Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I {Heart} Snail Mail :: The Elevated Envelope

Tara Bliven from Ephemera has this fabulous program that is in it's second go-around - The Elevated Envelope. It's a cool project to literally elevate your envelope from the mundane to the amazing. When I found her program on the blogesphere, I freaked.

Make art on the outside of an envelope & send it to a stranger? With a stamp?! Yes, please!! You can imagine my excitement then at being able to participate this time around.

I had a million ideas, but with Dekalb Market going gang-busters, I went with what I had at my finger tips. Voila!

Shocker! I rubber stamped them. I also broke out the embossing powder & the heat gun, which is something I've started experimenting with. It was labor intensive (there are 5 different colors plus 2 embossing powders), but I love they way they came out.  Simple & pretty. We are having a wonderful Spring here in Brooklyn & I thought I would spread some of that loveliness on my envelope. There will be probably be a post later with details of the process.

We were encouraged to send a note explaining our process or giving a little info on our inspiration. So! I made flat cards to match the envelopes. More stamps, but this time I used my glue pad & a fine glitter. Plus, everyone got Framed Monogram cards with the initial of their last name on it.

This was SO much fun to do! And!! They are fun to receive! So far I've found 2 in my mailbox.

I'm in a group of 12 & May 1st was the deadline, but Tara graciously extended it. Truth be told the deadline was really more motivation to get the envelopes made more than anything. Several participants have emailed to say their creations are coming. You know I'll be taking more pictures & posting about them when they arrive.

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