I’ve been making homemade cards more than ever thanks to my Cricut Joy, but today I want to show you how to take your mail up a notch by learning how to address envelopes using this clever machine! 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!

Addressed envelopes, a Cricut Joy machine, and craft supplies with text overlay

I wish I could take credit for this idea. My sister actually sent us an Easter card with the most gorgeous Cricut cursive font 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!

Envelopes addressed with a Cricut machine using labels and pens

Supplies Needed

How to Address Envelopes with Cricut Joy

Before we dive into stickers and labels, let me first show you how to address envelopes with your Cricut machine, more specirically, Cricut Joy.

Envelopes addressed with a Cricut machine

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 Cricut Design Space file and use it over and over for quick addressing!

Format Your Text

While I’ve got ready-to-use envelope templates, I’m going to map out how to figure out the spacing for your own envelope by placing three things on your Design Canvas:

  • First, drop a square onto the canvas and size it to match your own 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 recipient’s address. 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.

Cricut Design Space

a text box and a typed out mailing address shown in the Cricut Design Space

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.

A text box with a mailing address and a drop down menu highlighting the word "Center" shown within the Cricut Design Space

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.

A text box with a mailing address and a drop down menu highlighting the "Attach" feature shown within the Cricut Design Space

Add Additional Details

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:

A digital envelope with a mailing address shown within the Cricut Design Space

Perfect the Spacing

Getting the text spacing figured out is the “trickiest” part of this whole project. To make sure the spacing comes out just right, you will likely need to run an envelope or two through your Cricut Joy. All you have to do is 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…

A flap of an envelope is slid under a clear layer on a Cricut Card Mat in preparation to use a Cricut machine to address an envelope

Then fold the envelope over the clear sticky layer and smooth it down so it’s nice and secure.

An envelope folded over a Cricut Card mat, Cricut pens, and a Cricut machine

With your favorite pen loaded into Cricut Joy, load your mat and click the green “Go” button in Design Space.

A Cricut Card Mat with a blank envelope is loaded into a Cricut machine

I highly recommend using either Fine or Extra Fine Cricut pens compatible with your Circut Joy for addressing envelopes. That way, your text comes out 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.

Cricut Joy addresses an envelope with a Cricut pen

An envelope addressed with a Cricut Joy machine

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!

2 envelopes addressed with a Cricut Joy machine

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!

Using Labels to Address Envelopes

If you don’t have the patience or interest to fuss with the text placement on envelopes, there is an even easier way to address your envelopes with labels!

Envelopes addressed using Cricut Joy labels and pens

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!

Cricut Joy smart label, cricut pens, and blank envelopes

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.

A screen shot of the Cricut Design Space shows how to create address labels

Write and cut the designs on any sticker-type paper you like. Loaded below is the Smart Label Writable Paper (no mat needed!)

Smart Label Writable Paper is loaded onto a Cricut Joy machine

Then just peel-and-stick your designs directly to your envelopes!

Labeled address designs on envelopes

You can access my envelope labels here!

Dressing Up Your Mail With Stickers

Beyond just address labels, you can make return address labels, stickers and any other decoration you can think of!

Address labels and stickers on envelopes made with Cricut Joy

Return Address Labels

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.

A screen shot of the Cricut Design Space shows how to create address labels and stickers

In mere minutes, I had adorable stickers written, cut and ready to go!

Smart Label Writable Paper with designed stickers from Cricut Joy machinea full sheet of return address labels

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!

A screen shot of the Cricut Design Space shows how to create monogramed stickers

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!

Monogrammed stickers on Smart Label Vinyl

These labels were written with both Extra Fine and Fine pens onto Smart Label Vinyl, so I can literally peel them off just like stickers!

Monogrammed stickers seal envelopes

Envelopes with Cricut-designed address labels, stickers, and decor

More Great Cricut Labeling Projects

Ready to label even more with your Cricut machine? Check out these other awesome projects:

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!

A variety of Cricut designs used to address envelopes

See You Soon!