DIY Mixed Media Keepsake Envelopes

Posted by Kim Dellow

Check out this mixed media tutorial for a great way to add a personal touch to your memory-keeping projects.

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I have a thing for little envelopes, do you know what I mean? They are super cute and you can use them for a whole manner of things from everyday ephemera to notes and photos. They aren't difficult to make yourself & you can make them from designer papers. But how cool to make your own custom patterned envelopes using paint, stamps, pens, ink or whatever you have to hand??

I've got a handy template for you to download and keep to make your own envelopes from. Resize the template to suit your needs then print and cut it out to use. I've used eyelets and string to fasten my envelopes, but you can easily use a different fastening for yours. There are plenty of options to make these envelopes completely your own so have fun with them!

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Here Is What You Will Need:

Strathmore Lightweight Printmaking Pad 11"X14"-80lb (120gsm)

Jillibean Soup Stamp & Stencil Butterfly Dictionary

My Favorite Things Circle Scribble Flowers

MementoLUXE ink pad Morocco

MementoLUXE ink pad Dandelion

MementoLUXE ink pad Elderberry

MementoLUXE ink pad Teal Zeal

Tim Holtz Distress Paint Wild Honey

Tim Holtz Distress Paint Fired Brick

Tim Holtz Distress Paint Broken China

Tim Holtz Distress Paint Picked Raspberry

Ranger Archival ink pad Jet Black

Ranger Paint Dabber Lemon Twist

WRMK Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite

Ruler

Sakura Pigma Micron pen

Pencil

Eyelets

Circle punch or die

Die-cutting machine

Paper piercer

Scoring tool

Hemp cord

Glue

Let’s Make Keepsake Envelopes!

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Start with a few sheets of paper and use the Distress paints and dabbers to scribble paint over the surface of the paper. Don’t worry if you get the paint mixing a bit – that is all part of the unique results you will get! Let the paint dry before moving on to the next step.

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Now add some texture to the scribbled surfaces using ink. Pick a favourite background stamp like the text stamp in the Jillibean Soup Stamp & Stencil Butterfly Dictionary set and stamp randomly over one of the painted surfaces. Try stamping a block stamp like the flower background stamps that come in the My Favorite Things Circle Scribble Flowers on another of the painted sheets. You can also add texture with ink through a stencil like the butterfly one that comes with the Jillibean Soup Stamp & Stencil Butterfly Dictionary set. Let the papers dry.

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Next add another layer to your painted sheets of paper using more stamping, this time with the Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, or by adding painted details or try picking out one of the painted lines using a pen. Let this layer dry too.

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Use your own envelope template or right-button click on the photo above and save the template to your computer. Resize, print and cut it out.

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Mark out the template on the back of one of your pieces of painted paper and cut it out, then use the scoring tool on the fold lines and fold the envelope together.

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Before sticking the envelope together, cut two circles from spare painted paper and use a small dot of glue on the back and centre of each circle to stick one on the top flap of the envelope and the other lined up on the body of the envelope. Mark the centre of the circles and unfold the envelope then use the Crop-A-Dile to set an eyelet in each circle.

Now you can stick the sides and bottom of the envelopes together with glue and wrap the hemp cord around the eyelets to seal the envelopes.

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These envelopes would look great on a scrapbook page or used in your art journaling or you could even use them to send something special to a friend. What will you use your bespoke mixed media envelopes for? Drop me a line below, I would love to know!

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