Instructions for Making Size A6 Envelopes

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A size A6 envelope is one of the most common envelope sizes. It is a plain, ordinary, everyday 4 3/4-inch x 6 1/2-inch envelope designed for everyday purposes. When you are tired of the ordinary and want some postage with pizazz, try making your own envelopes for every occasion. Amaze your friends and colleagues with creative and unique handmade envelopes.

Materials

Arm yourself with the basic supplies. A ruler, scissors, glue stick, some spray adhesive, scoring instrument, and an envelope template provide the starting point. Then look around and see how creative you can get with materials. Basic coloured card stock or scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, pages from a favourite magazine, even fabric will work. Decorate your envelope with stickers or hand drawn designs.

If you decide to use fabric, spray a thin coat of spray adhesive on a piece of cardstock or scrapbooking paper and set the fabric over the top to give it enough body to work with.

Make a Template

Two choices exist when deciding on a template for your envelope. Download a free template from any one of numerous websites that offer them, or create your own.

To create your own template, open up a standard A6 size envelope. Gently peel the glued seams of the envelope and flatten out. You may want to place the open envelope under a heavy weight for a few hours to flatten completely.

Construct Envelope

Trace the pattern of the envelope onto your paper of choice and cut out.

Using the envelope template as a guide, take the ruler and line it up where the folds will be. Trace the lines (two vertical and two horizontal), score and make the folds on the lines you drew.

Fold the two side flaps in, the lower flap up, the top flap down and flatten the creases. Glue the bottom-half of the side flaps, fold the bottom flap up and press for the glue to stick. Do not apply glue to the top flap until ready to mail.

If you need to seal the envelope prior to mailing or hand delivery run a glue stick across the top and press to seal. For a more flavour-filled approach, you can make your sealing glue. Mix one part vinegar to two parts liquid glue and dust on a little Jello for flavour.

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