Monthly Mail Art – January 2017 – Simon Says Stamp

Monthly Mail Art – January 2017 – Simon Says Stamp

– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another video at
my YouTube channel and blog. This video was originally
created for Simon Says Stamp and it’s going to be a
monthly feature for their blog and I’m so thankful that
they’re allowing me to share it here on my YouTube
channel and blog as well. So I hope you guys
will really love this. This is going to be
a monthly feature where I try out mail art. So I’m gonna start out with the We R Memory
Keepers Punch Board, the 1-2-3 Punch Board and I’m
looking at the envelope sizes and making sure I have
the paper size just right. So I’m going to cut down
my paper to 8-1/4 square. And I’m using some
Strathmore Bristol paper. I’m using this
paper in particular because I’m going to be using
some Zig Clean Color markers and this paper also holds
up really well to water. So it’s great for
water coloring. So I’ve lined up my
paper at the 3-5/8 mark over on the left
side of that punch, I’ve punched my paper, and
then without moving the paper I’m going to use the scoring
tool that comes with the board and run it along the line A. I think that’s what it
is, yeah envelope line A. So then I rotate my envelope
and I move that over until the score line matches
up with a little groove that’s up by the punch. If you don’t wanna
like deal with that just remember it goes to 4-5/8. So the first
measurement was 3-5/8 and then you rotate
it and go to 4-5/8 and you do the same thing
as you rotate this around. So now I’m back to the
opposite side where I started. So I’m measuring at 3-5/8
and I’m punching and scoring. And I’m gonna do
that last rotation and bring it over to 4-5/8
then I’ll go ahead and punch and then use that score
line A once again. This is going to
create my envelope for a standard size A2 card. So I have all the score lines. I’m not going to fold
anything down yet but I am going to tape the
envelope down to a board. This is going to not only kind
of map out the center area where I’ll be working but it will also help prevent
this paper from warping while I do some water
coloring on top. So I’m using some
additional Post-it tape to mask off the flaps just because I’m doing
some ink blending and I want to
protect those areas and make sure they don’t
get hit by any of the ink. So I’m starting out with
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and a mini round blending tool. And I blended that kind
of around the center area. Now I’m using Carved Pumpkin and then I’m gonna bring
in Picked Raspberry and then Seedless Preserves and then I’ll be ending
with Chipped Sapphire. The idea behind this blending is that I’m going to use
that stamp set from Lawn Fawn and have a little scene
over on the left-hand side of my envelope and there’s
going to be a fairy that’s kind of floating up
above with her little fairy wand and I want the center area
to look like it’s glowing like something magical is
happening in the center. And that’s also where I’m going
to have the mailing address. So I wanna make sure that the
center area is nice and bright and the color kind of fades in from the edges of the envelope. I think this is a really
fun way to make sure that the envelope
is still legible so that it is going to be
able to go through the mail, the postal system but
that it’s still fun and something creative. So I’m gonna stamp
this flower here but I’m gonna take a baby wipe and just take off
the bottom portion so that I can extend
that flower stem and make it really tall. So I’ll go ahead
and stamp that down. And then I’m going
to stamp the fairy. This is the one that
I mentioned before, and I also added her little
fairy wand off of her hand. And then I took that
same flower stamp and I did the same
thing I did before, I just wiped off the ink
from the bottom portion so that I can have it
extend down even taller. So I’m using a
waterproof black pen to draw in those lines and
then I’ll be able to watercolor over the top of these and I won’t have any
black ink smudging. Using that same pen
to draw in some ground underneath the little house,
the little fairy house, and then I’m gonna
go into coloring. Like I said before, I’m using some Zig Clean
Color Real Brush Markers and also a water brush. This is a small Aquash
brush from Pentel and I really love
to use a water brush with these markers in particular because they blend so
well on Bristol paper. They blend like a dream. (laughs) And I also wanted to mention that the ink blending that I did it does behave a little bit
differently on Bristol paper as opposed to a
regular cardstock. Bristol paper has a little
bit of a coating on it and that’s what prevents
any moisture or ink or things like that from soaking
into the paper too quickly. So as you’re ink blending
you have a little bit of time to really get some nice blends. I know I sped up the video
so maybe you didn’t see it but there were a couple times, especially when I was
using Seedless Preserves, where my ink blending tool
came down pretty sharply onto my Bristol paper and it
left like a stamp of the foam but I was able to
kind of blend that out even though the ink was
already on the paper. And you can’t necessarily do
that with regular cardstock. So it just behaves a
little bit differently. I really like the blending. You get a really soft
blend on Bristol paper because the inks don’t
absorb quite as quickly. So if you really want to have
a really faded, ethereal blend maybe try Bristol paper even if you’re not going
to be water coloring just because I really
think especially for those who are starting out
with ink blending you’ll have a much better result and it will be a little
bit less frustrating to get what you’re looking for. So after I had all of those
little areas painted in I took my water brush and I
just added some water circles, water dots kind of up into
that ink blended area. Distress Ink reactivates
with moisture. So this is going to give
me some nice white spots. I thought it would sort of look a little
bit like fairly lights or little twinkly lights
or anything like that. Just give it more
of a whimsical look. And this is a way to do that
without having to add sequins or things like that
because of course that would come off of the
surface of the envelope when it is mailed. So I’m adding more
of those little dots and I’m just using a paper
towel to dab up that color and you’re left behind
with those little droplets. So now I’m gonna take
some Post-it tape and I’m going to kind
of do a practice run of the recipient’s name. I’m going to be sending
this envelope and a card, once I make it, to
my friend Kelly Marie who is one of the
co-owners of Lawn Fawn. And so I thought I would
send it to Kelly Marie care of the Lawn
Fawn Business Office. So first I’m stamping
out the letters from that Concord
& 9th stamp set because I wanna make sure I
get the spacing just right and then I can move
back up to my envelope, kind of place it where I think where I’m actually going
to have it be stamped and then I can use a pencil
and make a little mark so I know exactly where
to begin stamping. This is gonna give me a
better idea of where to start. Especially if you’ve
already finished the rest of your envelope
and you’re adding this as a last step, it’s
always a good idea to kind of do a test run. So I particularly
love this stamp set because you can
customize the name and there’s also the
scripted very fancy lettering and there’s also
these capital letters. So you can mix those together
and it looks really nice. I’m going to use that
same waterproof black pen that I used to finish the
flower stems and the ground under the house to
write in the address of the Lawn Fawn
Business Office. So as I go about this
series for Simon Says Stamp I will be using some
different business addresses or addresses where people
have given me permission to share them in videos online. I’m usually very
particular and careful about sharing addresses online because you just never know. But for this I thought
it’d be kind of fun to send it to different
companies and use their stamps on the envelope. So in this case it’s
going to be Lawn Fawn because I used that
fairy stamp set. So I’m gonna take off those
blue strips of painter’s tape and then I can
assemble my envelope. And I love taking the tape
off and take masking paper or masking tape off
because it’s so fun to see everything all finished. So I folded up the sides and then I put a little
strip of Express-It tape. This is a really
strong adhesive. And I also cut the tip
of that bottom flap so that it was nice and straight
going across the envelope and you can definitely,
you don’t have to do that but I decided I wanted to. So there’s the envelope. I’m gonna leave it open until
I have a card to put inside. I only have a
couple things to do to finish off this envelope. And one has to happen
before the other. I’ve added my postage
stamps onto my envelope and now that everything
is completely finished I’m going to add some
Distress Micro Glaze. This Micro Glaze is particularly
formulated or it works well to cover areas of artwork
that you want to make sure that they’re water resistant. And like I showed you earlier
with those little dots that I added with
my water brush, this Distress Ink, if
there’s water added, if it gets a little
bit of rainwater on it when it’s going through the
mail or anything like that it would really
ruin my envelope. So I wanna make sure that
I have a nice slick surface of this Micro Glaze to
protect all of my stamping and water coloring
and ink blending. So one thing I did wanna mention is that you wanna make sure
that everything you’ve worked on is completely dry, you’ve
given it some time to dry so that it doesn’t
smudge anything. I had a little bit
of kind of softening of the Kelly Marie area because
I think that pigment ink wasn’t quite dry. But in the end when I
buffed the Micro Glaze off with a paper towel
it really cleaned up a lot of what had
been smeared around. So all in all it turned
out really, really well. And the Micro Glaze
really does protect all of that artwork
that I’ve done previous. So it’s a really fun step and it’s the last
thing you wanna do, especially after
your postage stamps, because otherwise
those won’t adhere. Thank you so much for
watching today’s video. I will be back in one month
for another mail art video. Until then, thank you
so much for watching and I will see you
in the next video. (happy upbeat music)


  1. Sue Schendel says:

    Beautiful work!

  2. Susie Lessard says:

    Another element that makes handmade the beautiful gift that it is. Absolutely lovely Kristina.

  3. cookbook800 says:

    I wonder if the Post Office staff are amazed by your envelope and show it to other staff members, because it's amazing!!!

  4. Gale Whiteman says:

    Kristine, After a stressful day, I go into my house, grab something to drink, sit in my recliner with my feet up and turn on one of your videos and get rejuvenated. Some days I just go from one to another and decompress. I love your creativity. Thank you for giving us ideas to create our own work. Happy 2017!!! I look forward to seeing all of your videos.

  5. Loretta A. says:

    Glaze was applied over the postage stamps – does this prevent postal machines from marking the envelopes? Also, can you use the glaze to seal the distress ink and then do additional layers on top of the glaze?
    Ps. Love your work πŸ’–

  6. Kathy Rudolph says:

    Absolutely stunning! I'm sure Kelly Marie will appreciate the time and effort you put into this envelope! I know she'll be as amazed as your fans!

  7. Liquid Emily says:

    I love mail art β€πŸ˜€

  8. Annalisa Young says:

    Wow! I've been trying to do fun things on my envelopes recently, but I haven't been bold enough to do a whole scene. I'm reassured that your cards arrive, since I've been afraid that too much extraneous coloring would make them bounce back to me. You've encouraged me to be bold! Thanks for showing such detailed techniques. Even though I don't have distress inks, I'm learning so much about blending and layering that I can apply to other mediums.

  9. Laura Buehler says:

    Love it. I was so worried about sending it through the mail until you mentioned the Micro Glaze.

  10. Mercè Soto Codines says:

    Very beautiful the envelope,is a new way a receive a surprise.THANK VERY MUCH

  11. Alex Hunter Designs says:

    This is so incredible! I can't wait to see what else you create each month!

  12. Debi Vintinner says:

    This is such a sweet and beautiful envelope!! Kelly will love it!!

  13. Debbie T says:

    Everything you make is amazing but this is just, just so darn cute. I know all the postal workers will be showing this off too as it passes through the post office. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I've learned so much from you.

  14. Renee VanEpps says:

    That's so cool you used the micro glaze, I was wondering why I don't see you use it alot. And I didn't realize you could go over things like stamps and the clean color brush coloring with it… thought it could only be used on Distress INks. So thank you! And btw, this mail art is GORGEOUS and I'm super excited to see more like this!!

  15. Holly H. says:

    This is gorgeous! Anyone who sees this will enjoy it. What a fantastic series. Can't wait for more. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  16. Danisa Morallos says:

    do we have to add the extra postage for decorated envelopes?

  17. Cathie C says:

    Beautiful…love it xx

  18. Girl Behind the Red Door says:

    I have one of these envelope maker tools and I can't seem to get it right! I would love to be able to do I can do this type of artwork…

  19. My Blue Bike 101 says:

    Amazing 🌺

  20. lmao says:

    OMG IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOUR CHANNEL FOR AGEEEESSS I used to watch Make a Card Monday or is it Make Your Card Monday I totally forgot sorry, but I used to watch those a lot back then! AND THEN SUDDENLY UR IN MY RECOMMENDED!! DEFINITELY SUBSCRIBING NOWW

  21. m nieves says:

    Nice idea for an envelope

  22. Dionnnnz says:

    I've recently bought the Zig Real Brush pens and mine doesn't seem to blend out as well as yours does! To actually just leave a faint outline of the original stroke it requires A LOT of brushing, is it me?

  23. Tammy Parkerson says:

    I already know I cant wait for the next mail art video!!

  24. Val's Faves says:

    Thank you 😊

  25. J Henry says:

    Beautiful! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your handwriting!

  26. Peggy Fitzmaurice says:

    That is the ultimate Happy Mail! So inspiring

  27. Barbara Burgess says:

    Wow Kristina, what a beautiful envelope. I would hate to open it if it were sent to me! I hope the card you make will match the envelope so she can keep it!
    Barb B. CZT

  28. HandmadeByMirella says:

    this looks really lovely! but will the micro glaze not prevent the post office from stamping the postage date, etc?

  29. sacconner says:

    Love, love, love IT! You make it all look so very easy! Looking forward to this new monthly series. Thanks Kristina!

  30. Enijaa says:

    deam gurl u have gold hands

  31. Ashley Cox says:

    So adorable!!

  32. DeNel Brister says:

    Love this!!!! I usually stamp on my envelopes but not that much! So cool!!!!!

  33. Kelly Katz says:

    I would be so excited if I received this card❀

  34. Marcia Shields says:

    Love this idea! I can't wait to do an envelope. Thanks for your creativity and talent. Love this so much!

  35. Patty Devoux says:

    This is truly a work of art! Thanks for sharing! I love snail mail! Such fun to get and such care from the sender with all the art work. Looking forward to this series.

  36. Elizabeth Joubert says:

    Oh this is beautiful… Would def have to try! Have some of the cutest Lawn Fawn stamps : )

  37. Jessica S. says:

    Gorgeous envelope! Receiving that in the mail would be a real gift! I love when you do envelopes, I'm so glad this will be a monthly video. Thank you Kristina for sharing your beautiful talent with us!!

  38. Tiffany Roberts says:


  39. Katherine Haught says:

    I love mail art so l am really looking forward to this series. You are sooo talented!

  40. Anne Faint says:

    So pretty this mail art envelope , I love doing these for my crafty friends ,,.

  41. I Heart Art says:

    This is so pretty and I can't wait to see more videos like this!

  42. Maribel Fonseca says:

    Beautiful! I can't wait to see more tutorials, TFS.

  43. sheri chandler says:

    This is amazing!!! I am going to go out and buy me this punch and do some art. Thank you for sharing your art and talent with us, you inspire me ALL the time. I love watching your video's.

  44. Kim Kristina says:

    It's so pretty! May i ask you what 2 pencils you are jusing?

  45. Lisa Tilson says:

    Such a gorgeous envelope Kristina! And a fabulous idea. It turns even a lovely handmade card into such a special gift, makes all the difference. I must try and do this with some of mine 😍😍😍

  46. Sammy B says:

    Hi I hope you don't mind but could you help me please
    I live in U.K. And I would love to start colouring like you with the water colour pens but don't know what I'm looking for to buy also I'm not a great drawer so is there some sort of colouring book I can get to start me off?
    My end result is to be able to make cards for my family I think I'd really enjoy it 😊
    You are absolutely amazing at it and if I ended up being a fraction like you I'd be pleased as punch 😜😁
    Thank you for reading
    Kind regards
    Sam x

  47. MeWho says:

    I can't wait to see more of the mail art series!!! Thank you for making this, and to SSS for allowing you to share it on your channel (though I'll probably listen to the SSS one just for the heck of it). πŸ˜€

  48. sradims says:

    Beautiful!! Thanks for the demonstration!!

  49. MixedUpMargie says:

    So cute, love it!

  50. Christa Beard says:

    Cute idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  51. lderusha24 says:

    Micro glaze sounds amazing! I didn't know about it! Thanks

  52. Harmony Rose Lane says:

    Kelly's post office will be thrilled, too! TFS!

  53. Judi Christopher says:


  54. MoosiePlays! says:

    Oh my god that handwriting though πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜²πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  55. Carolina's Creations - Handmade says:

    How super cute! I have to try decorating an envelope. TFS <3

  56. Carolina's Creations - Handmade says:

    I forgot, I wanted to ask you how do like that board? I have the envelope punch board, but I've been thinking about getting the one you are showing in this video, since I could make bows, and boxes also.

  57. Joan Howard says:

    Wow! I loved it! And thanks for all the tips as far as protecting the surface for mailing!

  58. J T says:

    Although it's pretty, envelopes like this is a problem for the address reading machines at the post office.

  59. mrskamran says:

    This is the sweetest envelope I've ever seen! Thank you for sharing!

  60. Deborah Anne says:

    Beautiful! Does the micro glaze have a chemical smell or odour to it? Thank you

  61. Lila Jackson says:

    I would love to receive one of the gorgeous cards/envelopes 😍😍😍

  62. brandon bright says:

    I could watch you all day. You are just phenomenal! I am so inspired!😘

  63. Marteena Bentley says:

    Where did you get that water proof pen? thank you!

  64. suzanne Ardiff says:

    I so enjoy your videos and learn so much. This is so pretty.

  65. Creativity Barn With Laura Anderson says:

    Can you tell me what kind of pen you used to extend the stem of the flower?

  66. Jodie Colbeck says:

    absolutely love this! πŸ™‚

  67. Hewy Dewy Lewy says:

    This is super cute. I can hardly wait for February's envelope.

  68. CraftyGirl212 says:

    what was the pen you used for the stems?

  69. stephanie buecker says:

    Absolutely beautiful I love fairies! What brand water proof pen are you using? I will def try that paper have had problems in past with others bleeding. 😊

  70. Scurvy Dan says:

    Just feel sad for the postal workers, cus that type of envelope means they have more work, because the coputer system can't automatically read off of it.

  71. Delilah Carbajal says:

    Absolutely beautiful and unique envelope! I bet they were so happy to see this envelope πŸ‘ great job!

  72. Fizzyn Sparkles says:

    Girl you have taken your art to another level on 2017. How gorgeous!!! You could totally forget the card and the recipient would still be in awe.

  73. Irene Isbell says:

    What size is the board?

  74. Nathalie prins says:

    very nise Thanks

  75. m nieves says:

    Hi Kristina, which black pen you use to extend the flowers?

  76. Crafted by says:

    I just got these stamps alpha stamps today, I am looking forward to trying them out. Thank you for all of your great videos.

  77. sdm fann says:

    Where can you purchase the micro glaze?

  78. Julia Silva says:

    i totally love your art, i could spend hours just looking every step, love it! i am trying to buy everything i need to start my own art here in PerΓΊ…i

  79. Marie Elaine G says:

    Love ur videos! Got me to make some mail art too!

  80. Ink That Card says:

    So beautiful 😍 always loving your work…

  81. Tracy Ratcliffe says:

    that is sooo cool, i love it

  82. Yuki Romero says:

    omg! i'm so obsessed with all the cuteness from all your videos.

  83. Zarah says:

    Dorland's wax might work just was well as a water resist glaze. Beautiful envelope.

  84. Tina Nguyen says:

    Can you make baby shower cards 😩

  85. Karin Bamberg says:

    Small world, I lived so close to that location and passed by so many times. Live in Ohio now. Small small world

  86. Banocka's Life says:

    what I found I use pearlpowder with some of my watercoloring and went to use the glaze. it smeared. now does it do it with pearl paint?

  87. Kathleen Dunlap says:

    Wonderful painting on your envelope! Thanks for another great design technique and sharing this video πŸ’–πŸ˜.

  88. Nicole DiNatali says:

    Gorgeous!!! I love your videos! I (like everyone else has already mentioned) find you to be extremely soothing and relaxing to listen to. I actually have BPD with PTSD and Depression, and when I need to "self-sooth" I often watch one of your videos. It totally takes me out of the negative or anxiety and chills me out! So happy for your inspirational and relaxing videos! Thank you!

  89. Liofa says:

    Americans and their imperial units… Lol… πŸ™‚

  90. rae sunnyshine says:

    Beautiful. Thank You for Sharing.πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’–

  91. Sharon French says:

    Thank you. You are truly the master oops Mistress of coloring and color blending.

  92. claudiswelt says:

    Its sooo wonderful! I like it! : )

  93. Melinda Thomasina says:

    Where do you get your stamps?

  94. Sarah Owens says:

    How do you make watercoloring look so easy??!? So beautiful!

  95. Melissa Edwards says:

    2:24 for distress ink colors

  96. Hanna Smith says:

    I love your envelopes.
    Do you ever do much Simpler envelopes?

  97. mariaflies says:

    I hated my envelope punch board…. until I read the instructions which tell you to turn the paper counter clockwise… nothing lined up.
    Now im doing it correctly πŸ™„ i love it, i'll never buy an envelope again.
    Love your envelope art. Fabulous!

  98. Natasha Bond says:

    Oh no this must be one of your envelopes you discovered you can't put micro glaze over postage stamps. I am sad to think this envelope was lost in the mail.

  99. Penelope’s Paper Productions says:

    Sooo cute! I love lawn fawn!

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