How to assist your cat in making butterfly envelopes-Mailart Part 2


I was feeling pretty good when I got home from work and dinner was fast and easy enough to allow me to continue the journey as promised. Below you will find step by step instructions to making butterfly & multicolored butterfly envelopes. Down at the bottom of everything, I thought I would touch a little on Vellum and included a photo of a few more items made using products such as rubber stamps, ink, ribbon and other cutesy items (previously discussed in part 1) that can all be bought where craft items are sold.

  1. Using scrapbook size paper, select your color/s and or paper designs.
  2. Fold your paper in half, turn it and fold it in half again until you have vertical & horizontal lines running through the middle of your paper.
  3. Poke your cat to instigate playful behavior.
  4. Turn your paper to plain side and place the protractor on the inside edge and center it on the folded line.
  5. Trace the entire outside edge of the protractor from one side to the other.
  6. Turn your paper and trace until you have 4 arc’s on the inside of your paper.
  7. Cut your butterfly out.
  8. Fold each wing down until it makes a square shape.

Now you have a single butterfly envelope. For a more decorative and multicolored envelope, make two of these and follow the instructions below.

  1. Cut wings opposite each other to make and oblong shape.
  2. Turn one oblong piece and place inside the other.

You can place a note inside of these or simply use the blank portion as your stationary.  I have done both in the past. What’s really fun to do, is use paper punches to make confetti for these or close them up with a decorative brad if your going to hand deliver it. I like to wrap it in ribbon or use a decorative sticker of some sort.

Vellum is my second favorite paper because you can put it in a printer. Using a calligraphy type font, you can print out a poem on vellum and cut it to fit your butterfly envelope. Carefully placed inside it brings the level of decoration up a few notches. Vellum, though transparent comes in different shades like pink and blue or gray which is fantastic because it can be used as an accent color as well as giving it a formal or vintage look to your envelope. You can use this technique to hand out as invitations to baby showers, candle parties, brunch etc…  The possibilities are really endless, so long as you have an imagination. You can seal this envelope up with glue stick or sticker of choice if you plan to send it US post as a non machined item. Just make sure you don’t forget to add the extra postage for handling charge.


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