By Liv Phillips
I have been avidly writing letter since 2012. Currently, I write to over 200 people across the world and have sent over 2,000 letters. In this time I have learned a few things or to about the do's and don'ts of sending mail! The first thing that I have learned is that you can be very creative and experimental on what you can send through the mail. I have sent pouches, clear goodie bags, giant postcards and small boxes through the mail and all have reached their destination.
While I usually keep my mail art fairly flat sometimes I like to step out of my own comfort zone and add 3D textured Elements to what I create. I found that the Paper House Productions line of 3D stickers stay on the snailmail that I send. They don't come off in the postal machines nor do get battered when being sent thousands of miles to their new destination.
This piece of mail I sent to Boston from Portland, Oregon. The embellishments did not come off. My recipient loved the 3D nature of the mail and of course the glittered accents.
Sometimes I do have to modify the 3D stickers if the peices are too bulky or if the stickers need more adhesive added to them. For this I simply pull the foam stickers of from the back of the stickers or use an exacto knife. I then use a craft bond adhesive to make sure that the sticker will stay on.
For this particular piece I decided that the Discover London sticker would be too bulky to reach its destination in Norway. I peeled off the backing of the sticker and then used a craft bond glue stick to adhere it to the envelope. Before I send any mail out I always wiggle any 3D element stickers or puffy stickers to make sure they will stay on. If your fingers can move them add an extra layer of glue!
When sending extra bulky mail always make sure that you use proper postage. I usually add postage for an additional ounce and for mail that is non-machinable. Make sure you check with your local post office to make sure you get the proper rates, but most importantly have fun creating fun 3D Mail Art!
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