Friday, February 20, 2009

Recycled Envelope Tutorial

Hey My little Chicas.
I am finally getting my past tutorials from my former blog to this blog. I have a few others to repost, so for those of you that have been with me from back in the day, please bear with me!

I have thrown away countless junk business reply envelopes that always annoyed the scrap out of me! Anyhoo, after altering just one envelope, I was hooked and now I am actually telling the peeps at my office to give me all their junk envies! I will never buy envelopes again and I have a something to do with all the scraps of paper I feel to guilty to throw out! It's a win, win, situation, I tell you! (Not to mention the "Green" aspect, either!)

So today, we are going to turn this hot mess,
all my bits and pieces of ephemera a.k.a. scraps of this and that,


and these basic supplies. (Junk Business Reply Envies, scissors, and glue sticks)


Into this! Wonderful artful pieces of mail to send to those you love!


I highly recommend a good quality glue stick. You don't want your masterpieces falling off en route to your lover or Sancho. (shhhh) You can actually use any glue, I just love glue sticks at the moment and I have even used them successfully gluing fabric to paper. (that is another tutorial in the works)

Anyhoo, cover the front of your envelope real good with glue. Especially the edges of your envelope. Note, if your envie has a window that is not covered. I simply stick a piece of paper on the inside of the envie, and when I get busy with my gluing, it will eventually adhere to the decorative papers I stick on the outside.

Then turn your glued envie face down on the back of your paper of choice and burnish real good. If you are using scraps , just lay your scraps all over your envie and burnish from there.
Like I said, burnish, or smoosh with your hands real good! Don't worry about trying to align your papers within the envie, because you can always cut around your envelope after gluing to remove any extra papers.
I just cut around my envie. See how it looks all nice and even?

Ohhhhhhhhh, here is the fun part, Embellishing! Sky is the limit. For real, you can not screw up this project. Ok, well, maybe a little. Make sure your embellishments are flat and not bulky. You don't want them getting ripped off in the mailing process! I use pics, glitter glue, fabric, ribbon, rubber stamps, inks, crayons, oh who am I kidding, I use everything!Don't forget the backside either!

Tada............ Finito. For real, you can spend a whole lot of time on this project or you can whip one of these out in no time! I think this would be a great project for the kids too!

Please give this craft a try, and when you do, post a link to your artwork!
Viva La Arte!

11 comments:

LuLu said...

Bonjour! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments! I will come and visit yours often and will try your recycled envelope project soon! Take care, LuLu

glorv1 said...

I will try it too. It is a good idea. In fact I have quite a few envelopes ready to shred. I'll let you know when I do one so you can come by. Thanks for the idea. I'll do at least one.:) Maybe 3. hehehe take care.

TheFancyChola said...

Hey your site is pretty chingon lady! I love your stuff & the envelope idea is wicked cool. Thanks for stopping by my blog...and yes it does suck chicharones..hey wait anytime I have chicharones in my mouth I'm happy..it sucks menudo, but things are looking up! I will be back to visit often! Latersssss

TheFancyChola said...

Hey your site is pretty chingon lady! I love your stuff & the envelope idea is wicked cool. Thanks for stopping by my blog...and yes it does suck chicharones..hey wait anytime I have chicharones in my mouth I'm happy..it sucks menudo, but things are looking up! I will be back to visit often! Latersssss

Evie's Ark, All Things Animal said...

You should demo this at Scary-Craft night!!!

Carolyn said...

Wow that is a brilliant idea!! I would love to get an art envelope in the mail. Very Cool!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

clever, clever girl! what a handy green craft ... love it! there's a ton on my plate right now, but if ... I mean when I actually attempt it, I'll be sure to let you know.

Bairbre Aine said...

Love the tutorial.
Fan of mail art and having participated in mail art for well over 25 plus years, this tutorial simply inspires me to start a new swap or sorts.
Not certain on the specifics, but just know...you inspired me!
Thank you, thank you.
Happy weekend.
cheers~Bairbre Aine

Pink Petunia Designs said...

I am loving this tut. So easy and a great way to use up my papers that are an odd size! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

What a great way to recycle the envelopes and also to use up scraps of paper. Brilliant!

Lisa said...

What a great idea. Looks awesome. I can't wait to get some more junk mail. Never thought I'd say that. lol