Mail Art – Watercolor Envelope & How to Protect it in the Mail

Happy Friday, all!

I’ve been on a mail art kick this week, decorating lots of envelopes. Today I decided to film one of the envelopes that I’ve created. In this case, the entire front of the envelope was watercolored.

Mail Art - Distress Watercolor Envelope & Protecting it in the Mail

The bunnies in the bottom corner are from WPlus9’s Wishing You stamp set. Aren’t they cute?! I thought they would be perfect for creating a scene on an envelope (or a card!). Then I painted the entire envelope using Distress Inks, and then wrote my friend Nichol’s name (check out her awesome cardmaking!).

The black area at the bottom of the envelope is where I eventually wrote Nichol’s address.

Mail Art - Distress Watercolor Envelope & Protecting it in the Mail

Because Distress Ink (and all watercolors in general) are reactivated with water, it’s a good idea to protect the envelope. I’ve never had a problem with my envelopes arriving to their final destination with any damage, but you just never know.

So that’s where Distress Micro Glaze comes in! Micro Glaze has been around for a long time, and I’d heard of it, but I didn’t entirely know what it was used for until I saw it demo’d by Tim Holtz. It’s awesome! You just buff some of it into the paper over your painting, and it waterproofs the paper! It’s awesome!

NOTE: At the time of this posting, Simon Says Stamp was sold out of Distress Micro Glaze. But I talked with a friend at Simon and she said they were restocking it right then! Yay! So if you want to pick some up, Simon should have it in stock very quickly, probably within the next few hours.

I hope you all enjoy the video today!

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube


I often get questions about where to purchase the supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! :) The letters below each image are links to stores where you can buy the product. SSS = Simon Says Stamp, AZ = Amazon, etc. Affiliate links used when possible.

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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