Sometimes my newly-acquired craft supplies spend weeks locked away in drawers before I put them to good use–but there are also times when new stationery and washi tape immediately become part of my snail mail routine! This week’s outgoing mail includes Art Nouveau, animation references, and washi tape borders aplenty.
I was inspired to play around with washi tape borders by a beautiful letter I recently received from my pen pal in Germany! (Hello, if you’re reading this!) I loved the look of the back of her envelope in particular, and wondered how I could incorporate it into some of my own mail art.
The key, I’ve discovered, is to use washi tape that’s broader, lighter, and more easily manipulated: some of the thicker types that you can get at Michaels or the Dollar Store don’t lend themselves well to folding.
Using my favorite mt map washi tape, I even added a similar border onto the back of a very different kind of envelope design–one influenced by my love for the animated series Over the Garden Wall. The front, of course, is decorated with illustrated sheet music from the show’s theme song.
As for the person whose mail led me to experiment like this in the first place–this pretty Art Nouveau envelope will be heading her way soon! Here’s hoping the gold washi tape will survive its Atlantic crossing…