Take One Plain Envelope!

Dear Chicago House,
I can be a real sucker for beautiful things.

During a month long trip to the UK this summer, I visited Convent Garden in London. It is a vibrant place with lots of fabulous street entertainment ( more about that another day!) and a fantastic boutique market.

convent garden

My pounds came out to play when I came across this stall selling gorgeous little stamp blocks… I was quite reserved to buy just one!

convent garden stamp blocks

My beautiful little celtic swirl stamp is perfect for tarting up a plain envelope!

but I took it a little further that just inking it up..I added an embossing powder for a bit more panache.

You can make this too!

What you need 

  • Plain envelopes
  • A pretty stamp block
  • Stamping ink
  • Embossing powder ( I bought mine on Amazon)
  • Heat source (e.g a heat gun)
  • Piece of foam board


  1.  Open your envelope and slip your foam board underneath it- mine is blue in this photo. Ink up your stamp and print.
  2. Sprinkle the embossing powder on the ink before it dries

    You don’t need very much powder at all, tap the excess back into the container. Now give your coated print a blast with your heat source. this can be anything from a heat gun but I got a bit creative and used the warming lamps on my cooktop!

    Here is the print  after the heat treatment.

Pretty, pretty oh so pretty!

Love from

Creative in Chicago


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