Hi friends! I'm excited to share this tropical leaves envelope with you today! Drawing leaves and flowers is one of my favorite things to do, so this envelope was just pure joy for me! I hope you love it too and if you make and send one, I'd love to see it!


Let's get going!


Materials needed:

1 white 5 x 7 envelope

Pencil

Ruler or straight edge


Markers:

I used: Tombow Dual Tip - 173, 947, 743, 245, 133

(also used but not pictured- N75)

Michaels' Artist's Loft - Sage



Now we need to draw the rectangle we will be adding our tropical leaves around! Follow the guidelines below: top margin is 2 inches, right margin is 1 inch, bottom margin is 1/2 inch and side margin is 2 inches. Remember that I am using a 5 x 7 sized envelope. If you are using a smaller or larger envelope, you may need to scale the rectangle so it fits better.




Now we will start sketching. Here's some options to get you started!


How I find it easiest is to draw one large leaf on each side (except the bottom margin.) This gives you a visual to start and then you can fill in around the large leaves.


Then just keep going, adding different leaves and layering them. If you finish a section and something doesn't look just right, erase and add in something different! The beauty of this style of envelope is that is is whimsical and not perfect. Allow yourself some grace (all you perfectionist friends of mine!)

Close up of what the overlapping elements look like! Layer, layer, layer!



Now the colors! Start filling in with the greens. I used both the brush side and the felt tip side of my Tombows to add details and outlines. Have fun with color combinations!


Now you're ready to add the name and address!


Audrey below is a little over an inch tall, using 3 markers to blend. I started with the pink, put a bottom blend of brown and a top blend of orange. I then used the N75 netural gray for a shadow next to each letter. To keep the rest of the lettering simple, I chose to just do block letters for the last name and the two address lines. But of course you can add your own flair!



Stick a stamp in the corner, write a cheerful note to put inside the envelope and send that Happy Mail off! Yay!


I'd love to see your finished Happy Mail! If you post on social media, remember to hide part of the address always or make an extra envelope with a fake name and address to share. Tag me @sparrowlettering on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #sparrowletteringhappymail so I'm sure to see them!


April is just a DIY Happy Mail month (no official matches.) Feel free to send to your nursing home match from previous months. We will have new matches in May!


Spreading joy always,

Carrie

Hi friends!


We have a fun envelope tutorial for today! My kids and I loved watching the live landing of the Mars Rover Perseverance. What an amazing thing to see! So in honor of that landing, here's some galaxy lettering!


Supplies I used:

White envelope

Ruler

Pencil

Crayola markers (or brush lettering markers such as Tombows)

White gel pen (or white paint with small brush OR white opaque paint pen)


I made a video to show you step by step! Watch it below!


Here's the steps in order:



  1. Using a ruler, mark your lines on your envelope. I am using a standard A7 envelope that fits a 5 x 7 card. This means that the envelope is 5.25 by 7.25 inches. Please note that if you are using a different sized envelope (which is fine,) you'll need to adjust these lines to fit your envelope.

For the first name line (in this example NEIL), I drew a top guideline and a bottom guideline, about 1.75 inches apart. The reason we mark a top and a bottom, is that it is really hard to keep your letters the same size when doing block lettering. A top and bottom guideline helps with that A LOT! After you draw that first set of lines, then draw three more lines, a little over half an inch apart. To be honest, I've drawn lines on envelopes so much, I just eyeball the spacing. You just want them to be equally spaced apart.


2. Pencil in your block letters. Because Neil has 4 letters, I lightly drew in four equally spaced boxes across the top space. Then, inside each block, I drew in my block letters. (The video explains this part!) Erase any stray lines around the letters.





3. Galaxy Letter time! I used black, purple, pink and blue to make these galaxy letters. Start with the black, and trace the tops of each of your block letters, then fill in the tops of each letter, about 1/3 of the way down. Then, color a line with your purple marker, making sure to blend the black into the purple. Follow with a thin line of pink, then finish the bottom of the letters with blue. Make sure you trace the bottom of each letter with the blue marker.

Next, use your white gel pen or small brush and paint to draw some dots to represent the stars in the sky. I drew dots in each of the colors except the blue. You'll see in the L above, that I drew a crescent moon, and a little tiny Saturn in the I. Be creative!

Use your black marker to carefully trace around each letter to make the lines crisp and clear.

Last step (optional), use your white gel pen to draw a thin line on the inside of each letter to really set it off.


4. On the next line, write the last name for your envelope in cursive, alternating colors. Remember if you've taken a lettering class from me, you'll want to bring the last stroke of each letter up to *almost* the midline before changing colors. This helps to make each letter flow into the next. Watch the video to see this!


5. On the last two lines, use all block letters to write the address on line 3 and the city, state and zip code on line 4.


6. And there you go! Great job making a Galaxy Letter themed envelope! Write a note, stick a stamp on it, and go mail that gorgeous envelope to make someone's day happy!!!



Galaxy themed envelope with Neil on the first line in block letters, Armstrong in colorful cursive on the next line, 300 Nasa Street on the 3rd line and Houston, Texas and the zip code on the 4th line.
Neil Armstrong Galaxy Themed envelope




Hello Happy Mail Club participants! I'm so excited for this! We had an AMAZING turnout for this first month! I hope you all have FUN and feel so good about the joy you are spreading!


For our first Happy Mail Club tutorial, we are going to be making a Kandinksky Style envelope. Wassily Kandinsky was an artist from Russia that is considered one of the fathers of modern art. One of his most famous paintings was called Color Study, Squares with Concentric Circles. He loved trying different color combinations and how colors interacted with each other.





What you will need for the Kandinsky Style envelope:

  • envelope

  • pencil

  • colored markers or colored pencils (markers used were Tombow Dual Tip Markers for the rainbow stripes and Pentel Sign Tip Brush Pens for the lettering)

  • ruler

  • small mason jar or small mug to trace circles

There's just a few things that I want to warn you about with this Happy Mail Club:

  1. If you are a perfectionist, please push back against those urges! (I know it will be hard!) But truly, this is not about sending someone a PERFECT envelope. It's about making someone happy when they open their mailbox. So keep focused on that!!!

  2. One thing I like to do is practice once on a mockup envelope, then do the real deal. That way, I can get all my lettering jitters out and then get on to the beautiful one!

  3. Check the size of your stamp! Nothing would be worse than making a beautiful envelope and realizing the stamp covers up part of your design. So grab the stamp you plan to use and trace it in the corner as a guide. This will save some heartache!


Ok, let's do this thing! Here's a short video of the process. Watch it and then we'll take it step by step!


Here we go!


1. Use your mason jar or small mug to draw half circles on the edges of your envelope.


2. Using alternating colors, draw rainbow stripes . Mix and match on the numbers of stripes you use. I found that odd groupings looked better (ie 3 at a time.)


3. Mark your lines for your address. The first line is going to go right about halfway down your envelope. Then, draw 3 more lines underneath, spacing them equally underneath. (Mine were about 3/4 of an inch apart. Yours may be a little differently spaced, depending on the size of your envelope.)


5. Time for the lettering! So when we look at how this lettering is laid out, I want you to pay attention to where the baseline is, and what is above and below it. The blue lines are going to help you see where the highest and lowest parts are.


You can see that in Julia Roberts, the bottom of the J and the bottom of the R are exaggerated and quite a bit lower than the baseline. In Meryl Streep, the M and y are lower than the baseline and the S and p in Streep. In Emily Blunt, look at the E, y and the B.


The bottom part of the y and the p are called the descenders, and they are any part of a letter that hangs down lower than the baseline. As for the uppercase letters, some of these are not actually descenders, but just letters I've exaggerated to make a more whimsical style. (If this doesn't really mean anything to you yet, that's ok! We'll keep talking lots about how to change certain letters or parts of letters to create our own lettering style.)



6. Time for the address! You'll see that I wrote the number large, and then broke down the street name. Holly and wood stacked on top of each other, and Way followed the curve of the circle on the right. You'll want to sketch out your address and see how you might want to break yours apart. Also notice that I chose to use block lettering to be a contrast with the whimsy of my name lettering. (This also helps the mail office machines to have an easier time reading the address.)


7. The city goes on line 3, and then the state abbreviation and zip code goes on the last line. If you have a longer address with another line of text, you may need to add a 5th line. That's another good reason that you want to sketch out all your lettering BEFORE writing on your envelope.


That's it! You did it! Now all you need to do is write a happy note to your person, and stick it in the mail and send that joy out!


I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see your finished envelopes. Snap a photo and email to me at sparrowlettering@gmail.com. I am going to be featuring these but will edit out street numbers, and city names before posting for privacy!


Thanks for following along! Have a most wonderful day!


-Carrie