This is the story of how I thought I had wasted a couple of perfectly good hours on a perfectly beautiful day. I could have been outside soaking in the spring sun and well, the pollen, but I had this desire to play in my studio. I took an envelope, stained it with coffee and blew it dry. Then I cut out 4 egg shapes and laid them down on the envelope so I could rub ink over the top for a reverse stencil. Unfortunately it just did not have the impact I wanted. So I thought I'll stamp some script over the eggs. Still not enough. Then I thought, why not use one of the birds I've painted this past week? Now the problem was how to get the bird onto the envelope. I thought about painting it again, but I'd already done that, and I am trying to find ways to reuse the paintings. So I scanned the coffee-stained, stenciled envelope. My new plan was to position my bird on the envelope in Photoshop, then put it in the printer and print the bird right on the spot I had chosen. Easy, right? Well, it would have been except I had the image of the envelope on one layer and the bird on another layer in Photoshop. When I put my envelope into the printer, I forgot to remove the bottom layer, so it printed like a double exposure. I tore it up and threw it away!
Feeling disgusted with myself for wasting this time, I wondered if I could make something out of my scans. I decided to print the envelope - really just a rectangular image - and then use the paper around it to create an envelope.
You might want to try this too if you want to reuse some art you've created in the past. After you've digitally or manually arranged your art in the middle of a sheet of paper, just open up an envelope to use as a template, place it on top of your art, trace the edges, cut it out, fold and glue. Unique envelopes ready to go!