It’s true: I’m always on the prowl for interesting envelopes, whether they’re vintage and delicious or in contemporary colors I’ve never seen. And should I even bother to explain about airmail stripes? Nope. I didn’t think so…
There’s a whole paper-tastic world out there, a world of envelopes waiting to be dressed up and mailed out. A few weeks ago, I gave Felt & Wire some tips on creating envelopes from scratch: papers, templates and the like. Logistically speaking, creating your own envelopes is a cinch — I can’t understand why folks would ever want to buy envelopes. I mean, it doesn’t take any additional time to make ‘em.
No, I mean it. Honestly.
Other types of envelopes can be created using letterfolds, if you find tracing and cutting a bit of a challenge. Nothing wrong with folding up an 8.5 by 11 piece of junk mail…
And who could forget? There’s also the decorating. Some of my favorite design elements to use? Large, rubber stamped letters. Anything that’s tartan flavored. The colors turquoise and red together in the same place. Old typography.
(I sure use that red tablecloth alot for a backdrop, eh?)
Ultimately, creating an evocative envelope is like any other creative endeavor: over time, you’ll develop your own visual language, a sense of “likes” and “don’t likes”. You just have to get in the habit of doing. Every item you make and send out into the world is a reflection of…what else? You. And the more often you make and do, the easier it becomes — you become fluent in a language of your own making. There will be no more excuses about lack of time or not having the right kind of glue stick.
Now get to work! 🙂
PS: and what better way to get started than a holiday card-making extravaganza? My friend Monica is hosting a free (who doesn’t love FREE?!) event this coming Saturday, December 4th at the historic Sunnyside Conservatory. Be sure a tell her that you read about it here at the RLD blog!