Mail art tutorial

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Mail art tutorial made for Rubber Dance blog.
This is my second recycled envelope only; I am just on my learning curve, but I think that the result looks fine.
So here is my tutorial and remember to recycle your envelops as thing is good for the Earth and for all of us.


1.Find a good thick  used envelope and open it from inside. Cover it with a thin layer of gesso (not shown here) and let it dry. Paint over the gesso with a mix of Gel Medium based paints. I used Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents paints here, but any shiny semi translucent paint will work. While your paints are pretty wet wipe  some paint with baby wipe to leave this distressed white space look.

2. Tear a couple of rectangles from the left over paper and glue them as  shown  with repositionable glue. Paint over both rectangles with one of the paints (I used shiny blue one) and add a thin layer of black embossing powder  around the rectangles while your paint is wet.
This step was a bit tricky as you can't add it from the jar if you want it to be only a thin line around the rectangles. So I added it with a tiny spoon part by part.
Heat emboss the powder and peel of the paper pieces (easy to do as we used non permanent glue).

3.Grab your Rubber Dance Envelope stamps and some others- list on the bottom of this post- and using Ranger Archival black ink stamp randomly  and not so randomly over the envelope.  I tried to stamp with a different inks, but it seams that this Archival is the only one that works over this  glossy paint. I tried to stamp with STAZ- ON, pigmented inks and dye inks; bad result or zero result.
After all this stamping I  used a stencil to make some white paint images, such as SECRET word and a few splashes. This was done to add more interest and more depth to this  totally flat, as it should be, piece of art.

See how textured this looks after all! 

And this is my finished envelope when closed. 

And this is how it looks from the back. 

I really love this Mail Art Rubber Dance  stamp set! I will use it again and again. Just for fun. I never send real letters anyone. Who does? 
Stamps used from Rubber Dance company:

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Jane said…
Oh wow this really looks amazing....gorgeous art and recycling too...a win win! Thanks for sharing...I shall be looking out for a suitable envelope! X
Bibi Lindahl said…
My one and only New Year's Resolution for 2016 is to send out more birthday cards to my stampin' buddies, so I'll need a lot of envelopes... and why not recycle some? :)
Thank you for this fun tutorial, Irit!
Craftyfield said…
What a great idea! I already re-use envelopes that don't go in the post, as I don't stick the flap down but tuck it instead. Well the names of family members don't change...
And it's gorgeous too Irit!
ionabunny said…
Very pretty. Love all the interest you made with your layered colours and stamping. Oh, a world without snail mail would be a sad place. I love to send and receive real letters. You inspire me to jazz up my envelopes. Hugz

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