In an effort to send out special cards for special friends, here is a birthday card I made for my gal pal Yvonne, recently... The card is made from paste paper with various collage elements placed on top of the paste paper, including a postage stamp from the Netherlands and a little orange bird from a paper sample from French Paper Company of Niles, Michigan, in addition to some calligraphy scraps of mine...
and the envelope addressed with a brush pen.
I'm not terribly proficient with the brush pen, but I'm working at it, and will continue to work at it until I am comfortable with it! The envelope was made out of tyvek which I painted with gesso mixed with acrylic paint. The gesso dries to a nice matte finish which can be writen on and has a really nice flat finish. The kitty on the stamp resembles the kitty at Yvonne's, so it was appropriate. I don't know about you, but I love postage stamps, and I wish there was a bigger variety to pick from sometimes.
So, if there's someone in your life you've been thinking about and meaning to write to, or call, take a minute and write them a letter... it's much more personal and will last a lot longer than a phone call or text message!