Vintage Stamps, Washi Tape & Stickers: Envelope Art

There are many ways to decorate a letter.  Do not overlook the “wow” factor a postage stamp provides to your beautifully decorated envelope!  Personally, I love adding vintage postage to the envelopes.  I view postage stamps as miniature works of art that are tied to history.  They bring attention to accomplishments, turning points and natural wonders as well as capturing the American experience.  I enjoy researching and learning the “back story” to the stamps I use.  For this letter I chose a 1981 20¢ Flag Over Supreme Court, the 1968 10¢ 50-Star Runway, a 1938 2¢ John Adams and the 1981 18¢ Flag Over Seacoast.  Vintage stamps can be ordered through various online dealers such as the Mystic Stamp Company (https://www.mysticstamp.com/).  What I like about this site is they provide an online U.S. Stamp Catalog with a visual index sort.  They also provide an online order form to receive a FREE 156-page catalog.  I thought it would be fun to share the descriptions I found on the Mystic Stamp Company website for the four stamps I used on this envelope. Here we go:

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Top Left:
1981 20¢ Flag Over Supreme Court
Issue Date: December 17, 1982
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
Perforations: 11
Color: Black, dark blue and red
Supreme Court
The powers and responsibilities of the Supreme Court are established in the U.S. Constitution. It is the highest court in the judicial branch of the federal government. The Supreme Court is the only court established by the Constitution. It has narrow original jurisdiction that is largely limited to cases involving ambassadors, public ministers, and states.

Top Right:
1968 10¢ 50-Star Runway
Issue Date: January 5, 1968
City: San Francisco, CA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary press printing
Perforations: 11 X 10 ½
Color: Carmine
This stamp was issued to conform to the law, which raised airmail postage rates effective on January 7, 1968.

Bottom Left:
1938 2¢ John Adams
Presidential Series
Issue Date: June 3, 1938
First City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 25,038,485,700
Printing Method: Rotary press
Perforations: 11 x 10 ½
Color: Rose carmine
Known affectionately as the “Prexies,” the 1938 Presidential series is a favorite among stamp collectors.
The series was issued in response to public clamoring for a new Regular Issue series. The series that was current at the time had been in use for more than a decade. President Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed, and a contest was staged. The public was asked to submit original designs for a new series picturing all deceased U.S. Presidents. Over 1,100 sketches were submitted, many from veteran stamp collectors. Elaine Rawlinson, who had little knowledge of stamps, won the contest and collected the $500 prize. Rawlinson was the first stamp designer since the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began producing U.S. stamps who was not a government employee.

Bottom Right:
1981 18¢ Flag Over Seacoast
Issue Date: April 24, 1981
City: Portland, ME
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
Across the globe, national flags represent each country’s ideals. The flag that is most recognizable as a symbol of freedom and strong will is the American flag.

I love using different washi tape and stickers to decorate envelopes.  I had a lot of fun trimming out this one.

The Paper Studio has an awesome sticker pack called “Friendship Phrases” (#901108) –  which I love.

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Letters, Mail Art and Vintage Stamps

I cannot describe the excitement I get when I receive a good old fashioned, hand written letter!  Snail mail is THE BEST!  Equally as exciting is replying with an 11 page – yes, you heard me – an 11 page response!  Typically, for a long letter I use wide ruled filler paper, colorful pens, rubber stamp images, cute stickers, washi tape and make my own “stationary”. I decorate as I write.  It is fun, whimsical and creative. I also try and decorate the envelopes as well.  My friend Michele and I typically write long letters to each other.  We have used super cute cards and stationary however, we prefer to use “our” stationary when we write.

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Months ago I purchased a 12 x 12 paper pad online by KI Memories called “Funky Paper Pad II”.  I had no idea what I would do with many of the patterned papers in this pad so I decided to use some pages to create envelopes for my outgoing letters – including this one.

 

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I have also included a couple of vintage stamps on the front of the envelope.  Since the letter is going to Virginia from Texas, I decided to use a couple of stamps from the 1982 State Birds and Flowers stamp sheet.  Don’t worry, once this is weighed at the post office I will add more vintage postage!

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Wine Themed Pocket Letter

One of the first ladies I exchanged Pocket Letters with suggested a wine “theme” for our first PL swap. I knew right there and then we would become fast friends! I went to my local craft store and chose my items. When I received her PL, I saw that many of the items she had used, I had just purchased. I decided to switch gears and here is what I created for her. After I completed the project, I sent it to her in a cute wine bag.  She also suggested we write letters to each other between projects and this is where my love for snail mail – and everything related to it – began!

      

   

 

New Year, New Blog

I finally did it!  I have been wanting to create a little space in the blogosphere to share with you some things I love to talk about the most – crafting and food! 

My name is Dina, and I live in South Texas with my husband and 2 children. A little over a year ago, I became interested in paper crafts, letter writing and everything related to it! I started with making homemade cards, Janette Lane’s Pocket Letter projects and was matched with other people to exchange PL’s and other paper crafts. In between projects, we decided to write letters to each other. This is where I discovered my love of mail art and a finer appreciation for pens of all types. Did I mention I love to cook? I decided to create a blog where I could share how I spend most of my time – creating paper crafts, making mail art and cooking (to name a few)…kind of like taking items, mixing them together in a bowl and sharing….like guacamole perhaps?

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P.S.: Please feel free to write me a letter!