Sunday, April 26, 2009

Recycled Mailer (padded envelope) Tutorial & Day 12 of DVM!

Hi all! About a year or more ago, I recycled one of those padded mailers for a swap I was participating in and, of course, photographed it:
Recycling is FUN!
I get a lot of hits on this particular photo and receive e-mails every now and then asking how I did it. I figured, it being "Earth Week" and all, this would be a great time to tell everyone (plus, I needed to cover up a used mailer for Rikki's Loteria pendant, so I had one to photograph!).

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
Of course you've saved padded mailers. Well, go find one.

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
While you're in there, get some white glue or decoupage medium, a brush, your white paint (or gesso) and some pretty tissue papers (you could also use decorative paper scraps).

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
Tear off any glossy tape and labels that are easily removable (you don't really even need to do this, but it helps the decoupage stick). Prime your envelope with white craft paint or gesso (mostly this is just to give an even look to the piece and ensure that old labels are covered).

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
Start with one side of the envelope and coat a small area with decoupage medium. Add pieces of tissue paper and recoat with glue/decoupage medium.

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
Keep going....

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
OK... That looks pretty good. Let it dry, then do the back side (optional, but totally cool looking).

How to...
You can work on the back while the front is still wet if you have a non-stick craft sheet, but I use the drying time as an excuse to play with my dog.

Once both sides are dry, you can address, fill and send your mailer, but I like to decorate mine even more:

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
Using your favorite stamps (of course they're your Skelekitty ones!), and some Staz On or other permanent ink, stamp an image onto a piece of tissue paper...
Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
...then affix it to the envelope. This technique will give you a better stamp impression than if you stamp directly onto the lumpy envelope.

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
Don't be afraid to get a little silly.

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
And it's finished! No... wait....

Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
YES! It still needs a little sparkle! (I got the idea of adding iridescent glitter to mod podge from Kathy Murillo, The Crafty Chica!)



Altered/Recycled Padded Mailer (Tutorial)
NOW it's finished! (This, obviously, is the back of the envelope - sorry, just not going to give everyone Rikki's address!!!)

If you make one, I'd love to see it, so be sure to post a link here!