Customizing your own envelopes

By Lauren Meader © Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved

Making your own envelopes is often a task most won't attempt for many reasons.

When you take the time to make a gorgeous card, doesn't it deserve its own gorgeous wrapper?


With Scor-Pal, making your own envelopes is now a super easy task.

The Scor-Pal when paired with these simple key measurements will make the task easy.


My technique for these envelopes can be applied to ANY card size card.

Just a few key points you need to remember and you are well on your way!


Envelope Paper Size Formula


1. Measure size of your finished card

2. Length of card plus 1 1/4" = Width of Paper

3. Width of Card x 2 plus 1/2 of the width = Length of paper


For example

1. An A2 card is 51/2" long x 4 1/4” wide

2. 51/2” + 1 1/4 “ = 6 3/4"

3. 4/14 x 2 = 8 1/2" + half of 4¼ which is 2 1/8  is 8 1/2” + 2 1/8 = 10 5/8” round up to 10 3/4”


Paper size is 6 ¾" wide x 10 3/4" long for an A2 Card.



Instructions for the most popular size, an A2 card

Step 1: Cut paper to measure 6 ¾” wide x 10 ¾" long.

NOTE: Paper is patterned side up for scoring. . When using decorator paper it is important to lower the angle of the Scor-Tool. (See Scor-Pal Basics). Fold so the score line is to the outside of the fold.

Step 5:  OPTIONAL use corner rounder to round top corners of flap closure and envelopes side flaps. Note the guard has been taken off the punch so you can snip the side corners. You can also choose to do a scalloped border for the top flap.


Wrong side of paper

Step 4: Snip excess from top and bottom panel as shown in photo.

Step 6: Add Terrific Tape ( sold in online store) adhesive to BOTTOM FLAP edge ( red line shown) Bottom flap is smaller than your side panels so the adhesive will not show.



Step 7: Fold in side panels, remove adhesive backing and fold up bottom panel.


Step 8: Insert card. You may choose to add a removable adhesive for the closure or tie closed with ribbon.


Voilà a gorgeous custom "Envelope"


Here is an excel file that figures out the size of paper and where to score. This was created by Dina Griff.


                                                  Envelope Sizing Tutorial Excel file

Scoring Formula


Card is A2 size as above but this works with any size card

· Score 1/2" in from each side of paper.

· Subtract 1 1/4" from width, this is the first score line across the width of the paper for example

            4¼”- 1 ¼” = 3”     First score is at 3”

· Second Score- add card width to first score line plus 1/4” for example  3” ( first score) + 4 ¼" (card

            width) + ¼" = 7 ½”   Next score line is at 7 ½”.


Score at 3” and 7 1/2” with the length of the paper along the top fence for A2 card. See below.