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Translucent Envelopes

Updated on December 11, 2013

Vellum Envelopes & Other See-Through Envelope Types

Translucent envelopes are used more and more in sending out all kinds of invitations, greeting cards, for direct mailing and crafts in general where the items you are sending needs to show through the envelope. Over the years I have bought quite a few large packs of vellum envelopes, and I've also learned to make my own.

A great selection of see-through vellum envelopes at Amazon

When you are looking for translucent envelopes, you will find them under several different names, including see-through envelopes, glassine envelopes, transparent envelopes and vellum envelopes. While in some cases the materials differ, the result is the same: an envelope that shows the content through it.

Here you will find a wide assortment of see-through envelopes to choose from in various sizes and packages, cleared and colored, and if you want to learn how to make your own envelopes, you will find below a section devoted to it as well.

But first let's see the most common envelope sizes that you can get for mailing.

General Information

sizes, uses

US Standard Envelope Sizes

US Standard Envelope Sizes
US Standard Envelope Sizes

International Standard Envelope Sizes

International Standard Envelope Sizes
International Standard Envelope Sizes

Ideas On Using Translucent See-Through Envelopes

You might have an idea for using your newly bought (or made) clear envelopes, but do you know that you them in so many more ways? After reading through this list, you will really have a reason to start collecting your vellum and glassine envelopes!

  1. Your envelope will be easily picked when sending in a sweepstakes mailing
  2. Send wedding invitations, engagement invitations or birthday invitations
  3. Send invitations for baby showers
  4. If you are working in direct mailing, translucent envelopes get three times more responses than the regular envelope in marketing campaigns
  5. Turn your envelope into a real work of art by using rubber stamps, stickers and other seals to unleash your creativity, especially when you have handmade greeting cards inside, such as Pergamano cards
  6. Use larger size envelopes for filing important documents or carry them from one place to another. You can keep your papers organizes as you always know what's in each envelope. You can even use different color envelopes for different types of papers.
  7. Use mini envelopes to store party favors, party prizes or gift certificates at the next party you're organizing.
  8. Use them for placecard envelopes for a great seating arrangement at the next dinner party.

Colored Translucent Envelopes

blush pink translucent vellum envelopes
blush pink translucent vellum envelopes

25 Booklet (9x12) Blush Pink Translucent Vellum (see through) Envelope

Perfect size to mail out brochures, catalogues and fliers, along with wedding invitations, greeting cards and announcements of all kinds. The pink is pale and quite a pleasing color to the eyes.

There are 25 envelopes in one pack, so depending on the number of mailings, it might even be enough. The flap is square gummed.

500 A7 Invitation Envelopes (5 1/4 x 7 1/4) - Gold Translucent
500 A7 Invitation Envelopes (5 1/4 x 7 1/4) - Gold Translucent

500 A7 Invitation Envelopes (5 1/4 x 7 1/4) - Gold Translucent

These are some of my favorite envelopes for sending out wedding invitations. Yes, they do cost a bit, but you get 500 envelopes in the pack, which comes cheaper than if you bought less pieces per pack. Gold is the perfect color for wedding. I wouldn't think of using anything else for a wedding mailing-out. They can be printed on using later printers, which is a plus.

The A7 size is great for many occasions, and if you want to add this envelope in a larger one, the sizes it fits inside are A8, A9 and A10.

250 Red #1 Coin Translucent Envelopes Size 2 1/4 x 3 1/2
250 Red #1 Coin Translucent Envelopes Size 2 1/4 x 3 1/2

250 Red #1 Coin Translucent Envelopes Size 2 1/4 x 3 1/2

This is a lovely set of 250 translucent envelopes in a bright red color, sure to give a strong impact upon receipt. They have the standard gummed flap and they are suitable for storing or mailing business cards, tent cards, credit cards, small gifts, coins, spare keys, jewelry pieces, or any small part such as coins or seeds for your next gardening project.

250 A2 Invitation Envelopes See-Through
250 A2 Invitation Envelopes See-Through

250 A2 Invitation Envelopes See-Through

The size of these envelopes is 4-3/8" x 5-3/4", which is perfect for folding a sheet of paper in a quarter size. So what can you use this size of envelope? Hand-made greeting cards, holiday cards, invitations, announcements and RSVPs.

Below you will find the same envelopes in several other colors to chose from.

6x6 Square Orange Translucent Envelopes - Pack of 1000
6x6 Square Orange Translucent Envelopes - Pack of 1000

6x6 Square Orange Translucent Envelopes - Pack of 1000

Here is a great set of interesting envelopes in a square size, rather unusual, in fact. But this is what makes this envelope so unique and fun to use for things such as wedding, birthday invitations, announcements, envelopes for hand-made greeting cards, and many more. The material is vellum, which is a high quality pure cellulose fiber.

Gold Translucent Vellum Envelope
Gold Translucent Vellum Envelope

(2 5/16 x 3 5/8) Gold Translucent Vellum Envelopes - Pack Of 1000

Perfect for wedding invitations, greeting cards and any other types of announcements that need to go out in designer style see-through envelopes to make a real impact. The envelopes are made of natural vellum, a high quality cellulose fiber material, which is recyclable and pure acid free.

See-Through Clear Envelopes

Make Your Own Envelopes

Vellum or any other kind - the process is the same

envelope template
envelope template

How To Make Translucent Envelopes

The great thing about making your own envelopes is that if you learn to make vellum envelopes, you have learned to make any types of envelopes regardless of the materials. All you need to know are the sizes, as the instructions are quite the same. This is a great way to reuse any paper (including tissue paper, napkins, vellum or other fancy paper) that you have lying around at home.

Needed Materials

* Envelope templates

* Your paper of choice

* Pen or pencil

* Scissors

* Paper glue

This is the way I personally make my own envelopes: I take the template and place it on top of the paper I want to use for my envelope. With the pencil (prefer it to the pen) I draw around the template gently to get even and straight lines. Next I cut it out and glue the parts together.

A tip I've learned from someplace online (I don't remember from where though) is to place the envelope template on top of the cut out piece and fold both together to size. This way the new envelope is folded really neat Once all sides are folded in the shape of the envelope, I take out the actual template and use the glue to bind the side flaps together. Voila, you now have your ready made envelope.

Tip On Envelope Templates

You can make your own envelope templates by carefully opening an existing envelope at the seams. So think carefully next time you are about to throw away envelopes you've received in the post (including spam-mail!)

Are You A Visual Person? - Here are some videos that guide you step by step through making your own envelopes

How Have You Used Translucent Envelopes? - Share your ideas here

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    • orange3 lm profile image

      orange3 lm 

      6 years ago

      I love making my own envelopes. Translucent envelopes look really pretty :)

    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I love the big ones (file sized) for important papers, the ones with a string closure. I've used them in business and interviews. Great instructions for making them here!. Thanks

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      I've never used a translucent envelope, but they look great! I love the tutorials on how to make your own envelopes.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love that there are so many different colors to choose from.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never make envelopes - I didn't even know it was possible. Great tutorials!

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      6 years ago

      I have made my share of DIY envelopes in scrapbooking, I like the tutorial and the tips.

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      6 years ago

      How useful - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • kislanyk profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      @anonymous: LOL Charles, no pun intended, huh? :D

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      6 years ago

      I would never have covered this as well... For that matter, I never tried covering a cover! Well... You have this one nicely covered! :)

      Time to run for cover! :))

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      No, I haven't, but it it is a super idea!

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      6 years ago

      I have never used or made translucent envelopes, but I think it's a very nice idea for special letters and invitations.

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      6 years ago

      I have never used translucent envelopes, but I love this idea. I will try it soon. Thanks for a lens FULL of great information. Great lens!!!


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