I need help finding the right envelope size
Are you confused by so many different envelope sizes?
Selecting the appropriate envelope size can be challenging for many individuals. Once we have crafted a birthday card or party invitation, finding a suitable and attractive envelope to complement them is crucial. Today, Paperpapers will provide useful insights on the best options for choosing the perfect size envelope for your project.
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Understanding Envelope Sizes
The first step for making your envelope selection successful is knowing the size of your insert. Better yet, select the envelope first, and then design your insert to fit perfectly with your chosen envelope. Consider your insert should ALWAYS be smaller than your envelope dimensions.
This is a visual chart for the most common Announcement size envelopes (You can read more info about our A-SIZE Envelopes)
The most common Envelope
Envelopes come in all manner of sizes, styles, thicknesses, and colors. Please refer to our Envelope Size Chart to find all the currently available stock sizes.
At paperpapers.com, our most popular envelopes are A-Size (Announcement Envelopes), ranging from A2 thru A10. The A-Size chart does not reflect A1, yet we refer to a 4-bar with a square flap as our A1 envelope. You can learn more about A1 envelopes as we’ve discussed them in more detail. As a bonus, check out our A2 envelopes and A7 envelopes articles.
No matter which envelope you choose, it is a good idea to check you size with the post office so you don’t have any cost surprises.
Exploring Envelope Styles: Seam, Flap, and Size
There are many styles of envelopes; Business, Catalog/Booklet, Baronial, A-Style, and other Specialty envelope products. The seam, flap, and size of the envelope are the main factors typically used to classify the style of an envelope.
Seam variations are as such: Side seam, diagonal seam, center seams, and single side seams.
Flap variations can be pointed, square, wallet, and commercial. The flap can also take on a unique variation of these markers; for example, a pointed flap can be referred to as a euro flap if it is deep and has a rounded tip.
Many commercial envelopes can be given a deep, pointed flap to present a prestigious look. Some creative variations are when flaps open on the non-traditional side of the envelope, which presents a uniqueness to the look or style, yet keeping the measurements the same as its traditional size identifier. In addition to seams and flaps defining the style of an envelope, they also help determine the functional application. Finding the right envelope size can be easy with the right resources.
Sealing Methods: From Traditional to Creative
There are various ways of sealing an envelope: remoisten-able seal gum (which is moistened to seal); press to seal, which can have a self-adhering latex; peel to seal is when a tape liner is applied over an adhesive, therefore once the liner is peeled away, press to seal the envelope; clasp and string/button are additional closure methods. Lastly, simple wafer seals are excellent options to close your envelope and use some decor to coordinate your work.
Understanding Envelope Terminology: Visual Identifier
Here is our easy visual identifier to help understand the various parts of an envelope and its proper terms.
Be sure to jump over to our envelope size chart listing standard envelope sizes and more. You can find the most common envelopes sizes listed in both inches and metric measurements. This size chart is critical in helping you find the right envelope size.
The Impact of Choosing the Right Envelope Size
When tackling a mailing project, it’s important to consider all the details, including getting the right envelope size, in order to save yourself time and stress in the long run. One helpful tip is to start by selecting the envelope first. By doing so, you can design your insert to fit perfectly inside, avoiding the headache of trying to match an envelope with an insert that’s too big.
This simple step can make a big difference in the success of your project and ensure that everything looks polished and professional. So the next time you’re planning a mailing, keep this tip in mind and enjoy a smoother, more efficient process.