Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fused Plastic Envelopes

Happy Tuesday,

See the pretty envelope I made. This is a recycling project. I got the idea from Patsy of HeArtWorks. She did a great post with a tutorial using plastic banners. I don't have any banners but I did have some fused plastic Walmart and Dillons grocery bags so I put them to good use. It was fun and messy creating the first step of these; painting with acrylic paint and then stamping with ink. I even scribbled with my new gold leaf pen on one. I have finished four of them so far. I hope Patsy remembers she agreed to do a trade with me during June. She is in the Phillipines. I plan to send one through our mail to my mom tomorrow to see how they hold up. I suppose I could have machine stitched the sides shut or just glued them but it was fun sewing them up by hand. Do stop over and visit Patsy at HeARTworks. She has a great blog and is a wonderful artist. She has been adding ATC's to her scrapbook pages. Here are pics of the 4 envelopes I have made so far. Not only would they be great for mailing things in (pretty snailmail) but I thought they would be great ATC holders or gift card holders to tuck inside packages or suitcases. They could even be used to leave a tip for the waitress or the hotel maid. Maybe with a business card tucked inside too. What other ideas might they be good for? I plan to attempt to make a bigger one that I could use to send several smaller ones to Patsy with. These are not exactly even either. I left the plastic just as it was and just folded it in uneven thirds. I like the look.


Wow, I am really on a roll here. I haven't blogged this often in a long time. I still have another project I am working on, more 4X4 tulips. They are not finished yet though. And I have done a pastel-over of a poppy and one of my cats. I still have to create a background for them. I'll show them to you all another time.

Until then~

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Safe,



Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! They turned out really great! I'll put a link on my post about this. I'll prepare my trade with you- how about for the middle of the month? I still have some projects I'm working on. This is FUN! And thank you for your kind words! Appreciate it! Patsy from

turquoise cro said...

COOL! It's FUN to try new things isn't it Tess?!! I want to try and make a prayer flag banner next!!!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Tess! Wonderful artwork! I read the post Patsy did before and I agree, she is very inspiring. Creative Blessings to you! :)

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

There turned out very nice !!
Great way to makeuse recycle.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh i am glad i found your blog. I love poetry too and your art work on the envelopes is superb. great recycling
j x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love using those plastic bags for something other than trash. I've made these before, but couldn't get paint to stick to them. Also, gesso just flaked off like dandruff. Would LOVE to know your secret because I have a bunch of these bags fused together, but gave up on the project when I couldn't get my cheap-o craft acrylic paint to stick. Yours is awesome.

Now I'm headed to Patsy's to see what hers look like. And yes, she is a real sweetie!