Lettering, Mail Art

Masked & Blended Envelope Design

NOTE: This post is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

Hello, all! I’m back again with your monthly installment of Mail Art! This month I did some simple masking, blending, and stamping.

(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 started with an Audrey Blue envelope (still one of my favorite Simon colors), and created a heart mask by die cutting some masking paper with one of the Nested Hearts dies. I placed the heart mask on the envelope, making sure to leave room in the top right color for the postage stamps. I blended two Distress Ink colors onto the bottom edge of the envelope: Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire.

Before removing the heart mask, I stamped the top half of the large Brushed Branches stamp in Versafine Onyx Black ink on the bottom edge of the envelope.

Then I removed the mask and was left with a perfect space for the address. I penciled the address in first and then went over it with a black pen.

NOTE: Address used with permission. Thanks, Dena!

The last step was to adhere the postage stamps. If you want to, you can further protect your envelope by applying Distress Micro Glaze to the envelope (be sure to skip the postage stamps since the Postal Service will need to cancel the stamps when your envelope is processed), however I didn’t do this step and it is optional.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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 Audrey Blue Envelopes
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*Simon Says Stamp Nested Hearts dies
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*Simon Says Stamp Brushed Branches stamp
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Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper
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Sizzix Big Shot, White/Gray
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Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in Chipped Sapphire
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tool Refills
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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*MISTI bar magnet
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Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
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Pilot Envelope Addressing Pen, Extra Fine
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply DUMONTIER Marjorie June 6, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Absolutely beautiful. !!

  • Reply JANNIS June 6, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I just love your mail art, I’m having just as much fun doing envelopes now as I am cards, Thanks for all the great ideas

  • Reply Kristie Maynard June 6, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Great mail art that is simple and packs a lot of punch. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Reply Pam Kerschner June 7, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Wow, how lucky is Dena to receive such a gorgeous mailing!

  • Reply Tara Prince June 7, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Gorgeous envelope!

  • Reply Karthikha Uday June 7, 2018 at 8:26 am

    So pretty!!

  • Reply Andrea Hastilow June 7, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Such a beautiful image you created there, thank you for the video x

  • Reply Marcie Lovett June 7, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Love this one! The heart and the branches work so well together.

  • Reply Terrie D. June 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This is such a beautiful envelope! I love how you used the brushed branches stamp :)

  • Reply Jo June 8, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Oh my… I absolutely LOVE this!!!! Those dark blues at the bottom really go beautiful together with the lighter ones. And that heart and the branches are like a match made in heaven! So beautiful!!
    Have an amazing weekend!
    Jo from the Jersey Shore~
    ♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

  • Reply Joy Moss June 8, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Hi Kristina!
    Love, love, love your envelopes! I love the colors you used on this one and how simple the stamping is. The stamping of the tree is what makes this doable for people like me who might be intimidated by the envelope stamping technique. It’s a great ‘starter’ technique. I also like how you masked off a heart shape. I could use this shape on cards I send to my daughters. Might even give this a try today.
    As always thanks for sharing your talents and inspiring me!

  • Reply Henriëtte June 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    It’s gorgeous Kristina, I saw this already on the SSS blog and I love especially that you used a coloured envelope. Gorgeous that blue. Thanks for showing this beauy in your envelope serie.

  • Reply M Strach June 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Fabulous idea!!!

  • Reply Jackie McKnite June 11, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I know you said it’s non-machinable because the card is thicker but I’m wondering if it would also be non-machinable because the address is displayed in that heart. I have a very fussy postal worker in the local P.O. who wants to charge extra for everything. He also has to manipulate the daylights out of it before giving his blessing. I could just go POSTAL! Kidding.

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