Hello… hello! It’s been a while since the last time I posted something. Due to a lot of things that I went through. Which made me take this long break from blogging. I missed blogging a lot though I haven’t gone too far from it. And was just working on promoting my old posts. Because I didn’t want to stop and let my work for the past months go for nothing. Today’s post will be about a DIY project and How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope.
Another reason is I got sick for almost a week. And I had to leave everything until I heal up. Thankfully, everything got better. While I was gone from blogging. There were some changes that I did in the blog, as you can see by now.
I will change the blog content from now on. And I will be blogging about one of the old topics I started. And one that I enjoy and I mentioned on my “About” page that I listed above on the menu. It will be about DIY, which is the things that I do by myself.
Yes! I changed the menu as well and made it simpler. And put the topics on the sidebar. Because still, they won’t be deleted from the blog but don’t want to be shown in the menu bar anymore.
It took me a while to take this decision and take action. I was feeling a bit down and this was another reason for me not to blog anything. However, I managed to re-write my about page. And set everything for the new content that will be posted in this blog.
Sometimes when you feel down, the best way to get up is to lay down for a bit. And gain energy and remind yourself of why you started it and your dreams, and that’s what I did. Though it wasn’t that comfortable because I always feel useless not being able to do anything. But everything now will be back as it was and even better than it was.
I’m excited to get back on blogging and yet to blog about one of my favorite topics. I started a long time ago, but things got complicated once before. And this time I will make sure everything only gets better and better.
How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope
Anyway, I couldn’t think of a better comeback than creating something similar. Like what I did in my second post on this topic. Which is making a lightning bolt gift card and its envelope for birthday gifts. And I share a tutorial on How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope. And it can be for any occasion or holiday. I did the flame envelope and card custom-made for gift cards before like a year ago. And it was something I came up with myself.
So, in this post, I will be showing you guys. How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope. It will be step by step. By the way, this wasn’t the one I wanted because I was aiming for something more difficult. Like a real lightning strike shape, but it is more difficult than I thought. Don’t worry, this will do the trick and will work for another idea. And you can share the love with a gift card for friends or family.
It might be a simple idea, but it’s not about the actual project but the thought of it. Also, at that moment, I was just getting started. This way, it’s not the best quality. I hope you guys will enjoy reading it and find it a good tutorial.
This DIY envelope also won’t take so much of your time. Because like any other envelope. It doesn’t require so many things. And the steps are easy which we can finish in a short time. This is what I like about making DIY envelopes.
Well, it’s a scuffed tutorial on How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope. Because it was my first ever tutorial on crafting and DIY projects. At first, it was new to me to share things like this and had to spend more time learning.
I will start by mentioning the ingredients for this simple project. Since it’s something that will include papers throughout the process. We will need the main stuff that we always use with papers. Which are scissors, glue, pencils, and other necessities. Because drawing everything before cutting it will be useful to be more precise.
Also, don’t forget the colored pencils. That you like to use as long as it will do the job for you. Because we need to make things more colorful.
In making the envelopes, we need to use thick paper to make things. And it will be more stable because you don’t want a bending gift card when you gift to someone. Imagine handing it to someone and when the person is about to grab it the envelope bend. And he/she catches the air lol. That would be a little awkward and that’s why I recommend thick papers.
The number of papers you will need. It depends on how many tries you will have to do. Until you manage to get it done. But I just used about 3 papers for this project and it was enough. Though I did some practice on different papers (thin). Because thick papers are hard to get haha and I had to go and buy a stack of them.
You can either draw in the paper the envelope measures you want or fold the paper in half. And if you need smaller, you can fold it one more time. This way, we can have two sides for the envelope body. That we will use to make the envelope.
Don’t mind the quality of the picture, please. It’s not the best because I used a filter on it. And I don’t have any other pictures to add to this tutorial. How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope. But they are just two thick white papers.
Also, I forgot to mention the measures and I’m not sure what is the measure. It’s been a long time since the last time I did it. So, I would say you can put it not so big and not so small. The envelope measures if you have received any envelope before.
Drawing on the envelope
I didn’t take pictures of it. But you need to use a pencil to draw a shape of a rectangle. For the envelope and draw the lightning bolt in the middle of one of you. Make sure it is what you will use as the front side of it. Because we only need the side where it will be shown to everyone, including who will receive the gift card.
Then, you have two choices which you can cut the rectangle first. And then the lightning bolt, or the opposite. Which I recommend is the first one because it will be easy. If you have a smaller shape to get the lighting bolt nice and easy.
Make sure you go slowly when using the scissor to cut everything. After you drew them and go over the lines otherwise, things will not be good. And you might make ramps going up and down or mess it up haha. I messed it a couple of times. But I was lucky enough to manage to get it all sorted up because it wasn’t that bad.
Also, you don’t want anyone to interrupt you while doing this step. Because I could imagine myself doing this step. And someone comes up to me and hits me on the shoulder. Maybe anywhere on my body and makes me mess it up haha.
The picture above is the envelope body after I chose the measures for it. You can have the front and back same measure. It will be easy for you to cut them. After that, we will work on the front side next. So you need to prepare it.
Envelope after cutting
This is how it will look like, or at least for me after finishing the previous step. If you notice the lightning bolt coming down from above, and that’s me trying to make it more realistic haha. As it was coming down from the sky. It wasn’t that hard, but it took a little time. For me to make it as perfect as I could in the picture above.
Well, you can find bolts online. That’s how I got mine and made it on the front side of the envelope. You can use Google images to find the perfect lighting bolt for you. And use the pencil to draw it on the front of the envelope. As you read, how to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope… I will show you the one I got.
Now, it’s time for this to be colorful by adding some colors to it. Though, I will only use the color of lighting which is light blue on it. You need to add it to the edge of the lightning bolt. And because color pencils aren’t the best for showing the colors more clearly. You will need to go over it more than once just to make sure the color is shown clearly.
Remember to be careful when using the color pencil. Because you will mess up the edges if you go too hard on it while adding the color. You don’t want your DIY envelope to get ruined in the front. It won’t look for a DIY gift idea after that.
It took me a couple of tries to get the lightning bolt. If you are new to this, don’t worry about failing. Eventually, you will get the one you want. And it will be worth it for a DIY gift idea. That’s only the difficult part of this tutorial on how to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope.
Bolt with more colors
As you can see in the picture above. Which is after I added the light blue color to the edges of the lightning bolt. This will make it more realistic. This would be enough for us to make an envelope. And for our gift card and the only thing left is to glue everything together.
And that means both sides (the front and the back of it) together. Because we are making an envelope. We need to put glue on every side except the above one. Because that’s where you will be able to put the gift card in the envelope.
Glue all the sides except the top side. This way, you have a side to put the gift card inside the envelope. And that’s How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope. We need a way to put the gift card as well.
Also, you notice that the lightning bolt is only blue on the edges. Well, that is because we are not done yet. The actual and final look will show it all. Keep reading to know more about what I will do next for this DIY gift idea.
Two envelope sides glued
This is the final look after we do the previous steps, and you got yourself a lightning bolt envelope. Though it wasn’t the best because I messed up a few times while doing it.
It will be enough to make this official haha. As you can see, I made the back higher a little than the front. That is because just to add more extra touches to it, but this is optional. Honestly, it was a last-minute idea that popped into my head.
Now that everything is ready, we need to make an easy gift card. Use another paper or the same one if there is any space left on the paper. That you used to make the envelope and draw a rectangle. But make the height of it less than the actual envelope. Because otherwise, you won’t be able to put the gift card inside it.
You can see the finished look, but it’s missing some touches as well. So, I continued working on it and adding more things. But, if you want to stop here. It’s your decision and you can stop at this point. Because everything is done.
This is the last part of the project. And it will be doing the gift card following as mentioned in the previous step. It will be the easiest step to do in this process, but we can’t leave it without any colors. So I decided to put the gift card inside the envelope.
Then, color it through the lightning bolt and it will look like as shown in the picture above. And again, you got yourself an actual gift card with a custom envelope made at home.
You can write over the color. But it will show before they get the gift card out of the envelope. Therefore, it’s good to write anything you want on the space that is not colored. This way, they can read when they get the gift card out of the envelope.
The finished look
We have reached the end of this post, and I hope you enjoyed reading and liked this idea. I’ve got a stack of these types of papers and more. As I said earlier in the post. And I will be creating more content with it for the next couple of posts.
Conclusion of How to make this DIY custom lighting bolt envelope
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