I recently had a batch of new products released that included my Paper Bag Envelope die set. I absolutely love this die! It is no secret that I have a thing for basics when it comes to dies. I love things that can serve a variety of functions and styles. This set certainly does that. It can give you a fun alternative to a standard card and envelope and can be dressed up or down to fit any style by simply changing the material you cut it from.
This set included 3 dies, a front/bottom of the bag, a back, and an insert.
To assemble a the Paper Bag Envelope you will need to die cut one front piece (the largest die).
You will need to die cut two back pieces.
NOTE: If you are using a paper or material with a pattern or texture, you will need to die cut one back piece and then flip your paper/material over to cut the second back piece from the reverse side of your paper/material.
Die cut one or more inserts. There is a little extra room in the assembled envelope to accommodate a thicker insert so you could place a few inserts in the bag or even a small folded card or tag.
NOTE: My Shortie Tags and Waterfalls also fit in this envelope so you can mix and match what you put inside it!
Fold along the score lines of the three envelope pieces. If you are looking at the “pretty” side of your paper on the two back pieces, you will have a scored flap on the left side of one and the right side of the other. The flaps on both back pieces should be folded down.
Place the Paper Bag front piece “pretty” side down. Place a thin line of adhesive along the left and right edges on the backside of the the piece. Apply the adhesive from the top edge of the piece stopping at the fold line along the bottom.
You can use any type of adhesive- runner, tape, glue stick, or liquid. I prefer liquid for photos since it is easier for you to see. I also like that liquid and glue sticks give you a bit of adjustment and placement time before bonding.
Place the flap of the left back piece onto the line of adhesive . The folded edge of the back piece should match up to the side edge of the front piece between the pinked edge and the fold line of the bottom flap.
When lined up correctly, the pinked edges of the front and back pieces should match.
Repeat the same process for the second back piece, placing it along the right back edge of the envelope front.
When the adhesive has set, place a line of adhesive along the straight edge of left envelope back piece.
Fold the right envelope back piece down over the left covering the adhesive.
Place a thin line of adhesive on the flap along the bottom of the envelope front.
Fold the flap up and over the back closing up the bottom edge of the envelope.
When the adhesive seams are dry, slip the card inside and embellish! So easy and super cute!
You may notice that in my example that I have an embossed line near the top of the envelope from the die. This can happen if you use a really thick cardstock (which I did). I simply use this as a placement guide for ribbon or trim later. You do not get this same mark on thinner cardstock, pattern paper, or fabrics.
This envelope is really fun to use with different materials. I have used it with felt, vellum, glassine, pattern paper, and cardstock. My current favorite paper to use is shipping paper (shown above). When I get packages from Spellbinders they use this brown paper as filler in the boxes. I love that it looks like paper from grocery sacks but much thinner. Isn’t it great for creating a little sack? Next I am on the hunt for some butcher paper, I think it will be great too!