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Envelope Envy

It can sometimes be slightly challenging to use dies that do not have a coordinating stamp set, but with Hero Arts' Envelope Accessories set, that's definitely not the case! This card is made using only the dies in the set, and apart from inking the edges I haven't even enhanced or embellished them:
I cut the envelope from vintage sheet music and again from a pale blue that I trimmed down to serve as a liner inside the music paper envelope. I cut the butterfly five times from various shades of blue in the Craft Consortium Grunge Paper collection; the stemmed flowers once each in a bold purple, and a bunch of the leaf sprig from that beautiful mottled green. I tucked all of the plant life in the envelope, then clustered the butterflies (with tiny self-adhesive pearl bodies) as if they are fluttering out of it. A simple mat of blue and another of sheet music are the only other embellishments.
Before I made my card, I had fun testing out different color combinations, and wound up with a bunch of extra envelopes, which seemed a shame to waste. So I made some little tuck-in cards using Pepin Vintage Fashion Stickers, enclosed them inside the colorful folded envelopes and added a little more detail with Maker Forte's Splatter Square (Style 1) cling stamp and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink.

I used Glue Gun Sealing Wax in a lovely neutral shade of burnished Copper on each of the closures, on top of a leaf or butterfly diecut. While my circle of wax was liquid, I added a few beautiful, tiny Dried Flowers to the center of the wax circle and sealed it using a Blank Wax Seal. (You can also use a Wax Seal with a design on it, but since the flowers cover up the design, I found I preferred the blanksfor this technique.)

Just a reminder that the smallest size envelope one can stamp and mail is 3.5 x 5" so these petite beauties (they're about 2 x 2.75") will need to be enclosed in a larger mailing, or tucked into a gift. There are lots more mail-centric products at The Ink Pad, and since April is National Card and Letter Writing Month, this is the perfect time to enjoy those!
is a really big fan
of Snail Mail!

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