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Paper Source Mail Art Contest

mail art contest

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me first give you background on Postal Art, Correspondent Art, or what we are calling Mail Art.

vintage mail art

At a very basic level, Mail Art is a small artful work sent through the postal service. As long as the postal service has been in service, you can find evidence of correspondent mail art. And, while considered unintentional, some examples date back to the 1890’s. Envelopes penned with notations, extra ink denoting a love note, landscape or seaside scribble from an oceanic journey, mathematical tributes or elaborate address corrections — these mail treatments paved the way to a world of artful correspondence.

Later artists began adding flourishes of ink, accents of color, or a collage of papers. Stamps became more common place, adding dimension to the expression sent through the mail. While no official name was given to those varietal, unintentional, tattooed letters of the early years, later artful letters coined the term, Mail Art.

[Image via A Polar Bear's Tale Ink illustration sent from Kingston to Whitstable in 1896]

From the early 1950’s through to the 1980’s there were several movements featuring elements of correspondence — envelopes, zines, postcards and more — which brought voice to art and the artist. From the famous artist to us ordinary folk, this means of expression is open to anyone who has the means to send something through the mail.

mail art[Image via Simpatico Home White ink illustrations on dark paper]

Now, we’re encouraging customers to rekindle their love of Mail Art with our Mail Art Contest. If you have a fist for lettering or knack with paper, then we want to see your best Mail Art. Enter our Mail Art Contest for a chance to win a $100 Paper Source Gift Card. Drop your correspondence in the mail by August 31, 2013 and help us bring light to this underground art form.

For entry details, visit our Mail Art Contest page.

For Mail Art inspiration, visit our Mail Art Pinterest Board.

Or, for a hands on approach to Mail Art, contact your local store to find out about upcoming Mail Art Workshops or to schedule a private party dedicated to correspondence!


– Linda, Head of Paper Source Workshops
PS colors: chartreuse & peacock
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A must-see: Winter wonderland holiday card

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Our handmade holiday card inspiration continues with this magnificent creation by Rick V., Midwest Regional Manager for Paper Source. The corporate office was buzzing when this wonderful creation arrived.

Of course we had to find out more, so here is his story…

Having spent the past few years in the Pacific Northwest, the mountains, snow and beauty of the moonlight shining on the snowy trees was the initial inspiration. The snow and surroundings are amazing after a nice snowfall.

The card went through several rounds. At first it was going to be a pop up card, but I could not perfect it in time (will probably be included in my card next year). Then, the idea of cross sections of wood spurred this iteration, as did our Faux Bois stationery and rubber stamp. The layers of trees and forest animals completed the idea with additions added throughout the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Handmade holiday cards

Our Annual Holiday Card Contest drew to a close yesterday. Thanks to those of you who submitted fantastic and original holiday card concepts, voting is going to be difficult.

While we wait for votes to trickle in from our teams, we wanted to put the spotlight on a few of last year’s submissions. We hope the recap will serve as inspiration and connect you with others who share your love for the handmade greeting.


Handmade Holiday CardCreated by Elisa B.

Handmade Holiday CardCreated by Haley S. Read the rest of this entry »

How-to: Silvery Tree Holiday Card

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Make the holiday season merry and bright with this Silvery Tree Holiday Card. Use the Fuchsia base recommended in our How-To or modify with your favorite colors of the season.

Materials Needed:


    1. Cut papers into the corresponding sizes indicated in the How-To PDF
    2. Using the VersaMark Watermark inkpad, stamp tree onto Fuchsia layer, sprinkle with embossing powder and tap off excess, then emboss with your heat tool.
    3. Layer and adhere pieces together and onto card using the tape runner.

Execute a perfect heat embossed treatment with the help of our rubber stamping expert Linda. This video walks you through tips and tricks for working with your heat tool.

– Claudia
PS colors: curry & fuchsia
Latest fave: Mini Magnolia Paper Flower Kit