|Mail Art by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
|French Stationery photo by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
|Customized Stationery by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
I always like to customize my stationery to make it look special and unique. A fun and easy way to do this is with rubber stamps. Cavallini makes several fun Rubber Stamp Kits, similar to the one I use. Since my theme is Paris, I used appropriate imagery like the "Par Avion" stamp.
A few TIPS when using rubber stamps: 1. Make sure rubber stamp is clean and dry. 2. Get a nice even coat of ink on the stamp. 3. Place stationery on solid, flat, clean surface. 4. Press steady and firm, without rocking the stamp for a clean print. 5. Clean stamp thoroughly and allow to dry completely before putting away. 6. Practice makes perfect!
|Custom Embossed Envelope by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
|Postage Collection by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
FUN FACT: The value of a stamp never expires!
|Mail-Art by ALton DuLaney July 2015|
TIP: You can use multiple stamps to arrived at the required denomination and give your letter a more vintage feel.
Now our envelope is ready to stuff!
|Vintage French Post Cards photographed by Alton DuLaney|
|Parfumed swatches by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
TIP: You can swing by a Sephora and get a tester if you don't want to buy a whole bottle. Also spritz your fabric first and let it dry; the moisture and oils from the perfume can affect the ink or otherwise stain the note-card or envelope.
|Parisian Poste by AltonDuLaney July 2015|
Now that I have shown you the fun part of dressing up your correspondence, you will have to chose who to send it to and what to write . Of course you will start your letter with a "Bon Jour" and end with an "Au Revoir" but the rest of the content is up to you!
|French Phrase Book photo by ALton DuLaney|
|Parisian Poste Mail Art by Alton DuLaney July 2015|
By taking a few extra steps, and going the extra mile, you can create amazing souvenirs of your travels ( even if you stay at home!) and produce lasting mail art correspondence that your friends and family will enjoy receiving and perhaps even cherish for years to come. So make some art today, and partake in the "joie de vivre" of letter writing!
(One last TIP: If you want to chronicle your correspondence, or otherwise archive your mail-art, always send a copy of your monthly missives to yourself. Also, whenever I am in a place with a great name, like Splendora, I take my mail to the post-office and have the postmaster hand-cancel the stamps with the official town seal.)
For more great do-it-yourself art and crafts projects, check out my class Paper Arts on Craftsy.com .