Mail It Monday #8

Mail It Monday #8

hey friends!

can i just mention how much i love when social media works the way that it should and results in a positive outcome? i'm so excited to share the card from this past week!

a few months back i somehow stumbled onto this account and was instantly mesmerized! his skills are insane and the pieces he creates are truly awe-inspiring! when i saw that he was going to be posting some items for sale, i instantly set an alert alarm on my phone so that i was ready. 

the day of, i knew which piece i was after - until i saw his instagram feed! he previewed this piece which he was adding to the sale, and it just spoke to my heart! despite being at a craft show and having horrible wifi service, i managed to complete the checkout process! 

when the piece arrived, i was thrilled. it's so much better in real life than in photos!

my color loving soul is enamored with the roygbiv goodness of the color selection and the triangular shape just won me over. plus, those black circles in the middle? i love the way they aren't perfect!

the dimension of the dots is subtle, but so insanely perfect. supporting other makers makes my heart so happy. there's no way that i could ever make something like this, and i'm so lucky i was able to score it during the sale. lots of his other items sold out in less than half an hour! 

i decided i wanted to send him a compliment & thank you card and i found my inspiration in the patterns of this piece. while i can't do what he does with paint, i decided to try my hand with ink!

my card base started with plain white cardstock. mimicking his use of the inner black overlapping circles, i stamped this stamp with versamark ink and heat embossed with clear powder. it's somewhat hard to see, but has a shiny reflective property. 

then, i grabbed this stencil [one of my favorites!] and a stack of distress ink pads in a rainbow of colors! 

beginning with pink, i used an ink blending tool to spread ink from the center of the card front to the upper right corner. i continued this way, doing small sections with each color, working my way around the card front and the rainbow, slightly overlapping each color. when i'd made it all the way around the card front, i die-cut two circles, one in black and one in white. on the white one, i stamped the sentiment "file under amazeballs" from this stamp set. layering the white circle on the black circle, i used foam adhesive under the black circle for added dimension. 

on the inside of the card, i used versafine black ink to stamp a simple "thank you" from the same stamp set as the front sentiment. 

the card is square - which is totally unlike my usual style! it fits in a traditional envelope, it just might move a little side to side. when trying to decide what color envelope to use, i just knew i should make one. so...i did!

out of privacy, i've blacked out his address, but here's the envelope that matches the card. i used one of the postage stamps from another one of my favorite sets [available here!]

i hope that he likes the card, but honestly it was just so fun to make. i love finding inspiration everywhere and i'm so happy that it came from a new piece of art!

do you follow makers on instagram or other social media? i'd love to know who - i'm always looking for new people to be amazed by!

if you're looking for some reasons to send some mail, here are some upcoming events:

december 11 - national app day [what's your favorite app?]

december 13 - national cocoa day [i might just have a new card for this one coming soon!]

december 14 - national monkey day!

december 16 - national chocolate covered anything day - sounds like a good one to me! 

come back next monday to see the cards i'm mailing out this week! 

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