Alrighty! The time has come for me to reveal my 20 (or so) favorite elevated envelopes. It’s past time, actually. The theme was “summertime,” and it’s about to be October. Oops. As I said before, I wasn’t planning to do prizes, but I was so impressed by these final envelopes that I decided I had to. Not a huge exciting thing (well, except for the Grand Prize), but each of these people will receive a little stationery prize pack by the end of the year. (Like I said, this was unplanned.) Enough chatter:
The I Have No Words award goes to Lila Symons from Daily Calligraphy. Lila is really cool – one of these people I “know” from Twitter. She is a very talented graphic designer / type designer / lettering artist. The theme of her envelope was summer stargazing. So gorgeous – I love “nestled” lettering like this. Oh! I almost forgot the best part: the ink glows in the dark a bit.
The Why Didn’t I Think of That? award goes to Angela Burke of One Thousand Words Photography, who created a sunprint envelope. Remember sunprints? I totally forgot about them in relation to this project. Duh. Each of her envelopes was different, but mine had the cool lace design shown below. Inside she enclosed a magazine page from the August, 1939 Ladies Home Journal – there’s an article on “Making Marriage Work,” and there is a quote pulled out that asks, “Don’t husbands have any responsibility?” (Yes, the article is terrifying.)
The Prettiest Flowers award goes to Liz Rolston! Poor Liz had a hard time with the post office… You see, she enclosed an adorable handmade fabric flower inside, which made it more of a “package” I guess, and she had to fill out a customs form for each envelope. A form which actually covered about 80% of her beautiful floral drawings! Yikes! Luckily, you will see that I was able to get it off pretty easily. For future reference, if that happens, don’t be heartbroken – just put it in another envelope. It’s ok. Anyway, isn’t it pretty? So simple, but very nicely done.
The I Want To Go To There award goes to Thalia Troianou, who sent her envelope all the way from Athens, Greece. I mean, when you see this, do you not immediately think of those bleach white buildings set against the cobalt sky and sea of Greece? It is a papercut made from plain old white copy paper that’s been cut to the size of a white vellum (see-through) envelope. Behind the building cut outs, she’s placed a little teal-colored packet of fun goodies (my name written in Greek, some Greek souvenir playing cards, a few recipes, a little art history, and finally a coin from before the Euro).
I’ve only ever seen Greece in pictures (and envelopes!), but someday I will go there (and I’ll look you up, Thalia!) Oh, and we haven’t heard the last from Thalia… She is planning a Dr. Who themed envelope soon. I’ll definitely post it here if I really get one in the mail.
The WTF? award goes to Charity Snyder, who SHOCKED me. In a good way:
It’s a pair of flip flops. Tethered together with cable ties. Like… there’s no envelope. There was no outer wrapper or anything. It just came this way. I was so surprised that I actually showed it to this nice little old lady who was walking into the post office as I was leaving. I just had to tell someone! What’s really funny is that this is kind of A Thing – a couple of weeks ago, I discovered this blog, Happy Mail – apparently you can send just about anything this way (as long as it’s 13 oz or less). Check it out – they’ve sent plastic easter eggs, bottles, beach balls… What an awesome way to surprise someone.
The Vivid Color award goes to Ashley Jenks at Something You Design. I just love bold colors, and this was a feast for my eyes. I believe she used doilies as stencils. So lovely.
The Blue With Envy award goes to my friend and Designer with a Camera, Ariel Nay Nebeker. Ariel is just too much. She is insanely talented at photography and design, is beyond gorgeous, super smart, and I don’t think she’s even 25 yet. It’s not really fair… I knew her envelope would be amazing, and sure enough, when I got it in the mail, I had to sigh a little wistfully. I mean look at this thing… It’s a gorgeous feather design silk screened on the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen. Inside it’s just as well thought-out. Her theme was “take flight” because her best life experiences have all taken flight in the summertime. And she included a Starbucks gift card. Oh you didn’t know? I accept bribes.
So what do you think? Pretty amazing stuff, right? Do you have a favorite of this batch? Do you want more???