Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mini Envelope Art Journal Page

Hi all! I hope you are well! Today I have a quick art journal page to share, made with Marisa Pawelko's new Sizzix Modern Surrealist line, and stamps and papers by Tim Holtz.
When I was a child, I used to now and then write down some information and thoughts on a small piece of paper and roll it up in more paper, stapling everything so that it couldn't be easily opened. All those little envelopes were placed in a wooden box that I had made (covered in stickers), and I decided not to open them until I was grown up. I wrote about the prices of various things, things we had done, memories thoughts, etc. This cute Mini Envelope die made me think of those notes and I thought they were perfect for an art journal page.
The SophistiCut is such a cute machine, made to be used with the Originals or On the Edge dies. It comes with two cutting pads, place your die on top of one of them, the paper to be die cut on top of the die and the last cutting pad at the top. I die cut the envelopes from leftover gelli prints, made with Sizzix embossing folders and paint by Dina Wakley. You can find my tutorial for these here. My leftovers were strips, the perfect size for this die, and also printed on both sides, which worked well for the envelopes.
These envelopes are 1.5 x 2 in big (small!) and would also be great for scrapbooking or cardmaking. I added some tissue tape to them, a label and chit chat stickers. The background was first covered with gesso and then painted with Distress Paints. When it was dry, I added some stamping. This text stamp is a favourite of mine.  
There are some ephemera papers layered under the envelopes. The envelopes open like this, a perfect place for journaling.

I just had to use the Big City die again, since I love it. Check out this post to see how I used it on a cuff bracelet and a tag. Today, I die cut it from paper covered with tissue tape. It was inked and misted with water to create a mottled effect. The talk bubble comes from the Thought Talk Bubbles die and I also die cut a chain border from a metal foil sheet. The leftover tiny squares were placed on the envelopes.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
Happy crafting!
Surfaces: Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Journal; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper stash; Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Ranger/Vintaj Metal-pressions Silver sheets
Dies: Sizzix: Mini Envelope, Big City, Thought Talk Bubbles, Chained
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Stuff to Say, Graph & Croc, Psychedelic Grunge
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Tree Branch, Potting Soil; Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
Paint: Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs
Medium: Ranger Dina Wakley White Gesso
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Symphony Tissue Tape, Index Labels, Chit Chat stickers, Expedition Ephemera Pack
Tools: Sizzix SophistiCut Machine


  1. Your page is fabulous, I really love all the little envelopes to store secret messages and ideas.

  2. Love your page. The envelopes look so fun.

  3. Oh my! Those tiny little envelopes are fabulous! Great journal page!

  4. Brilliant page, Anna-Karin! Loving the die cuts and the colours you used are so yummy! Love it!
    have a nice weekend!
    Ingrid xx

  5. Love this Anna-Karin. A great idea to have those secret messages tucked away in such beautiful containers. Jenny x


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