DIY Decorative Envelopes feat. 3D Embossing Folders

by Reiko Tsuchida

Hello, Altenew friends! Reiko here today, and I'm sharing a stylish way to enhance your paper crafting projects through decorative envelopes with 3D embossing folders!

I like making these stylish decorative envelopes because my friends and relatives are excited and happy to receive them. I'm sure your friends will be happy to receive something like this, too!

DIY Decorative Envelopes with 3D Embossing Folders

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For this project, the gorgeous embossing folder I used came from the newly released Craft Your Life Project Kit: Graceful Gardenias.

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I grabbed some plain envelopes from my stash and sandwiched them between the 3D embossing folder from the Craft Your Life Kit. Then, I ran them through a die cutting machine.

Check out the beautiful result created by the 3D embossing folder!

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Sealing the Envelopes

Then, I added the wax seals. I sealed the envelopes with the Wax Seal Stamp – Just Thanks from Altenew,  and a thin string.

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Here, check out the other 3D-embossed envelopes I made using embossing folders from the past Altenew Instagram hops! Don't they look gorgeous?

@altenew_ DIY Decorative Envelopes feat. 3D Embossing Folders!

So, there you have it — a simple way to create stylish decorative envelopes with 3D embossing folders. I hope this inspires you to DIY creative envelopes for your card projects in the future.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Carrie Ann Sheridan February 8, 2024 - 2:05 PM

Brilliant idea! Your envelopes are all gorgeous!

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:05 AM

Hi Carrie, Thank you so much!

Leticia February 8, 2024 - 4:09 PM

That’s a very smart idea and I love them, but how do you emboss the envelopes on one side only?

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:12 AM

Hi Leticia, Thank you! I emboss both sides of envelopes, and I just carefully apart them.

Tara C Prince February 8, 2024 - 4:52 PM

so very pretty

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:12 AM

Hi Tara, Thank you!!

debschenz February 8, 2024 - 7:07 PM

I like the look of the embossed envelope, however I don’t know how you only emboss on one side of the envelope? I may give it a try!

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:16 AM

I emboss the envelopes as it is – so the sides of envelopes stick together. It doesn’t really matter when I insert letters inside. Please try!

Maureen R February 8, 2024 - 9:47 PM

These are Beautiful!!!!

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:16 AM

Hi Maureen, Thank you!!

Kathy G February 9, 2024 - 12:56 PM

I have been doing this for awhile and have found that if you are mailing the envelopes in the US, the raised embossing often gets caught in the machines and gets torn up. But the technique is so pretty, it’s hard to not add it!

Keesha Soldevilla February 13, 2024 - 9:09 PM

I understand your struggle! The embossed envelopes are undeniably gorgeous, but the potential damage during mailing can be frustrating. Here are some mailing options for you:

Hand-cancel stamps: Request hand-cancellation at the post office to bypass sorting machines that might damage the embossing.
Priority Mail: Priority Mail receives gentler handling and might be less likely to damage your envelopes.
Rigid mailers: For extra protection, consider using rigid mailers specifically designed for thicker or embellished items.

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:28 AM

Hi Kathy,
I am living in Japan and sending letters are not common any more. I sent boxes instead (though APP or QR code – much easier than buying postage) and often put embossed envelopes inside. Also, We have a tradition to insert money in decorative envelopes at any celebration.
Please read Keesha’s advice!

Jackie Posnansky February 10, 2024 - 3:50 AM

The envelopes are gorgeous! I only emboss the envelope flaps. Have you had a problem with mailing these embossed envelopes and do the wax seals go through the mail okay??? Do you use extra postage when you use a was seal???

Keesha Soldevilla February 13, 2024 - 9:05 PM

I’m glad you find the envelopes gorgeous! I personally haven’t had any issues with mailing embossed envelopes, but it’s good to be aware of potential concerns.
The type of embossing and the thickness of the envelope can affect mail processing.
Here are some tips for smooth mailing:
Use a light embossing depth to avoid impacting envelope flexibility.
Choose thinner cardstock or envelopes specifically designed for embossing.
Test send an envelope with your specific design to your local post office to ensure it meets their guidelines.

For Wax Seals,
Wax seals generally go through the mail just fine, but again, testing is key.
Ensure the wax is cool and hardened before mailing to avoid smudging or damage.
Avoid thick or bulky seals that might exceed thickness limits.
Use the appropriate postage:
If the sealed envelope exceeds 1 ounce, add extra postage as needed.
Check your local post office for specific weight and thickness guidelines.

Reiko Tsuchida February 14, 2024 - 11:41 AM

Hi Jackie,
Thank you!! I never thought about mailing the decorative envelopes using the post office. Please see what Keesha advice! In my country, we use different kinds of decorative envelopes for many occasions. But those envelopes are not for mailing. I use a box (with gifts in it) when I need to send them.


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