I thought it would be nice to feature someone else's MailArt for a switch. Specifically some of my very own penpals. This particular MailArt popped out at me for several reasons. I wanted to share them with you so you might be inspired to try one of them.
"The simplest of things
can make your letter special."
Here are six suggestions to add some pep to your post:
Consider your stamp choice to play up a theme.
I've been very much wanting the fern stamps but refuse to pay $1,000 for a roll. So when I saw the fern stamp it struck a cord, LOL. The stamp was a great introduction to what I would see inside, the die-cut paper fern. This little visual theme told me straight away my penpal had put some thought into things.
I'm partial to texture and those wonderful brown patterned swatches have a wonderful velvety tooth to them. It's pleasant just to hold them with your fingers. Texture can add the a letter experience. Try cutting up some textured swatches and tuck them in.
Consider images/illustrations as tuck-ins.
The pretty flower illustrations were nice to receive during the cold season. A reminder that warm weather is on its way. My penpal doesn't know that as an artist I don't usually paint florals. But I sure love real flowers! (and funny enough in the few florals I have done, there is an IRIS). The point here is, don't get caught up on what you may not know about your penpal before sharing a pretty illustration you'd like to send. The correspondence is about sharing of yourselves.
Consider out-of-the-box stationery.
I really liked that they went out of the box here and used different sheets for one letter. The "galaxy tea" as I have dubbed it, provides whimsy with galaxy in a cup; and warmth because it is after all Tea! Your stationery doesn't always have to match. Mix it up!
Consider dressing up your envelope.
I can't stress this enough. Envelopes are the first in your impact at the letterbox. Not only that but people normally put the letter back inside while it sits around waiting for a response. You're envelope is an extension of you right there in their office, book room, car console, you get the idea. The best bit is that you don't have to be an artist!
My penpal provided some eye-candy with a simple decision to use a colored envelope instead of white, and they decorated it with a very simple design. (which by the way... goes with the fern theme.) You can do it! Give it a go!
The extra for me was the nifty little square paper tuck-in that said "SMILE". It has a surprise inside the perforated front door. That's what's so cool, you know you're the first one to open it. It's just for you! You can feel and hear the perf ripping apart to get to the surprise inside, which is a lovely quote by Herbert Samuels. My penpal does not know I am partial of squares. Point? You may never know unless you send it! When I write back I will tell them that and that is one more thing they will know about me.
"Don't discount that the tuck-ins you send
will likely be conversation starters to
get things flowing in your correspondence."
I chose this letter as an example to my points because let's face it, there was a lot in this letter. I'd like to be clear and point out that you should view these pointers as separate. Most folks don't provide all of these features in one go, especially at introduction, which my penpal chose to do.
Try at least one of these suggestions this week. In the meantime...
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
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