Yes, you’ve done it! You finally found a snail mail partner! Time to get creative.. but.. what to use? A letter and an envelope would be the obvious things, but here is a list of items you can use to spice up your snail mail! It is really therapeutic and relaxing to spend a little more time on your letter and envelope.
The other day, I came across a box called “The Art of Instruction”. It’s a sturdy box containing 100 postcards, all in the same theme. It’s so great! Here’s the description:
Celebrating this scientific beauty of vintage educational charts, this collection of 100 postcard prints is divided into four categories; anatomy, botany, zoology and miscellany.
Here’s a little pic of my box:
I was over the moon! But, there’s more… I did a little research and found out that there a lot of postcard boxes out there!
I’ve found the Pantone Postcard Box, New York vs Paris Postcard Box, French Posters Postcard Box and many, many more. All containing 30+ postcards, all in the same theme. It’s a lot cheaper than buying loose postcards and you don’t have to search for a great postcard anymore! As a matter of fact, if you search Amazon for “Postcard Book”, you’ll get a lot of hits.
Here are some pictures of my box and as for the other boxes, I really would love to get my hands on them!
French Posters Postcard Book
I was very excited when I discovered embossing, even though I didn’t see a direct purpose for it. Apparently people have been using embossing powder for a very long time, I guess I am just late to the party.
According to the Internet, this is embossing:
Embossing refers to the creation of an impression of some kind of design, decoration, lettering or pattern on another surface like paper, cloth, metal and even leather, to make a relief. In regular printing or an engraving, plates are pressed against the surface to leave an imprint. In embossing however, the pressing raises the surfaces adding a new dimension to the object.
So, how to go about it? You take a piece of paper (a heavy one, preferably) & you stamp an image or words on it with special embossing ink. After that, you pour the embossing powder on it and tap the excess of.
And that’s where the heat tool comes in. You point your heat tool (or gun) at the stamped image and wait a few seconds. Careful, the heat tool gets extremely hot! You can see that the embossing powder start to melt and forms a “raised” image. So glossy and pretty!
Now that I’ve had some experience using this, I will definitely use it in my future projects. Imagine all the things you can make! Embossed areas add a real touch of professionalism to your project.
PS: it’s kind of hard to catch the shiny finish on camera, but I hope this helps!
I was watching a very talented artist on YouTube (I forgot her name, sorry!) and she was using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist sprays on a canvas. I know, it’s a mouthful! The colors looked so gorgeous, I fell in love instantly!
If you buy Moon Shadow Mist, you will receive a spray bottle with powder in it. You have to add warm water to it, give it a good shake and let it sit for 10 minutes. Give it another shake & you’re good to go!
I haven’t used mine on a project before, but I do have a little something in mind where I could use these for. The colors are basically two-toned; so you could have a blue-gold one, a silver-white one and so forth. Below you can see the spray examples on heavy card stock. They do shine and switch colors, depending on the light. You can’t really see it on the picture.
Upper left corner: Tawny Turquoise
Upper right corner: Buccaneer Bay Blue
Bottom right corner: Buccaneer Bronze
Bottom left corner: Burnt umber
Aren’t they gorgeous? And tell me, who can resist names like Bucket O’Blood Red, Pirate’s Plunder Gold, Long John’s Silver or Treasure Island Aqua? You can get them at probably most craft stores in your area, but since I am in Holland, you might want to search for them online.
While I was cleaning out my paper stack, I stumbled upon these great Graphic 45 papers from the Le Cirque Collection! I love ALL the paper pads from Graphic 45, they always give me great inspiration. So glad I’ve picked it up at the time, since the paper pad seems to be discontinued in most places now..
I didn’t want to write a blog post about this paper in particular. I wanted to share one of my ideas on how to get more inspiration when you are feeling stuck. One of my tricks is that I carefully look through my paper stack. The papers that I’ve already got. Most of them are beautiful and a lot of them bring themes to mind at ease.
This trick gave me the inspiration today to make a paper clock & I think these papers are going to come in handy! So, if you don’t know what to do next, just let the paper speak!