Mail Art & Lettering – Masking, Blending, and Copics – Make a Card Monday #288

Mail Art & Lettering – Masking, Blending, and Copics – Make a Card Monday #288


– [Kristina] Hi, everyone. Kristina here. Welcome to another Make
a Card Monday video. Today’s video is not really a
card, but it is an envelope, and you can alter it
to make it into a card. I’m going to be using the
Arts & Crafts Icons stamp set from Ink Blot Shop. There is another stamp set that’s similar that’s called Envelope Mail Art. And they’re just kind of
related to envelope art, so I thought I’d mention that. But anyway, I’m jumping right
into the envelope design here. I’m using a pure white
envelope from Paper Source. And just on some spare graph paper, I stamped a bunch of the
images from the stamp set to sort of create a stamping map, so I know a kind of an idea of where things want to be placed. This will help me get my cluster of images centered on the bottom of the envelope. So I first determined which images would be in the foreground, the ones that are going to be
in front of everything else, and I stamped those first. I’m using some Intense Black ink because I’m going to be
using some Copic markers to color these images, and so that’s a safe, Copic-friendly ink. So I stamped all, let’s see, I think I’ve got three images here. And I actually stamped these twice, so that I could get a
really solid black line. And before I started
stamping on the envelope, I did some prep work and created masks for all of the images. So I stamped the images and
cut them out with scissors, just fussy-cut around, and then as I stamp each
image on the envelope, I’ll be covering it with a mask, and that’s going to protect those areas so I can stamp other images that will visually look
like they’re behind the images that are masked. So I’m stamping the scissors right here. And like I did before on the other images, I did stamp that twice, and then I covered it in the
mask that I created previously. So this part of the envelope
design is quite tedious, but having it mapped out on
that graph paper pre-stamped does make it lots quicker. So I’m gonna move on and
do additional stamping. I’m making sure to cover
each one of these images with its mask after I’ve finished. So now I have everything stamped, and I’ve placed a mask
over all of the images. And now I’m going to use a blender brush from Picket Fence Studios and also the color Wild
Honey in Distress Oxide ink, and I’m going to blend that up from the bottom of the envelope, and I want most of the
color to be concentrated at the very bottom edge of the envelope. So I’m bringing it in from the bottom. I’m kind blending it
up, letting it fade out. And then I took a stencil. The stencil I’m using today
is the Large Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp. And I’m going to place that over one half. Now you’ll notice that this
stencil is not large enough to cover the entire envelope. So no worries though, because these dots are repeating pattern. So I can blend on one half of the envelope until I’ve got it to
about where I need it, and then I can pick up the
stencil and move it over and continue the pattern. So after I had a bunch
of the circles done, I lifted up the stencil, and I’m going to move the
stencil over to the right. And then it’s going to
continue that pattern all the way over to the
other side of the envelope. And I like to do this on
these five-by-seven envelopes because, like you saw before, these stencils, the six-by-six stencils, don’t fit these larger envelopes. So for the smaller stencils, I do want to make sure that
they’re a repeating pattern where that I can slide them
over and continue a pattern. So I blended that all the way up so the dots kind of fade off, and then I removed all of the masks. So it’s going to reveal
the white paper underneath. So it’s perfect for coloring
all of these images, and it really helps
those images stand out. I put a piece of cardstock on
the inside of the envelope. This is going to prevent any
bleeding of the Copic markers all the way through to the
other side of the envelope. And then I just used a bunch of different yellow and gold and orange shades to color in all of these images. So like I mentioned before, this design could easily be adapted to a card front or a card design. And I think you could probably do this exact same envelope design but replace the mailing
address with a large greeting. I think that’s a great way
to adapt any mail art design to a card design. In fact, you could do that
with pretty much any envelope I’ve ever shared on my YouTube
channel or on my Instagram. All you have to do is adapt that idea, remove the mailing address
and the recipient’s name, and replace it with a large greeting, and it will look great. So I have everything all colored in, pretty much ready to go. So now I’m going to pick
out the postage stamps and place them in the top
right corner of the envelope. So I’ve got a current forever stamp, I’ve got one that’s a
little more value, the 64, and then I’ve got two vintage stamps. And for those of you who are wondering where I get all my different stamps, I’ll have a link down below
in the video description or at my blog that’s
labeled Vintage Stamps, and that’ll take you
to a page at my website which will give you some
different places online where you can purchase
your vintage stamps. So now I’m using a black
Permapaque marker from Sakura. And the way I did this lettering is I first took a picture of the envelope without anything on it,
just how it was before, with the stamping on the bottom, and then I took it to my iPad
and I used the Procreate app to put that picture in. And then I created my
lettering over the top so I could get the spacing just right. And then I sent that image to my computer and printed it out. And then I slipped that
inside of this envelope and now I’m using a light pad
so that I can see that design. And this just helps me get spacing of the lettering just right. I could have just skipped
the whole iPad portion and kind of sketched on with
a pencil and went from there, but I really wanted to get
the very precise placement of Carol’s name and also her address. By the way, a big thank-you to Carol. She gave me permission
to use her address today. And if you would like
to submit your address for future mail arts for consideration, you can go ahead and use that form that’s down in the video
description or at my blog. All right, so a big thank-you to Carol. I’ve turned off the light pad, and now I’m just going to
finish up the last little bit on this envelope. I’m gonna put my return
address in that top corner. I’m using a very thin-lined
Copic multiliner for this. It’s a 0.5 size, very,
very thin and dainty. And then I took an N75 Tombow dual-end pen and added a little bit of a shadow just on the side of her name. And I thought that really
helped it stand out, kind of finished off the hand-drawn look of this entire envelope design. So that’s the envelope for today. I hope you guys enjoyed. This is part of my Mail Art
Rainbow over at Instagram. You can look up the
hashtag #mailartrainbow and see all of the
envelopes that I’ve done over the last little bit. So I’m into the yellows and oranges, and I’m going to be hitting the red soon. Hopefully, I’ll be there for quite a while doing lots of holiday
mail art coming up soon. Thanks so much for watching today. Onscreen, I’ve got some
more mail art examples for you to check out if
you’re wanting some ideas on what to do on your envelopes. And if you’re not a subscriber, please consider hitting
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one of my videos again. And give this video a
thumbs-up if you liked it. Thanks so much for watching. I will catch you guys in
another video very soon.

90 thoughts on “Mail Art & Lettering – Masking, Blending, and Copics – Make a Card Monday #288

  1. Love your videos and art work. Currently bed bound and unable to create, but your videos are part of my "learn until I can do again" motto. Thank you for sharing your talents! Stunning!

  2. Lucky Carol ! You did a beautiful job with this envelope Kristina, and the lucky folks that receive your mail art can save it for their own enjoyment and inspiration. I know when I put this much work into something, I like to give it to someone who will understand and appreciate the work that's gone into making it. I'll be adding my name to your mailing list ! 🙂

  3. Kristen I submitted my name I hope one day I get mail art from you..I will cherish it. I really loved what you did. I can’t wait for the holiday cards and mail art you will do. ♥️♥️♥️

  4. Amazing! I have procreate and use it for lettering but never thought of planning out my envelopes on it! Thanks for tip, now to get a light box!

  5. This is beautiful Kristina! The colors, lettering, and stencil work are just gorgeous! This is one of my favorite tutorials to watch, your envelope designs! Thanks for sharing this one! God bless!

  6. Not kidding, Kristina…this is one of my top one or two fave envies of yours. I just LOVE the bold orange and graphic-ness (is that a word?) of this particular envelope. So eye-catching and beautiful in its own way. It really shows off your talent for design in a massive way. Thank you for always sharing your talent with us. Mad love to you, my friend. ♥

  7. GIRL !!!!! your talent amazes me. This is a great envelope. You inspire me so very much. I was also excited to see someone from El Paso, Texas. That’s where I used to live.

  8. You are a stamping/painting/lettering goddess! Thank you for all the beauty you have brought into my life. Your videos make me very happy. 🌼

  9. What a joy to receive an envelope like this! Just art at its best! It’s got to make the recipient feel so special! Beautiful! 💕🙋‍♀️

  10. Your envelopes are always amazing and ‘this one sure fits in that description! I could watch you do your envelopes again and again. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. WOW….you really are so amazing, Kristina! May I ask (I hope it's ok as I really don't have a clue of what the proper etiquette is for asking crafty questions on someone's YT Channel), do you use Procreate when illustrating stamps and then submitting them to a company? It's not that I'll ever be an illustrator (although perhaps if I was young again LOL) but I have always been so curious in what the designing process is for submitting artwork stamps and dies to a company. Even though I'm a blessed Nana with six beautiful grandchildren and even though my adult daughter constantly reminds me that I'm 'old school' LOL, I don't believe they are hand drawn on paper LOL! Have yourself a wonderful day dear and thanks for sharing this stunning piece of art!

  12. When I saw your video listed in Bloglovin, my first thought was wondering where you get all your stamps! THEN I opened the video and I couldn't believe that you totally addressed your stamps! Just one of "those" moments for me that I had to share. Question: when people give you permission to use their real addresses, do they ever notice an uptick in mail?

  13. INCREDIBLE! You never cease to amaze us! I’m a huge fan! I never miss a video. Thank you for the inspiration and great work that you do!

  14. Slipping a piece of cardstock into the envelope also prevents those lines you sometimes get while coloring, especially when coloring with pencils.

  15. Beautiful and you make it look so easy. Would you consider doing a video on making cards on a budget to see if you really like making cards before you buy better supplies. I’m interested in making cards but ir seems so pricey too get started. Thank you for all the great content.

  16. I love your envelopes so much. I see you put the prettiest stamps on them. Sometimes you say forever stamps, vintage stamps and so on. But where do you get the beautiful stamps at. My post office has forever stamps but just one design or two. Please share!

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