Face it: where else are...
June 2, 2012
Face it: where else are you going to find tiny rectangular envelopes made from
gorgeous papers? What you DO with them might remain a mystery to the
unimaginative, but I love this template. It's a great value and straightforward
to use. I wish the end flaps were a little larger, to improve adhesion and
A few caveats.... The template requires some very precise cutting to get the
tiny curves just right. Most liquid glues tend to bleed through thin paper or
smear onto the outside of the finished envelope; I've gotten my best results
with high-quality glue tape. You don't have the option of creating a gummed or
"peel-and-stick" closing edge for the envelope closure flap. You have to choose
between leaving it open, or you seal it permanently with a sticker or glue.
Because I sometimes give these to people as gifts, I dearly wish that someone
would market "peel-and-stick" tape rollers.
Tips: "Disappearing" ink is great if you want to eliminate template markings on
your paper. Use a ruler to align the tape with the flap edges. If you're using
glue, just place some scrap paper underneath the surface that you're gluing.
Just make sure the tape or glue reaches to edge of the flaps. Press very firmly
and hold for at least 15 seconds, depending on the weight of the paper. If you
use heavy paper (e.g., card stock), keep in mind that you may not be able to get
the glue to hold--you can try double-sided tape, but you'll have to cut it
carefully to size. Keep in mind that there's no simple way of sealing the
envelope except with glue or a sticker. I've tried temporary (waxy) adhesives,
but they generally make a mess of the paper.
In general, though, this is a generally fun product to use, and an ideal gift
for anyone with mild OCD.
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