Just a quick one to let you know that a limited number of our always popular Washi Tape Grab Bags are now available over on Etsy!
We've gathered some of our favourite mt washi tape designs - Asanoha, Confetti Dots, Shocking Pink, Metallic Gold - and mixed and matched them together into fun sets perfect for getting creative.
Then wrapped them up in lovely paper bags accented with washi tape details and then a layer of confetti goodness! Because a good mail day is worth celebrating!
Grab one while they last!
The second Pretty Postal swap - the Midnight Mail Swap - was dark and mysterious and moody (and oh so fun!) Close to 100 snail mail lovers from around the world exchanged midnight-themed mail with each other - there were witches and ravens and wolves and constellations and many many moons!
Here's a look at the pretty mail that I sent and received. You can peek at more mail right here.
I took inspiration from the night sky - full moons and golden light pouring through trees and the sound of owls winging through the darkness.
I started by making envelopes out of navy card stock, then cut out a leafy pattern and added a metallic gold backing. I topped the handmade envelopes with a watercolour moon.
My night sky theme continued inside the envelopes - more moons plus plenty of stars and owls.
After playing around with more complicated card concepts, I decided to keep it simple for this handmade card. A circle punched from a slightly metallic blue card stock topped with a golden crescent moon made for a graphic and modern look. I replicated the same icon in miniature to seal the included starry envelope.
As for the extras, I shared a combination of stickers, blank cards and owl embellishments cut from a vintage book.
And here's a look at some of what I received from my partners...
Norma, in Oregon, crafted gorgeous mail inspired by midnight walks - strolling hand-in-hand beneath the stars. And how great is her taste in washi tape?!
From Shana, in California, beautiful starry sky mail - complete with a mini jar of falling stars. So clever!
And Ana, in Portugal, sent a lovely package filled with fairies and full moons. I adored the wild and free wolf pocket and the confetti tag - can you see the man in moon snoozing there?
What fun a good mail swap is! I do hope you'll join us for the next one!
There's a definite chill in the air this morning.
Autumn is announcing its arrival with grey skies and wind.
Long long nights and barren trees are just around the corner.
So it seemed like the perfect time to tell you about the Midnight Mail Swap...
Have you ever joined a mail swap or parcel swap?
If yes, bear with a moment (or skip ahead). If not, let me tell you all about the joy of the mail swap!
Someone picks a theme and sets some guidelines (number of partners, mailing deadlines, mail or parcel, type of contents, value of contents, surprise or not...) then welcomes sign-ups and assigns partners. You create beautiful mail and send it off to your partner(s) and in return, you receive mail from your partner(s). In the case of a parcel swap, this is usually a single parcel with a set value. With a mail swap, you send cards/letters to multiple partners and in return your mailbox fills with beautiful mail from here, there and everywhere.
I love a good mail swap! It's a fun way to bring cheer to your mailbox, inspires you to try something new while stretching your artistic muscles, and broadens your world a little bit by connecting you to likeminded strangers across the globe.
With that in mind, I'd love to invite you to join Pretty Postal's latest mail swap....
The Midnight Mail Swap
Sign-ups are open until September 30th.
Partners will be assigned by October 3rd.
Mailing deadline is October 17th.
You will be grouped with 2-4 partners and must send a piece of pretty mail to each partner by the deadline.
Swap is open worldwide to anyone over the age of 18 and is free to join.
Full details and rules can be found here.
To sign-up, you can email your name and postal address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can't wait to see your gorgeous midnight mail!