Thursday, September 5, 2013

Altered Mail Challenge!


Today is the day for the new 
 at eclectic Paperie and I am the hostess~
I am challenging you to alter your mail! 
I received a brochure from a company selling work vans. I don't know what prompted them to send me (they this must have seen me packing for a weekend crop!) but I was happy to alter it! If you don't receive any interesting mail to alter then go ahead and alter the exterior of an envelope or package to mail out - make the mail carriers day by creating something fun!
Here is a look at the brochure as I received it. It is about 5 1/2" x 7" and came in the plastic sleeve you see. (I saved that not knowing whether I'll use it or not.) It has 5 double spread pages and 3 tabs and is made out of Kraft paper.
(click on pictures to enlarge and enhance)

My first step was to put Gesso on all of the pages. I did each one differently and apparently got so in to it I only took pictures of two of the pages (doh)! Here are the two I took pictures of. On the first one I spread the gesso on and then pulled some of it off with an acrylic stamp by CTMH. On the second one I applied the gesso through The Crafters Workshop Quatrefoil stencil.
My next step was to put paint on all of the surfaces. I used Tim Holtz Distress Paints for all of them. Wetting the paint down good by spraying with water then moving it around with the edge of a credit card, bubble wrap, or just my fingers created a different effect on each page.

By now the poor kraft paper and two lonely staples could no longer hold up to all the wetness. This was great because it made me think of creative ways to hold it together! So in addition to lots of Mod Podge I used different mediums down the centers of the pages.
On this page I used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
On this page I used Washi Tape by My Minds Eye

On this page I used Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap
To add some more layers, I used my favorite stamp (Unity She Script) and my NEW favorite stamp (Wendy Vecchi Vintage Mesh) and punchenella with the new line of Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks on all of the pages and Christy Tomlinson Doodle Flowers rub-ons were used throughout.
Dylusions White Linen spray with The Crafters Workshop Mini Peacock stencil on this one:
Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste with The Crafters Workshop Herringbone stencil:
I left the cover fairly plain at this point because I really don't know what I'll be using this little gem for!
It sure was fun and what a difference from the original brochure that came in my mail!
I hope you'll join in the fun and alter a piece of mail with me! Link your project by Midnight Eastern on September 18th using the linky tool on the eclectic Paperie site and you'll be entered to win a $15 gift certificate to the awesome eclectic Paperie online store.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I appreciate your comments!


Anita Houston said...

Awesome color on these pages! I love each background!

Tami said...

So nice!!!

Anonymous said...

In love with the color and how beautiful this turned out!