Friday, November 5, 2010

Enviable Envelopes

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I love getting mail. No, not junk mail, but letters, cards, personal things. I fell in love with these custom rubber stamps and decided to create some designs of my own to make my own correspondence a bit more lovely.

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For this recipe, you'll need lots of varieties of my very favorite thing: fonts! There are lots of varieties that can really change the look of any of the address labels/stamps you create.

• frilly script font: Natalya
• bold extended font: Blackoak
• bold condensed font: Clarendon
• stylish font: Lemon Chicken
• sans serif font (Arial, Helvetica, something you already have is fine!)
• decorative borders, frames, ornaments: IM Fell Flowers

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I just started by typing my name and address using each of the fonts, then I played around with different combinations of names, addresses and arrangements. Contrast is an important element here—combining large with small, decorative with plain, bold with condensed, heavy with delicate—the differences make the end results beautiful and elegant.

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I printed these on some envelopes I have so they are ready to use, but I like the
added texture that you get when you actually make an impression from a rubber stamp, so I plan to order rubber stamps that I can use in the future. I'm excited about how these turned out! They make me want to send something to myself.

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  1. This is a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration

  2. I love these! Fun gift idea too!

  3. I love making my own cards and always print the envelopes - have never expanded on the standard name and address though. These are really inspiring. Thanks for the hot tip - Christmas Cards are going to be pretty this year :)


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