Thursday, January 10, 2013

HANDMADE ENVELOPES



Diagram of envelope making supplies.
I made a bunch of handmade envelopes for my Mom's and Sista's for Christmas!

Old calendars are awesome because they usually have great photos or art work with perfect composition. They are thick and sturdy.  I use the clear template, which is amazing, to see how the image will look on the folded envelope.  Using the silver sharpie gives the edges a pretty silver look. I don't have to be as careful to cut off all the tracing lines unlike using a harsh black sharpie.


They even have special glue so you can add stuff for licking later to sealing the envelopes.

In other news, I took a picture of the germs (last post) made into magnets but guess what?  This is what was on the camera.  In my mind, germs bugs, same thing! HA!

My Dad and I Christmas Eve, he especially loved the airplane envelopes I made. Who knew....


Hope you are all doing great this year!  I'm TRYING to get away from those pesky teddy bears and get the tree paintings done.  I've got it bad for those bears.  Have you ever obsessed over a subject?  I think I know someone who just LOVES her Tea!! Wink Wink

28 comments:

Anns Art said...

What a great idea for using up old calendars, love them.

Suzy said...

Very creative way to recycle a calendar! I love this idea Tess, thank you and Happy PPF!

Netty said...

Loving your idea of recycling pages into envelopes. Great colourful magnets and thank you for sharing the terrific photo of you both. Happy PPF, Annette x

Sadee Schilling said...

Your envelopes look really fun to make. And I love the germs in your last post! So creative!

Sadee Schilling said...

Tamara, I just had to come back again to say that I looked at your portfolio and think your watercolor tree illustrations are so gorgeous! I love the twisty, curly branches.

Mary Walker Designs said...

Wonderful way to repurpose!

Karrilee Aggett said...

I make some cards out of my old calendar - but there is always so much left over to throw away... I had NEVER considered making envelopes! Very cool! Now I will have to go find a clear template!

Giggles said...

Great plan for recycling!! Awesome photo of the beautiful you with your handsome dad!!

Hugs Giggles

Jenni C's said...

i am going to go and dig out a calender from the recycling....what a great idea, i love it...popping over from South Africa via sneak peek friday...

alissa said...

great idea on using calender pages for envelopes! and the silver sharpie...would never have thought about that. your magnets are cute...the bugs and the germs! coming over from 'in the studio sneak peek'.

alissa said...

i just realized...you're over at create by faith! i thought you looked familiar!

Gina Sismilich said...

What lovely envelopes - I would want to frame them! Happy PPF

La Abela said...

The original envelopes and your precious with your dad, you look happy. Saludos

Tammy Perlmutter said...

Hi Tam! Visiting from JRU. I always like to meet people who have similar names.I love making my own envelopes too!! Did you say you make GERM magnets?! My daughter is a HUGE fan of parasites, viruses and germs. I'd LOVE to see them!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

These are so great! I love the idea of using calendars for envelopes! And I did not know there was glue you can use that can be licked later to seal. That is too fun! Love your magnets and your germs are the cutest germs I have seen! ;) So happy to see you 'in the studio' this week!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I love your envelopes - and your wonderful smile and hair. Beautiful fun post.

Anne Manda said...

Great idea and I love your bugs and micro life, fun and creative! <3

Joni Nickrent said...

What a great idea! Fun stuff! Happy SS

Catherine Constance said...

Love those envelopes, great idea. Like your bugs too and great pic of you and your Dad.. :) Happy SS

Debbie said...

great ideas this week and good picture of you and your dad!xoxo

WrightStuff said...

I'm loving those little bugs!

Auroran Lauriel said...

Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing your project with us. This is a fantastic gift idea. I will definitely be making these and I think it's so cool that there is a glue we can add to the envelope's lip for licking later! So professional :) Very cute germ bug magnets too!

Lynn Cohen said...

I love the envelopes!!! Sweet dad daughter photo too! HPPF !

Lynn Cohen said...

Very sweet to hear you'd like a signed copy of my book. Since you have to purchase it via the BLURB bookstore the only way I can think of to make this happen is if you and I mail it back and forth. You purchase it on Blurb, then send it to me and I send it back to you signed. Hopefully that will not be too costly to you with extra postage. I'd pay for my mailing it back to you, no problem. ;-) Thanks for wanting it! Also look on line for Blurb coupons. sometimes they offer discounts!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I love your artwork! Just took a closer look. I hadn't realised you had drawn the bugs photographed. Your work is lively, fun and beautiful.

Alexandra said...

Tam, I just love your envelopes. What a brilliant idea! :) So glad your dad liked his airplane one. Hee

Have a great week! Hugs

Ayala Art said...

What an awesome blog you have! So happy to have bumped into it today :o) I love the envelopes

Tammy said...

That was cleaver using calendars...I just threw away all mine. Bummer :(
Next time though.
Great pic of your dad and you. I love your hair. :)
smiles..Tammy