Monthly Mail Art – January 2017

Monthly Mail Art - January 2017

Hi all! Kristina here! I’m excited to share with you a new monthly feature here at the Simon blog: Monthly Mail Art. On the first Thursday of every month I will be showing how I create a custom mail art envelope. This month I’ll be sending an envelope (with a card inside, of course) to Kelly Marie of Lawn Fawn. :)

Most envelopes are not made out of paper or cardstock that can handle lots of stamping and watercoloring, so I first created my own envelope out of Strathmore Bristol paper with the aid of the We R Memory Keepers 123 Punch Board. This punch board does envelopes, bows, and boxes. For this envelope, I followed the instructions for an A2 envelope.

I stamped images from Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends stamp set and ink blended some Distress Inks from the edges of the envelope. I then watercolored the images using Zig Clean Color Markers.

Monthly Mail Art - January 2017

I used Concord & 9th’s Perfectly Penned stamp set to add Kelly Marie’s name on the envelope and wrote the Lawn Fawn business address below.

Monthly Mail Art - January 2017

Before the last step of applying some Distress Micro Glaze, I made sure to add the postage stamps. The postage stamps won’t stick to the envelope if the Distress Micro Glaze is applied first since the glaze seals off the surface and makes it fairly slick (it protects the paper from moisture so it’s perfect for protecting all the ink and watercoloring I did). So just to avoid having that problem, I stuck the postage stamps to the envelope first. Then I rubbed the Distress Micro Glaze into the envelope using my fingertips. Once applied over the entire surface, I buffed off any excess Distress Micro Glaze using a dry paper towel.

I hope you enjoy today’s envelope. And yes, this will definitely go through the mail! You just have to make sure the address is legible. :)


  1. I so enjoy your tutorials. You explain things so clearly, and speak slowly enough for me to really take in the information. And, most importantly, your projects are so darned cute. Pet your kitties for me and give them a nuzzle.

  2. This is gorgeous & what an amazing thing to receive in the mail! Thanks for the video – I love watching all the wonderful things you create!

  3. This is so pretty! I love the idea of decorating an envelope! And thanks for the Distress Glaze tip Kristina – I was looking for something like that!

  4. Special, spectacular, scrumptious, divine, amazing, gorgeous, magnificent and out of this world Heavenly! Totally in love with it! TFS!

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