Sometimes my sense of humor veers into the Very Cheesy. So my own Elevated Envelopes from the Spring exchange made me snortlaugh a little. I am such a nerd!
My envelopes were decorated with more envelopes.
I used leftover kraft-colored A7 envelopes, stamped them with my super cool Calligraphy Address Stamp (ahem), and then got out the spray paint again. I can confirm that Angelique was right – there is a whole world of artsy spray paint out there. The Montana Gold colors were verrry tempting, but I had to stick with their basic white. (The envelopes are meant to by floating high through misty clouds, after all.)
I made the actual envelope shapes with some faux gold and silver leaf – something I’ve always wanted to experiment with. I used an old paintbrush to paint the adhesive on in little freehand rectangles and/or envelope outlines. Then I applied the leaf, and brushed away the excess (very messy – gold bits everywhere – keep your vacuum handy). For the solid envelopes, I scraped away the actual envelope flap shape after the fact with a metal scoring tool.
(It honestly took forever… So if you try this, just know that upfront.)
The wings were made out of 2 tiny hand-carved stamps (fun and easy!), then I used a little more spray paint, and then I wrote the addresses in calligraphy. Helpful Hint: Do your spray painting after you do your calligraphy. Duh! Obviously the spray painted surface was uneven and hard to write on. The ones that came out better are shown here
They took so long that I only did about 25 total – 15ish for random early bird participants, and the rest for a few friends. Oh, plus 4 for the backlog of prize envelopes! (February-May) Did you get one? What did I send you? I can’t even remember