This is my second mail art mailing. I am really trying to stay within the suggested theme of the alphabet. An earlier post shows my letter "P" which went to Pat and was decorated Parisan since she has such a strong love of Paris.
I remembered that Barb loves butterflies and in the past I made her a zentangle butterfly (older post).
This time I made a heavy duty tag from a recycled watercolor tablet back cover and applied black card stock as my base. I then used a permanent black Sharpie marker to color the edges of the card. I embossed "Le Papillons" in detailed gold embossing powder. I stamped a flourished background using Ranger's Gold Dapper color directly onto my rubber stamp. It's best to clean your stamp immediately when using paint instead of ink! I then applied my images from Graphics 45 and other specialty papers. I fussy cut a butterfly and adhered it to the top of the tag.
I added the scrabble tile letters last with E-6000 glue. The US Post Office clerk asked me what I used to adhere the letters and when I told him that it was an industrial strength glue which I allowed to dry long enough to cure, he accepted the postcard. When sending mail art, it is important that any embellishments you use will never come off during the processing of the mail. I have had tremendous good luck in mailing the oddest things but always within the postal regulations guidelines.
This view is the back of the tag which has my return and send to addresses. I wanted to use the butterfly postal stamp to complete my theme.
Tim Holtz tissue tape was applied on the left edge as a balance. I applied gel medium on top to make sure that it would be permanent.
I absolutely love the Graphic 45 tag image! I added tiny black silk ribbons and anchored this tag and it was the last thing I added before the postal stamps.