Create your own design and save time and money printing your own A6 envelopes at home. An A6 envelope is commonly used for invitations and announcements and producing them on a desktop printer is a very simple task. In fact, once you master this procedure, adapting the routine for other sizes is easy.
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Things you need
- Desktop printer
- Word processing software
- Blank paper, 8.5 inches wide, 11 inches tall
- Blank A6 envelopes
Format the page. Set page size to 6.5 inches wide and 6 inches tall (4.75 inches for the front panel plus 1.25 inches for the flap). Set margins left, right and top to 0.5 inches. Set bottom margin to 0.0 inches. Set page orientation to portrait.
Type addressee information. Center the text using 12 point type with the first line 2 inches from the top edge of the page.
Rotate the addressee information 180 degrees. In some software packages, you would draw a text box, enter the data, click a rotate tool and manipulate the rotation via the handles on the text box.
Enter return address. Position the cursor or draw a text box such that the first line of text will begin 1 inch from the bottom of the page. The flap on an A6 is 1.25 inches tall and the text should easily fit that area. To allow extra space for any slight movement in the vertical dimension, use 10 point type.
Print a test on a standard size sheet of paper. Compare the position of your test sheet to the envelope by matching the lead edge of the test sheet with the 6.5-inch edge opposite the flap. Hold the pair up to a light and make sure the images print in the desired locations. If any adjustments are necessary; make them and repeat the test.
Print envelopes. If envelopes were boxed with the flaps closed, open them. Insert an envelope into the manual feed tray with the flap toward you, face down. The number that you may stack in the feeder depends on your particular printer; consult the owner's manual. In addition, slide any paper guide that exists to gently rest against the edge of the envelope to ensure it feeds straight.
Tips and warnings
- Get creative. After mastering the techniques described, add graphics to add variety and interest to your designs.
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