Snail Mail Project #10: Turn 1 Envelope Design Into 3 Different Variations

Envelope letter set series:

Make envelope letter set easy and quick – send a real mail
Snail mail project #1 – Black and white
Snail mail project #2 – 5 tapes to make colorful party-style mail
Snail mail project #3 – Send a warm Christmas themed washi tape letter
Snail mail project #4 – DIY garden themed
Snail mail project #5 – Mysterious purple flowers pattern
Snail mail project #6 – Piano washi tape design
Snail mail project #7 – Make pink mail irresistibly sweet
Snail mail project #8 – Cute smiley faces washi tape
Snail mail project #9 – Travel deco tape envelope and letter
Snail mail project #10 – Turn 1 envelope design into 3 different variations – final project of this series (you are here)

standard-divider-skyblueAs mentioned in previous post, my next snail mail project should be about love and chocolate masking tapes as shown below (the first picture).

Turn 1 envelope design into 3 different variations

 

This is the first envelope design that I came out with.  I wanted to see if I could enhance the look of the envelope but more importantly, I also wanted to see if I could skip making a separate sheet of paper for the letter.  You know… sometimes you just don’t feel like doing anything extra.

And so I thought why not use washi tapes to decorate the outer and inner part of the envelope?  It works as an envelope, a letter and also a greeting card!  When the recipient opens it, he/she can read right away.

Of course, you can also add other embellishments (if you have) to complement.

 

Then, what exactly is this… turn 1 envelope design into 3 different variations?

Have you ever done any arts & crafts projects that you adore the designs so much so that you keep repeating them and just do a bit of tweaking such as changing the colors, adding teeny tiny embellishments to make them look a bit different but essentially they are all the same?

It’s the same thing here.

It all started because of the chocolate masking tape.  I’m not sure if it’s because chocolate is one of my favorites or simply the design, when I first saw this pretty tape, I knew I just got to get it.  You can cut it out separately and use it as a label for gift tag and so on.

Cheap but unique decorative tape

The color combinations of pink and brown fascinate me somehow.  You can usually find this color combo in wedding or party decorations and they look gorgeous.  As I ponder what color to pair it (the chocolate tape) with, one of the designs in the chocolate masking tape stands out and inspires me to create this.  Can you find out which one?

I’ll wait here.

Found it?  Yes, the pink one.  Sometimes you need not look too far away to get inspiration because it could be right in front of you!  I notice that I have similar brown ribbon, label punch and pink patterned paper.  Perfect!

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I just make 2 more envelopes but with different variations.  Without further ado, let’s see what those 3 variations are…

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First Design Project

Combining love and chocolate masking tapes

 

Materials for love & chocolate masking tapes envelope design:

 

How To Turn 1 Envelope Design Into 3 Different Variations?  

Step 1

Start with 6 x 6” pink patterned paper.  Why?  Because I find it easy (plus I still have a few more) to use together with envelope punch board and you can start the project right away.  The envelope size is approximately W3.7” x H3.7” (9.4 x 9.4 cm).

 

Step 2

Add brown ribbon using double-sided masking tape in the middle of the envelope (only the front part).  Use label punch to punch out 3 labels.  If you want to alter the look of pink cardstock, stick washi tape on top and voila you have another new pattern such as the love label that you see in the picture.

Use ribbon to tie the envelope

 

Step 3

Add chocolate masking tape, pink butterfly felt and pearl to make the design look sophisticated. 🙂  You can certainly recreate the look and feel of the envelope.

Another design element I want to show you is the love text label which is slightly off centered.  I actually learned this technique called “offset layer” from Sam of Pootles.  Click here to watch her video.  Isn’t it cool?

Handmade pink envelope

 

Step 4

Since the other side of the envelope is white, it is ideal for decoration.  Hence, I use the same red “Love” text washi tape to make the background.  Even though the washi tape is a sample gift, the quality is pretty good.  The Chinese word “Love” stamp and the heart shaped rhinestone can be altered if you don’t have the same exact item like mine.

Decorate inner part of the envelope

 

Now move on to…

Second Variation Project

Pink floral ribbon envelope design

This one is similar to the 1st design project although it looks simpler.  The difference is the washi tape, patterned paper and stamp.  There are 2 different cute masking tapes I use in this envelope design – one is mt ex sakura (pink floral) and the other one is mt ex English newspaper.

Add washi tape to the ribbon to make a different design

The highlight of the envelope is ribbon.  It’s merely a normal organza ribbon and I wonder if I could add the sakura washi tape to make a different pattern.  The answer is why not!  The pink floral tape fits nicely and sticks well on the ribbon.  The downside is slightly hard to bend the ribbon due to the paper tape.

Simple stamping inside of the envelope

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More details about various types of washi tapes (part 2)

 

And lastly…

Third Variation Project

Lace tape envelope design

I bought the lace tape from Daiso shop quite some time ago.  I’ve been thinking hard how I could utilize instead of hiding it in one corner collecting dust.  I knew I could use it somewhere but I just didn’t know yet.  A-ha moment came when I saw the button!

This is how it looks when you close the lace tape

So why not combine these 2 (lace tape + button) as the closure for envelope?

Use lace tape as the closure for the envelope

Simply use thread to hold the button and cut a small hole on lace tape.

Lace tape close-up shot

The light brown washi tape is also another sample gift.

Use unique washi tape to adorn the white envelope

It doesn’t look attractive at first seriously but it’s surprisingly artistic when I open and take a look at it!  It’s true when you hear this phrase, “Don’t judge by appearances.”

 

Suggestion: What To Improve?

Even though the envelope is a combination of envelope, letter and greeting card, you can certainly make it better.

For example,

  • insert a separate paper if you have lots to write
  • make it more personalized to suit the recipient
  • make the size of the envelope bigger
  • use round shaped punch for the label if that’s what you have
  • use whatever stamp/ribbon/embellishment/washi tape you have
  • fill up all the white space with your unique design and so on.

 

Honestly speaking, by looking at the above list, you can even turn this 1 envelope design into more than 3 different variations, say, use kraft paper or scrapbook paper.

These 1 design 3 variations envelopes look complicated but they are quite simple.  You can leave your comments below or email me here if you’d like me to clarify further.

Due to the nature of the design, it’s best to gift by hand or add another normal envelope should you intend to mail it.

Phew!  That’s about it!  This is the last part of the envelope letter set series.  Thank you so much for following along and I sincerely hope my humble snail mail designs can inspire you to create something much better and special.

Envelope letter set series:

Make envelope letter set easy and quick – send a real mail
Snail mail project #1 – Black and white
Snail mail project #2 – 5 tapes to make colorful party-style mail
Snail mail project #3 – Send a warm Christmas themed washi tape letter
Snail mail project #4 – DIY garden themed
Snail mail project #5 – Mysterious purple flowers pattern
Snail mail project #6 – Piano washi tape design
Snail mail project #7 – Make pink mail irresistibly sweet
Snail mail project #8 – Cute smiley faces washi tape
Snail mail project #9 – Travel deco tape envelope and letter
Snail mail project #10 – 1 design 3 variations envelopes – final project of this series (you are here)

 

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