I love receiving letters in the mail and completely think it is an art form itself. I have always had a penchant for beautiful writing, stationary, ribbon, twine, and tape. Last Sunday, a new friend of mine’s mother bought me a book about style. I felt so at home with her surprising act of impulsive love toward me, therefore the past two days I have been working on a “thank you” note for her.
To make Lynn’s card, I was inspired by vintage tattoos. I drew the main lettering first, then added the banner/ribbons above and below. Next I blocked in the words “hey Lynn,” and finally drew the outline of a pirate ship/sail boat in the background. For this “project” all I used was a thin black sharpie, and 2 ball point pens in red and light blue.
To make the envelope: I made a pattern on ivory drawing paper, and cut it out with an Exacto knife. After carefully folding and Elmer’s gluing the three lower sides, I made a slit to slide the top flap into so the envelope could close nicely. As a little detail, I made 3 rectangular “windows” into the card as you can see in the photo. I also measured it so that the word “hey” would be seen as she opened the top flap. Lastly, with red striped washi tape, I added small details like a heart and a few random patchy stripes on the back of the envelope.
Typically I would also beautifully address the letter, but in this case I will be hand delivering the note because I left my unicorn necklace at their house, and it is making me nervous that I don’t have it.