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Old 08-25-2013
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Mail Art Challenge 2013

I started rubber stamping because I learned how to carve erasers making rubber stamps for a calligraphy class project. Later in the semester, my instructor shared slides of a mail art exhibit. It was fabulous. Unfortunately, I don't have copies of these slides. However, throughout our travels we stumbled on an exhibit called "The Graceful Envelope" from the Washington DC Calligrapher's Guild. This is what inspired an idea to "challenge" YOU, Club Posh members to decorate the envelope, not the card!!

So here's the challenge: Decorate any sized envelope and post it here on Club Posh. The only requirement is to use a rubber stamp. And of course, if it is a Posh Impressions or JudiKins design, all the better. You can look at the "The Graceful Envelope Contest Winner's Gallery" to get some ideas.

I included my address on this envelope but for this challenge you can leave the address blank. You might need to use your newly decorated envelope for a future Club Posh activity (hint hint).

So here is a crazy example — now put on your "creative cap" and have fun!!

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Awesome envelope Judi. Such a neat idea......the flower child
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LOL, Judi! Must be something in the air, 'cause I recently hosted a Mail Art swap.

What got me on to doing mail art were two things... Mom used to read the Nat'l Enquirer & they did envelope-decorating contests and a friend sent me the book "Good Mail Day".

While I will enter a new creation, may I share the recent one I did? I recycled a junk mail envelope for it.
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Judi can't wait to start

Daniel good job
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Nice sample Daniel, thanks for showing us.....the flower child
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I did a quick sample to post but I like it so much I am going to do enough for the whole month. This one is from the Posh Limited - Greetings stamps
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I did one last night that I liked better but it was too light and would not scan well.
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Excellent, Loosy! Doesn't look like a quickie at all!
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All the samples are great! I will have to get started.

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Old 08-29-2013
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Daniel!! Oooo. I like the concept of using junk mail envys!! Didn't you submit something like this for the Recycle Challenge?? And Mary...fun huh? I bet whoever receives this will be the talk of the mailroom.

When I get something like this in the mail, everyone in the office is jealous. I keep telling them...you have to send one to get one.

Ok. Here's another example of a Mail Art Envy. I sent this to someone in another swap, but I changed the address since I'm not sure they want their addy posted.

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This is beautiful, Judi! Love the colors too.

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Judi I learn something new every time I see one of your entries. Just beautiful.
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Oooh. I like that envie, Judi. Like looking down on a fancy swimming pool!

Mine is coming along. The back is stamped & colored. The front still 'needs' another image or two before I color. But I'm really enjoying this!

While we're all working on our 'mail art', how about a bit of discussion?

For many who do MA, the envelope is sent empty & not meant to be opened. But sometimes the artist actually puts stuff in the envelope. I've done it both ways.

So here's a question... If your MA requires opening, how do you do it so you don't mess up the MA?

Yes. I have several methods I employ, but I want to hear yours--or your questions.
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Quite honestly I didn't think about the back, but I did use a stamp for the closure.
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Quite honestly I didn't think about the back, but I did use a stamp for the closure.
LOL, Loosy! Envelopes have 2 faces. 'Course we don't have to do Art on both.

But your post has me thinking... Might be fun to send an MA that is decorated front & back & inside.

If I were attempting such a piece, I'd have to figure out how my receiver could access the interior easily. Hmmm. Have to think on that.

Another thing to keep in mind about MA? It has to survive the Post Office & the machines. There's no protection for the MA since the art is the envelope.
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