Post # 1
So, I messed up big time. I finished up my invitations last night with girlfriends after a few drinks. Everything was put together, stamped and sealed. I called my fiance when we were done and he reminded me that the RSVPs needed to be filled in with the "# of seats we’ve reserved for you" blank. So now, we’re trying to unseal the envelopes to get to the RSVP cards.
We’ve tried steaming the envelopes with a kettle and iron, putting them in the freezer, and nothing seems to work.
Anyone have any other ideas or techniques for unsealing envelopes?
We’re also willing to buy new envelopes (6.5in sq) but we need to buy them at a brick and mortar store this weekend (the weddings in 6 weeks, so they need to go out like last week). I’ve called around to Staples and some small card stores and no one has them. Any idea where I might find 6.5in sq envelopes?
Lastly, am I missing any other easy solution? I’m tempted to just cut them open and tape them shut, but fiance thinks that would look sloppy (which is true, but…ugh, I just want to send them out).
Post # 3
How upsetting! I haven’t had to tackle this, but I found a "How-to" at the following site (bottom of the page): http://www.plannersguide.com/calligraphy.htm. It’s a variation on the steam method, but I wonder if the prolonged exposure might help?
If you need to replace the envelopes, I would try any specialty paper stores/art supply/craft stores in the area. As a last ditch effort, I know that you could rush ship them from a supplier online, but it would still set you back into later this week.
Post # 4
Thanks subee! I can’t seem to get the link to work though…can you send it again? I’m willing to try anything.
Post # 5
Hope it works this time–I’ve posted links before with no problem, but this one is giving me a fit!
If it doesn’t work, I was able to just bring it up by typing it in my browser directly. Or try googling "unseal envelope" (no quotes though)–it was one of the first links to come up (Addressing Envelopes and Planning Calligraphy).
Post # 6
Could you slice them open along the glue line (where the glue meets the paper) and then reseal them with double-stick tape? This might be easier if you steam them first for a little while…
Post # 7
Instead of steaming, try putting them in the freezer for a few hours, you can then slide a knife between the flap and then reseal later after they return to temperature.
Post # 8
I dont know how many envelopes you have but trying to unseal seems a small nightmare–Try Kelly Paper or Kirk Paper, they have every size, some colours might take an extra day, they even have white with silver or gold lining. Good Luck
Post # 9
Paper Source has many envelopes in a variety of colors. I have a catalog of theirs and it says next day shipping is $23! I know there are a bunch of Internet-based store I recall looking at. I’m sure a google search will pull up many options.