Mail Art

Mail Art – January 2018 – Watercolor Distress Ink Cloud Background

NOTE: The post is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I’m back with another year of Monthly Mail Art! I’m so excited to start of 2018 with a fun, watercolored 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).

I love the soft blue color of a Metallic Sea Glass Envelope, but also wanted to watercolor the images from the new Best Friends stamp set. Watercoloring on the envelope wouldn’t give a good result, so I decided to cut a piece of Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper to the size of the envelope, paint my scene, and then adhere the watercolor paper to the envelope. You could also create a custom envelope out of watercolor paper if you wanted to skip the adhering step.

After stamping the animals image from the Best Friends stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink, I watercolored the scene using Distress Inks. And I addressed the envelope using an Extra Fine Envelope Addressing Pen from Pilot.

NOTE: Mailing address used with permission. Thanks, Vicki!

To make sure the watercolor paper was adhered completely on the edges, I used X-Press It Tape. This allowed me to apply the adhesive right up to the cut edge of the watercolor paper. I pressed the watercolor piece onto the envelope and then added my return address to the flap on the back.

I hope you enjoy today’s envelope video! Thanks for stopping by!


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 Best Friends stamp set
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*Simon Says Stamp Metallic Sea Glass Envelopes
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Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 5×7
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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MISTI long magnet
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*MISTI bar magnet
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Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
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3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
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Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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*Royal & Langnickel Zen Watercolor Brushes
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*Art Impressions Watercolor Palette
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Seedless Preserves
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Chipped Sapphire
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Broken China
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Rusty Hinge
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Walnut Stain
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Antique Linen
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Vintage Photo
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Worn Lipstick
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Hickory Smoke
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Tonic Guillotine 6×12 Trimmer
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Pilot Envelope Addressing Pen, Extra Fine
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X-Press It Tape
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Sigma January 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    So cute!
    I like the clouds, they are so soft :3

    I want to receive an envelope like this one
    Happy new year to You Kristina

  • Reply Tammy B January 4, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Very fun envelope! I really need to start using my distress inks to watercolour some images. Happy new year and thanks for this fun first-of-the-year video!

  • Reply Kristie Maynard January 4, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Love the design of this one. That sky is wonderful, hadn’t thought about doing clouds that way, it sure does look great, will have to remember that technique. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Jaana Hänninen January 5, 2018 at 6:15 am

    I have been meaning to ask you for a long time now… what is the music at the end of your videos? It keeps bilding up so nice, like you do with your amazing cards.

  • Reply Karthikha Uday January 5, 2018 at 7:11 am

    What a wonderful envelope!! So cute it is :)

  • Reply Shannon L Wynne January 5, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Love your art envelopes, wish I had the time to do myself. Maybe when I retire. I am interested in why this envelope has so much postage. I know about the extra ounce but you seemed to have more than that on this one. Is it related to the artwork? Thanks

  • Reply Pam January 5, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I just love your creativity! I would never think to do something like this, and didn’t even know you could send something like this in the mail! Thanks for a great idea!

  • Reply ELISA ROMAGNOLI January 5, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Sei bravissima! Le tue card sono uniche!

  • Reply Tara Prince January 5, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Just adorable!!

  • Reply Gayle Lazarus January 5, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Kristina, I get excited for your mail call it’s such a fantastic post. I love each and every envelope you customize. Would love to add my address to your list; who knows maybe I’ll get lucky and receive one. Where can I leave my address?

  • Reply barbara lassiter January 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Very cute. Loved watching you create the fabulous sky. I will try that technique on a card soon. Thanks! :)

  • Reply Fikreta January 5, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    its amazing!

  • Reply Bunny January 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    You make the best envelopes. Love them.

  • Reply Julie L January 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Such a darling card and a great reminder to use my Distress Inks. I was wondering if it would be accepted by post office to place your watercolored envelope inside a clear envelope and affix postage to the outside of the clear envelope so the decorative envelope is protected? Thanks for all your helpful videos! Julie L

  • Reply Teresa Doyle January 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Kristina, your ideas always blow me away, I would never have thought to do this. Vicky is going to be just thrilled, I am certain. Beautifully done.

  • Reply MJ January 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Adorable and beautiful. TFS

  • Reply Henriëtte January 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Its gorgeous as ever, love your background (and the Shirley Temple stamp)!
    Hope you had a lovely Holiday and I wish you a healthy, happy and creative New Year.

  • Reply Marcie Lovett January 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Adorable envelope, Kristina! Love that background technique.

  • Reply Cynthia Johnson January 7, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    This is such a cute envelope! I hope it’s handled with care by the post office!

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