This is the largest envelope i've been able to make out of a single sheet of A4 paper. It allows you to write and mail your note without a seperate envelope. It also gives your reader something interesting to open. Happy folding......
You can find my books with these envelopes in the back at http://samdesigned.co.uk
Step 1: Dimensions
Step 2: Making the Template
Step 3: Creating the Template
Step 4: Using the Template
Step 5: Scoring
Step 6: Write Your Letter.....
Don't forget to tell the reader where you found the cool design for the envelope ;o)
Step 7: Make the First Fold
Take your time. You don't want to get this bit wrong or else you'll have to write your letter again ;o)
Once it looks like the picture, smooth down from the bottom edge.
Step 8: Second Fold :o)
When you've finished it should look like the picture.
Step 9: Third Fold. Nearly There.
You can probably see where it's going now. I'll leave you to figure out the last fold. Saves me having to draw another picture.
Happy folding and remember, everyone likes to get letters....
Step 10: Sealing and Other Notes.
In the meantime i find it is best to run a small line of "super glue" along the very edge of the fold down flap. I know this may not be suitable for children and so a bit of tape or adult supervision will do. (I take no responsibility for fingers glued to tables or for envelopes glues shut so successfully that they are no longer readable).
If i use "super glue" then i make small perforations around the glued edge to help the reader to open the letter.
Also you might want to put an "open here" on the flap. If the reader uses a letter knife across the top then they will have a jigsaw to go along with their cool letter/envelope.
It may all seem a bit of a long process, but with practice it will become much faster and easier and i feel that the responses you'll get from the reader makes it worth the little effort that you put in. It's not about saving a few cents on an envelope.
Overall size when completed is 90mm X 157mm or 3 1/2" X 6". Should be big enough to keep any postie happy....