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Sending a Gelli Print with Mr. Postman

Using Gelli prints to make envelopes and matching cards wtih Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com

Join me for a Colorful Gelli Print Party!I loved seeing what everyone created on their Gelli Plate and missed it once the party was over.  So I decided that the party should go on!  On the 1st of each month I will have a post dedicated to the Gelli Plate and a link party that will be open all month.  The next party is on Feb. 1st.  Get ready to share a great print, an unexpected print, an experimental print, a project you made using a Gelli print, or anything else Gelli related!

The need for a bigger piece of paper led me to my stash of old scrapbook paper from long ago.  Why not just Gelli print over them?  I went to town adding layers of paint with my Gelli Plate.  This video shows you how I quickly used those prints to make a stash of cards and envelopes.

I can’t wait to mail these!

Using Gelli prints to make envelopes and matching cards wtih Carolyn Dube at aColorfulJourney.com

This is what the USPS has for the size requirements for envelopes in first class mail.  If you keep the size within their “normal” range they can be mailed with a regular stamp!


Three envelopes are shown representing the largest and smallest a letter can be, as well as a typical envelope. The max/min width and height indicated on the envelopes are shown below.
  • Must be rectangular.
  • Minimum size is 5″ long x 3 1/2″ high x 0.007” thick.
  • Maximum size of 11 1/2″ long x 6 1/8″ high x 1/4” thick.
  • Maximum weight is 3.5 oz.
  • A letter will be charged a nonmachinable surcharge if it’s a square letter 5″ x 5″ or larger, it doesn’t bend easily, has clasps or similar closure devices, has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter, is lumpy, or the length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.

Linking up with Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day.

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  • Maria McGuire January 17, 2013, 2:55 pm

    Awesome idea for Gelli Prints!!!!! These turned out FANTASTIC! Thanks for the measurements too. I always have questions about this!

  • Jessica Sporn January 17, 2013, 3:05 pm

    These are so gorgeous! I want some mail — there doesn’t even need to be anything inside. Just the envelope… Seriously – beautiful and beautifully photographed too.

  • Molly H. January 17, 2013, 3:21 pm

    These look like so much fun! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Clare January 17, 2013, 4:52 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I will be trying this out for sure and great news that the gelli party will continue. X

  • Corrine January 17, 2013, 5:10 pm

    Oh gosh these totally rock, that’s what you get with a post man in the house!!!!! Postal mania. So glad you are doing a once a month link up it was so much fun. xox

  • Dawn Jones January 17, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I really need to get myself a Gelli Plate…but the budget only stretches so far each month grrrr. I’m with Jessica, I want mail too!! 🙂 And thanks for the postal info!!

  • Judy Shea January 17, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Damn, girl.. Those are just beautiful. Do you want my address? I can’t believe you got that video done in 7 minutes. You had me at “envelope”.

  • froebelsternchen January 18, 2013, 12:53 am

    borderline ingenious idea Caroly!
    And I adore your journal pafge with Pan Pastels too!
    Happy weekend!

    xxx Susi from

  • aga January 18, 2013, 7:41 am

    they are beautiful. absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a lovely PPF!!!

  • Kim January 18, 2013, 7:41 am

    Awesome! I really have to get the Gelli Print after seeing this! Happy PPF!

  • Annette G January 18, 2013, 8:05 am

    wow thats a terrific use for the Gelli plate and am truly loving those fab envelopes Carolyn. I don’t own one myself but am loving the results. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

  • MissyK January 18, 2013, 9:03 am

    What a brilliant idea!!! I just love how these turned out.

    I’ve ordered my Gelli Plate and now I am just impatiently waiting for it to arrive….

    I want to PLAY!

    Karen x

    Thank you for visiting 🙂

  • artmusedog and Carol January 18, 2013, 9:45 am

    Very creative gelli envelopes ~ love your creative zesty, colorful spirit!

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  • denthe January 18, 2013, 10:06 am

    That’s a great idea! Looking forward to your monthly gelli-party!

  • Cynthia January 18, 2013, 10:52 am

    O my but these are gorgeous!! (The comments are also hysterical, by the way!!) If you made the envelopes a bit stronger somehow, they would be amazing little clutches. =D

  • Marji January 18, 2013, 11:08 am

    Oh wow!! What fun to get one of those in the mailbox. Love the colors and those cutouts are such a great detail. You are soooooo creative – love it!! Happy PPF

  • Anne January 18, 2013, 11:09 am

    Beautiful, just so wonderful and creative! <3

  • Mary C. Nasser January 18, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    I love them all!
    So glad the Gelli Plate Party will continue the first of each month!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • gloria January 18, 2013, 1:23 pm

    I love this gelli idea. Seems like a lot of fun. Your envelopes look awesome. I’m looking into the pricing on these places. Thanks.

  • Debbie Smith January 18, 2013, 1:24 pm

    Oh wow! These are fabulous. I am going to copy this idea immediately! Thanks for sharing your wonderful and ideas, and for continuing to host the gel plate party. I’ve been missing it already. 🙂

  • Alison January 18, 2013, 2:40 pm

    They look fantastic! TFS! x

  • Susan Tidwell January 18, 2013, 2:44 pm

    Fantastic idea especially for using up some of those prints that accumulate! Love that you are using old scrapbook papers too.

  • sharon January 18, 2013, 2:53 pm

    What a wonderful idea, fun to receive.

  • Valerie-Jael January 18, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Love these envelopes, what fun! I want a gelli plate! Valerie

  • Kathy Gledsdale January 18, 2013, 3:50 pm

    They look stunning! Glad you aren’t stopping your gelli plate showings, I enjoying seeing them!

  • Claudette January 18, 2013, 4:13 pm

    Love the video! You are so good at explaining things! Thank you!

  • Marjie Kemper January 18, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Oh, the mail is going to slow down as all the postal peeps stop and ogle these envelopes en route to their lucky recipients. What great news about the monthly Gelli Party!

  • Mary Hutchinson Hicks January 18, 2013, 5:30 pm

    This is a great idea, and i know I have a whole stack of scrapbooking paper in a cabinet. Thanks for this awesome teaching video!!

  • Diane Morris January 18, 2013, 6:22 pm

    LOVED this post! thanks so much for sharing. those envelopes are awesome!

  • Kay Wallace January 18, 2013, 7:02 pm

    I need to send out an RAK of a set of 3 ATC’s, and have been stuck in thought about how to send them. I am not (yet) doing Gelli Plate art, but I can decorate said envelope in style! Thanks for this genius idea!!!

  • Barbara Albrecht January 18, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Super idea, Carolyn!!! Love the envelopes you made! Thanks for the video and another idea for all those Gelli prints I’ve made.

  • Arnoldo L. Romero January 18, 2013, 10:40 pm

    I love handmade envelopes, and yours are especially beautiful with all your beautiful painting. Blessings!

  • Pam Parker January 19, 2013, 12:42 am

    I love what you have been doing with your gelli printing. Those envelopes are fab. Love that scallop punch, any idea where you got it? Thanks so much

  • Jo January 19, 2013, 10:56 am

    There’s no other way to say this. These are simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

  • giggles January 19, 2013, 3:29 pm

    These are fabulous Carolyn!! I love them! Unique and fun!! Great project and thanks for sharing!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • FranT January 20, 2013, 12:29 am

    Thank you Carolyn, This is a great post. THank you for that helpful information! love your envelopes and so glad you are having such a blast with your gelli plate!

  • NatashaMay January 20, 2013, 5:54 am

    What an awesome idea! Thanks for the video. 🙂

  • Marcie January 20, 2013, 6:11 am

    What fun!! Thanks for sharing this project with us….truly inspiring!

  • Suzanne January 20, 2013, 7:52 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! Saw something similar somewhere in the www a few weeks ago, but that didn’t look satisfiying to me .. yours seems like much more fun. Tried a quick one myself yesterday in the evening and I’m looking forward to doing more of them.
    Best, Suzanne

  • froebelsternchen January 20, 2013, 9:30 am

    You inspire me so much with your great Party and your sharing!
    thank you Carolyn

    another piece with your inspiration

    xxx Susi

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours January 20, 2013, 4:59 pm

    Brilliant idea Carolyn! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Elisa Choi January 20, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Loving your videos and your creativity Carolyn! Must get myself gelli plates soon!

  • Ritu Dua January 21, 2013, 8:04 am

    I am in love with your colorful…beautiful envelopes !! I am sure whatever they hold and carry will have the magical touch of love and warmth 🙂

  • Anita Houston January 23, 2013, 2:40 am

    If all my mail came this way I’d finally pay my bills…lol! WOW! Brilliant and beautiful! I love every single one! So special!

  • JKW January 23, 2013, 11:01 pm

    These are great envelopes. The gelli prints look great. Blessings, Janet, PPF

  • Vicki Romaine February 23, 2013, 11:47 am

    These are great….I just got my Gelli Plate and I am going to do post cards…..a little cheaper too! Just found your site through Valerie T