Springtime Mail Art

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Main

Have you ever had an extra special card or letter to send, and a plain white envelope just won’t cut it?  Today I wanted to share my take on the “mail art” trend with these pretty springtime designs created on Cryogen White and Raw Finish A7 envelopes.

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Stamping

The type of envelope you choose will depend on your coloring medium.  I wanted to color using Spectrum Noir markers, so I decided to try Cryogen White A7 envelopes because many stampers love the corresponding cardstock for their alcohol-based marker coloring.  Cryogen White cardstock and envelopes are a bit of a creamier white, but have a subtle mica coating that adds the faintest shimmer to your projects.

Begin by stamping your images onto the front of the envelope in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used a stamp positioning tool for this step to ensure that the seams on the back of the envelope did not interfere with my stamping.  Space your images so that you leave room for the address and return address.

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Coloring

Insert a piece of scrap cardstock into the envelope to prevent ink from seeping through to the back and color the images with Spectrum Noir markers (colors listed below).  The Cryogen White envelopes allowed me to blend colors perfectly and with no feathering, but because they are thinner than a typical sheet of cardstock, you will have to be careful about how much ink you apply or you could easily saturate the paper.

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Inking

To give the scene atmosphere while still leaving a clear space for the address, apply blue and purple Distress ink to the edges of the envelope with an ink blending tool.  Using more than one color gives it tons of depth!

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Cryogen White

Address your envelope by hand, stamp, or printer (mine were added digitally here to protect my recipient’s privacy) and don’t forget to buy coordinating postage.  If you love the look of hand-lettering, try out some of the fun calligraphy tools that CutCardStock has in stock!

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Kraft

For a different look, I stamped the same images onto an Environment Raw A7 envelope and colored them with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils (colors listed below) before inking the edges with brown ink.  The raw finish is perfect for blending pencil because the surface has plenty of tooth to catch the color.

Hummingbird Mail Art by Annie Williams - Main

I hope I’ve inspired you to try out some mail art of your own.  With the right envelope to match your coloring medium, you can surprise your recipient with something truly beautiful.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I’d love to hear your comments!


Spectrum Noir markers used: LG3, LG5, JG5, JG6, CG2, DG3, GB1, GB3, OR2, PP1, PP5, DR2, DR7, GG1, GG2, GG3, BP1, BP5, BP7

ColourBlend Pencils used: Peony, Cranberry, Cream, Boysenberry, Canary, Sage, Black, Pumpkin, Nectarine, Raspberry, Antique Rose, Pewter, Peach, Smoke, Grass, Forest Green, Alpine, Viridian, Jade