Saturday, August 29, 2015

USE YOUR ORIGINAL DECORATIVE PAPER

MAKE YOUR OWN CLASSY ENVELOPES!
I love experimenting with techniques, and of course I keep all the examples that I like. Those painted papers are great for original, unique envelopes.

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Supplies include a bone folder and glue.














You'll find a pattern in the book, Creating Decorative Paper. A cutting mat is handy in addition to the tools and materials pictured above.

A good set of dimensions might be 4" x 5.5" finished. So you'll need a decorative sheet of paper about 10" x 13". The pattern includes four flaps surrounding the smaller rectangle. You could use an old envelope as your pattern.

Score the paper using the bone folder. Run it along the ruler edge where the flaps will fold. If your paper is too dark to write on later, glue in a white or light-colored insert where the message will go.

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Scoring to create clean folds.
 If the other side of the envelope (where you address it) is dark, paint the return address area and the address area with white gesso or light-colored paint.
When you're ready to mail the envelope, glue on a small
rectangle of painted paper to seal, or use a store-bought
sticker.
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White areas for addresses.
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A back side, ready to go!





4 comments:

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    1. Sue, I'm not gay but I'm in love with you.

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  2. This is a great way to put those extra painted papers to good use. And I have lots of them, thanks to the many techniques you've provided in your excellent book!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn...you're a peach!
      Paula

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