Reported by: Tracy Schultz
When you’re a cardmaker, one of the things you always need on hand are lots of envelopes. If you’re a frugal crafter, you might be tempted to make your own envelopes from a template. I’m here to tell you- don’t waste your money on the JudiKins A2 Envelope Template. (Sorry JudiKins!)
I bought the JudiKins A2 Envelope Template about a year ago thinking I would become a stamping all-star and make wonderful matching envelopes to coordinate with my cards. Little did I know how much work it would be to actually use this particular template!
First thing’s first- you have to buy some quality paper to make your envelopes with. Copy paper just isn’t going to cut it, unless you want to be able to see through your envies. And you know what- that paper isn’t cheap either! I used some linen resume paper I had in my stash which saved me a bit of moolah (hopefully I won’t be needing to send out any resumes soon).
The template is a nice heavy plastic, which I like. Lay the template over your paper, then using a pencil, trace around the outside of the template. Use your bone folder to score in the slots on the template. Then take your craft scissors and cut your template out along the pencil lines you just drew.
Having fun yet? Because you’re not done! After you cut the envelope out, you need to fold along all of the score lines. Then you can either apply glue or tape to the side flaps and fold the bottom flap up, sealing tightly. You’ll want to invest in some lick-able envelope glue to apply to the top flap if you plan on giving these as part of a gift set. You can use regular glue if you’re using them for yourself.
And (phew!) you’re FINALLY finished making that ONE envelope. If you’re half as coordinated as I am, the envelope will take almost as long to make as the card going inside of it.
- Available online and in large craft stores
- Made of a nice, durable plastic
- Takes too many steps to make the envelope
- Can’t tear or fold along the edge of the template
- Did I mention how LONG it takes to make one envelope?
If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not a fan of this particular template. I have the Kreate-a-Lope Envelope Template that Kim reported on back in December and think it’s so much easier to use than this one. Not only can you make envelopes of different sizes easily, but you can rip and fold the paper right along the edge of the template which saves so much time!
I’m only giving this template a 4 out of 10. It gets that high of a rating because it didn’t cost me a ton of money and if you don’t mind taking the extra time it’s not that bad to use. But otherwise I’d recommend saving your money!