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The envelope is the gift.

These simple, festive wraps will brighten any holiday message

FOUR STRAIGHT FOLDS and you're done. It's almost that simple to make two styles of card wraps that do away with standard envelopes. Instead, your seasonal greetings will resemble small, flat presents that are wrapped in colorful paper with curved or angled edges.

Both wraps start with paper from art supply or stationery stores. Choose from a wide variety of paper in 20- by 30-inch sheets, tablets of construction paper, or colored 8 1/2- by 11-inch writing paper. For ease of folding, use sheets no thicker than construction paper. The angle-sided card wrap below encloses a 4 1/2 by 6 1/4-inch rectangle of postcard-weight paper, upon which you can mount a photograph or write a message. Make traceable patterns for the lazy X or pinwheel wrap from a large sheet of three-ply or heavy paper.

Other materials include a craft knife to cut the paper, a pencil to make crisp folds, and adhesive-backed stickers to close envelopes. You'll also need a ruler and a compass to make the curving-edge wraps.

Envelopes were designed by Francoise Kirkman.
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Author:Whitely, Peter O.
Publication:Sunset
Date:Dec 1, 1992
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