Lately my favorite way to use my paper collection is to decorate outgoing mail. Finding some handwritten mail amidst your bills and junk mail is always exciting, but even more so when it's been prettied up with some old ephemera.
Cover an entire envelope with little papers, like labels, price tags, and tickets. Start by putting your address labels and postage stamps in place and build out from there. This is an easy technique that simply takes some time and patience to find the perfect pieces that fit just right.
Picking the color scheme is half the fun. Go for a colorful mix, edit down to just two or three colors, or stick to a neutral palette. Sending out just a few special Christmas cards? Make yours stick out with lots of red and green papers. Mailing a letter to a friend who is a little under the weather? Cover it with her favorite colors.
If I'm not turning a piece of mail into a collage, I'm trying to mail things with the least amount of packaging necessary. I saw this idea to apply stamps directly to a box of candy and send it on its way, and had to try it myself. I am happy to report it was a total success!
I have made greeting cards from BINGO cards in the past, but always in a traditional form with an envelope. The candy mailing success inspired me to get rid of the envelope. I turned the BINGO card into a postcard by simply drawing a line down the middle, adding a message to the left, and attaching some stamps and an address label to the right.
I used all vintage postage stamps on this postcard since it only takes 33 cents to mail a postcard around 4" x 6" in size, but you could obviously stick to modern postage as well. The address label pulled together all of the colors and helps your address from getting lost.
You have lots of options for the front of the BINGO card. You can leave it plain; the BINGO card has plenty of vintage charm on its own. You can circle an important number with a bright red marker. This works well for birthday greetings or anniversary wishes. You can dig out the scrapbook supplies and add a simple greeting. Say "Hello" or "Thank you".
If I am going to use an envelope and it isn't covered in little papers, it's probably going to be vintage and a little unconventional. If it's at least 3 1/2" x 5" and can hold a letter, you can slap a stamp on it and put it in the mail. Don't limit yourself to just plain office envelopes. This is a vintage seed packet that has the perfect spot to add an address. You could also use old popcorn / coffee bags, glassine envelopes, or plane ticket pockets.
Make any of your own mail art lately? Please do share!
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