Challenge #214 Earth DayThe challenge this week is quite obvious by the title :) You can see The Diva's challenge and everyone's entries here. I haven't taken a look yet, but I'm sure they are wonderful as usual.
My entry is quite simple... I tried to use tangles I rarely use or have not used in a long time a I had a lot of fun with it.
Envelope SwapI was asked if I wanted to participate in a painted envelope swap. It sounded very interesting and challenging as I have never been involved in one or seen very many around. So, I decided to go for it, and was actually surprised how much fun I had creating these envelopes. There are a lot of pictures coming up, so you can skip them if you're not interested :)
Instead of using bought envelopes, I decided to make my own so they can be colorful all over. So, I grabbed some Americana Satin paint and an old credit card and got color on both sides of printer paper (and 2 deli papers as well, just to see how they would turn out).
|As you can see... completely random and... not pretty :)|
Here are the same papers, now cut into the envelope shape from a template I created. Once cut, I grabbed some of the stencils I designed and cut, and with a cosmetic wedge and some of the same paint, got some designs and shapes on top of the painted paper.
|Starting to look a bit more interesting |
with a stenciled layer
How they are looking now folded and glued. You may see some others here as I was trying some with regular Americana acrylic paint (not satin). I like the feel of the satin paint better, it feels smoother to the touch, so those are the ones I used for the swap.
|Front of envelopes waiting for the next layer|
Next each envelope was stamped with a couple of hand-carved stamps to add another layer, and a bit more interest (maybe too much in some cases :)). Then I grabbed pens, brushes, H2Os, Inktense pencils and started playing. This is what I ended up with.
|Front of envelopes after all the playing - |
deli paper envelopes are on the top (middle)
and the one on the bottom.
Some other views of the finished envelopes.
Instead of writing my name and information on the envelopes, I saved some of the paper each was created with, stenciled something on one side and wrote the info in the back.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these colorful envelopes and cards. It was my first try, but I really enjoyed the process and it worked well with my lack of time (a few minutes here... a few minutes there...)