I hope you had a fabulous holiday season with a lot of food, folks, and of course, new crafty toys! I got a Lettermate Companionin my stocking, and I was itching to try it out. So today I have for you a wintry envelope art idea that you can quickly whip up for thank you notes, birthdays, or just a snowy greeting card.
I always like to make my own envelopes when I want to decorate them. That way, I know what to expect from the paper when I add ink or other embellishments.
To make this envelope, I used Stardream Metallics cardstock in Silver and an Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. The best thing I’ve found for making envelopes is Score-Tape. It can hold thick cardstock together really well.
To get started, I picked out a white pigment ink to “frost” the edges of my envelope. You don’t need a specific kind, use whatever White Pigment Ink that’s in your stash. Blend the ink inward from the edges with a blending tool.
Use a light hand, though – it’s easy to accidentally make lines in your work on a coated paper such as this. If blending isn’t working out for you, the ink can be swept in from the edges instead.
Next, doodle a snowflake design around the outer part of the envelope where the ink is. I used a white Uniball Signo Pen to do my drawing.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’s not supposed to be! The messiness adds a little whimsy, and that’s what you’re going for. Don’t forget to do the back flap, too.
This is where the Lettermate comes in handy. It’s fantastic for keeping everything in line. I used a silver paint marker (a silver Uniball Signo will work well here) to write the address, and also to add a few extra dots in between my snowflakes to match.
The metallic ink and the chalky blend around the edges really set off the sparkle in this silver cardstock. All it needs now is a stamp and a handwritten note!
Thanks for coming by after this busy past weekend! My next post is in January, so I will see you soon. Happy New Year!