Black Envelopes of the future

Black envelopes with a taste of futuristic technology is the flavor of the day.  Handmade envelopes are always fun to make especially when you can customize them to whatever you like. I named this envelope design the Ret-Scan Blue Lens. Yes, some may say that sounds ridiculous but at the end of the day this fictional retinal scanner was very fun to make and give away.

Story Behind the Design

This design takes on a futuristic concept on how special envelopes would work in the future (provided envelopes still exist 30 years from now). Think physical E-Mail. With Biometrics growing ever so popular, it wouldn't be surprising if retinal scanning took on some off the wall applications. I call these the Ret-Scan 1.0 AKA Retinal Scanner 1.0.  Company and Elite issues.

How does the  Ret-Scan 1.0 work?

Lets say hacking companies and government sites have become a little too popular making the internet unsafe for sensitive info. OK, so someone wants to send an important letter or data just for the eyes of the receiver.  You program it to accept only the unique iris patterns of the person or persons receiving the envelope. All they would have to do is hold the envelope's retinal scanner to the eye and scan. Eye Damage? Who knows.

So that's the story. Now lets make one!

Lets make Next-gen black Envelopes!


Here are the materials you're going to need:

  • Roll of silver contact paper
  • 1 black sheet of card stock paper
  • 1 white sheet of card stock paper
  • 1 sheet double sided tape
  • Circle cutter
  • Scissors
  • A sharp pencil
  • Ruler
  • Right angle ruler
  • 5/16 hole puncher
  • Bigger hole puncher (optional)

Step 1:  Paint white paper blue. Click here to get the instructions for step 1 . Come back to step 2 when you have finished painting. You can let it dry while you're working with the rest of the black envelope.

Step 2:  Place the sheet of black card stock on a craft mat or cardboard. Then place the circle cutter on top and place the Blade Shuttle into the 6" slot. Hold down the cutter firmly and rotate the blade full circle.

Step 3:  To make that cool silver edge the envelope has, cut out an 8 x 8" piece of the silver contact paper. First place the Blade on the 5 3/4" slot and rotate. Without moving the circle cutter (real important not to move the cutter) place the blade on the 6" slot then rotate full circle. You'll be left with a ring.

Step 4:  Peel the backing off the ring and attach it carefully to the black circle starting at the edge working your way around the paper. 

Step 5:  Fold in evenly the sides of the circle. This can be done without measurement. When You are folding the sides just make sure they have about the same width on each side. It should be about 1.5" for each side.

Step 6: now measure the back side of the envelope and take note of the measurement as you'll need that number in a moment. This is to get the right measurement for the blue piece that will go inside of the envelope. 

Note: Because folding the circle envelope the easy way isn't perfect, measuring the width of the envelope ensures the blue inside piece will have a snug fit. 

Step 7:  Take the freshly painted paper and turn it around. We need a blue square so lets Grab the right angle ruler and Pencil.

Step 8: Using the right angle ruler, draw a right angle on the back of the paper you just painted blue. Remember the width measurement of the envelope? That's your square's measurement on all four sides or squared. Draw a line down then square. Keep doing this until you've made a full square.

Step 9: Cut out the square.

Step 10: Cut out a piece of double stick tape. Then peel and stick it to the back of the blue square.

Step 11:  Place the black envelope on top of the back of the blue square and trace the curve of the envelope. Then cut along curved pencil mark.

Step 12:  OK, now it's time to cut out the silver trim for the blue piece. Take the left over scrap from the first ring you made and place on mat or cardboard. Using the circle cutter place the blade shuttle first on 5 3/4"  first and rotate only 1/3 of the circumference of a circle. Again, keeping the circle cutter in place,  change slots to 6"and rotate again only 1/3 of the a circle. Then cut out the strip.

Step 13:  Take the blue squarish piece and dry fit the strip. Peel and stick silver strip of contact paper onto the blue piece. Cut off any excess and fold the over hang to the back.

Step 14:  Peel off paper from tape and carefully center and place the blue piece onto the black envelope. Fold the flaps back in.

Step 15:  Fold bottom up two inches worth then fold the top down.

Step 16:  Cut out two small square pieces of double tape peel and stick them near the outer edge on each side  and towards the top of the envelope.

Note: These pics are from the retscan elite black envelope that is similar to this one.

Lets Make the Lens:  

Step 1:  Punch out a circle on the black card stock you used to cut out the 6" circle.

Step 2:  On the blue painted piece of paper, cut out a 1" circle using the trusty ole circle cutter.

Step 3:  On the black paper, cut out a 1 1/4"  circle  with the cutter again.

Step 4:  Grab the remaining silver contact paper, place the cutter on top and place the blade shuttle on 1 inch slot and rotate full circle. Then place the blade to 1 1/4" and rotate full circle. The product is a small silver ring. 

Step 5:  Peel backing off the small silver and place it on the black circle.

Step 6:  Peel and stick a piece of double tape to the back of the blue circle then attach to the black circle.

Step 7:  Punch or cut out a small piece of double tape then stick it on the small black circle. Center and stick the black circle to the blue of the lens. Almost done! :)

Step 8:  Grand finale! Peel and stick another piece of double tape on the back of the paper lens then attach to the envelope.

Step 9 : Enjoy your finished piece!

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