There are many a seller around the internet that would love to have you purchase a template or two from them to make your own cards and envelopes. By using a template it allows you to use whatever paper or material your heart so desires. For those concerned with using more earth friendly papers this can be a good thing, but why pay for what you can make yourself?
There are some folks who believe templates should be available to everyone, and we're grateful. Here are a few of our favorites where you can find any template you need for box, envelope, basket and more!
Where To Look
• Mirkwood Designs: This is our first stop and usually the only one we need to make for perfect templates for all sorts of items. There are always new ones being added, so check back once in awhile.
• Google Image Search For Envelope Template: Although it seems basic, this is a quick and dirty way to track down stray blogs that aren't strictly crafts, but folks named their photos after what's in the image... a template!
• The Paper Mill Store: These templates and the website included are straight forward, easy to navigate and give you the option of downloading mac or pc versions.
• Google Image Search For Free Box Templates: There are boxes we've never even seen before; all it takes is a little card stock and we'll be set through the New Year making boxes till we're dizzy. (What? Other people actually get out of the house and do things on a Friday night? Why, that's absurb!)
You can of course search on Flickr as well, but most of those images aren't able to be downloaded, though they will give you lots of ideas. One thing we see a great deal are wooden templates that have been made in the shapes of commonly used envelopes and boxes. Very cool! If you're looking to buy and not DIY, try The Paper Source. They're a great place to start.
Do you have a site to add to the list that we missed? Share your own in the links below!
(Image: The Paper Source)