I’ve been sending out letters and notes in my flower envelopes (see Flower Envelopes – The Process for how I make them). However, with all the effort I’ve gone through to make the envelopes, it seemed a shame that I didn’t have coordinating stationery to go with the envelopes. So, I decided to rectify that situation.
I used the same colors on the stripe of the note paper that I used to paint the envelope. I now have coordinating stationery, not just a pretty envelope.
I wanted something simple, yet have it match the colors and style of the envelope. I used a number of papers, both watercolor and light cover papers, papers from my stash. If I were to buy a paper, I think I’d try a quality medium weight bristol paper.
The first thing I did was to tape off the area on the paper that I wanted to paint. You can see I used blue painters tape.
The envelopes I’ve been painting are A-7 envelopes and are designed to fit a card (or piece of paper) that is 5″ by 7″. So that’s the size I cut my papers. Then I used either blue painters tape (like in the photo) or transparent removable tape (not shown). I think artists tape would work better, but I don’t have any in my studio right now. I tend to work with what’s available at the moment I get my inspiration.
I painted gold liquid acrylic over the orange of the Copic marker, just as I did when I made my envelope.
I taped off section of the paper a little over 1/2″ wide. Then I painted colors and or patterns that I used when making the envelope.
And while the gold paint was still wet I added the hot pink paint in some areas.
There was a deckle edge on some of the watercolor papers, so I taped off just the edge and painted it a coordinating color.
I painted the deckle edge on this watercolor paper the same color as the background on the envelope. I also painted a decoration that reminded me of the flower petals on the envelope.
Just painting a deckle edge a coordinating color of an envelope could be just enough to make beautiful coordinating stationery. That would be simple and elegant (and a lot less work).
For the coordinating stationery here, I painted the background color of the envelope to the left of the patterned stipe. There are lots of options.
I didn’t match the envelope exactly. I just tried do something that had a similar feel and color so it felt like the stationery and envelope went together.
Here is another envelope where I colored the strip to the left of the patterned stripe on the coordinating notepaper.
While I could have made a traditional notecard that’s blank inside, I decided to have just a single piece of paper. I can write my notes on one or both sides of the paper. I used a somewhat heavy paper, so the writing won’t show through the other side of the paper.
This should be titled “Pretty in Pink”
Since this envelope with the black background is so dramatic, I had to come up with a design that looked dramatic too. I ended up putting a black stripe on each side of the pattern, along with gold dots that I also used on the envelope.
This notecard shows how I plan on writing to my friends by writing their name in a coordinating color.
Another example of a notecard with a painted deckle edge the same color as the background on the envelope.
Play and enjoy!
Here’s to happy letter writing, Candy