Nathalie Kalbach Typewriter Stencil Bloghop – Mail Call

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Hi gang!  Nathalie was nice enough to invite me to participate in her bloghop using her new typewriter stencil from StencilGirl Products.  I am honored to be playing along with some other wonderful artists too. NatKalbachStencilbloghop (1) Since those of you who know me know I occasionally do some mail art, I thought this stencil would be perfect for that venue. TypewriterStencilRecycling is another one of my passions, so I started this project with some recycled cereal boxes.  I cut and tore them down to slightly oversize cards to fit the whole stencil, glued on some pre-painted background papers.  Covered those with a light layer of gesso and painted through the stencil with acrylic paint.



I have a few friends with whom I swap papers and other items regularly,  so I then took the stencil and used it to embellish a large 9×13 mailer envelope.  I first stamped all over with my typewriter letter alphabet stamp, then sprayed through the typewriter stencil overlapping both the stencil and colors.  Knowing that part of the envelope would be covered up with labels, I took the stencil and painted a titanium white version in the lower left corner so it would be prominent when the piece was mailed.


IMG_8860Doesn’t the stencil look great just all by itself covered with paint….

IMG_8857I love how this looks with the envelope background showing through from behind….

My third and final project – yes, I  kept on going – was to embellish a black box to hold my mail art supplies, post card blanks, vintage stamps, and pens and stamps for making mail art. I pushed gel medium through the stencil and let it dry.  Punched out some random circles from scrapbook papers and glued them down.  Rubbed metallic paints over the stencil and went back in with titanium white paint and inky sprays over the whole box top for a shimmering effect.  Now I have something pretty to use for my supplies and I won’t have to guess which box they are in, the typewriter will identify it right away.

IMG_8849 IMG_8856Now for the best part…

I’m pretty sure you might find a GIVEAWAY over at Nat’s Blog… Don’t forget to go all the way through the hop and if you leave a comment with each of us, you will be entered to win this fabulous Typewriter stencil more than once. You have five chances to win it. Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on my blog  and let us know how you like the projects and Nathalie will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have time to comment till August 20, 2013 – midnight EST.

Hop on over and visit these fab artists to see what they have created…

Nathalie Kalbach 

Martha Richardson

Maria McGuire

Corrine Gilman … that’s me

Michelle Hernandez


Happy stenciling!






  1. I am in love with your projects- the recycled cereal boxes are sooo cool. Love the envies- and all techniques you used. Thank you so much for playing along with me!!

  2. Great ideas. I’d love to receive a letter in one of these envelopes

  3. Especially love your box to hold mail art supplies!
    You are on a roll with this stencil!! 🙂

  4. Love those cereal box cards. That stencil is so great. And what a perfect way to i.d. your supply box. Great post!

  5. This is a fun stencil. I love typewriters. All your *projects* are fun.

  6. You have so many wonderful goodies here! The box, the papers, the envelope, the cereal box ones, so so much inspiration here!

  7. What a fun day you had making these. I love the use of cereal boxes.. so raw to work with. You colors and your goodie box is fabuuuuuuuuloussss.

  8. Great ideas! I especially like the cereal box cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. What great ideas and re-uses…love your concepts 😉

  10. Oh I love what you have done here. It is so cool. Awesome work!!!

  11. No surprise, Corrine, that your pages done with the typewriter stencil are fabulous and colorful and fun!! This stencil is great and would be fun to use in so many ways. It has been fun blog hopping to see what you girls have created with use of this stencil.

  12. Wow, I love your projects, so many great ideas!! Thanks for the inspiration, really LOVE the envelope!

  13. You have outdone yourself with this stencil, Corrine. I absolutely LOVE all your projects, but, selfish person that I am, I most appreciate your goody box! I love making and keeping project that cheer up my studio and also have a function! Bravo, Sister! Off to hop!

  14. Stencil girl is everywhere. These are fun!

  15. Valerie Gilreath says:

    This is my favorite project so far on the blog hop. I am a lover of “real” mail and am one of the few people that I know that still clings to sending “real” letters and cards, so I love that part of your project was to create cards that will then be shared with others. I have that same typewriter alphabet stamp. Now I may have to get the typewriter stencil to go with it. Thanks!

  16. I love the stencil and what you’ve done with it!!

  17. I love the way you recycle your cereal boxes. What a great image of a typewriter and how fun that would be to use it. Old technology meeting new technology and ideas. Wonderful!

  18. How fun I love the stencil! The cardboard ones are very cool , I like how you put the gesso on top to make them look old. It’s so fun to see you getso creative on the many ways to use this stencil. Have a lovely day!

  19. FUN! What a fun stencil…..lots of possibilities and I love that you immediately saw a connection to mail art – it’s a natural. Thanks for sharing your good ideas.

  20. Speaking of typewriters, how about that script font in your info boxes?! I used to have a typewriter like that.

    I love all the ways you used the stencil. I even love the painty stencil! It does look like you had loads of fun.

  21. Patricia Q says:

    That cereal box idea is so good! Waste not-want not! Your projects are inspiring and that typewriter stencil was such a good one to use for the envelope. Wish I had that stencil!

  22. I just love your little mail art box! What fun!

  23. i love what you did! especially the circles! tx for sharing, aloha, angi in hana

  24. You made some gorgeous ,fun and happy pieces using the typewriter stencil,- I love the piece to use for envelope, where you also stamped the white one – and also the one with punched out circles!!!
    Thank you for the first tutorial, Corrine, I loved reading and seing the tecniques you used, to make sheets filled with texture of paint-and stamps- the way you turns the paper gives a wonderful effect!!

  25. I’ll never look at cereal boxes the same way again! Beautiful work!

  26. Particularly like the ones with the gessoed backgrounds. Very pretty!

  27. you really show cased the whimsy in this stencil

  28. Great use of materials! Love the envelopes 🙂

  29. Oh wow – what great ideas!! love your box! Isn’t that a wonderful stencil.

  30. Gorgeous makes Corrine, I particularly love ALL of it lol. What a fab stencil to play with and you can see how much fun you had sweetie.
    Huge hugs x

  31. Denise Spillane says:

    This is a fun stencil and love how you used it on fabric too. These hops are great

  32. Hello!!! I love the idea of recycled card board post cards! I have exactly 3 huge cereal boxes sitting in my hallway right now- gonna cut those babies up and get paint crazy with them!!!

  33. Nancy Lee says:

    I save cereal box flats too!
    This looks like the typewriter I learned to type on!!

  34. What a cool stencil. Love seeing all the different ways it has been used!

  35. Laurie Kahn says:

    ❤ The new stencil. Reminds me of my antique typewriter that I use in still life’s for my students.

  36. All of these projects are great Corrine. Very clever uses of the stencil!

  37. I love how you recycle stuff that most people would just throw away! LOVE the envelope idea especially with the typewriter and now you have a beautiful box to keep your treasures too!

  38. You go girl! Love what you’ve done here (and yes, I think the dirty stencil is gorgeous too) and how you’ve used it so many ways. Brilliant idea to do one image in the white for mailing, and what a neat box you now have for your mail art pieces.

  39. I love what you’ve done with this fun stencil. And recycling makes it even better!

  40. I love mail art! And the storage box is amazing!

  41. Your projects are PERFECT!! I think decorating envelopes is just as important as the cards I create to put inside but it never occurred to me to do mailers!! I love the abstract look of your cards and great idea for the box lid!! TFS

  42. I love that you kept going. I’ve never heard of mail art. These are really neat projects.

  43. Linda on the Prairie says:

    I always forget to do the envelopes! Thanks for the reminder.

  44. That stencil is just perfect and I love all that you’ve done with it. That white typewriter amidst the others on the envelope is so great. It really pops. Oh, and I always think the painty stencils are just as pretty as the prints! Great inspiration! xo, janice

  45. Barbara K says:

    Such wonderful ideas for using this stencil! Great job! Love how this stencil looks with paint!

    Thanks so much for sharing and for the give-away!

  46. Jone Johnson says:

    I particularly love that 3rd project. Would love this stencil as I come from the generation that struggled with it!

  47. Wow! another wonderful use for this stencil!

  48. Tamiko McCurry says:

    now thats what I call an upcycle!! I wouldl ove to get that in the mail! TFS gorgeous!

  49. Carmen Lucero says:

    I’d love to use this stencil on envelopes after I saw your stencil technique on that large one! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carmen L

  50. Laura Strack says:

    Oh, I just love your large envelope. The mailman is surely going to smile. I think it is marketable!Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  51. Oh the joys of mail art because no one uses snail mail anymore it becomes an art venue! the same with typewriters! what fun we all have!

  52. I love your use of the stencil with recycled boxes and papers. They all have that vintagey look that I love so much…. and I particularly love the stencil totally covered in paint! It’s already well loved and used…

  53. Lura Brown says:

    super cool mail art, i would love to get one of those in the mail for sure. i loved what you did with the stencil. i just love old typewriters and cameras so hoping i will win this one to put in my favoirte stencil file. thanks so much for the great ideas. xoxo

  54. Lura Brown says:

    super cool mail art, i would love to get one of those in the mail for sure. i loved what you did with the stencil. i just love old typewriters and cameras so hoping i will win this one to put in my favoirte stencil file. thanks so much for the great ideas. xoxo

    hope it will let me post, so far not.

  55. wonderful! love the blog hop!

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