Did you know that the “envelope” as we know it, wasn’t invented until the 1840’s? Letters in Jane Austen’s day were sent folded and the letter was actually the envelope; you can read more about actual letter writing in Jane Austen’s times here. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with our Jane Austen correspondence today, does it? So let’s get started! A hands on craft project by The Jane Austen Letter Writing Society’s Pam Foster. Supply list: 1 sheet of vintage script scrapbook paper 12 X 12 in. 1 sheet of clear velum Austen silhouette die cut Austen silhouette sticker sequins mail tag scissors tape optional: envelope template Step 1. Select your scrapbook paper. I used the vintage script that is similar to the Jane Austen font. Step 2. I used an envelope template by the Kreate-a-lope. However, you could also make your own template by unfolding an envelope that you enjoy, and tracing on a piece of cardboard. Step 3. Place the envelope template on your paper. It is important to know what is the top and bottom of your template, otherwise you may have an upside down script for your envelope. This template that I am using is a bit large, so I had to adjust. The script will be at an angle on the front of my envelope. I just made it work. Step 4. Cut your envelope…don’t forget to save the scraps for a future project. Step 5. Score your envelope, but (more…)
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