DIY Polka Dot Envelopes | Easy Home Stamping

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Polka dots are fun. That's about all I need to say before I launch into this tutorial!

I had such a good time printing geometric envelopes a few weeks ago that I'm at it again with a slightly different take on the DIY stencil. This time I'm not cutting shapes myself, I used craft foam dots which are a dime a dozen at your local hobby store. I wanted to tie in with our Olivia invitation collection, because, well... polka dots are fun!

The original invitation suite was inspired by the glow of bright city lights and I think these printed envelopes uphold the modern charm.

I used acrylic paint in the same color family as the invitation, trying to match the colors as closely as I could without spending any time creating custom paint hues. I bought paint in a few different shades of pink before I found one that I was happy with.

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Let me tell you, the color on the lid of the paint does not always match the color of the paint that comes out of the bottle, which doesn't necessarily match the color of the paint when rolled onto a stencil and stamped. There was a little trial and error involved before I settled on colors.

The Olivia Collection comes in seven colors, you're sure to go dotty for one of the choices. The good news is you get all seven colors in your download so you can delay deciding which color you love best!

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Step 1: Cut Cardboard Stencil

Cut stencil for DIY polka dot envelopes | Download & Print

Cut a flap from an old cardboard box (thank you Amazon). I'm printing on 5 x 7" envelopes to coordinate with the Olivia invitation, and I cut my cardboard to 4 x 6".

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Step 2: Add Dot Pattern

Create stencil with foam dots for DIY printed envelopes | Download & Print

Stick craft foam dots to one side of your cardboard rectangle. I'm using three sizes of dots to create a random pattern.

If you aren't into dots, see how I created geometric printed envelopes using craft foam and this same printing technique.

Step 3: Add Handle

Add handle to DIY envelope stencil | Download & Print

Use hot glue to stick a wooden spool to the opposite side of your cardboard stencil. This will make maneuvering the stencil much easier. You'll thank me later.

Step 4: Print First Color

Print first color on DIY polka dot envelopes | Download & Print

Roll acrylic paint onto the stencil. If you are using two colors print the darker color first.

Get a nice even cover of paint on all the dots.

Press the stencil onto an envelope. I chose to print dots across the top of my envelope.

Re-roll paint onto your stencil and stamp again to cover the entire area that you want printed.

I do recommend adding paint to your stencil between each press. I found that if I tried to get two presses out of my paint the second print was much lighter and just didn't look all that great.

Print this color onto all your envelopes. You'll now have a collection of pretty dotty envelopes.

Step 5: Print Second Color

Print second color on DIY polka dot envelopes | Download & Print

Use the same stencil and roll on your second, lighter, color.

Stamp your envelopes over the first color dots, overlapping the dots to create a random pattern. I turned my stencil around and started on the other end of the envelope to make sure my dots didn't line up.

Add the second color dots to all your envelopes.

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Wait 2 hours for the paint to dry before addressing your envelopes. If you are worried about your chicken scratch ending up all over the envelopes get my free envelope addressing template and take the guess work out of evenly spaced handwriting.

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With template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

(Although all the products listed in this tutorial are products I personally use, I will be compensated just a tiny bit if you make a purchase through some of the links provided. Thanks for supporting small biz!)

Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

2 thoughts on “DIY Polka Dot Envelopes | Easy Home Stamping

  1. Alnma says:

    What software is used for these files. I get message; photo gallery cannot open this photo or video. This file format is not supported or you do not have the latest update to photo gallery. How do I use another software to open the files that I choose to purchase?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Thanks for choosing Download & Print, I’m so sorry to hear you are having trouble. All the editable template files are either .doc or .docx, and will open in MS Word. The templates will also work in Mac Pages and some open source software programs. You will need to check your program’s compatibility with the files. If you continue to have trouble please email me at lisa@downloadandprint.com so that I can help further.

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