Mail art, also known as Correspondence art has become increasingly popular. While there are all sorts of styles of mail art, my favorite of course are the projects that have the "vintage" vibe.
I found these great vintage envelopes in an antique shop and they are my inspiration when creating my mail art note cards.
Office stamps work great on mail art. They are the perfect addition to cards and envelopes. Simply Stamps has a special section called "Office Stamps." While these are traditionally for office use, they also work great for greeting cards. Today I am using two stamps from the Stock Office Stamp Section called "Priority" and "First Class."
Whenever I start a project, I gather all my supplies that I think would work for the theme I am going for. I may not use everything, but at least I have lots of options when putting my card together. While I have a general idea of what I am going to do, no project is completely set until it becomes glued down on the card stock.
You never know where your inspiration is going to take you, so I don't commit to anything until the very end.
For your convenience, I have put together a video which shows my process for putting together layered cards. Hopefully it will help you to get your juices flowing and inspire you to create some mail art.
The base designer paper measures 4.25" x 5.5". I chose to unmount my stamp from the wood block as I wanted to use my MISTI to perfectly position my stamp. This can also be accomplished with an acrylic block.
From there I just layered various stickers, papers and embellishments. Keep in mind, these embellishments can be in any form that fits the theme. These can be old letters, Post cards and even a page from an old dictionary as I used on my card.
Once I had all my layers in place, I added a metal key using my glue gun and some fabric starts that I had colored up using some distress paint. I also added a few sentiment stickers.
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1. Designer Paper - 7gypsies Postale
2. I used ephemera from 7gypsies - Mini Etiquettes pack and ART ephemera Collage kit
3. Stickers from 7gypsies - Postale collection
4. Rubber stamps - First Class & Priority from Simply Stamps
5. Rubber stamps - Correspondence from Stampers Annonymous
6. Distress paint - Fired Brick
7. Distress ink - Walnut Stain
8. idea-ology - Small Talk