It's a well-known scientific fact that getting actual mail, from another human, is one of the great joys of life. So this week I challenge everyone who's reading this to send out one piece of snail mail. It could be a birthday card to a family member, a note to a neighbor, a postcard to an old friend, whatever. And before you tell me you'd like to do it, but you have no idea what to say; let me assure you that, "Thinking of you" or "Hope your day is going ok" is plenty. Seriously, it can be as simple as that. I'm pretty sure Christine Herrin, the designer behind the awesome Everyday Explorers Co, totally agrees with me on this point, since she named the stamp set I used to make today's card, "Send More Snail Mail". Coincidentally, it's available at The Ink Pad!
As soon as I open a new stamp set, I get out my MISTI; or in this case, my Mini MISTI. Because sometimes brand new stamps need to be inked twice before you get a really dark impression, even when you're using Memento Tuxedo Black for the job. I had been planning to color the images, but it's been a while since I've paper-pieced, so I decided to do that, instead. I stamped all the images I wanted to use on creamy yellow; then re-stamped the ones with envelopes in bold aqua, and cut the envelopes out separately.
Of course I could have stamped right on my notebook paper background (nope, not patterned paper, it's from a note pad that was on my desk!) but I thought this would give my cluster of images a little more visual weight, and I quite like fussy-cutting. I added a strip of Pavilio Lace Tape, in the Arrow Red pattern; and affixed some of my images flat and some on foam tape, then matted on the same aqua before mounting the whole thing on a black A2 card.
There are lots more Everyday Explorers Co goodies available at The Ink Pad Online, or in the Chelsea store, where this week's hourse will be 11am-5pm, Tuesday, July 7th, through Saturday, July 11th. Stop in if you're in the neighborhood, we'd love to see you!
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