The theme is: Where I live.
|one of the envelopes and contents -click for details!|
I opened up the folder and painted the front and back of it with white gesso because I did not want the plain manila background showing. I think it worked out pretty well. The back of the envelope got a copy of a tourist map from nearby Anna Maria Island. I drive over one of those bridges pictured on the map to take Nia dance classes twice a week in Anna Maria. I copied the map from a tourist brochure 5x and used my xyron to adhere it to the folder.
For the front, I cut out words & images from a different brochure (I picked up 5 of them for free!!). This brochure is designed to give the reader the lo-down on the Sarasota - Bradenton area: the Left Coast of Florida! I added lots of rubber stamping from my box of beach-related stamps with StazOn permanent inks. I even gave the young woman a crown of shells.
Yes, I painted more gesso on the folders and sprinkled real Florida sand on the bottom front corner of all the envelopes! I also covered the sand with clear gel medium later when the gesso was dry to make sure it stayed put and did not cause any problems during mailing.
|The back, BS=Before Stamping!|
|The fronts of all 5 envelopes - not sewn together on the edges yet!|
|The edges were sewn up on my sewing machine, but first I added parts |
of a fishing net that I found last year (empty!) on the beach . . . .
I attached it with a little bit of sewing and a lot of Tacky glue!!
|The envelopes drying . . . I ended up working on the floor for this project.|
|More stamping and netting added to the backs of the envelopes . . .|
Her eyes brimmed with tears as she realized there wasn't a single piece of personal mail today!!