I have to start off by saying I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan so this challenge was so fun to be a part of! 😁
Marie from Thoughtful Studio created the Owl Post challenge, along with the wonderful freebie images, to show recognition and support for postal services across the world during the pandemic.
I've seen some lovely projects so far, especially in the thoughtfully FB group, where design team members share fun lives, watch parties and all things Thoughtful. I recently shared a coloring process video for the freebie images there as well. It's also a great place to checkout if you enjoy online crops and freebies! 😉
So, to start my pocket letter, I printed out my images onto 80 lb. Neenah card stock and colored them in with Copic markers as part of the Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge.
Next, I gathered up most of the patterns from the newly released paper collection from Thoughtful Studio, Tess-A-Penpal-Again. These papers pair perfectly with the theme of this challenge and the ephemera is so cute.
I added a some additional embellishments using the Frightful Things dies from Sizzix/Tim Holtz and a mini envelope I made using an envelope punch board. I colored everything with distress oxide inks and glued them together with liquid adhesive.
Then, I cut down the patterned card stock to 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" panels and inked the edges of each piece with some frayed burlap distress oxide ink.
To decorate the plain strip on the left side of the pocket page, I glued on a brown ribbon that coordinated with the papers.
I fussy cut the ephemera and laid out my patterns, images, and embellishments onto the plastic card sleeve to see how I wanted everything arranged. After a lot of fiddling and moving things around, I finally glued everything in place.
For the final step, I added some extra bits to the envelope on the front and all that’s left is to fill in the back with some happymail goodies.
This next "project" is more of a quick and simple DIY than anything else, but it has a fun result!
I have a mini lightbox on my desk in a place where I see it all the time, so as I was playing around with the freebies on my computer, it caught my eye, and I thought... how fun would it be to make my own inserts.
At first I thought maybe I could shrink down and trace the images onto some acetate with a Sharpie, but then I remembered vellum and that it would probably work just as well.
I measured the spaces and arranged my images in Inkscape, then printed them out onto a sheet of vellum. Then I trimmed it down into three strips slipped the pieces into the coordinating spaces and flipped the switch.
It turned out so cute! 🦉❤✉😄
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