Do you guys buy like a pre-folded card and design from there, or do you fold cardstock or something? How do you get it straight if you do that? I wouldn't mind trying to make some hybrid cards (doing it digi, printing it out and putting it on cards), but no idea about the actual 'card' part.
What about the envelopes?
I like to buy prefolded cards that come with envelopes. If I want a different color, then I just use cardstock and fold it in half. I use a popsicle stick to get a good crease.
Envelopes, my dh's family owns a convenience store. When they're done with holiday cards (that usually get tossed, or sent back to the company for credit) I get the envelopes!!
take an 8.5x11 piece of card stock and cut it in half either lenth wise or across. if you cut it length wise, you'll have a top fold card. if you cut it across, you'll have a side fold card. mak sence? they come out as 4.25x5.5 cards and i'm able to buy invitation envelopes at the store to use for these. But if they are with a gift and i'll be seeing the person, i won't put it in an envelope.
I buy both prefolds and cardstock.
I do not like Walmart's prefolds so I hadn't bought them in a long time. The paper is too thin for my taste. But last time I went to Hobby Lobby, their prefolds were on sale. Since I was making cards for church I wanted the convienance even if the paper was thinner. Well, I LOVE Hobby Lobby's prefolds (when they're on sale). The craft paper is less cardboardy looking and more premium craft. Their other paper is the PERFECT thickness too and doesn't pill.
I use a 12 inch scrapbooking paper cutter to cut my cardstock and actually I got mine from a Dollar General Store for $7. As for folding it, I just line it up and fold. I know people who use popsicle sticks or a bone folder to get a crisper line (or even use a scoring tool on their paper cutter), but I haven't had trouble. As for envies when I do this- I have a few sources. I buy invitation envelopes (and 5x7 envelopes) from an office supply store. I also go to Hallmark and tell them I have children who like to play post office and I heard that they get to keep the envelopes when they send cards back and wonder if I could have some. I used to do this for preschool all of the time and give them to my kids after keeping a "procurement" percentage. LOL Also, I use regular envelopes and business envelopes sometimes. Just cut the card to size.
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For most of mine I just buy 8.5x11" sheets in nuetral colors, than cut in half and fold. Then I can add whatever papers to the front.
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