Hello and welcome, today I’ll be focusing on some envelope art that will match the card we did for our last project. We used Stardream Metallic card stock in the color Rose Quartz as a card base, and Neenah Classic Crest in the color Pewter for the dimensional die cuts.
To try to match the wintery theme as well as the colors, I’ll be adding lots of stamping and embellishments to this envelope. The envelope is made from the same paper we used on the card, Neenah Classic Crest in Pewter, so it will match the die cut letters.
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First I decide I’d like to mask off a circle for where the name and address will go. I use a We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles Die Set and choose a size that makes sense. Then, I trim a piece of contact paper from a roll. Contact paper is a great low-cost material for making repositionable masks. I set up the plates on my machine to cut the circle from the contact paper and send it through. Once cut, I can place it where I need on my envelope.
I use Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad and a make-up sponge to blend a halo of white around the outside of this circle. I am going for a kind of frosty moon vibe. I carved little stamps out of stamping rubber – one is a trio of dots and the other is a little sparkle shape. I’ll be adding the sparkles as stars and the dots as falling snow.
As I stamp with the unicorn white ink, I also like to stamp off and do second or third generation impressions, so there is a variation in the shades of white I am stamping with.
Once I like how it looks, I want to add even smaller stars and definition, so I take some water and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White, 1.0 oz on a toothbrush dedicated for splatter techniques.
Once everything is good and dry, we can remove the mask and start lettering. I sketched out the address first with pencil. The address is fake, I used an online generator, so no worries there.
For the ink, I mixed up a custom pale pink to match the pink in the metallic paper. Using bleed proof white and a little gouache in red and blue, I thinned it with some water and mixed in a tiny bit of gum arabic to help with binding. Using a very tiny detail brush, I proceed to letter with my pale pink ink.
I recommend waiting until everything is 100% dry before even thinking about erasing pencil lines. You don’t want to mess up all that hard work.
I wanted to add some sparkle detail but didn’t think it belonged on the front. So I die cut some snowflakes from Stardream Metallic Rose Quartz and added them as an embellishment on the back. I used a Quickie glue pen to adhere each one.
And that completes the project for today! I really love how the circle provides a nice home for the lettering. I saw Kristina Werner do a technique like this recently and just had to try it.
I hope this gave you some fun ideas on how to match envelope art to your greeting card designs with lots of hand lettering goodness. See you next time!
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