Heather Ross is a fabric designer, teacher, and author of the forthcoming new book, Heather Ross Prints. For this week’s How-Tuesday post, she’ll show us how to make our own stationery using a free download of her designs. Make a set for a new college student, traveler, pen pal, or yourself!
Customized notecards and matching envelopes are among my favorite gifts to give. Recently, I made a set to give to my niece, Mattie, who will be leaving home soon to go to college. I keep telling Mattie that once she is far away from her family she’ll see how good it feels to get an actual piece of mail, but for now, Facebook is her preferred method of correspondence. Maybe these little bikes will change her mind.
Pack of twenty-five 4.5″ x 6.25″ (11.4 cm x 15.9 cm) notecards, in soft white
25 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ (or A4) matte presentation paper, for liners
3 packs of ten A6 envelopes
Guillotine-style paper cutter
Rounded-corner paper punch
1. Print Notecards. Download the “Dream Bike” file and save it on your computer. If desired, you can personalize the notecard (for instance, adding a name or personal information). Set your printer to “photo paper/matte,” make your margins as small as possible, and print one copy on a notecard. Check to see that the artwork and text are centered, making adjustments if necessary in your page setup or printer settings windows, and print the remaining cards.
2. Make Envelope Liners. Download the “Dots” file, and print out 25 copies on presentation paper. Cut the printed paper so that it measures 11″ (27.9 cm) tall x 6.” (15.9 cm) wide. Now open the envelope, and measure from the bottom edge to the tip of the flap, just below where the glue strip begins. Using a guillotine-style paper cutter, trim all 25 liner papers to this height.
Slip a printed liner paper into an envelope, with the right side facing out (see fig. 1). Fold down the top corners of the liner on both sides so that the folded edges run just below the glue line (see fig. 2). Use a bone folder to make sharp creases.
Remove the liner from the envelope, and cut off the corners along the creases (see fig. 3). Use the paper punch to create a rounded corner at the tip.
Insert the liner back into the envelope, and fold down the envelope flap (this will crease the liner at the fold). Lift up just the envelope flap, leaving the liner in place. Slide a piece of scrap paper under the liner (to protect the outside of the envelope from glue), and use a glue stick to apply glue to the edge of the liner (see fig. 4; note that it is only necessary to glue the liner’s flap). Close the envelope flap over the liner and press firmly to adhere the liner to the flap. Remove the scrap paper.
3. Repeat with each envelope and liner sheet.
Thank you to Heather Ross for sharing this project with us. For more projects like this one, check out her book, Heather Ross Prints, available from Amazon or an independent bookstore near you in October 2012.
If you make your own stationery set, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group.