Mail Art

Holiday Mail Art – Masked & Ink Blended Snowflakes

Hello, all! I’m back with another Monthly Mail Art video for you, sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. :) Today I created two envelopes with similar designs, a metallic ivory envelope and a black envelope.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

For both envelopes, I cut a circle out of masking paper using one of the dies in the Nested Circles die set. I placed the circle masks on the center of each envelope. I also cut some snowflakes out of masking paper using the Felicity Snowflake, Joy Snowflake, and Bliss Snowflakes dies.

I applied the snowflake masks to the black envelope, and then ink blended some Golden Glitz Delicata ink over the top. Once the masking was removed, the pattern of the snowflakes was left behind.

For the ivory envelope, I ink blended three Distress Oxide ink colors from the edge of the circle mask: Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot. Before removing the circle mask, I stamped snowflakes from Tim Holtz’s Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp set in the same Golden Glitz Delicata ink.

The name of the recipient on each envelope was addressed using a gold paint pen. As for mailing addresses, I used a white Gelly Roll pen on the black envelope, and a black Pilot Envelope Addressing pen on the ivory envelope.

NOTE: Mailing addresses used with permission. Thank you, Kristine and Kathy!

I hope you enjoy today’s envelopes! :)


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Simon Says Stamp Metallic Ivory Envelopes
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*Simon Says Stamp Black Envelopes
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*Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles dies
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Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper
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Sizzix Big Shot, White/Gray
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*Simon Says Stamp Felicity Snowflake die
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*Simon Says Stamp Joy Snowflake die
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*Simon Says Stamp Bliss Snowflake die
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3M Post-It Tape, white
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Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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*Tsukineko Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Faded Jeans
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*Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot
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Tim Holtz Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp set
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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Pilot Permanent Paint Markers, Gold and Silver
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Pilot Envelope Addressing Pen, Extra Fine
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*Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, Fine 05
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Brenda C December 7, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Love those envelopes!! I cant wait to give them a try!

  • Reply Charlotte C December 7, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Very impressive envelopes. I use Ranger Micro Glaze – at least I think that’s what it’s called – over anything I’ve used Distress Oxides on to seal the oxides should they contact water or something. I really don’t do envelopes like you do, but if I stamp something on the envelope with Distress Oxides, I use the glaze to seal it.

  • Reply Tracey Magner December 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Kristine, BEAUTIFUL!! This is my favorite thing you do, I look so forward to the monthly mail, your envelopes are just so beautiful , creative and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Liloadro December 10, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I agree! They are always amazing! This one seems simple enough to actually give it a try. ;)

  • Reply Lori Ritchie December 7, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Simply put Stunning Kristina, huh got your name right today!

  • Reply Karthikha Uday December 7, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Wonderful creation!! Lovely techniques too :) Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply Debbie p December 7, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Your envelopes are beautiful. I love watching all your videos. I learn all the time from your videos. Thank you so much.

  • Reply MARCIE LOVETT December 7, 2017 at 8:50 am

    They’re both fabulous. I love those snowflake stamps and dies.

  • Reply Valerie Breingan December 7, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Gorgeous Kristina.

  • Reply Greta H December 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Had to come tell you how much I love these! Wouldn’t be able to throw these envelopes away! Hoping to case the design for some cards, so I’ve pinned them. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Teresa Doyle December 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Ok, just have to say, IF you ever get to my address and if I ever get one of these, they will NOT be going on my inspiration shelf …….. No, no, no! !!! It will be framed, with the card ( made with your creative little hands) and hanging on my craft room wall!
    These are GORGEOUS! I have learned so much from you Kristina. TFS!

  • Reply Mischelle Smith December 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    All these replies are very true! I too pinned these envelopes, so I could remember them! STUNNING!

  • Reply Kristine V. December 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    So gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing that fun idea for mail art. Love your videos!!

  • Reply Linda Duensing December 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Love the envelopes. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  • Reply Tara Prince December 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Very nice!!

  • Reply Marlene Velasquez December 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Love your creativeness and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. These envelopes are stunning and I’m wondering where you got the postage stamps? Are they available on the USPS website? Thx so much.

  • Reply Fikreta December 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    stunning work!

  • Reply Carol MJS December 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    What a treat for the recipients of your cards! Delightful idea, Kristina.

  • Reply Sue Stanley December 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Love your work and am curious if you have gotten these type of decorated envelopes approved by the USPS? I am doing black envelopes this year and talked to the PO about them with regards to guidelines etc. and was made to feel like I was causing them way more work than they like and told me that they have to be hand cancelled etc and that they would take longer to get to the person etc etc. So I was just curious what your experience has been

  • Reply Kristie Maynard December 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I do love your mail art videos! I did some on my Halloween cards and everyone loved it. Don’t have time to do all my Christmas cards envelopes with art, but I may do a few special ones. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Colleen Howell December 8, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Very pretty

  • Reply Henriëtte December 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Awesome Kristina, these envelopes will never be thrown away. Thanks for this great inspiration!

  • Reply Lieve S December 10, 2017 at 1:57 am

    B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L !!!!!!!

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