My Envelopes Have… Hearts On Them? // Valentine’s Envelope Art

The Hearts Are Everywhere!

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Valentine’s day is near, and while it’s not a heavily celebrated holiday here, I did want to make a few envelopes that resembled the day.

Most of them were quite simple. This one below I did little hearts all over a brown envelope, but I wanted a bit more color. I’ve been really liking the look of torn edges (well, it depends what it’s on. XD) so I tore a bit of pink scrapbook paper and used double-sided tape to apply it to the middle. I ripped a few pieces of washi tape and added it in various areas of the ripped paper, for a bit more color. I addressed it on the scrapbook paper, too.

I’ve been doing this in different colors and shapes, too, it’s really cute and fun!

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I did a similar thing for this envelope. I took a lot of peach/pink colors and went a teensy bit crazy with hearts (heh), and since it was a cream envelope, I tore a piece of sketchbook paper (white) and used double-sided tape to apply. I added some black washi tape for a bit of contrast and also some gold stickers.

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I wanted a bit more of a simple approach, so I just used big letters in silver and then used a lot of different heart stickers I had. I think this turned out cute and I like that some of them are the puffy stickers and you can feel the different shapes.

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This next envelope is mainly lettering, with the addition of some hanging hearts. My favorite part of this is how easy it was. I just continued some of the lines on her name into hearts. I also put the address in between her first and last name, for fun.

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aaaAAAhh.. I went a bit wild. XD

This one I started out with her name and did a bit of a gradient and a drop shadow. I needed to add something to the left so that it would even out everything, so that’s why there’s one massive red heart over there. (:

I thought it would be fun to do “confetti” hearts around the name. What do you think?

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This was a throwback to last year’s Valentine’s day post, (go check it out!) though, instead of a 3D paper look I used some red felt/foam paper to do the heart balloon. I also added some clouds.

I went with a more elegant lettering style; I quite like the outcome!

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I went very simple with this one, a heart shaped balloon and brush lettering. I like how simple and cute it became.

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I made another “hanging heart” illustration. I made a wreath shape and just went around and around with a black pen and then threw in some hearts. This turned out one of my favorites. (:

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On the back of one of the envelopes I did some more hanging hearts from the seal of the letter down. Simple, but fun!

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I thought crystals might be fun, not necessarily Valentine’s themed, but pink and purple(:

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ALAS! HURRAH! The snow came to GA for a day and a half, so here are a few pictures from that. It snowed four days ago and was gone the next day. Guess what? it’s 64º right now. *flabbergasted*

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Thank you all so much for reading! Let me know your thoughts! What was your favorite?

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Which envelope was your favorite? Did you get any snow? Do you do anything on Valentine’s? 

Recent Letter Art… PART TWO!

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Hello again!

I recently made a letter art post, though many more pictures have amassed in the good ole’ memory card, so I thought I would empty it until the next time! (which, I almost promise, won’t be a week from this one)

I hope you enjoy!

I love to theme my letters or make everything (inside and out) the same. This letter to my friend Bronwyn I kept the same, using the gold Tombow dual pen 026, and grey one, N89 and the bullet end of a back one to create a shadow effect and I also used the grey one for a border.

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I feel like keeping it cohesive and match-matchy makes letters really pretty and there are so many ways to change it up with the lettering and art and styles, so fun!

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I love creating wild, fun art on the envelopes. Though, if you’re using waterbased pens, be sure to seal it in something or else it will look like watercolor if it goes through rain–and you might not want that. XD

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Hehe. My friend’s name is IrisAnne, so I attempted to make the letters in her name different flowers. Failed attempt? XD

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I love using washi tape as borders, and lately I’ve been loving layering two tapes, or even three, for variety in color and shapes. It’s simple, but still fun!

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I layered this one as well. I love layering pattern on solid or vise versa. (Thanks to one of my pen pals for sending some silver washi tape. I love it!)

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For that letter I used a silver theme, with that same backdrop black shading as the first letter. OH! My brother got me some awesome pen+gear pastel envelopes for Christmas that have a sticky backs so that you don’t have to lick them. *ahhhhhhh* I DIDN’T KNOW THIS MAGIC WAS REAL. If you understand the mucho disgust in licking the envelope, you’ll love these.

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This one I just did a basic black font, but I went with a more script font than I normally use. I want to start adding more loops, but I don’t know, they scare me! (:

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I went very abstract and bright with this one. I wanted to include bunches of shapes. What do you think?

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This one’s pretty simple, another floral theme. This pen pal loves purple, so I tried to include that a good bit(:

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I experimented with a circular/abstract/mandala art in watercolor for this one. I really enjoyed the outcome! It was fun creating the shapes.

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I wanted to use a yellow envelope for this letter, so alongside the “sunny” (know where I’m going?XD) yellow, I drew a rather sketchy sun. I think it turned out pretty cute! I love yellow.

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I wrote my friend Sammi in French, so I addressed it (other than the actual address, I didn’t think the postman would be fluent. XD) in French, alongside a flower. I also use that same technique for a backdrop as before.

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I painted this pen pal’s name, but then I thought, “hmm… this needs some color.” VUA LA!   (is there an actual way to spell that?) Hehe. I just randomly placed oblong shapes in different colors everywhere.

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For the entering greeting in a letter like “Dear …” or “Hello, …” I like doing lettering and I usually close with lettering as well.

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This one I basically used my Tombow pen as a highlighter and lettered on top and added some random greenery. I did this to a lot of letters because I liked it, but I’l only show this one. It’s fun to do this in different colors. (:

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I love using bold washi tapes on the back with matching lettering. Ah, don’t you love washi tapes? ♥

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(I use that washi tape combo a lot. XD)

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Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed part two! I hope you’re all having a great day!

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Do you like envelope art posts? Would you like to see lettering posts in the future? What’s you’re opinion on kale? Do you like peppermint?

 

My Envelopes Have Art On Them! // Recent Letter Art

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Hi there, friends!

I have written a lot of letters of late, and a few of them I have photographed, and I figured you all might enjoy!

I generally have done similar types of art, mostly lettering and some very Christmassy.

I had the phone sitting up playing music as I was doing this letter, so I thought, “Hey, that’s not a bad idea!” Hehe. It turned out pretty good, and I did it a few more times on other letters.

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This one was just simple, but I liked how clean and simple the lettering was. (And you just have to love Santa over in the corner!)

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I started doing lots of holly during December with this gold lettering. AH! I just lovemaking Christmas envelopes.

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I love to layer washi tapes on the back, and over them a wax seal or sticker. I love the affect. (The plaid washi tape is from Hobby Lobby and the yellow is from the Peach and Poppy Co. snail mail kit here)

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I made a collage on a envelope last year using wrapping paper, so I hath done it again. Funny, my penpal’s name is Joy, so it worked out perfectly! (:

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He’s just so jolly! XD

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I wrote a lot of letters one morning, so I did a little letter photoshoot. (:

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I sealed them all similarly. Don’t you just love washi tape? (:

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One of my favorite ways to letter is by using two Tombow Dual Brush pens, one slightly darker than the other, to create a fade effect. I did snowflakes, too, to give me a little snow in the midst of Georgia’s 65° degrees. (:

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Who knew letters could provide so much shading and varying angles? XD

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I love filling in all the closed-in spaces with color. It adds a little “pop” (:

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This one I used a black Tombow dual brush pen and my beloved white signo broad gel pen. Kinda interesting!

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I hope you all enjoyed this, and let me know if you’d like to see more soon!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to your new year!

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Which envelope was your favorite? What did you do to kick off the new year? Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Autumn // Pen-pal-ly Tidbits

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Welcome!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year, the colors, the pumpkins, the weather (😍), the leaves, and I love my letters to reflect that.

I’ve been researching fall quotes and poems like the ever popular and lovely..

Aren’t you glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?

By the lovable and entertaining Anne of Green Gables.

Writing letters, to some people might seem like a thing of the past, especially because of all of the electronic devices these days, but it’s SO enjoyable to write and receive letters in the mail.

Without further adieu…

I don’t particularly love orange, but when it comes to fall it fits perfectly! Adding little leaves and subtle things like that at little fun touches to letters.

One thing I’ve learned is that making your address and your return address designs and styles the same looks really pretty and uniform.

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Autumnal colored wax seals make every thing fun. I love mixing brown and red and orange and yellow. Brown envelopes look really nice this time of year (they’re actually my favorite for any time), with the reds and yellows and oranges.

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This was a fun portion of a Robert Frost poem. I used watercolor with this one. I LOVE LEAVES! (:

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Same thing here, watercolor leaves and brush lettering.

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Now, this isn’t particularly fall-like, but my good friend and pen-pal Sammi and I are doing a letter theme: Things with wheels. I guess one wheel counts? Hehe.

Themes are really fun between letters. My friend Alex and I are doing one verse from each book of the bible, taking turns, in order, all the way through. (WHEW! XD) It’s really fun! I’ve done holidays before, States in order, Songs starting with each letter in the alphabet, and flowers. It’s fun, and It keeps you thinking about the next letter!

The memory ones, like bible verses or holidays or songs are fun, because you get to research!

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Washi tape, oh how I love thee! Hobby Lobby, you guys, is the washi tape castle! (Oh my. Hmm… how do you like spurt of the moment naming? XD) I love the plaids and solids. (My washi tapes: Glitter and Plaid: Target dollar section. Red: Hobby Lobby, Yellow: Peach and Poppy‘s Autumn Snail mail kit, to which I was honored to help with 😊)

It’s fun for design, sealing, and just a pretty factor! AH!

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Colored pens! For designing envelope art and doing brush lettering. (Pens top: Tombow dual brush pens. Bottom pens: Sakura Koi brush pens. Orange seen on first envelope(: )

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I love putting stickers on the envelopes or as gifts inside. I feel like stickers, pretty ones, are becoming popular these days, and it’s so fun to decorate with them.

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Including fun things, such as word search, stickers, vintage postcards and stamps, poems, ribbon, bracelets, gum, washi tape, music, pictures, quotes, etc. are a fun way to spruce up letters and make them fun for the receiver. These word search puzzles are at dollar tree! Little things you collect or have can always be used. It’s so fun!

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I hope you enjoyed this Autumnal post! Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me in the comments below, or here.

Have a beautifully wonderful Autumn day!

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Do you write letters? What did you like most in this post? To you like sending things in letters? What is your fall like this year?

A Collection // Letter Art and Other Things

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This is a good day, isn’t it?

Summer is most assuredly here.

It’s proven in the sky. Well, um, the heat. It is rather hot. (:

Well, today is a day for art and things related! I have collected a few photos of letter art and some watercolorings and such. Let’s go, shall we?

I’ve been doing a lot of floral lately around the address and such.

I have a few questions about my one little yellow rose in the corner… XD

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I have been making a few envelopes lately and it’s fun to use different scrapbook paper. I  had this little “counting my blessings” sticker and I thought that would be a fun address sticker. (I’ve found it’s a tidbit difficult to write on this particular paper(: )

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A little collection of a letter. I like sticking with a color theme for letters. I always like collecting little things like bookmarks, cute notecards, stickers, quotes, paintings, it’s fun to fill a letter with doo-da’s(:

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Yellow has been a cheery color to me lately and I’ve been using it a lot. I like sunflowers a lot, so yellow + sunflowers, hmm? hmm? (:

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A friend of mine had a birthday, so I made her a card. I stuck pretty simple for this one, but I enjoyed how it came out. Do you watercolor?

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My friend Laura wondered if I would like to write three letters to some elderly people in an assisted living home, so I said yes! (: I made three different letters. Thanks, Laura! ‘Twas fun(:

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I’ve been cutting pages of multi-media paper in half and doing watercolor borders. It adds a little somthin’ somthin’ (:

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Sorry about the strange lighting. O.o

You know something that’s a little (fun, but) difficult? Teeth and watercolor. It’s a little tricky to make it look like teeth! Over all, I like how she turned out.

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A tree.

A watercolor tree. (:

Trees are tricky! (alliteration)

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Quotes/verses on ATC’s are a fun thing to add in a letter. (Also fun to make!)

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This is one of my favorite verses, and I thought I’d try a large-scale painting.

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Someone asked me for a painting of a cake, so I made one(: Mm… now I want cake!

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We also went to a Atlanta Braves game, to which my camera was present. We had the next row down from the highest seats. O.o My stomach got a little knotted up, ’twas quite high(:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this art post, and I hope you’re having a great day!

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Do you watercolor? What’s your most used art supply? Do you write letters (contact(: )? Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite baseball team?

Better Late Than Never//May BUJO Setup

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Hello, Friends!

Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day with your Moms? Ours was quite delightful. We went to see the new movie “Breakthrough” that is a true story. SO GOOD! Have any of you seen it?

Well, I believe I haven’t done too well with posting this month, so I am making up for that by showing you all May’s setup (although it’s late… *ahem*).

I have been using my Bullet Journal a lot lately because we’re preparing to go out of town (Savannah, Georgia), and it has my packing lists and to-do’s that I keep referring to. That’s one of the many reasons I love Bullet Journaling. You don’t have to have all different things in different journals and notebooks, it can be all-in-one!

My opening calendar page I decided to go for something simple, so I just did calendar squares with pink. I have a calendar, but I always go to this because I use it all the time and can see it all at a glance.

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I had to stretch the calendar one three days, so instead of leaving that a blank page, I put my month’s goals and to-do’s (my main ones).

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I love to track my letters, incoming and outgoing, so I went with that same pink color to fill in the rectangles. I used my Koi Coloring brush pens for the pink color.

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My habit tracker for this month I used the same technique I’ve been using since March. I like to have the habits laid out in separate groups. My habits this month are to drink 5 or more glasses of water a day, flossing my teeth, practicing my piano for 1 hour or more, keep my room straight, and use witch hazel twice a day.

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This is my tracker for walking. My Mom and I are participating in the Spring100 over at Shiloh Photography, so I’m tracking that as well.

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I made a packing list to help me be more organized. This is very helpful in case you ever go on trips (And it’s also fun to check the squares(: )

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That is it for now on my Bullet Journal. What page was your favorite?

Well, I also have some artwork and photography that I’d like to show y’all. Keep on ‘a scrollin’ to see!

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. What was your favorite part? I’d veto hear from you below!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

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Fun Things To Send Your Pen-Pal/Tips For Conversation

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Hidey! (That’s how my family says “howdy” 😜)

I hope everyone is well on this actually not raining day!

I have always, since I’ve been able to write, had a pen-pal. I learned to write when I was six (decently, at least), and my two friends were also at that point. I remember watching “Anne of Green Gables” I do believe and seeing Anne and Diana write letters made me want to! Over the years since then I have asked people I meet and my friends if they’d like to write. It’s a great way to get to know someone, and if your like me, tech-less, then it’s a great way to communicate, and it’s also really fun to get mail! My Mom says I get more mail then she does. XD

At first I used to send and receive super short letters. They might’ve been something like this, “Hi! How are you? I’m good. I have been playing outside a lot lately. It’s really hot out! Have you been to the pool lately? Your Friend, AK.”

Not really much there!

I am one for a long letter. I enjoy reading them, hearing about my friends’ day and what they’ve been doing, what they’re into at the time, what they’re learning in school, etc.

I also like to send fun things with the letter, such as stickers, a photo, an ATC (Artist Trading Card), some artwork, a postcard you got on recent journeys, a poem, a quote, bible verse, and such. I have also gotten some things with my letters before and it’s always so fun to open up and see everything.

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My Pen-Pal Supplies drawer

It’s fun to have things prepared for letters as well. I love to get right on the reply when I get a letter so it goes out in the mail the next day, and I like to have things prepared to send.

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I have some questions written down on a little piece of paper I can refer to if I’m in a rut on things to say. (And that’s especially if it’s a first time letter, sometimes questions can break the ice.) Some include:

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? (That’s a fun one. There’s always different answers to that!)
  2. Do you like to cook or bake more?
  3. What is your favorite flower(s)?
  4. If you could have any kind of superpower, what would it be?
  5. What is one of your favorite things?

Those are just a few. It’s nice to have this if you get stuck not knowing what to say. It seems that if you ask questions like these you get the ball rolling and then you learn you have many things in common and you become great friends over time. It’s amazing, because one of my best friends is a pen-pal, and I’ve only ever seen her in person about 3 or 4 times. We’ve gotten to know each other very well over the past little while. Sometimes it seems that you can tell each other anything in a letter!

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Washi tape or decorative tape is always fun to include in a letter. (Or on the outside to seal the envelope!) A looong time ago (my wee little blog was still new!) I made a post about things you can do with it. (You can see that here) I like to decorate the envelope with it, too.

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Speaking of decorating envelopes, that is one fun way to add a personal touch to your letter, and it is really fun! I love receiving decorated envelopes in the mail. (And decorating them myself! See some here)

Tea is one thing I enjoy sending to pen-pals. (Although that’s one of the questions I always ask, “Do you like tea?” just randomly😉) It’s fun to send your friends your new favorite teas and to see how they like them. (I especially like to send this green tea😁)

It’s also fun to write a note on the back, or just to tell them why you like that blend.

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One thing some of my friends did was to get a piece of paper, one person writes about 4 or 5 things that we’ve done together/things we’re going to do and pass it back and forth until, well, it’s done! It’s fun to do lettering and artwork on that piece of paper. When you’re done, you can copy it and send your friend one and you keep one. We do one once a year, and it’s fun to look back on what you were doing/looking forward to at that time. (And to see how well your penmanship has changed😆)

I love to send Artist Trading Cards to pen-pals. I like sending my recent artwork on them. I get some from my pen-pals, too, and I love seeing their artwork/recent doodles and such.

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Little works of art are fun to include as well. I like to send little watercolor works or illustrations. I like make them various shapes as well.

Something a few of my pen-pals and I did were make “knick-knacks” as we called them. We just made bunches of little pieces of paper with art, bible verses, quotes, etc. and it was fun to receive them in the mail each letter!

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Fun stamps always make letter art that much more fun! My Grandaddy got me these for Christmas. They’re so cute! But if you go to USPS.com you can see all of there stamp collections. (You can also order them) They have floral designs, celebrities, seasons, etc. on stamps that you can choose from. You can see them all here.

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Wax seals! These are one of my favorite things for envelopes. I love to melt different colors together to create a marbled look, and to just melt solid colors. You can find these anywhere online, Amazon, Etsy; They’re there for ya! There are also different stamps you can buy, and different colored wax. They just add a little “pop” to your envelope. (And they also seal the letter quite well!)

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Photos are alway a good option, too. If you can print photos, send one in your next letter! They’re fun to receive, and it’s a good way to share a memory!

Also, if you’re interested in becoming a pen-pal with someone, don’t be afraid to ask! Writing letters is so much fun, and I’m sure the other person would say yes, with permission!


 

Well my dears, that is the conclusion of this fun post. I have really enjoyed writing this, (I bet all the word you read explained that! heh, 1,059 words!) it was fun to do!

I hope you enjoyed. Let me know if this was helpful for your and if you will be using any of these tips! I’ll be happy to answer any questions as well.

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Have you ever seen Anne of Green Gables before? Do you write letters? Do you use any of these thing in your letter? Would you like more of these posts soon? What is your favorite day of the week?

(Pen-Pal) Letter Art

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Hello! I’m glad to be back posing again. It’s already been a week since the BUJO Series I did! Wow, this past week’s gone fast!

Well, today I’m back again with something similar to that. I’ve been catching up on a lot of letters to my friends lately, and I was using a few themes when making my cards. I only took a few pictures of each card while I was making them, but I thought I’d share, anyway!

For the first card I chose the cute little saying/quote “Advice from a Sunflower” (In full below)

I just lightly sketched in the words.

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Then, I used my fudenosuke hard tip over the words.

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Then I took my little kneaded eraser (that looks somewhat like an astroid😂) and went all over the words to get rid of the pencil.

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Then I had to choose my colors for the sunflower. I didn’t want it to be too dark or two light, so I tested out all the ones in between.

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I chose two medium colored yellow/orange. (I always love trying to decide colors!)

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Then I started sketching out the sunflower. I did the darker petals in front, then the lighter ones in back.

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Then I had to choose a brown color. I tested a lot of different colors, and again ended up with a lighter and a darker color.

I colored the center with the light brown color. I could’ve left it like this, but I felt like it needed something else.

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I just did a lot of messy dots inside that circle. It was what it was missing!

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I chose not to outline anything with a black pen so the words were more visible. It ended up looking pretty cute!

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Then I went to make the envelope. It’s fun making a theme between the card and envelope! I went to find the middle…

(Also, sorry for the odd lighting!)

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Then I got a jar out and put it in the center of the paper, but off-center of the middle. (To the left of the center. Does that make even a hair of sense?🤣) Then I traced around it.

 

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Then I sketched out the petals. Make sure the circle (the center of the flower) is wide enough to put an address.

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Then fill it in with a Micron (or other black pen) and color. This sunflower is a lot more basic, with a little bit of an animated look.

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Then I chose the colors of wax beads I was going to use.

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There we go! Aren’t they cute? I love sunflowers.

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Then I made another one! I used Proverbs 16:24 for the next card. I used a honey comb as the characters in this one.

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Then I made the envelope similar to the card.

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They both turned out pretty cute! I cut out a little foam cat and then colored it in and added blush. That makes everything better, right?😄

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Then here came another one! I really liked how this one came out!

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(Sorry this is so blurry! I only got one picture☹️) I really like how this one looked!

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Then I went to make the matching envelope again.

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I added some sketchy lines where I was going to put the address, and I did the same kind of flowers on the card.

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(Again, Blurry!) I did the same for the return address.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great day!

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Which Card/Envelope did you like best? Do you like sunflowers?