Colorful Envelope with Colored Pencils – Monthly Mail Art – August 2017 – Simon Says Stamp

– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another
Simon Says Stamp video. This is another mail art video, and I thought I would be
really smart this month and start out by
penciling the area where the postage
stamps will be. In the past, you
may have noticed that I usually add the
postage stamps last, and sometimes they
overlap my artwork or they’re not the right
size or things like that. So I thought this time I would
just head it off at the pass and make sure I have
space for those. The envelope I’m using today
is from Simon Says Stamp. This is their white,
heavy white envelope. And I’m using the Hooray
stamp set from Waffle Flower. This is a newer stamp set. And these images are so
whimsical and playful, I thought they would
be really, really fun for an envelope. I really like to use
stamps that’s like this, that have lots of imagery
and things like that, because I find them really
easy to use on envelopes because I can customize
where the images are, I can create my own scene, and then it gives
me the opportunity to color the images as well. So I’m using my Misty
stamp positioning tool to stamp a bunch of
the images all at once. You could definitely do this
with just an acrylic block. In fact, this last
image I’m going to stamp I used just a plain
acrylic block. But I just wanted to get the
placement of all of those, and then stamp them
all at the same time. And by the way, I am using
some Versafine onyx black ink for the stamping. So I masked off just
the one little portion of the cat’s tail because that’s where this
flower stem will overlap it. Just to make it a
little bit easier and not have to cut
out a specific mask for just the cat’s tail, I thought I would mask off
the bottom of the flower area, and then use a black pen and just draw in the
bottom of the flower since it was such a simple
shape right there at the bottom. I also stamped in a
few little leaf images at the very bottom just to finish out the
bottom edge of that scene. So I’m covering my work surface
here with a craft sheet. This is from Ranger,
and it’s a slick surface that makes it lots easier
to do some ink blending and from the edge
of your project. So I decided before
I went any further, I better erase those lines, because I didn’t want
the ink to be trapped… Or I didn’t want the ink
to trap the pencil lines, so I erased those. And now I’m using some hybrid
ink from Simon Says Stamp. This is just one of
the smaller ink cubes. This is in the
color Lake Shores, and it’s a really
pretty blue shade. I’m using a Ranger
mini ink blending tool, it has a nice soft foam area, and I’m blending that color kind of down from the
top edge of the card. So I’m going to do
a bunch of coloring with colored pencils today. I almost said watercolor. These are definitely
not watercolor. And I’m gonna speed up the video so you can see what I’m doing. I’m basically just
taking a very light hand and coloring in
very light layers. So here we go. (gentle piano music) So that finishes up
all the coloring. The next thing I did was I just
placed those postage stamps back onto the envelope. They’re not stuck
down at this point. And I took a pencil and drew
in sort of some wavy lines. And these lines are
going to be my guides for when I write on the
address for the recipient. Just a special note here that I always have to
give in these videos, just in case you’re new to any of these monthly
mail art videos, the address I’m using
today is a real address but it has been voluntarily
given to me to use for videos. So the person who
gave me her address is fully aware that I’m
using it in a video, and I just appreciate all of you who did give me your
addresses for this. I have plenty of
addresses to choose from, so I don’t need any
new ones right now. But thank you so, so much for sharing your
addresses with me. So I’m using a pencil and just
writing on her entire address because I didn’t wanna
just go in with a pen and run out or room
or make a mistake. So then I went over it
with this black pen. This is the same
black pen that I used to draw the very bottom
of that flower stem. This is from Pilot and it’s called an
envelope addressing pen, which is kind of convenient. It’s waterproof and it has a
really nice fine point on it, so it’s really great for
addressing envelopes. So I’m just finishing
out the address, and then I’m going to
flip the envelope around. Actually, before I do that I’m going to erase
all those pencil lines just using the eraser end of
my mechanical pencil here, and making sure all those
pencil lines are erased before I move onto
the final steps. So I put my return
address on the flap on the other side
of the envelope. And there was room on the
front of the envelope, but I decided I wanted a little
more room for my address. And to finish off the envelope, you always wanna do this as
the very, very last step, because once you do it you
can’t really make any changes. I added some
Distress micro glaze, and this is kind of like a, it’s kind of a
weird consistency. It almost feels to me like… What is that cooking, like
what you grease a pan with? What is that, the Crisco? It feels like that. And you just put a layer of it over the surface of your
envelope using your fingertips, and then buff off the
extra with a paper towel. And that pretty much kind of
waterproofs your envelope. You wanna make sure you
don’t put that Distress glaze over the postage
stamps, however, because the post
office does need to be able to cancel those out. So that is the envelope
for this month. I hope you guys enjoyed. I will be back very soon
with another mail art video, and thanks for watching. (bright indie guitar music)


  • galaxies asl pse

    Awesome video!!! It looks so cute! I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mohita S. Siddharth

    Very nice

  • Anna Starborg

    Love this video! Kristina, how do you sharpen your Prismacolors so that the tip is so long?

  • Claudine aka Miesha Bradford

    This so cute. Inspired. 5hank you for sharing.

  • NewScrapper/Diva's Creations

    Lovely , beautiful work of art. Btw, I too was wondering how you sharpen your pencils to get such a long tip?

  • Marisela Spaulding

    How awesome is that! I just love your work and ideas.

  • Teresa Metts

    Where are you finding the cool stzmps?

  • Teresa Metts

    I meant postage stamps

  • cindy weishan

    Can you tell me what kind of pencils sharpener to use I cannot get that sharp of a tip on my pencils, thank you…. love the mail art videos!!

  • Donna Walker


  • gayle1055

    Kristina, I love watching your videos; especially the ones where you decorate the envelopes. I wish I had given you my address when you 1st were asking but I was staying w/my son until I found my own place. I relocated from CT to FL. I'm loving all the bright sunshine down here. Now settling into my new home so when you begin taking more addresses I will send you mine. Love from sunny โ˜€๏ธ Florida ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ–๐ŸŠ

  • rumpzafamily

    Do you have to do extra postage because the machine cannot read the address? Because of your artistic rendition of the address?

  • sweetninabean81

    Love envelope art! Thanks for sharing. I am also impressed with how sharp your pencils are. Care to share your secret?

  • Karen Shanahan Karen's Kards

    Love it. Someone is going to get a nice surprise in the post๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Jeanne Luddeni

    You've got me making my envelopes prettier and now I have to go get my distress glaze some where in my studio lol so pretty

  • K Werner Design

    Hi all! Answers to common questions:
    — The pencil sharpener I use:
    — The music title and artist are listed on the screen when the music starts
    — You can find postage stamps on Search for "unused vintage postage stamps".

  • Tamara Ostroลพnik

    Great envelope. Did you try the distress glaze over a painting with zig clean color brushes? i'm getting crazy when i fuzzy cut images and activate the pigment with my fingers ang messing everything ๐Ÿ™

  • nubesrotas0000

    Beautiful. :). BTW I love prismacolor

  • Jane Rakonczay

    Where do you get such a cool variety of stamps? Do you order them on line?

  • Toni Romero

    Hi Kristina. Your envelopes amaze me. Can you get that envelope address marker at a Staples or Office Depot? Also, what kind of sharpener do you use to get such amazing points on your pencils?!? Thank you.

  • Pamela Heck

    First time I have seen your mail art video. Love it. Could watch you color and write all day. Thanks so much for sharing your many talents with us. God Bless Pam If you ever need address you can use mine. Would love to get one of your envelope in the mail

  • Melissa Craig

    Hi Kristina – cute envelope. I don't think your supplies list matches what you used for this project. Can you please link the distress glaze you use. I decorate my envelopes, too, and would like to protect them. Thank you!

  • Mixed Up Craft

    Always watch your videos and then I realised I've never commented so Hello! I love your Mail Art videos and the one you done with all those wonderful stamps you received…WoW!!! Anyway thanks for sharing your talents. x

  • Maggie Baxter

    Hi Kristina ~ I've started making some fun envelopes for cards I send out and I always get a message from the recipient. The envelopes are fun to do and so much fun to receive. Thanks so much for sharing and encouraging us to take the time to make the envelopes fun too! ~HUGS~

  • Madison Waud

    I've been binge watching your mail art videos this week and it is now my life goal to receive one! You're so talented, I'll never get tired of watching your videos. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janet S

    What a wonderful thing to get in the mail! Beautiful. And Daphne looks very persnickety!

  • Irene Cortez

    What a cute envelope. I love it

  • Irene Cortez

    Did you mention where we can buy the distress glaze

  • Kathryn D

    Is that duck wearing a wig? Elvis Quackley is in the building. Or card?

  • Pamela Cunningham

    Hi awesome envelope art thanks for sharing.

  • Nanette Church

    Micro glaze = vaseline

  • sl torres

    Kristin…I am always mesmerized by your beautiful Art!! I always say I'M GOING TO DO THIS…and I never do! But One Day…one day! Lol…

  • Pam's Life

    Love this I am going to have to try my hand at this !!!! Awesome as always !!! Thank you for sharing !!!

  • Becky Pelletier

    Awesome Kristina!

  • Pippa

    So nice enjoyed watching you with coloured pencil! Did the glaze not smudge the coloured pencil at all? X

  • Nursie Nurse

    This turned out so cute! I only hope to be able to do something that cute one day. Keep inspiring us! tfs

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  • Lenora Neswood

    Very cute!

  • Karla Bostic

    What a thrill for everyone, even the post office.

  • Chris Harman

    These mail art creations are so interesting to watch. I always thought the mailing envelope had to have clean space so the post office could print their routing bar code on the bottom front of the envelope. Have your ever gotten a returned letter or any communication from the postal service regarding the artwork obscuring their bar code?

  • Marc Ganobis

    Love love by Normandie france

  • Justin Frechette

    Love the envelope! Is $0.64 the cost to send an envelope that is decorated like this? Assuming non-decorated would be a regular first-class $0.49 postage stamp.

  • s gough

    Hi Kristina. Loved the envelope ! Do you refill your Versafine Onyx Black ink? Or do you buy a new inkpad? Mine has had a lot of use. Tfs

  • Andrea La Vigne

    Kristina, I love your mail art videos! You are just so inspiring. I've started decorating my envelopes (when I remember!), though nothing like what you do. I was wondering, though, why you would need to put the Distress Glaze over colored pencil? I know it waterproofs your envelope, but since the pencil is not water-soluble, could you just skip that step? Thanks so much for sharing your talents! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna Kim

    Thank you for using colored pencils! I find them so difficult to work with

  • Donna Dacy

    Great envelope! your work is fantastic! I must try doing this. TFS

  • Denise Duffin

    These are always my favorite to watch!

  • Carmen Casillas

    love,love your videos. Thank you.

  • Patty Devoux

    This is such a very cute envelope!!! I always enjoy watching you create. Thank you so much for sharing.Also:always love your music and thanks for the titles!

  • Cristela Casse

    Hola! Hermosos todos tus trabajos!! Me encantan! Que producto le pones a los sobres una vez que los pintaste?

  • ArtJournalJunkie

    Such a beautiful envelope! Can I send you my address too..? Hahahaa! Seriously though, your handwriting is exquisite too and I love the way you used the wavy line technique instead of a straight one. Lovely! And thank you for sharing!

  • Rayanna Arthur

    That was such a great idea! I would never have thought of that. BTW the mechanical pencil you used is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for the video!!

  • Missavidreader

    I am absolutely addicted to watching all of these mail arts. Very few think to do the envelope-and what a difference it makes. Yours always turn out amazing!

  • Angela DSG

    It's no surprise……I love It! Watching you add your bit-o' -whimsy to the mundane functionality of something like an envelope is always such a treat. Thank you for that! โคโคโคโคโคโคโค



  • LA Chica

    Super cute!

  • Heather H

    Thank You so much for sharing. Love your videos

  • Southern Stamper

    Love It!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Anna Puge

    Wow!!! Stunning!!!

  • Mandy Rasmuson

    Gosh this is so adorable. I loved watching.

  • Me

    Cute! ๐Ÿ˜Tfs…๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  • Erin S.

    I love that you made the cats sweater the color of the Cheshire Cat from Alice and wonderland. Too cute!!

  • Rigmor Olsson

    Very pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have started to stamp on my envelopes too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haven't got the Glaze yet so I use matte decoupage glue instead for now!

  • lynzstark

    No way! I live in Sulphur LA! I remember a while back giving my address on one of your videos hoping I would get one but how neat to see someone from my hometown! (Small town at that) Hi Sharon!

  • Betty Johnson

    Thank you

  • J. H.

    This is so creative and cute!! TFS

  • blondecards_n_crafts

    Mail art…. who knew???? It's beautiful all the designs you have done. I've saved them to favourites and I'm going to start doing it. I was putting on the envelope any embellishment I was putting inside the card to tie them together but this is lovelier. Tfs so many videos ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Rea Friesen

    So cool. It just blows me away that anybody could do this to their envelopes. It is stunning and beautiful. Thanks so much for your video and ideas on how to. I look forward to many more of your videos on how to do their. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘โ™ฅ๏ธ

  • Eileen Moore

    i love it! TFS.

  • Sheila Styre

    Love your envelopes and the joy they must give to the recipient receiving a beautiful piece of mail rather than what normally comes! Iโ€™m really looking forward to making some special ones for the holidays!!


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