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05-15-2021, 02:11 PM
Due: June 15
Signup: N/A
Withdraw date: N/A
Number of Cards: 3/3
Number of participants: 12
Leonarda’s Security Envelopes and Acrylics, Due July 15

Have you ever noticed the inside of security envelopes? I never did until the year long mixed media class I am taking had a class using these, and now, I am addicted! The patterns are beautiful and my "collection" is growing.

For this swap, you will only use the following media: Acrylic paints and security envelope papers on a sturdy ATC base. Make 3 ATCs.

You must use both media and must not use any other types.

For the bonus to this swap, if you would like, send 3 extra atc size pieces of the envelope papers to swap with other players. I will do my best to give you three different patterns in return, but it depends what is sent in. These are just extra papers, nothing else.

Standard size 2.5" x 3.5" on sturdy card stock.

USA: send SASE. International enclose 1.00 for postage or 3 US forever stamps.

Let’s grow our creativity and think outside the box!

Please do your best work and make your cards unique to your own style.

Here are a few examples of the security envelope linings I have:


1. Mushu ATCs arrived!
2. Robertstamp atcs and papers are here!
3. Luckycat479 arrived!
4. NancyL- ATCs here with extra envelope papers
5. CastleQueen5 ATCS arrived!
6. CiCiCreates ATCs arrived!
7. Marie ATCs have arrived!
8. Haagmm- acts have arrived!!
9. Sorxia ATCS here!
10. Kehlenn aTCs have arrived!
11. catladybj- withdrawn
12. RaineyDay Atcs arrived with papers
dbuffum ATCS Rec'd

05-15-2021, 10:30 PM
I am lurking, finding this idea interesting.

05-15-2021, 10:38 PM
Lurk away!!!!!
Im currently cutting my stash of patterned envelopes- and my mind’s eye is creating.....:jiggy:
Ohhhhh the possibilities!

05-16-2021, 02:55 AM
Crikey! You are right! I just went to our recycle bucket and pulled out four envelopes with different patterns. I find this idea intriguing but wouldn't the paints cover the patterns? Can you tell I'm not much of a painter? I guess I'm lurking until I figure out if this will work for me or not.

05-16-2021, 02:56 AM
I'm thinking even the windows could be used somehow.

05-16-2021, 09:30 AM
The patterns are beautiful! Most are black, some are blue, but I even have one that is red ink!
This is not the typical “ cut out a picture and glue it to a background” swap. I guess you could say it’s more of a creative challenge!

I started cutting my envelopes and my ideas started.... I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! I even thought about using acrylics for background and the patterned paper on top.... hmmmmmm :idea:

05-16-2021, 09:38 AM
I love security envelopes! I've been hoarding them for years. I even have some green, an orange, a purple and a red. Mine get used for collage. I'm not much for acrylics so I'll just lurk and enjoy seeing what gets created.

05-16-2021, 08:23 PM
Maybe something will inspire you to try something!��

05-16-2021, 10:48 PM
Join me up. I'm up for the challenge. I've been saving envelopes for years.

05-16-2021, 11:21 PM
I'd like to play!

05-17-2021, 10:27 AM
I get red envelopes from Target. One of our local cable companies has green. I dont have that company but I have seen it. Someone had to bring it into my food bank to prove their address. You should have seen me, I was just itching to ask for the green envelope. I did not, but I am sure I was twitching.

05-17-2021, 10:28 AM
I do gather we can use a tool like a paint brush to apply the acrylic. I even thought about painting on some rubber stamp. I plan to experiment, I hope I can come up with something decent.

05-17-2021, 11:26 AM
This is so interesting! I'll play along.

05-17-2021, 11:33 AM
You don't have many spaces. So put me on your list.

05-17-2021, 11:36 AM
You have to apply the acrylic with something. Are you open to what that could be?

So far, I'm thinking stencils or foam stamps, or a credit card, or ?

05-17-2021, 12:06 PM
Oh stencils. Great idea. Ok so today I culled 4 mildly boring security envelopes. Please add me to the list, I am not lurking anymore.

05-17-2021, 02:14 PM
Welcome everyone! I am so glad you have joined up.

OF course you can use any tools you would like- paint brush, stencil, etc. I meant just use these two media on a sturdy atc card. The how is up to you!!

05-17-2021, 03:37 PM
Please sign me up, thank you!

05-17-2021, 03:46 PM
Welcome, CiCiCreates, I am happy to sign you up!

05-17-2021, 11:13 PM
Thanks for the heads up CiCiCreates! I’d like to play please. :)

05-18-2021, 01:40 PM
Hi Marie, welcome!

05-18-2021, 06:24 PM
I can't wait to see how everyone interprets this! I am going to play with some ideas tonight.

05-19-2021, 01:07 AM
Are they supposed to be abstract cards? Or is it an anything goes kind of deal?

05-19-2021, 08:14 AM
This is totally up to you! This is about limited media and your creativity!

05-19-2021, 12:58 PM
Please sign me up! I’ve started collecting these and found that junk mail has some of the more interesting patterns. So now I open it all.

05-19-2021, 01:51 PM
Melissa, junk mail is definitely the best source, especially for variety!

05-19-2021, 10:35 PM
We are glad to have you, Haagmm.

I started experimenting tonight and almost couldn't stop. :)

I pulled out my gel plate and went to town!

05-21-2021, 01:44 PM
Okay, I came up with an idea. May I join in?

05-21-2021, 02:41 PM
I have a lot of security envelopes, stencils, and acrylic paint. Generally I'm very happy with using these envelopes in atcs postcards and art journals. So please sign me up for this swap.

05-21-2021, 07:39 PM
Ooh this sounds fun. Lurking for now.

Would acrylic paint pens be an acceptable form of acrylic paint for this swap?

05-21-2021, 09:10 PM
Welcome Sorxia and Kehlenn! So glad to have you.

05-21-2021, 09:11 PM
Ooh this sounds fun. Lurking for now.

Would acrylic paint pens be an acceptable form of acrylic paint for this swap?

Well, its acrylic paint and the pen is a tool, so yes!

05-21-2021, 09:27 PM
Here are my cards:

Blue: Happy
Purple: Soul
Green: Joy
Red: Peace

The background of each is security envelope, as well as the centers of the flowers. I stenciled on the background, then painted a word puzzle on each card.

05-21-2021, 10:51 PM
Here are my cards:

Blue: Happy
Purple: Soul
Green: Joy
Red: Peace

The background of each is security envelope, as well as the centers of the flowers. I stenciled on the background, then painted a word puzzle on each card.

WOW!!! You sure did a great job.

05-21-2021, 11:54 PM
Great set Sorxia!

05-22-2021, 02:02 PM
Mine are going out today.

05-22-2021, 02:29 PM
I was going to be a lurker but I realized you are only having 12 so I am definitely in!
I have to really stop myself from collecting these envelopes! I always think it's a new pattern. But in the back of my mind I know I have a lot of it. I just don't want to put them in the recycling. I get unwanted mail from Global Life...but the return envelopes are yellow! I have some greens and reds,&I have enablers, uh, Friends! saving envelopes for me!

05-23-2021, 08:58 AM
Please sign me up! Thanks!

05-23-2021, 03:42 PM

Here are my cards:

Blue: Happy
Purple: Soul
Green: Joy
Red: Peace

The background of each is security envelope, as well as the centers of the flowers. I stenciled on the background, then painted a word puzzle on each card.

05-23-2021, 03:43 PM
Welcome CatLadyBJ and Rainey Day! So nice to have you.

This swap is now at capacity.

05-26-2021, 01:57 PM
I'm a lurky burky for a bit until I see what I've got and what I might come up with.

05-26-2021, 07:58 PM
NancyL your very cool cards arrived today!

05-28-2021, 10:27 PM
I would love to play, please sign me up.

05-29-2021, 10:41 AM
Shoot. Looks like I missed out on this one. I'll be lurking to see all of the wonderful creations.

05-29-2021, 03:58 PM
I got the coolest orangish red envelope from Junk mail from AARP.

05-31-2021, 03:18 PM
Here are my cards. This was a fun and challenging swap.

I sent a pm requesting address and I’ll mail as soon as I get that.


05-31-2021, 03:36 PM
Oooh, RaineyDay, those are so neat!!! I love how tribal they look!

06-02-2021, 10:49 AM
Mine are more like a day at the park. There’s really a lot of ways to go with this challenge!


06-02-2021, 12:28 PM
Beautiful and fun cards! I have always loved gazebos!

06-02-2021, 01:04 PM
Thank you CiCi. Me too.

06-02-2021, 04:43 PM
Mailed out today.

06-02-2021, 08:48 PM
Marie, I love them!!!

Sorxia- Your cards have arrived safe and sound!

06-03-2021, 12:57 PM
Thank you! They went out today. :)

06-06-2021, 10:32 PM
Darn -- I lurked too long. Probably just as well since the ones I've seen here are way better than any I could do.

06-07-2021, 02:45 PM
Should. Not. Have. Waited. Until. After. Returning. From. Vacation. :(

I will still lurk....

06-07-2021, 04:48 PM
Kehlenn- your very nice cards arrived today- safe and sound!!

06-08-2021, 02:08 PM
Mail Call!
More beauties arrived today from Marie and RaineyDay....
Thank you for playing!

06-08-2021, 10:03 PM
Awesome! Thanks for the update!

06-14-2021, 02:58 AM
Seriously lurking....

06-14-2021, 10:18 PM
So I had these stencils, and made three like this. I used red and some gold.

06-14-2021, 10:24 PM
Then I noticed the flowers on the stencil. and I had a butterfly stencil. I again had fun with the gold acrylic.

EDITED TO ADD: I showed my husband the cards I posted here. He was saving the envelopes in the mail. He ran off with the butterfly one. I mean as fast as his old body could snatch and power walk. He seldom keeps any of my art projects.
So it looks like that one is gone.

06-17-2021, 03:06 PM
Here's a quick snap of my submissions! I made a total of six, three plus a hostess card will be headed out. If anyone would like to do a private swap with two others leftover, I'll allow first dibs on which two those are.
I hand cut stamps and applied those patterns with acrylic paint.


06-17-2021, 03:14 PM
Very cool looking!!

06-18-2021, 09:25 AM
I love these Castlequeen and luckycat!!!

06-19-2021, 01:34 PM
I'd like to join please!

06-22-2021, 09:46 AM
I don't see that my name was added.

06-22-2021, 09:47 AM
Never mind! I see there are only 12 participants.

06-22-2021, 01:02 PM

Looks fun! Please sign me up.


06-22-2021, 01:06 PM
Nevermind,- I didn't catch the limit on participants either. Looked fun though.

06-23-2021, 01:20 PM
Luckycat your cards arrived! The cards always are so much prettier in person!

07-01-2021, 05:54 PM
Here is my set:

07-01-2021, 06:38 PM
Wow CiCiCreates! I love them all! Your Victorian lady is fabulous, and so is your hot air balloon! My eyes just turned into little hearts! And that ship! They’re all wonderful!

07-01-2021, 08:23 PM
Thanks Marie! That clipper ship was copied from several white on royal blue nautical images on my shower curtain. It always surprises me how we artists “see things”.

07-01-2021, 10:51 PM
It’s true! Art does change our ‘seeing’... and now that you’ve started with found poetry your reading will have seeing moments as well. :) I like the layering on your bushes in the lightening storm.

07-05-2021, 11:50 AM
Please sign me in.
Thank you!

07-07-2021, 01:35 PM

07-07-2021, 01:36 PM
Hi everyone- its been a few years since I hosted a swap, so I had to start over with only 12 participants. Hopefully we can do this swap again!

07-07-2021, 02:17 PM
CiCi, I'm really digging that lightening card. You got creative, girl!

07-07-2021, 03:33 PM
I just realized that you have a top of 12 participants. I made my cards anyway. It was fun!

07-07-2021, 11:26 PM
I got your mailing address, but its past mail time. Its like 9 pm. I will get them in the mail tomorrow.

07-07-2021, 11:39 PM
Me too! (Once I get your address).

07-08-2021, 05:42 PM
I didnt get these mailed today. I forgot. I will try for later today, as I have time before the PO closes.

07-08-2021, 08:53 PM
I made it to the PO.

07-10-2021, 09:40 AM
My cards are on the way. Here is what I came up with.

07-10-2021, 01:14 PM

07-10-2021, 01:15 PM
Oooh, those are neat, Mushu!

07-11-2021, 01:33 PM
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations!
I have hosted Camp Mimi this week and haven’t had much time to see your comments!
We had an action packed 8 days!!!

07-12-2021, 07:04 AM
I saw those and immediately thought “ that has to be Mushu”! Love your work!

07-12-2021, 05:08 PM
Cards are in the mail!

07-12-2021, 08:00 PM
I need to withdraw. I am not happy with my cards, & its rather too late to start over.

07-13-2021, 08:23 AM
Here are mine. Please be understanding- I forgot how not good I am with acrylics.
These went out yesterday in the mail.

07-14-2021, 08:56 PM
Everyones cards are looking so great!! Haagmm- I love them!

Catladybj- hope to catch you next time!

Mail call: Castlequuen and dbuffum your very cool cards arrived today!! I love snail mail!!

07-15-2021, 01:13 PM
Cici and Mushu your beautiful cards have arrived!

07-19-2021, 11:04 PM
Waiting on one to arrive……was hoping to see it by now….
Then will send out returns.

07-21-2021, 05:51 PM
Hey Everybody, all the cards have made it !!! Woohooo Getting ready to swap them out!
These are some of the coolest cards Ive ever hosted!!!

07-26-2021, 11:18 AM
Twelve envelopes full of goodness just got picked up by my post man!!

07-30-2021, 12:14 PM
My returns arrived yesterday. Cards from RaineyDay, Luckycat 479 and Sorxia.

Thanks for hosting this. It reminded me of another free source pf free materials for art! I also appreciated the patterned ATC size security designs.

07-31-2021, 11:08 AM
So glad you joined, Nancy!

08-02-2021, 10:28 AM
I got mine, and I need more time to thank everyone. I am packing up to get some room carpeted tomorrow, in the hopes of selling my house.

08-02-2021, 11:14 AM
I received my cards in the mail Saturday! Thanks for hosting a unique swap - it was fun

08-02-2021, 02:58 PM
Good luck with your house Castlequeen!

08-02-2021, 10:30 PM
My returns are here and I love them all! Thank you Leonarda for a super fun swap! Off to leave rep. :)

08-03-2021, 11:18 AM
So glad you were part of this adventure!!

08-04-2021, 12:19 AM
Aw shucks... ☺️

08-08-2021, 01:19 PM
I am now leaving the you rocks thank yous.