Your guide to Envelopes

The humble envelope is a print product that gets little attention these days but is an essential item in most companies and someone somewhere needs to order them and get it right. Envelope ordering can be a bit of a minefield and it is easy to get it wrong, we thought it was time we post some info with a simple explanation for envelopes, their sizes, use and terminology.

We will save the fancy and specialty made envelopes for another day, today we are going to look solely at the day to day envelopes you may need for your business.

Guide to Envelopes


Types of Envelopes

Types of envelopes

Making them Stick!

Lick n Stick- These envelopes require moisture to close, these are commonly used by customers using large quantities of envelopes that require machine/mechanical insertion at high speed.

Peel and Seal- These envelopes  require a plastic strip to be removed before folding over and pressing together to seal the envelope.

Self Seal- These one have a pre gummed surface that seals when pressure is applied, no peeling off the strip and no moisture needed.

Internal Lining- Secretive or non secretive?. The difference here is the secretive printed lining inside of the envelope that helps to keep the contents of the envelope private.

Windows or Plain?

Pretty self explanatory I know. Window face envelopes are best for use where you are inserting pre printed personalised data such as the address and recipient name from a database mail merge scenario.

We hope we have helped to make this area a little easier to understand. As we mentioned earlier these are the most commonly used envelopes and if you need any further help or have some questions please feel to get in touch we would love to help you.



Craig Craig


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