Saturday, 26 January 2013

You've Got Mail! Mail Art

Hello everyone and welcome to our blog! It's Astrid here with my second project for January.

Today I am showing you a very different project from my usual style, but I was in a fun mood and wanted to create something bright and cheerful, so I decided to create an altered envelope. And, just for some fun, - see how the address label is empty? Well if you would like your name to appear on that and receive this envie in the post, leave a comment here before January 31 and I will get my hubby to pull a name out of the hat so to speak, and that person will receive it in the post. Oh and just for those of you who are not familiar with this type of mail art, the envie is glued shut but there is nothing inside, it's the envelope itself that is the "art" lol.
Right, now for the list of stamps and products I used:
Stamps:
Postage No 1
Calligraphic mat 12
Journaling Words 3
Swirls, Splats and Dots
Kat's Creations Bunting
Crowning Glory
Birds of a Feather
Other products:
Dylusions Sprays in Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise and Lemon Zest
Archival Ink in Jet Black
Mini Mister
I also used a white and black journaling pen from my stash, some washi tape and an ordinary office size envelope.

So, this is how I went about creating my envelope:
First I glued the envelope shut and then I sprayed the Dylusions inks in my chosen colours randomly all over the back and front and then added some water from a mini mister to blend the colours more. I added two further layers of ink and dabbed off the excess with a roll of paper towel. When I was happy with the result I left it to dry.
While it was drying I stamped the bunting, envelopes and sentiments onto white card. I cut them out and then glued them onto the front as shown.



To finish this side off I added some doodling with a black and a white pen. I also stamped the crown straight onto the envelope.

The back was created in a similar way:

I stamped the script stamp on some white card and then cut out a heart free hand. I then stamped the wings from the Crowning Glory set, cut them out and glued them on either side of the heart.

The other stamps were stamped straight onto the envelope and the whole thing was finished with a little more doodling and some washi tape.


Well, that's it, hope you enjoyed this little project, it was fun to create and don't forget, if you want to be in with a chance to receive this envie in the mail, all you need to do is leave a comment here.
Until next time and happy stamping!!

22 comments:

Norma Gomez said...

Gorgeous envie, I'd love to receive this in the mail :D

sharon said...

I love this Astrid! It's s bight and cheery and whimsical...perfect for a dreary January! Every thing you make , no matter what style, is awesome!

Wrightboysmum said...

This is great. I love the colours and it would be lovely to have it arrive through the letterbox.

Sid said...

Love this, the colours are so vibrant !

Janny said...

Great piece of mailart!

craftimamma said...

As you say, something a little different from your usual style but, nonetheless, a lovely piece of art Astrid. Love the vibrant colours and mix of stamps and who wouldn't love to receive this through the post. Fingers crossed, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Redanne said...

A beautiful piece Astrid, a lovely piece of happy mail which would be a delight to receive.

Ros Crawford said...

So detailed and pretty!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great piece of mailart Astrid.
Greetings Janny

Jacqui Chimes said...

Lovely colours

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

I am in awe of you! What a cute piece. So colorful and creative. Simply amazing.

Dorthe said...

Love your: Life is like a circle,-art envelope, with all the symbols of love,sun,and wings to fly.
A wonderful piece,that will warm ones heart , with its bright warm colours, in the middle of february!
Amazing, dear Astrid.
Hugs,Dorthe

Margie said...

Wow, wouldn't it be great to receive an envelope like that! And wouldn't it make our postie's day too instead of all those boring brown envelopes he has to deliver. Please pick me and make two people very happy!

ange54 said...

bonsoir,
j'adore ce mail-art - merci et bravo pour cette belle réalisation
je gagnerai?
bises

Leslie said...

Gorgeous! Another great example using those luscious Dylusions sprays. Thanks for sharing your envy and for the chance to see it in person!

Artyjen said...

Aah! You've got mail? Means a lot to me at the moment ;) Your mail art has a lot of meaning :)
xoxo Sioux

butterfly said...

It's an amazing piece of art - the white elements glow against the fiery colours; and what a joy it would be to receive by post!
Alison x

Sandie Edwards said...

It is totally beautiful Astrid, the colours are amazing.

Disco Queen said...

Wow Astrid! Your altered envelope is stunning. It's so bright, colourful & super fun. I would love to win it for my inspiration wall. I can't believe I haven't heard of altered envelopes before. I've got to rush off now to make my own. Thanks for the inspiration, hugs, Theresa.

roc said...

great job astrid!

Eliza Devine said...

What an original design,I love it and I would love a closer look.
Maybe I will be lucky

craftytrog said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! xxx