bottom part, and use my bone folder to score along the edges so the tabs will fold nicely and inline with my bottom piece.
3) Because this paper was 9x9 to start with, I used the burgundy card stock from the card to make the flap of the envelope. If you have a long enough piece of paper for your envelope, just score another fold 3” from the top to make the flap.
Still with me?
4) Fold the side tabs over, but DO NOT GLUE to the front of the envelope. These will be glued to the back of the envelope only, so it can expand when you put the card in. Yes, I’ve learned the hard way.
5) Fold the bottom to the top and glue to the tabs.
If you want the envelope to tie with a ribbon, follow the next steps. The other option is to use an Xacto knife and cut a small slit to tuck the flap in to seal the envelope.
You want the hole below were the flap is going to be so that the ribbon will tie flat, but not too far down that it will be hard to thread the ribbon through the INSIDE.
8) Thread ribbon through the inside and glue to the flap; I used ribbon glue here, it’s still wet, but it will dry clear. Tombo runner adhesive also does well for this.
9) Tie ribbon to close flap and ‘seal’ envelope.
I think you can use this method for any size, just make sure you have 3-4” for the flap, and use paper at least 1/2” – 1” wider than your card.
If all of this is clear as mud, email me at “email@example.com” and I can explain it again:)
I’m going to a concert tonight in Toronto and will be back tomorrow, and I promise! I will be playing in the Twilighttuesday.com challenge, I have a million cards to make for all the summer birthdays, etc.
Ciao for now,