Envelope Basics

The Business Mailer's Guide to Measuring and Specifications
By Erin Moloney

"Envelope Basics: The Business Mailer's Guide to Measuring and Specifications" is the compilation of a blog series that provides an in-depth look at all-things envelopes — elements, measurements, ordering tips and more.* 

An envelope is a statement — sometimes, it even carries one in the form of a monthly bill. Overall, the envelope is your first chance to make an impression for your brand. Let that impression be a good one with a finely crafted envelope.  

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Envelope Basics is a complete guide that details everything you need to select, measure and order the right envelope for your mail campaign.

Whether you're a seasoned mailer or new to the mail industry, Envelope Basics includes helpful tips for your business or organization. Download your copy of Envelope Basics here, or click on the topics below for a detailed look at:


Envelope Openings 

Make your opening (rate) grand by starting with the basics: choosing the right envelope opening. Whether it’s an open-side or open-end envelope, we’ve got your next campaign covered with this post here

Envelope Printing Methods 

The printing method you choose can depend on the kind of mailing you are doing, the size of your mailing and your budget. Learn the differences between flexography, enhanced flexography and lithography print methods in our post here. 

Envelope Paper Options paper rolls

It’s important to know the different types of paper available and how their weights and grades relate to your mail campaign. Learn about the types of paper used in envelope construction and which choice is best for your mail campaign here

Envelope Measurements 

How do you measure an envelope? It depends on who you ask. Measure yours the right way with tips from our popular post here

Envelope Window Measurements window envelope

How do you measure a window on an envelope? Again, it depends on who you ask! Discover how to include a window in your measurements here.  

Envelope Window Options 

Highlight your important message with a window envelope.  Set your window envelope up for success by familiarizing yourself with these basics. 

Envelope Flap Choices envelope flaps

Envelope flaps are located on the back of an envelope and are folded to secure the inner contents. Discover all of the flap possibilities for your mail campaign in this blog

Types of Envelope Closures 

There are three main types of envelope closures available, and each has its own benefit depending on the envelope’s use: Learn about the three most common types of envelope closures here. 

Types of Envelope Seams envelope flaps

Seams keep your envelope together, and there’s different types determined by the type of envelope used. Learn more about envelope seam options for your mailing here

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Download Your Copy of Envelope Basics

Still looking for more information for that successful mail campaign?

Download your copy of Envelope Basics here and get ready to become the mail authority in your workplace.


Contact Tension for More Envelope Basics Tips 

Make your first impression a good one with a finely crafted envelope. For more information on envelopes specifications for your mail campaign, contact a Sales expert at Tension today.

*This blog is intended for informational purposes only. Exact envelope and/or print specifications should be discussed in detail with your Sales Representative.

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