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Envelope Inspiration

Lately, I’ve been really inspired by beautiful envelopes. It makes me want to send out more snail mail! Wouldn’t these be a fun surprise to find in your mailbox?? (PS – Stamped envelope liners.)

Envelope Inspiration | Oh Happy Day!

1.  Eccentric Envelopes for Non-Calligraphers | 2. Bear Mail Art | 3. Polka Dot Hand Painted Envelopes | 4. Washi Tape Mailbox Treats | 5. Black and White Owl Envelope | 6. Green Painted Envelope | 7. Pink Airmail Package | 8. Confetti Mail | 9. Eclectic Hand Painted Envelopes | 10. Monsieur l’Elefant

  1. gina

    March 6, 2014

    Love this idea! I think I will have my 3 yr old color the envelopes before sending out her thank you notes for her birthday gifts!!

      • jordan
      • March 6, 2014

      Ha! Such a great idea!

  2. Kate

    March 6, 2014

    I love when the packaging is half the fun of what’s inside. Makes one slow down and relish the experience.

      • jordan
      • March 6, 2014


  3. Shutterbug

    March 6, 2014

    These envelopes are so awesome! My favourite one is the one with the elephant on it.

    I love, love sending snail mail!! Want to exchange snail mail?

  4. Jesse

    March 6, 2014

  5. Carly

    March 6, 2014

    All of these are SO cute; I can’t even pick a favorite! I do love the animal illustrations, though. 🙂

  6. Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette

    March 6, 2014

    I love the simplicity and beauty of the brush stroke one! I think I might steal that idea for my wedding invitations. I’m already using “watercolor” vectors on the invitation so using real watercolors on the envelope will just add to the beauty.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Valerie

    March 6, 2014

    I always wonder what the USPS thinks of this. I’ll have to ask my mother-in-law, who is a mail carrier, but someone told me these take forever to get through the mail, if they get there at all. Especially the ones with fancy fonts sent to other countries.

  8. Laura

    March 6, 2014

    My thesis project for an MFA in book arts featured oversized mailers with calligraphy and vintage stamps, and it definitely requires some strategizing at the post office but I personally haven’t had any come up missing yet. I do wonder if it creates extra difficulty for carriers, but my aunt called to say her mail carrier was so happy to deliver hers; hopefully they delight as much as they create difficulty : )

  9. Kat

    March 6, 2014

    Oh man, I love all of them! I usually try to get creative with packaging and gifts… But never thought about envelopes for snail mail! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  10. STEL Style

    March 6, 2014

    I love when the packet has a different envelope, these ones are really originals and fun


  11. Emily

    March 6, 2014

    hey thanks for featuring my confetti mail 🙂 I never can get enough of snail mail. You’ve collected such a pretty assortment of envelopes here!

  12. Natasha

    March 6, 2014

    These are so beautiful. I make the outside of my envelopes and packages very plain because mail often gets stolen here in South Africa.

  13. Krystal

    March 6, 2014

    I love this and I never would have thought of crafting my own envelopes instead of using the plan white ones. Thank you for the tip!

    Krystal |

  14. Tereza

    March 6, 2014

    Nothing better than getting letters in the mail!
    Beautiful envelopes!

  15. dorette

    March 7, 2014

    really funny. like the dotted one!
    i also paint envelopes befor sending out (you can find them on my blog).

    best wishes, doro

      • jordan
      • March 7, 2014

      Awesome! Your work is beautiful. 🙂

  16. Kim

    March 7, 2014

    These envelopes are so pretty! This definitely makes me to want to send more snail mail! Thanks for this inspiration post!

  17. danielle @ this picture book life

    March 7, 2014


  18. Marianne

    March 8, 2014

    I noticed that post in France is a lot more strict than in Canada.. I had mail sent over at my boyfriend’s house because I was gone for the summer and it never made it because my name wasn’t written on the mail box! I think the letter to the elephant would not make it, neither would the lovely owl enveloppe 🙁

  19. Taryn Elise

    March 8, 2014

    Ohh these are so beautiful! I need to get more creative with my snail mail!

    – Taryn Elise xx

  20. Posy Quarterman

    March 18, 2014

    This is so darling. Brings me back to the year in high school I moved from Portland to New York and my best friend would send me letters in envelopes crafted from magazines. Man I miss the days of sending real letters. This is a good reminder to start crafting envelopes with my daughter. I think it’s time she got a pen pal…

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