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Tutorial: Telescoping Pockets by Download & Print

July 25th, 2016 by Jeannine

Tutorial: Telescoping Pockets by Download & Print

I’d like to share another neat tutorial from Download & Print. They are an awesome source for affordable invitation templates and DIY inspiration. This latest project by designer Anna Skye caught my eye (heh I rhymed) and it’s simple and brilliant.

What You Need

  • A7 envelopes
  • A7.5 envelopes
  • A8 envelopes (for mailing)
  • String or ribbon
  • Sealing wax or Mod Podge Melt
  • Metal sealing stamp
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or paper trimmer

Step 1: Trim Envelopes

Each pocket is created from an A7 envelope and an A7.5 envelope.
Seal both envelopes closed, making sure to get a firm closure. You can used tape or just lick to seal.
Using a paper trimmer or ruler and scissors, trim the end off each envelope at the 5″ mark.
Make sure you cut from opposite ends on each envelope so that when they join together you have both the envelope seals on one side and the clean envelope fronts on the other.


Step 2: Stuff

Insert your invitation and enclosure cards into the smaller envelope.
The correct order is to layer from the bottom: Invitation, enclosure card, RSVP card and return envelope.
Slide the larger envelope over the other end of the inserts and over the rim of the smaller envelope. This creates your pocket.
The sample below uses the Nautical Anchor template. To buy this template, click here or browse all the others they have to offer.


Step 3: Seal

How you finish the pocket is a matter of preference, you have so many choices.
Anna chose to use white craft string and an embellished wax seal. She wrapped the string around twice and tied a basic knot over the join in the envelopes.
Then she used a gold Mod Podge melt in her hot glue gun to create a “wax” seal. You could use real wax here too, specialty craft stores should have them. I’ve seen some beautiful ones at Paper-Ya at Granville Island.
Anna finished with a sealing stamp. Press the stamp firmly onto the hot wax, keep pressing for at least 30 seconds. The longer you press the easier the stamp will be to remove. You’ll know when it’s ready to lift off as it will come easily, remove it too soon and you’ll pull off wax as well.
Trim the tails on the string when you have your wax seal in place.
The pocket fits into an A8 envelope for mailing. Keep in mind that depending on what materials you use and how much you fit inside, your invitations may require extra postage. Make one and then check with Canada Post to make sure.


Doesn’t that look awesome? So simple yet it adds so much character. Will you be doing this for your wedding? Experiment and try it out, you never know what creations you can come up with.

All photos by Download & Print

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