I’ve been a little slow at starting my ambitious month of mail; in all honesty I haven’t sent out a single letter yet. However, I have the envelopes ready to go and I’m planning a letter writing session this evening.
Recently I watched a crafting video which included an emboss resist technique that I have played around with previously, but had forgotten. I decided to try it on my first batch of envelopes mainly because I wanted to embellish the envelopes without adding any bulk. This technique will work on any paper, I chose to use my stash of Luxe envelopes from the Paper Source. These envelopes are textured and made from heavier weight paper, much like watercolor paper. They stand up to a lot more paint and ink than your run-of-the-mill envelope. If you are interested in a tutorial, you can learn the technique here or here.
I had fun playing with different inks and embossing powders. I used a silver embossing powder on the feathers and then sprayed a Gold Color Shine on the envelope. This was done with a label masking the address area. When the envelope was dry I simply removed the label and used a paint pen to frame the area and edge the envelope.
I used a clear embossing powder on the honeycomb and a white diamond powder on the stars. Using a blending tool, I applied pigment inks in blue and yellow to add color.
I did make two more envelopes than pictured above. They ended up not being blog worthy, but I’m still going to send them. My friends are very forgiving, a criteria for being my friend these days, due to my lousy skills at keeping in touch.
Here they are, addressed, stamped and waiting to be stuffed with good tidings.
A Merry Month of Mail to you all!