5 Easy Card and Envelope Decorating Ideas

As a card maker, I enjoy decorating the front of the card, the inside of the card and the envelopes! So today I will share 5 easy ways to decorate your envelopes so they coordinate with the cards you create. We will start by creating the card first and then decorating the envelope so that it coordinates with the card.

There are a variety of different ways you can dress up your envelopes. My top 5 envelope decorating ideas include stamping, embossing and the use of patterned papers. Now the envelope decorating ideas I am sharing today will work with ANY stamp sets and supplies you have on hand. Just get creative with it!

5 Easy Envelope Decorating Ideas

All of the card designs I am sharing today involve simple stamping with the large floral image from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set from Stampin’ Up! The basic design is the same on each card. However, the look of the card changes with the addition of patterned paper, the use of embellishments or embossing.

Envelope Decorating with Stamps

The first two envelope decorating ideas involve the use of your stamp set. No matter what stamp set you are using, you can easily choose a few images from the set to stamp on the envelope. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to coordinate your envelope with the card that you are making.

The first envelope decorating idea features the use of stamped images which are angled just like the card design. The stamped images are on the front of the envelope and can be in any corner. I would recommend the lower right hand corner if you plan to mail the card. The second envelope decorating idea features the stamped images on the back flap of the card. Notice how the same large floral images, which are used on the cards, are also used to decorate the envelopes.

Envelope Decorating with Patterned Paper

The next two envelope decorating ideas feature the use of patterned paper. The first envelope features the patterned paper adhered to the flap on the back of the envelope. This is such a great way to coordinate your envelope with the card. Simply cut a 2-1/2 x 6 inch piece of patterned paper and adhere it to the flap of the envelope. Then use your scissors to trim off the excess paper.

The second envelope decorating idea feature the use of a small strip of patterned paper on the front of the card. In this case, I combined stamping and the use of patterned paper together for a fun look. These are two of my favorite ways to use patterned paper to decorate my envelopes.

Envelope Decorating with Embossing

The last envelope decorating idea I have to share with you features dry embossing. Yes, you can use any embossing folder that you have on hand to add texture to the flap of the envelope!

5 Easy Card and Envelope Decorating Ideas

Again, I used the same basic card design but this time I stepped it up by embossing the front of the card. I chose the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder simply because of the florals in my card design. However, you can use any embossing folder to create this look.

Tutorial & Supplies

Now the cards in this week’s video feature the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set and other fun products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. However, keep in mind that you can use ANY supplies you have on hand with these card making layouts. For more simple and unique card making layouts, check out these ideas HERE.

For a complete list of supplies and all of the step by step instructions for creating these cards and envelopes, feel free to download the printable tutorial. And be sure to watch this week’s video for some tips on coordinating your cards and envelopes.

Have a fun and creative day! ~ Lynn

6 thoughts on “5 Easy Card and Envelope Decorating Ideas”

  1. So simple to make and so beautiful I love your cards, thank you for sharing.

  2. Beautiful cards Lynn. What are you using to place the pearls on the card? Is it liquid or a tweezer holding an embellishment?

    • Thank you Carolyn! The tool I am using is called “Take Your Pick.” It’s available through Stampin’ Up!

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