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(Free!) Block Printed Envelope Template

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I have long admired artist Katharine Watson‘s block prints. Her pleasing patterns and clean lines catch your attention — and invoke a tinge of whimsy and nostalgia. It’s no wonder that Katharine’s pieces are available in so many stores, even my local Two Hands Paperie!

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Katharine hand-carves all of her designs; a small-ish piece like the one pictured here takes about eight hours to create. She starts with a sketch directly on the linoleum, and modifies the design as she carves.

You can imagine my delight when Katharine agreed to design an envelope template for TPK! I love the design that she came up with, and the knowledge that the design was hand-carved makes it even more special.

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You can find this printable envelope template — courtesy of Katharine — by clicking here.

How to Use The Printable Envelope Template

If you’ve been reading the TPK blog for a while, then you’ve probably downloaded and printed your fair share of envelope templates. If I’m repeating myself with these instructions, please bear with me! I just want to make sure that everyone knows how to put this envelope together. 🙂 - Best Calligraphy Pens

First, go to this page to download the printable envelope template for free. Once you’ve downloaded the template, print it off on the paper of your choice (I prefer 32# laserjet), and cut the template out along the guidelines.

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I had good results printing this template out on 32# laserjet paper, but there’s no reason another paper wouldn’t work. I’d like to try printing on kraft cardstock next time!

Next, turn the envelope around and fold all of the flaps inward.

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I recommend using a bone folder for crisp, clean creases!

Now, glue the two side flaps to the bottom flap.

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I like to use a glue stick for this step … it tends to dry a bit flatter than liquid glue.

Once you glue the side flaps, you’re ready to add some contents — and an address!

Adding Lettering to the Envelope

The design of this envelope will complement virtually any calligraphy or lettering style that you choose! I wanted to contrast delicate calligraphy with the substantial flowers and leaves, so I used Janet Style calligraphy with delicate flourishes. The envelope isn’t large enough to calligraph a street address in large letters, so I used unobtrusive Sans Serif lettering below the name.

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Iron gall ink makes it easy to make delicate and impressive hairlines in your calligraphy. This Janet Style calligraphy is a bit more flourished than usual. The flourishes help it to contrast well with the botanical border!

Envelope art like this merits a return address that’s written on the back. That way, the return address doesn’t distract from the design on the front.

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The return address here was also written in Janet Style calligraphy.

After you write out the recipient’s address, put your desired contents into the envelope. Once everything is safely tucked in, you can glue, tape, or use a wax seal to secure the back flap. (If you plan on printing several of these envelopes for later use, you might consider applying vanilla envelope glue on the back of the flaps.)

What Makes This Template Special

This is the first time that I’ve had someone — well, besides myself — design envelope art for TPK. It was so cool to collaborate with Katharine, especially since she works with mediums that I’m not familiar with!

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Most of Katharine’s designs are floral or geometric. She is inspired by folk arts and decorative arts, where the goal is to take a functional object and make it amazing, rather than record an image or idea.

The original inspiration piece for this template was printed on a Chandler & Price press. It’s electric — meaning the wheel moves automatically. The press is three feet tall and weighs over a ton, and it’s the one that Katharine uses the most because you can print quite quickly on it! Katharine also has a manual press that she uses to print larger pieces.

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On the left, you can see some of Katharine’s original carvings. The Chandler & Price press is pictured on the right!

I am proud to have Katharine’s work here on the TPK website, and I hope that you enjoy the envelope template as much as I do! If you like Katharine’s art, you can check her out on Instagram, visit her website, or peruse her Etsy shop.

Thanks very much for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Warmly,

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