This week is all about liners! Whether you want to start from scratch and create your own or purchase a pre-made lovely and affix them yourself, I’m going to show you the best ways to add a little flair to your cards and invites.
I love the extra detail that a lined envelope adds. Unfortunately, not all envelopes and pre-made liners match up quite right. When I first started my business, I quite often had requests from clients who had chosen a specific envelope and wanted custom liners to match even though there wasn’t a liner available. SO, I was tasked with creating my own template for each envelope. (Not quite as ugly as it sounds.)
Here I will show you how to create your own contour or pointed flap liner. Look for a “square flap” tutorial coming in a future post.
There are several great online sources for stationery pieces, especially envelopes. Make sure you order at least 10% more envelopes that your address list dictates. When you have your envelopes in hand chose one to make your template from. If you have one that’s a little dinged up from shipping that’s perfect for this project.
-First, carefully pull apart your envelope at the seams and open it flat with the “flap” pointed up.
-Then, measure approximately 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) from the edge along the sides and bottom of the body of the envelope.
-For the flap, use a straight edge to trace along the gummed portion of your envelope (or, about 1/2 inch, 1.3 cm, from the edge if your envelope is ungummed) For the tip, either trace to a point or free-hand the curve, depending on the style of your envelope.
-Cut out your liner template along the trace lines.
-Use your template as a guide to trace onto a piece of heavy-weight cardstock or chipboard, then cut out your stencil.
-Print your desired liner onto a text weight paper (editable, printable files here and below.) In this case, the thinner, the better. Scrapbook papers works pretty well for this project. Once it’s printed, flip onto the back center your stencil along the bottom edge and trace your liner.
-Finally cut out your liner and affix to your envelope! For the matching printable invitations see HERE.
How to best line your envelopes coming soon . . . .
Downloadable liner files: editable WORD.doc & PDF
Jennifer (White Tulip Designs)