The TPK blog is a treasure trove of mail art tutorials, most of which are … I’ll admit it: pretty time-consuming. With a toddler running around, I only get the chance to make a highly embellished envelope once every month (if that)! I’d like to send more mail art, and thinking about that made a light bulb go off. I realized that there are a lot of gorgeous mail art motifs here on the TPK blog, and I have high-resolution scans of many of them. So, I set out to make printable mail art templates for myself, and I hope that you can use them, too!
Meet the TPK Tutorial Printable Mail Art Templates
Most of the TPK tutorial printable mail art templates were created from tutorials that are here on the site. These tutorials include:
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Illustration Mail Art Tutorial
- “Safari” Watercolor Mail Art Tutorial
- Chic Inky Poppies Mail Art Tutorial
- Floral Lace Illustration Tutorial
- (Seriously Gorgeous!) Talavera Mexican Tile Mail Art Tutorial
- Botanical Frame Envelope Art Tutorial
Two of the templates — the “Tiles” motif and the “Henna Bluebird” motif — don’t have tutorials attached to them, but they’re still gorgeous to look at!
With eight different designs, there’s something for everyone and every occasion!
You can find all these templates for $5.50 in the TPK Catalog. Print them off as many times as you like on your preferred paper! (My favorite paper for printable mail art is 32# premium laserjet, which I use in my inkjet printer. The paper has a nice heft to it and accommodates calligraphy ink.)
How to Assemble the Templates
Once you print out a template, you’ll notice a light gray outline around the design.
Cut the template out along the gray guidelines, and the result will look something like this:
Flip the piece around such that the artwork is facedown on your work surface. Then, fold the bottom flap up.
If you want super crisp folds, you can use a bone folder to reinforce the creases.
Next, fold the side flaps inward. Then, fold the top flap down. Use your favorite glue to affix the side flaps to the bottom flap.
Then, flip the envelope over, add calligraphy or lettering, and put on a stamp to send your envelope. If you would like to see inspiration for how to position your address and/or what writing styles to use, see the original mail art tutorials (listed in the “Description” portion of the TPK Tutorial Printable Mail Art Templates listing).
A Printable Mail Art Freebie
To add festivity and color to this motif, try splashing a bit of watercolor onto it and affixing more than one postage stamp!
No matter how you choose to embellish the free hand-drawn frame mail art, I’m confident that you’ll love the result! (If you’re anything like me, you’ll also love the time you save by opting to print. It takes a while to draw everything by hand!)
I hope that you can use these mail art templates to save time and pretty up your outgoing mailbox! Thanks so much for reading, and happy mail-making.