Ms. Anna from annamadeblog.com is guest posting on my blog today to bring you all a lovely little guide for creating fall themed snail mail. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite part about getting a letter in the mail? Is it the surprise of finding something for yourself in the mailbox, or opening the envelope to see what’s inside? I always like reading what the letter says, and then I admire the pretty stationery, or wonder how they made the envelope art look so perfect.
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with envelope art and cute little goodies to send with letters. So, if you’ve ever found yourself scrolling Pinterest for pen pal ideas, and can never seem to find something just for them, you’re in the right place! I can’t wait to share this *letter art, and give you tips on how to create your own.
Here are 4 steps to create your own fall snail mail…
*For this project, I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens, colored pencils, a fine tip black marker, and a fine tip white gel pen.
1. Write a Letter
The first thing I do is write a letter. Think of someone in your life who might need some happy mail right now, and write a note to them. I chose to use a greeting card I made, but stationery sheets or notebook paper could also work.
2. Include Some Goodies
I don’t always send goodies, but they can be a nice surprise. I like to send stickers and pictures (usually of my kitty, Pickles). Other things you can send: tea bags, bookmarks, small drawings, gift tags, leaves or leaf rubbings.
3. Draw the Envelope Art
I like designing envelope art so much, I have a whole post dedicated to it on my blog! For this envelope, I wrote each name in modern calligraphy and doodled fall leaves in the corner.
I really enjoy trying different ways to write the names and addresses. What types of fonts do you like to draw? Maybe you like big and small capital letters, rounded lettering, bubble letters, thin and skinny lettering, thick block letters, or a half-cursive effect. You could even try to create 3-D letters — just make sure it’s readable!
There are so many options for doodles. What do you think of when someone says, “happy fall”? I think of sweaters, pinecones, apples, acorns, cute boots, pecan pie, and everything pumpkin.
4. Put a Sticker or Seal on the Back
I love the wax seal aesthetic, but that’s pretty hard to accomplish without wax seals. 😊 Instead, I used a happy mail stamp and some fall stickers. Sometimes, I spend a lot of time on the front of an envelope and then just tape the flap closed, so this time I got out my stamp and used some stickers.
5. Putting it all together…
It’s easy to put all your favorite styles together and get a project that looks a little… scattered. To avoid this, stick to a color scheme. For fall, that may be red, orange, yellow, and a little dark green and light brown. Choose one or two fonts and a couple doodles to keep it cohesive. While I was working on this and taking pictures of it, I noticed that my small drawing of the coffee cup with leaves and fairy lights didn’t fit the aesthetic, so I decided to leave it out. More doesn’t always make it better!
What do you like best about getting mail? Do you have any letter art supplies to recommend? If you enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Anna is a teenage snail mail blogger and entrepreneur.
When she’s not designing greeting cards, she enjoys biking, writing, and playing with her cat, Pickles. Anna is originally from Massachusetts, and after spending a short time in California, she and her family now live in Colorado. Connect with her and get her free PDF, 8 Ideas for What to Write to Your Pen Pal (that isn’t the weather) at penpal.annamadeblog.com