Dear Ms. Cards Etiquette:
What is the correct or proper way to put a card into an envelope?
Well, Lori, this is actually a widely debated subject! There are advocates supporting various sides of this discussion for a number of reasons so no one way is necessarily the rule. This seems to be the most popular method and the one I recommend–
Place the fold of the card in the envelope first. This is done to prevent slicing through the card if a letter opener is used when opening the envelope. Some have argued that if there are other pieces tucked in the card it may be better to have the fold at the top so that all the pieces don’t fall out when opened. But, then you’re back to the possible slicing issue.
Place the card in the envelope so that the face of the card is towards the flap. If done this way, the nice front of the card is the first thing you see when removing it from the envelope. I know I’d much rather see the colorful front of a greeting than the black barcode on the back of it when I first open a greeting!
Placing the card in the envelope this way also provides an almost solid surface showing through on the front of the envelope, if the envelope is thin, thus making the address easier to read and not spoiling the surprise by allowing you to see the design before opening the card.
Hope this helps and happy stuffing!