What Kind of Paper to Use for Envelopes
Making your own half-fold computer-generated greeting cards and invitations is fun and much more personal than trying to match your sentiment with the pre-fabricated choices off the assembly line. However, after making the cards, what do you do about envelopes? Read on, because they are easy to make.
The stock for making an envelope for any size card needs to be at least one half inch, up to two and a half inches, wider than the card itself. The length of the stock for the envelope needs to be two times plus one inch, up to three times, the length of the card, depending on the look you want to achieve.
Paper for envelopes is usually made of stock that is at least 60 lb in weight, but there is no rule that says it has to be! Any paper that is the right size -- wrapping paper, wallpaper, scrapbooking paper, construction paper, etc. will work. If only one layer of the wrapping paper is too thin, try doubling it up to make a custom looking lined envelope.
However, if you want your envelope and card to match, as if they came from the stationery store together, you can achieve this look by sticking with standard size paper bought from the same manufacturer. The advantage of buying letter size 8 ½" x 11" 67 lb card stock in a green from Hammermill, for example, guarantees the same green in a 60 lb 11 x 17 paperweight. You will also find the same green in 20 lb legal size or 20 - 24 lb letter size, since once a manufacturer selects a color it is the same for all the standard sizes and weights offered by that manufacturer. There are many different paper manufacturers besides Hammermill and I do not necessarily recommend one over another. It is all a matter of the color you choose, the availability and the price.
The disadvantage of going this route is that you will most likely have to buy a full ream of each size and weight you want to use. A ream of 67 lb card stock contains 250 sheets; a ream of 60 lb paperweight contains 500 sheets. If you only plan to make one card, there will be a lot of paper left over. If you have a friend or friends who also make their own greeting cards, you could go together and split the ream amongst you, or in some rare cases you will find stationery stores that are willing to let you buy by the pound or per sheet at a much higher price per sheet.
Alternatively, you can never go wrong with white cards and white envelopes and using your inkjet to add whatever color you wish for the occasion.
The best standard size paper for making an envelope for a half fold card is 60 lb 11 x 17 paper, which does come 500 sheets to the ream. The flexibility of 11 x 17 papers is that besides using it to make envelopes for half size fold over cards, you can also cut the paper in half to make letter size paper for ¼ size card envelopes.