Sunday, April 08, 2018

Altered Coin Envelopes


Hi everyone. I have a huge number of #6 coin envelopes, almost 3.5 x 6 inches in size. I can't even remember why I bought them but I have lots left from whatever that project was so I decided I'd better come up with Plan B. I also have loads of scrapbook paper pads in spite of having donated a large number. I think they mate and multiply when I leave them alone overnight. I might need to set up a nanny cam to prove that point. LOL


Since I intend to use these in junk journals, I only decorated the front because the backs will be adhered to pages on three sides to create an extra pocket or tuck spot.


If I was going to use these as a floating pocket or tucked into a belly band or corner tuck, I would finish the back side as well.


I covered the front and the inside of the flap with designer paper, I think from Prima's The Printery paper stack. The top of the envelope was punched to create easier access to the inside tag. The inside flap was cut long enough from contrasting paper to cover this semi circular opening once the tag was removed. I didn't want the kraft colour of the envelope to distract. All of the edges were inked with Coffee Archival and the same ink was used to stencil designs on the envelope front.


Stamping was added to the designer paper using both Coffee Archival Ink for the circular designs as well as Jet Black for the splatter dots.


A coffee dyed #8 manila tag was decorated for each with both stamping and stencilling and also inked around the edges to create places (front and back) for journalling. The backs have only a small amount of stamping in the one corner so most of that side is blank in case I get wordy and need the room to write :)


The tags were topped with this wonderful textured woven cotton ribbon which I tied with  a length of soft cream string. I wanted to keep the toppers neutral and simple so they complemented the tag and envelope rather than competing for attention.


The final detail to finish the envelopes and tags was to edge both with Black Big Brush Pen. I like the way this frames both and also pulls in some of the black from the paper design and the stamped splotches.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your fine company and encouragement. These were a lot of fun to create and I now have 7 fewer envelopes in the box of 250..haha! Look at me go :) I also know I have a box of smaller coin envelopes somewhere although I can't remember where I stashed them...some safe place no doubt. Stay tuned...you'll be seeing them once they are located.

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

2 comments:

Janie Smythe said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work! They are lovely😍!

TexJudy said...

Thank you for sharing and inspiring!