The Art of Pen Pals

May 24, 2013

Art of Pen Pals

Those of you who follow me on facebook and/or Instagram might have seen this photo. It shows a small sneak peek of my creative postcard, artistically you. This fun projects is part of Ronda Palazzari’s super cool online workshop, “The Art of Pen Pals”. This workshop filled up fast but don’t fear if you want to participate in the second round of this awesome workshop I believe she is doing it again in September. When she has a set date for registration I’ll make sure to let you know as it’s really fun. I’m going to beg her to please let me do it again.

In this workshop, you send creative postcards to your pen pal along with a letter in an envelope that you create yourself (don’t know how to create an envelope, well no worries as Ronda has an envelope template included in this workshop) or one you already have that you decorate. Don’t freak out about decorating the envelope. Ronda gives you lots of ideas. Seriously, she has thought of everything.

This months theme was “Getting to know you”. Ronda provided a PDF that has a perfectly sized face with eyes and a nose for you to print out and turn into you! The sky is the limit on creating your artistically you postcard. She then has you write a few fun facts about yourself on the back, again she has all that figured out with fun questions for you to answer. Are you starting to see how fun this workshop is and why I want to do it again. I cannot wait for June 1st as this is when she will reveal our next theme.

Artistically You Postcard

This is the postcard I created for my pen pal. I think it’s a pretty accurate depiction of me. Green eyes, shimmery eyeshadow (perfect pearls), false eyelashes, shimmery lipstick (perfect pearls), layered hair (book page and perfect pearls), sparse eyebrows (Sharpie), simple t-shirt (paint), collage background, typewriter font alphabet stamp set, scallop borders, Platinum (scallop edge) & Diamond Stickles (eye catch light, flowers and butterfly.

Artistically You Close Up

I kept my envelope close to my style as well. But I must admit at first I was kinda freaking out and was over thinking the altering of the envelope a bit then reminded myself to stay true to my style so I die cut some doilies from vintage sheet music and kraft paper. Then I applied adhesive to the back of each doily using my awesome Xyron machine. This is the BEST way to apply adhesive to doilies. I didn’t take a photo of the front of the envelope since it showed my pen pals address. I don’t think she would appreciate me plastering her address all over the internet so just imagine doilies on the front too.

Altered Envelope


This is the “Artistically You” postcard I received from my pen pal. I love it.  It was so exciting seeing her envelope inside my mailbox. I love how she decorated her envelope. And while reading her letter I realized we have similar interests. So, so fun. Come on June.

The Art of Pen Pals


The Art of Pen Pals



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