Pushing the Envelope by Marthe Le Van



Pushing the Envelope by Marthe Le Van



Publisher’s Synopsis

Pushing the Envelope – Go beyond commonly accepted boundaries, Innovate, Create.

Why should what’s tucked into an envelope get all the attention? Especially when one-of-a-kind, handmade envelopes can make great impressions. Celebrating the creative potential of this overlooked but essential object, Marthe Le Van shows how to create 36 inspired versions shapes and sizes. The simplest projects involve embellishing store-bought envelopes with a wide range of surface treatments such as collage, painting, stamping, stencilling, sewing, and beading. Next come fold-your-own envelopes. The techniques are quite simple and the supplies are surprising, from brown paper bags, gift-wrap, and encyclopaedia pages to coffee filters, an old sweater, and copper mesh. In addition there are envelopes for packaging CDs, photographs, gift cards, and more. Go ahead, push the envelope and make your missives as special on the outside as what's contained within them.

lncludes 36 Projects:
  • Sunny Flowers
  • Peep Show
  • The Big Easel
  • Patchwork Garden
  • Sweeter Sweaters
  • Daily Grind
  • Paper Exchange
  • Top Secret
  • Poppy Culture
  • And more!
The creative potential of the envelope has been woefully overlooked. It's been viewed as a purely utilitarian object, ripped open as quickly as possible and discarded just as fast. What's inside an envelope has gotten all the attention. That is, until now!

It's time to push the envelope... literally! To innovate. To go beyond commonly accepted boundaries. Designing and making one-of-a-kind envelopes is a win-win-win crafting opportunity. This book features a veritable smorgasbord of envelope projects with instructions. You can duplicate the fantastic designs step-by-step or let them inspire your own creative path.

The simplest projects, featured in the chapter titled "Ready-made Revamp," start with commercial envelopes. Embellishing these plain surfaces takes only a matter of minutes, and the results are amazing! Our crafty team of designers also saw a lot of potential in unusual and recycled materials, such as brown paper bags, contact paper, gift wrapping, encyclopaedia pages - even coffee filters, an old sweater, and copper mesh. The envelopes they fashioned from these quirky supplies are included in the second project group, "Surprising Supplies." Next, under the banner "Hold Everything," you'll find envelopes that accommodate non-traditional enclosures, such as business cards, CDs, gift cards, and photos. There's even an adorable set of nesting envelopes. Last, but by no means least, "Ready, Set, Fold!" spotlights easy origami envelopes, from a super secret postcard disguise to cheery cherry hearts to a school of funky fish.

There's no need to run out and buy a whole bunch of supplies in order to start making envelopes. You're likely to have almost everything you need already on hand. (Is that good news, or what?) And you probably learned all the necessary skills – like cutting, folding, and gluing – very early on in life. (It just keeps getting better, doesn't it?) So, with very little expense and very little experience, you can craft imaginative envelopes and have a darn good time doing it. What are you waiting for? The time is now, and you are so ready.

Get out there and push the envelope!

1st edition 2009, paperback, 128pp, full colour throughout, 21.5 x 25.5 cm

Pushing the Envelope by Marthe Le Van
£12.99 EUR 16.01