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    How to add some sparkle to your Holiday cards!

    Bells are jingling, fires are crackling and you are getting ready to send your Christmas cards out to family and friends! This year I’ve got the perfect way fancy-up your envelopes, and keep your handwriting extra straight with this handy Embossing tutorial.
    Embossing tutorial, mail art hand lettered, embossing pens

    Supplies:
    A Lettermate
    Embossing Powder
    Embossing Pens
    Your favorite Pen (I love these jelly roll pens for dark paper)
    A Heat Tool

    First thing is first, decide where your want your address on your envelope. You can center it, put it all the way on the left, make it on an angle, really anything your heart desires! I decided to left align this envelope. Take out your handy lettermate and align it with your envelope to get it nice and straight.

    Then simply start writing the address between the open windows of the lettermate. You can use the handy dandy lines to help space out your lettering, or to help center your lettering.

    PRO TIP: If you want to fully center your addresses, start writing your address from the middle out. If the address is 20 SOUTH STREET Start with the “h” in south in the middle of the lettermate and work your way out left and right one letter at a time.

    Once the ink is fully dry from your address lettering, grab your embossing pen and letter in the name. I used the clear embossing pen on this dark envelope, and your can still see the ink as it darkens the envelope like water would.

    As soon as you are done you want to have your embossing powder handy, because you want to shake it on before your embossing pen ink is dry! Make sure you cover all parts of your lettering that you want to emboss. Don’t worry about using “too much” powder most of it will go back in your tub.

    Gently lift your envelope and tap off the extra embossing powder onto a scrap paper, so you can easily transfer the extra powder back into the tub.

    If you have any areas of embossing powder, that you don’t want, you can lightly blow on the area, or use a small paintbrush to brush it off.

    Now comes the fun part. Get out your heat tool and fire it up. Slowly wave it in front of your envelope and watch the magic happen. You will see a color shift as your powder hardens and turns super shiny!

    PRO TIP: You may want to slowly warm up your paper to prevent warping and keep it at a little further from your paper and then when the paper feels sufficiently warmed, move the heat tool in close enough to melt the powder. You also can put your envelope under a heavy book once it is cooled if you have any warping.

    That’s it! You did it! A super simple super fun way to snap up your mail this holiday season, or really any time of the year! I would LOVE to see what you come up with so be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can checkout your creative adventures!

     

     

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    Throw Kindness around like Confetti! Background for your iPhone & iPad

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    throw kindness around like confetti iPad background! Free digital download

    A little bit of kindness goes a long way. So imagine how far a confetti bomb of kindness could go! I know, I know, sometimes it’s just so hard to be kind to each other! Maybe you’ve had the worst day ever! You spilled your latte on your new dress in the morning, your co-workers can’t seem to do anything for themselves and you promised to make cupcakes for a party tomorrow and you wish you could back out! We have all been there!

    So instead of putting your hair up in that top knot and shutting down (I mean if you love a high bun and wear it all the time, go for it! That’s pretty much my go to look.) try a little kindness to yourself and those around you! Treat yourself to 15 minutes of uninterrupted Facebook scrolling or take a bike ride around the neighborhood for fun. Hold the door open for someone at the grocery store (because those cupcakes need sprinkles) and just smile at everyone around you (we all know smiles and laughter are contagious).

    If you need a little more chill and a little more happiness in your life, grab my free digital background for your device! Hope you’ll share how a little bit of kindness goes a long way with me on instagram! Just tag me @thechattypress!

    Click on your device below to get your digital background!
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    Hello Spring! A free 8×10 Print for April 2017

    We still have a bit of snow on the ground, but my Irises are trying to poke their way though the icy snow cone that is my front garden. I’m beyond ready to spend sometime outside and enjoy some new colors, rather than the brown and white of winter in the North East. While I sit and wait for the greens to turn green, and my allergies to kick in, you can decorate your space with this original Watercolor print featuring some lush leaves and blooms! This print is only available until the end of April (and hopefully the snow will fully melt before then).

    Click Here to Download!

     

    How to address your Wedding Invitations

    We get so used to the digital way of communicating with our friends and family, that when it’s time to send out your invitations you may find yourself a bit frazzled. Even once you get your Great Aunt Edna’s new address from your mother you’re still not quite sure how to properly address her invitation. Well fear not! Here’s a quick guide to show you how to address you wedding invitations and get them into the mail in no time flat! Continue reading…