Have you heard of Pocket Letters!? If not, then I might be exposing you to an incredible new addiction! It’s a form of mail art coined by creator Janette Lane, and hundreds, if not thousands, of crafters from all over the world and from all types of artistic backgrounds have jumped on board to this amazing snail mail trend. Click on Janette’s blog link above to learn all you need to know to get started on your own pocket letters, or do a Pinterest search and you will find no shortage of yummy inspiration! Today, I want to show you a Pocket Letter and some goodies I created using Honey Bee Scraps NEW “Beautiful Life” stamp set!
First of all, I really must tell you just how incredibly versatile this new set is, just like all of the Honey Bee sets! It was so easy to pick and choose word combos to make a bunch of fun quotes and phrases for my pocket letter cards. I also had a blast decorating around the words with all the heart, confetti, and sequin stamps, and didn’t even need to season the stamps! I got perfect impressions every time right from the very first stamp. I let the stamps steal the show on my cards and adhered some real sequins on with glue dots for some sparkle and bling accents. As always, don’t forget you can click on the photos to enlarge them to see the projects in more detail!
To make a fun confetti shaker pocket I used a really simple technique–you just need a paper punch to create a window in a 2.5×3.5 inch piece of paper (I used a 2″ circle punch), a second piece of 2.5×3.5 inch paper, some sequins or confetti, a small zip-loc bag (I got a pack of 100 in the jewelry department at Walmart for under $2) , and a stapler or double sided tape.
Fill the baggie with your desired amount of sequins, staple or double sided tape the baggie to one of your pieces of paper, punch a window in your second piece of paper and decorate the piece with the window if desired. Slide your pieces sandwiched together into the trading card sleeve, and voila! Your easy-peasy shaker pocket!
And because Pocket Letter Pals often include goodies in the pockets of their letters for their pal, I created a little set of tiny stickers using inexpensive Avery labels and the tiny sentiments and accent stamps from the “Beautiful Life” set. I inked the plain white labels after I stamped the designs using a foam tool. The possibilities with these stamps and this art form are endless! Have fun with it!