3 WAYS TO DRESS UP YOUR ENVELOPES!!!!

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 3 Different (and fun) ways to make your envelopes POP!!

3 Different (and fun) ways to make your envelopes POP!!

One thing I absolutely LOVE to do is send some Happy Mail!  And I love getting creative with addressing envelopes.  It's such a neat way to bring smiles to the recipient's face!  Today I'm going to show you 3 different ways you can style your envelopes and send your own Happy Mail!  

STYLE 1: USE COLOR AND STAMPS!!

 For this style, I am thinking Tropical!!! I do live in Florida after all!

For this style, I am thinking Tropical!!! I do live in Florida after all!

To create this style, I will be using Tombow's Dual Brush Pens 933 Orange, 055 Process Yellow, The Colorless Blender, and the Fudenosuke Hard Tip Pen. I also have a cute little Palm Tree stamp with a clear block for application, and a fast drying ink pad in black that I am going to use as well.  

STEP 1: 

Outline the outer edge of your envelope with Orange. Use the side of the marker nib and run it along the edge from left to right.  

 Follow the edge!

Follow the edge!

STEP 2:

Using Process Yellow, outline the edge directly under the Orange from left to right.

 Follow along the Orange line!

Follow along the Orange line!

STEP 3:

Using the Colorless Blender, start from the orange and pull it into the yellow to blend the two colors together. Do this all the way across the outer edge of the envelope.  

 Blend those 2 together!

Blend those 2 together!

STEP 4:

Repeat for all sides of the envelope to create a colorful border!  It should like similar to below:

 So colorful!!!

So colorful!!!

STEP 5:

Address your envelope with the name and address. Then using Orange and Process Yellow, fill in the empty spacing in the letters in just the name portion.  I used both colors in an alternating pattern to give it some POP!!!

 I love how the lettering pops when the spaces are filled in with color!

I love how the lettering pops when the spaces are filled in with color!

STEP 6:

Finish off the envelope with a stamp! I placed a palm tree in both bottom corners of my envelope. 

 Fast drying ink is very helpful! Can you tell I have learned from experience??!!

Fast drying ink is very helpful! Can you tell I have learned from experience??!!

 Hello Palm Tree!

Hello Palm Tree!

And here's what the finished piece looks like!

 So summery!!!

So summery!!!

STYLE 2: LET WASHI TAPE INSPIRE YOU!

 Here's the supplies for Style 2!

Here's the supplies for Style 2!

STEP 1:

Washi tape is one of my favorite things to use! There are SO many patterns, so for this style I chose a pretty feather pattern!  Place a section of washi tape at an angle on the left top corner, then do the same for the bottom right corner. 

 It should look like this!

It should look like this!

STEP 2:

Address your envelope! Try out different placements too! You don't have to block everything together, be creative!  I decided to go with a faux calligraphy look for the name on this one! If you have never tried this technique, you simply make an extra line following your down stroke, then fill it in!

 Faux calligraphy!

Faux calligraphy!

 Here's what it looks like addressed!

Here's what it looks like addressed!

STEP 3:

Using the new Mono Drawing Pens from Tombow, make little feather doodles in each corner that is angled off by the washi tape.  

 Cute little feathers!

Cute little feathers!

 I just did a few!

I just did a few!

STEP 4:

Add some color to the feathers!  Using Tombow's new Twin Tone markers, I colored in the feathers with Gray and Coral in random spots.  These pens are amazing! There are 2 tips to them, one is a bullet tip and the other is a very fine tip that is PERFECT for detailing!!!

 Isn't this color gorgeous??!!!

Isn't this color gorgeous??!!!

And here is the finished piece!  Doodles can add a fun new dimension to your envelopes!! 

 Voila!

Voila!

STYLE 3: BANNERS!!!

 I need a pencil and eraser for this one!

I need a pencil and eraser for this one!

STEP 1:

I'm going to warn you, banners are NOT my strong suit, but I shall perfect them someday!!!  But for now, I need to use pencil and eraser!  They are a lifesaver for me with things like this!  Using my favorite pencil, the Tombow Mono Drawing Pencil, I sketched out my attempt of a banner.  

 Sketching is a MUST for me!

Sketching is a MUST for me!

STEP 2:

Still using my pencil, I sketched out the recipient's name.  Pencil is still a life saver for me in this step, I have a hard time visualizing my letters inside the banner, so having an erasing option is helpful!

 Try to fill in most of the banner!

Try to fill in most of the banner!

STEP 3:

Using the Mono Drawing Pen 03, I outline the banner and trace over the name. Then for the smaller details, I used the 01 Drawing Pen (this has a finer nib to it).  

 What my banner looks like!

What my banner looks like!

STEP 4:

Use an eraser to get rid of any pencil lines that show!

 No more pencil lines!

No more pencil lines!

STEP 5:

Finish addressing your envelope underneath the banner!  Then use a fun strip of washi tape to seal the back of your envelope!

 Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

 I have this fun washi tape, perfect for Happy Mail!

I have this fun washi tape, perfect for Happy Mail!

And there you have it, 3 ways to style your envelopes! Have fun sending some Happy Mail out!! And if you want to share your creations, be sure to tag me, I would love to see it!!!!

Till next time,
Mandy