Happy Mail

If you are unfamiliar with happy mail it is the most glorious thing to find in your mailbox. Yes, that thing the postman uses to usually put junk mail or bills into. I love getting snail mail as can be attested to by joining the PostCrossing community for postcards. In the Documented Life Project (DLP) group on Facebook someone started sending happy mail and it has caught on like wildfire. I am in a group now called  Lucky 37 Happy Mail which spun off of the DLP group.

I wanted to share the first envelope I made.



I had a lot of fun making this. First I gessoed a regular brown envelope. I then used Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink pad in Broken China and Peeled Paint for the sky and ground. I used acrylic paint for the sun. A sunflower stamp with a ladybug and an ivy stamp were used the flower, then a butterfly out of the Inkadinkado Insect Amalgam Cling Stamp set. I colored in the stamps with watercolors and markers and then outlined everything with a Sakura Micron pen. When it was finished I sprayed with a workable fixative, since most of the products are not permanent and water soluble this will prevent them from smearing or wiping off.

Here is the front of the envelope:


Again I used China Blue Distress Ink pad and using a stencil and brown ink put on the bird with tree. A fixative was applied afterwards. She flew off to California and landed in her happy recipients lap.





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