Join, Gretel, my 12-year-old daughter as she makes DIY envelope art and shares her Copic coloring technique on Basis Coral cardstock.
I have thoroughly enjoyed quarantine with my husband and 3 daughters. We’ve loved all our crafty time together and it’s been a joy to see them making and sending cards. While we’re safe here in our quarantine bubble, I know others not been as fortunate. Sending hope and love to you and yours.
In this short video, Gretel demonstrates how to make an envelope with the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board and Copic color Altenew Pen Sketched Flowers on Basis Coral cardstock. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and ring the bell.
DIY envelopes that coordinate with a handmade card are the bomb and I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. For the most part, I only make them when I need a slightly larger envelope to accommodate those bits that hang off the card.
Refer to the guide on the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to determine the necessary measurements. For a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card, Gretel cut Basis Coral cardstock to 8 1/8 inches square and scored it at 3 5/8 inches.
You have to love the confidence of youth! Gretel picked up Copic markers during the quarantine and said I’ve got this. She started blending away like a pro. Mind you she’s been coloring since before she could talk and was color blending with crayons as a toddler.
Her process is to fill one petal with the lightest marker, add shadow with the darkest marker, then blend with 1-2 mid-tone markers. If needed, she comes back in with the lightest marker.
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Gretel said, “Copic makers are darker on colored cardstock and more vibrant on white cardstock.” Other than that, she didn’t see much difference between coloring on colored vs. white cardsock.
She drew some lines for the address and called it done. We were both tickled pink with how it turned out and hope you are too.
MORE ENVELOPE ART
Do you have the itch to create more envelope art? How about a bit of faux watercolor and Zentangle®?
Check out this Zentangle® Envelope Art post for more inspiration.
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