Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Mail Art

Recently I joined a Mail Art Swap with some lovely online crafting pals.  I thought I'd share the ones I made with you today as I'm pretty sure all of them will have been delivered by now.

I decided on a different colour for each of the envelopes, selecting the colour I thought each of my pals would like.

Here's a pic of the fronts of the envelopes



I used Distress Inks to colour white envelopes, selecting a light, medium and dark from each colour family.  Using a number of different stamps from Kaisercraft, Visible Image and Inkyliscious and the darkest DI in each colour family, I overstamped randomly on front and back of the envelopes.   The feather image and sentiment were stamped using black Archival Ink.

Here's a view of the backs



All of the designs were similar, but not exactly the same on each envelope. 

I masked an area on the front whilst adding the DI's to ensure the address would be easy to read.

Finally, I sprayed two coats of Crafters' Companion Spray and Shine over both front and back to seal the inks and give the envelopes a little more 'body'.  DI's are water-based and if not sealed the colour lifts off with water so, bearing in mind our recent weather, I didn't want my Mail Art to arrive at it's destination as plain white envelopes with all the colour washed off ! 

I hope my pals liked their Mail Art and that I selected the right colour for each of them. 

Thanks for dropping by to check out today's project, hope you enjoyed your visit.

8 comments:

Patricia said...

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant love these beautiful envelopes. People receiving them will be delighted
Have a great day

Patricia xx

Kathyk said...

Well, I certainly loved mine, Wynneth, thank you

Kathyk

Lauren Hatwell said...

How lovely! The colours are absolutely gorgeous too Wynneth. Lx

Debs M said...

they are even lovelier irl! Thanks Wynneth x

Clare Lloyd said...

Loved mine too!

Diane said...

Gorgeous colors, love the idea.

Hugs diane

Janine said...

The mail art you've made is beautiful :)

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Katie Berberich said...

Oh I love the vibrancy of those colours Wynneth. So, so pretty.
Katie x