How to make a square envelope

I attempted to make a pdf file of this tutorial, but my mac is rebelling. Let's see if blogger is loving me today. :)

Pictures help me a lot when I'm trying to do something for the first time, so I sat down today and put together a step-by-step tutorial of how to make square envelopes. They really are quite simple once you know how; and they are a great way to use up leftover or cheap dsp (scrapbooking) paper. Any lightweight paper works very well. (But I would avoid dark or heavily patterned paper- I'm sure that will make it difficult for the post office to deliver your card.) Ok, so here we go:

Step 1: Cut a square of paper to 1 1/2 times the size of your square card. My card is 5"x5", so my paper is cut to 7.5" x 7.5".

Step 2: Turn your paper to a diamond position. (See how the corners are pointing up, down, left and right.) I want my envelope to be white on the outside so I have that portion face-up right now. Place your card in the center of the diamond.

Step 3: Fold in each corner of the envelope. Press with your fingers, but then remove the card and press the folds well with your bone folder.

It'll look like this when you're done.

Now you could just fold it up at this point and be done with it, but we're going to add one more step to help the corners look better.

Step 4: Where your score lines meet, use a small square punch to remove a small portion of paper. (A tiny triangle is all that's necessary.) This will help remove a little bit of the bulk of the fold and give you a cleaner edge.

Make sure you cut your notches on all 4 sides.

Step 5: Fold up and adhere 3 of the sides. Your envelope is ready to use. (This one is red on the inside, but wouldn't a patterned paper look great?)

However, as a Diva... I'll add that if your envelope is white on the outside like mine, stamp it!. As Max says, "No Naked Envelopes!"

Enjoy and let me know if this works for you!