When I send cards or letters, I like to think that receiving that piece of mail is brings a few moments of joy into the recipient’s life. If possible, I want those moments to start when the second their eye lands on the envelopes. Now, some will recognize my handwriting, and there is always the return address, but I like to have a little more than that. For instance, while the postal service offered them I used the Nature of America Series stamps (you can see a couple of them I used in this photo) kind of as a signature on the envelope. At least I like them to know that they received a personal piece of mail and not a bill or add. Sometimes this is easy as with the bright pink envelopes I recently sent cards in, other times, it’s a little harder. Recently I had to use #10 business size envelopes-not the easiest thing to make look personal. Not that I have anything against letters in those envelopes, one of my most regular correspondents uses them, and I’m always more than thrilled to get her letters. Pretty mail is kind of a hobby to me, and I’ve been reading some letter writing/mail art blogs, so I wanted to do something a little fancier. You can see in the above photo the embellishment I settled on. Here's how to do it yourself (or with your children, I'm sure that one of these envelopes with a drawing inside would make most any grandparent, aunt, uncle, or older friend's day):
- Colored pens
- Small stickers (as you can see, I used quite a verity, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy)
- Ruler or stencil (this is really optional, all you need is something to make your lines strait)
- Chose your sticker (This could match your stationary if you used it, could represent something you know the person you’re writing to likes/is interested in, something that brings to mind a joint memory, or just something you like)
- Choose your coordinating pen color(s)
- If you have stencils, decide if you want to use one of those designs or just strait (You can see below that I did one that was waves that I used with blue and a seagull to hint at a port visit I made with them last year).
- Draw your lines
- Place your sticker
- Stamp: you may want to consider using a stamp to coordinate like you did the sticker, with more and more forever stamps being offered (I counted over a dozen kinds when I checked on USPS.com just now) the fear of stamp prices changing no longer stands in the way of keeping a stock of stamps to pick from.
Here are how my four envelopes turned out (you can click on the photo to see it larger):
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