Here are the instructions for making a Good Fortune card and envelope. As always, let me know if anything is unclear and send me a pic or a link if you make one — I’d love to see what you come up with!
To make this project, you will need an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock, three small pieces of light brown scrapbooking paper, a piece of regular 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper, a smidge of glue, assorted Chinese-themed stamps, and a red ink stamp pad.
Download the envelope template here:
Good Fortune Envelope.
This is a pdf file so you will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to open and print the template. (If you have trouble printing this file, make sure you have the most current version of the Acrobat reader installed.) When you print the pattern, make sure your printer doesn’t “scale” the pages (i.e., “shrink to fit”) or the pattern will come out a bit on the small side. This template fits exactly on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper — if your printer won’t print all the way to the edges of the paper, you may have to sketch them in by hand.
1. Print out the template. If you don’t want the fold lines printed on your cardstock, print the template on a regular piece of paper and use this as a pattern to trace onto the cardstock with pencil that you will erase later. If you don’t mind the fold lines, print the template directly onto the cardstock.
2. Stamp the template as desired. If you don’t have stamps (I found these at Jo-Ann’s), you could print images from the internet, draw images by hand, or carve stamps of your own. Since the flaps will fold over to create the envelope, you need to stamp them upside-down when the envelope is unfolded (see pic).
3. Cut out the envelope, score the fold lines, and erase any pencil marks.
4. If you have a hard time getting the interlocking tabs to hook together, you may need to shave a tiny bit off of the inside of the “hook.” Don’t shave off too much though, or your envelope won’t close fully.
5. To make the cookies, cut out circles that are approximately 2.75″ diameter from the brown paper — I traced around a jar lid.
6. Use a toothpick to put a thin smidge of glue along the outside of 1/3 of the circle (refer to picture below), then glue the two sides together, leaving a gap for the fortune. Pinch one end of the circle but don’t fold it completely in half, so it retains a bit of of a cookie shape. Use clothespins or paper clips to hold the circles until dry.
7. Type up your fortunes on the computer with whatever messages you want to send. The easiest way to make correctly-aligned two-sided slips is to center the text. You can google “Chinese translation” and the desired phrase for the “Learn Chinese” part on the back. I used my niece’s birthdate and her current birthday and age for her “Lucky Numbers.”
8. Tuck the slips into the cookies. (Since I was mailing her card, I put a smidge of glue on each to hold them in place but it held them too well, so I don’t recommend doing this! If you are mailing your card, I’d recommend wrapping it in tissue paper and using a box so it doesn’t get smashed flat.) Put the cookies in the envelope and voila! You are done!