Did you have pen pals growing up? I had a few and one of them was very much like me. Both of us loved dressing up our letters and envelopes with stickers, doodles, etc. It was so much fun! But with time, distance and technological advancement, my letter-writing, like most other people’s, declined. But I still like to add bells and whistles to the snail mail that I send out occasionally to loved ones. Hi there, my name is Mou Saha and Katelyn Lizardi’s envelope art collection of dies and stamps from Sizzix makes me want to send out letters in the mail, again!
- Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray) (#660425)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Envelope Liners, A2 & A7 by Katelyn Lizardi (#662792)
- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Envelope Corners by Katelyn Lizardi (#662794)
- Sizzix Interchangeable Clear Stamps - You've Got Mail by Katelyn Lizardi (#662795)
- Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter) (#662142)
- Sizzix Accessory - Die Brush & Stamping Kit (#662109)
- Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies (#661900)
- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Gelatos colors (assorted), Gesso, Gel Medium, Pencil, Spatula, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, PITT Artist Lettering Pen)
- A2 Envelope
- Copy Paper (Letter size)
Now, let me walk you through the steps and share some tips that you might find useful.
To create the Envelope Liners, start with white copy paper.
TIP: Copy or printer paper, being light-weight, will not add extra bulk to your envelope.
You can use colored copy paper or color it yourself like I did.
TIP: Coat the copy paper with a little bit of white gesso. This keeps any colors that you add on top vibrant because it prevents the copy paper from absorbing the pigments thereby making them look dull.
I used Gelatos colors on my copy paper and blended them dry.
TIP: Whatever coloring medium you choose to color your copy paper, be sure to blend them dry or with as little water as possible to prevent rippling or warping of the paper.
Once your paper is ready, it’s time to die-cut the Envelope Liner. For that create the following Sizzix Sandwich –
- On Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter).
- Place your colored paper on it. Lay the A2 Envelope Liner and Hearts insert from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Envelope Liners, A2 & A7 blade side down on the paper. Feel free to mix and match from the eight insert options in this set.
- Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.
Place your A2 Envelope Liner inside your A2 Envelope. I had to the trim off small portions from the edges of the top flap of the envelope to align better with my Liner. For that I drew pencil lines parallel to the edges of my die-cut Envelope Liner and cut the excess off with scissors.
I started with a plain white envelope, so I decided to color it. I used a Gelatos color. You could start with a colored envelope or color yours with your favorite coloring medium.
TIP: Starting with a neutral color of envelope allows you to personalize and customize them to suit your needs.
Apply adhesive to the back of the Envelope Liner and carefully place it in the envelope as shown. I used gel medium. You can use your favorite adhesive.
TIP: Using an adhesive that dries clear is helpful so that there’s no visible residue in case any adhesive oozed out through the diecut hearts.
Color another section of the gesso-ed copy paper from step 1 with Gelatos colors. Create the same Sizzix Sandwich as before but with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 5PK - Envelope Corners to die-cut the little rose-and-leaf embellishment. Again, you have five designs to choose from.
I also went back to the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Envelope Liners, A2 & A7 to die cut the phrase Happy Mail using the exact same Sizzix sandwich as above.
Choose as many or as few embellishments for your envelope as you like. However, if you plan on sending it through the mail, be sure to leave room for adding the recipient’s address and postal stamps. You have no such space restriction if you are hand delivering.
To stamp the address label, place your copy paper on the smooth surface of the Mini Stamper’s Secret Weapon, a double-sided Stamping/Piercing Mat that comes in the Sizzix Accessory - Die Brush & Stamping Kit. It provides just the right amount of cushioning to your paper for the stamp to make full contact for a crisp clean stamped image.
Mount your stamp from the Sizzix Interchangeable Clear Stamps - You've Got Mail on the acrylic block from the kit. Ink up the stamp with Stamper’s Big Brush pen or another permanent ink and stamp by pressing down firmly and evenly. Do not rock the stamp to avoid fuzzy edges. Let the ink dry for a few minutes or use a heat tool to speed things up.
Color the stamped image. I used Gelatos colors. Cut the label out with scissors.
Attach the embellishments to the envelope as shown with clear drying adhesive. Write the recipient’s name and address in your best handwriting to finish.
I hope you enjoyed today’s envelope art tutorial and will make these lovely dies and stamps part of your own mail art!