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The World of Envelopes: A Guide

Envelopes play an important role as they are the ‘face’ of personal and business mail. At AlphaGraphics 5280 we offer our clients a large selection of envelopes that allow their direct mail to stand out. Stationery can speak just as loudly as what’s inside!

From gala invites to wedding announcements, to annual reports and promotional mailers, we provide stationery to pair with each job.

Types of Envelopes

Customized Invitation
Style: A2 – A6 – A7
Size: 4.375 x 5.75 – 4.75 x 6.5 – 5.25 x 7.25
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Linen – Classic Laid – Cougar – PrintMaster


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Style: #9 – #10 (with or without window)
*Windows have a transparent plastic opening to show the recipient name and address.
Size: 3.875 x 8.875 – 4.125 x 9.5
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Linen – Classic Laid – Cougar – PrintMaster

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Booklet (Long edge / open side)
Size: 6×9 – 9×12 – 10×13
Paper: Cougar – PrintMaster – Pacesetter

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Catalog (Short edge / open end)
Size: 6×9 – 9×12 – 10×13
Paper: Cougar – PrintMaster – Pacesetter





The World of Envelopes: A Guide-5*Enclosures – Each envelope size determines the size of the enclosed items. The size of the letter, invite, etc. must be smaller than that of the total envelope size in order to ensure that it will fit. Ideally, there should be between .125 (1/8 inch) and .25 (1/4 inch) of wiggle room so that the inside pieces don’t have too much movement but are still easily pulled from the open envelope.

Types of Flaps

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Contour Flap
A triangular flap with a curved tip that nearly touches the bottom of the envelope. This stationery option offers a luxurious feel that will pair well with any invitation, announcement, or greeting card.
Standard Flap
All regular envelopes feature a solid front with a basic flap on the back. Businesses use these envelopes to send items such as invoices, checks and letters.

Business Envelopes
Square Flap
A straight and elegant square flap. These envelopes are ideal for sending invitations, greeting cards and more.
Pointed Flap (Baronial)
A triangular flap with crisp points that creates a classic feel, appropriate for any invitation.

Types of Paper

Envelopes also come in a large variety of paper types and finishes. Here are some that we carry at AlphaGraphics 5280:

Classic Crest® 

Luxury paper providing a uniform surface. This finish has an incredible print performance that stands the test of time.

Classic Linen®     

Textured to mimic linen fabric. These envelopes have a consistent finish on each side and deliver a high quality elegance.

Classic Laid®  

Laid paper has a ribbed texture that is created during the manufacturing process. With a original and crisp feel, it’s reminiscent of handmade paper from the pre-mechanical European papermaking period. Classic Laid® papers set the standard for premium watermarked papers.


Premium paper known for its rich and velvety feel. Useful for printing vibrant colors, sharp images and has consistent press performance.


Pacesetter Coated is an FSC® Certified paper. The pulp is derived from areas promoting responsible forestry. The envelopes blue-white shade and brightness level provide color intensity with detailed contrast.

Printing on Envelopes

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Custom Envelopes







AlphaGraphics 5280 offers custom envelope printing. We can print a design of yours or design something that you have in mind! Custom printing can be done digitally or manually on a press. Envelope printing allows you to have a consistent brand image across all of your assets or add a unique touch to personal letters, wedding invitations and more.

The world of envelopes is limitless! For an even more in depth look into our envelopes, please visit our site and reach out to discuss custom options for your personal or business needs.

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  1. Simply a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great design and style.


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