The Handmade Card Business: Envelopes


There are many things you need to consider when choosing envelopes for your card. In the greeting card business, here are some basic standards that are used in the industry.

Card and Envelope Sizes
The most common sizes for handmade cards are:

• 5 by 7 goes with an A7 envelope.
• 4 1/2 by 6 1/8 goes with an A6 envelope.
• 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 goes with an A2 envelope.

I've seen many hand-crafted cards that use other sizes, but be careful. Sometimes you may not be able to find envelopes for unusual sizes and you might have to special order them. One sales representative for northern California says that one of the biggest mistakes new card artists make is to create oversized cards that won't fit in a standard card rack.

Retail store managers have told me that that it's hard to sell handmade cards that are 4 1/4 by 5 1/2, because the they are so small. The only advantage of this size is that you can get two cards out of a standard 81/2 by 11 piece of paper. Compared to other cards on a card shelf though, your card is going to look quite small.

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Greeting Card Design This volume features a vast array of fun, elegant, simple and imaginative greeting cards designed by internationally-known artists, illustrators and calligraphers. With over 300 full-color photographs of creative, popular, and inspiring greeting card designs, this invaluable sourcebook showcases the very best of what is happening in the industry today. Accompanying text explores the history of the greeting card industry and examines the major contributions from the leading innovative companies.