How to Address Envelopes with Cricut Joy
As I mentioned a few months ago, I’ve been making homemade cards more than ever thanks to my Cricut Joy (see the tutorial here!). But today I want to show you how to take your mail up a notch by learning how to address envelopes with Cricut Joy. You are going to love how easy it is to make your mail look ah-mazing (especially if you hate your handwriting!), and just wait until you see all the adorable monograms and stickers I made to decorate my envelopes even more! I’ve never been more excited to send some homemade cards!
I wish I could take credit for this idea. My sister actually sent us an Easter card with the most gorgeous Cricut writing on the envelope, and I instantly knew I had to do a tutorial. While I was at it, I came up with a whole slew of fun stickers, medallions and return address labels using a bunch of the new papers and labels made for Cricut Joy. Get ready to use this little machine in lots of new and fabulous ways!
Materials and Supplies Used
Below are the materials and supplies used in this project!
How to Address Envelopes with Cricut Joy
Before we dive into stickers and labels, let me first show you how to address envelopes with Cricut Joy.
The thing that makes addressing envelopes so quick and easy for Cricut Joy is the Card Mat. You can load the envelope right onto the Card Mat; and when your text is formatted correctly, Cricut Joy will write perfectly-placed addresses for you! Although it takes a bit of trial-and-error, once you get the spacing setup, you can save your Design Space file and use it over and over for quick addressing!
How to Format Text for Envelopes
If you’d like to use my Envelope Templates, just click HERE!
To figure out the spacing for your envelope, start by placing three things on your Design Canvas:
- First, drop a square onto the canvas and size it to match your envelope (standard A2 envelopes are 4.375″ x 5.75″). NOTE: You will delete/hide this rectangle before cutting, as it is intended to just be a reference/placeholder.
- Next, insert a text box and type out your address data. Be sure to change it to a “Writing” font you like.
- Then, locate the Insert Card Corners image set and select a set of corners. NOTE: It doesn’t matter which corners you pick, as they won’t be cut/drawn but are to help with placement.
With these three elements on your canvas, set your alignment and Attach it together so it translates just right to the envelope:
- First, use the Center Alignment tool (top toolbar) to align the envelope placeholder and the corners cuts so they are perfectly centered (horizontally and vertically) on top of each other.
- Next, place the text block anywhere you want it. I like my text in the exact middle of the envelope. Use the envelope placeholder to help you visualize where the text should go and how it will look.
Once you have your text placement exactly where you want it, prep the design to run through your Cricut Joy:
- First, hide or delete the envelope placeholder so it won’t be cut.
- Next, make sure the text is set to “Draw” and the corners are set to “Cut”
- Finally, Attach the words and corners together so they maintain their spacing once you hit the green “Make It” button.
Pssstt – Don’t understand why or how to “Attach” everything? See my tutorial here!
If you want to add additional drawn details (like frames, designs or a return address), you can format them in the same way:
- Use the envelope placeholder to get a sense for the spacing of various text boxes, embellishments and a set of corners.
- Hide the envelope placeholder.
- Attach all the text/corner elements together.
My envelope with the return address written directly on the envelope looks like this:
Once you have your designs formatted, you will likely need to run an envelope or two through your Cricut Joy to make sure the spacing comes out just right. Don’t hesitate to Detach the elements, make adjustments, and re-Attach until the spacing ends up exactly as you want it. Finally, be sure to save your file so you can easily pull it up, swap the text, and use it over and over!
Running an Envelope Through Cricut Joy
Getting the text spacing figured out is the “trickiest” part of this whole project. Once you have it ready to go, click the green “Make It” button and get your Card Mat and envelopes ready to go.
To use envelopes with the Card Mat, simply slide the flap under the clear layer on the Card Mat…
Then fold the envelope over the clear sticky layer and smooth it down so it’s nice and secure.
With your favorite pen loaded into Cricut Joy, load your mat and click the green “Go” button in Design Space.
I highly recommend using either Fine or Extra Fine pens for addressing envelopes so the text is nice and crisp. If you choose to use Markers, consider spacing out the letters so they don’t overlap due to the heavier line weight.
Important! Once the text part of the design is complete, Design Space will prompt you to load your Fine Point Blade in order to continue cutting the corner slits. Don’t do this! Just cancel the design and unload your envelope so that the only thing on your envelope is the pen writing,
Once done, you can load up another envelope to make as many as you need!
Using Labels to Address Envelopes
If you don’t have the patience or interest to futz with the text placement on envelopes, there is an even easier way to address your envelopes with labels!
By cutting the label shape from regular sticker paper, Adhesive-Backed Deluxe Paper, or the new Smart Label Writable Paper, you can make pretty address labels to stick directly on the envelope…anywhere you want it!
You can make an address sticker just like any other label you’d make with a Cricut:
- Pick out a shape you love and make sure it is set to “Cut”
- Type out your recipient’s address and set it to “Draw” in your favorite font.
- Attach the shape and text together and click the green “Make It” button.
You can access my envelope labels HERE!
Write and cut the designs on any sticker-type paper you like. Loaded below is the Smart Label Writable Paper (no mat needed!)
Then just peel-and-stick your designs directly to your envelopes!
Other Creative Ways to Dress Up Your Mail
Beyond just address labels, you can make return address labels, stickers and any other decoration you can think of!
How to Make Happy Mail Stickers
I had so much fun going through various image sets in the Design Space library, just picking out cute shapes that would make fun envelope stickers (most are from the Close to My Heart – Artistry set). After choosing a variety of banners and shapes, I just typed out words, names and monograms to fit each one. Ensuring the shape was set to “Cut” and the details/words were set to “Draw,” I Attached them to each other just as I did the labels above.
If you’d like to access my Happy Mail Stickers, please click HERE!
In mere minutes, I had adorable stickers written, cut and ready to go!
Wouldn’t these be so fun on wedding invitations, birth announcements, or other special mail?!? And with various papers and pens now available, the options for customization and personalization really are endless!
TIP! Want to make a full sheet of return address labels? Design your label once and then increase the project count on the final cut screen. On a single sheet of Smart Label Writable Paper, you could easily get 50 labels!
How to Make Monogram Stickers
I think my absolute favorite part of this whole “pretty mail” project is the monogram stickers. Each of these is just our last initial written in a different font and sized really big. When attached to various round shapes, they become super classy monogram stickers. By swapping the fonts, shapes and pen colors, you can give them so many different looks!
If you’d like to access my Monogram Decals, please click HERE!
I sized and laid out these stickers to take advantage of every inch of the Smart Label Vinyl. If you need a bunch, you can cut all 48″ worth of label material at once!
But the same concept could be used on the patterned Adhesive-Backed Deluxe Papers for a totally different look!
Whether you’re addressing envelopes or just want to make some labels or stickers to dress up your mail, the Cricut Joy + pens give you so many fun options!
Now that I have a bunch of templates and sticker designs all set up, writing/cutting new copies is as quick as pulling up the file and loading my machine. Since I pretty much hate my handwriting, I am so excited to have a way to easily create some gorgeous mail!
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