Fun Things To Send Your Pen-Pal/Tips For Conversation

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Hidey! (That’s how my family says “howdy” 😜)

I hope everyone is well on this actually not raining day!

I have always, since I’ve been able to write, had a pen-pal. I learned to write when I was six (decently, at least), and my two friends were also at that point. I remember watching “Anne of Green Gables” I do believe and seeing Anne and Diana write letters made me want to! Over the years since then I have asked people I meet and my friends if they’d like to write. It’s a great way to get to know someone, and if your like me, tech-less, then it’s a great way to communicate, and it’s also really fun to get mail! My Mom says I get more mail then she does. XD

At first I used to send and receive super short letters. They might’ve been something like this, “Hi! How are you? I’m good. I have been playing outside a lot lately. It’s really hot out! Have you been to the pool lately? Your Friend, AK.”

Not really much there!

I am one for a long letter. I enjoy reading them, hearing about my friends’ day and what they’ve been doing, what they’re into at the time, what they’re learning in school, etc.

I also like to send fun things with the letter, such as stickers, a photo, an ATC (Artist Trading Card), some artwork, a postcard you got on recent journeys, a poem, a quote, bible verse, and such. I have also gotten some things with my letters before and it’s always so fun to open up and see everything.

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My Pen-Pal Supplies drawer

It’s fun to have things prepared for letters as well. I love to get right on the reply when I get a letter so it goes out in the mail the next day, and I like to have things prepared to send.

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I have some questions written down on a little piece of paper I can refer to if I’m in a rut on things to say. (And that’s especially if it’s a first time letter, sometimes questions can break the ice.) Some include:

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? (That’s a fun one. There’s always different answers to that!)
  2. Do you like to cook or bake more?
  3. What is your favorite flower(s)?
  4. If you could have any kind of superpower, what would it be?
  5. What is one of your favorite things?

Those are just a few. It’s nice to have this if you get stuck not knowing what to say. It seems that if you ask questions like these you get the ball rolling and then you learn you have many things in common and you become great friends over time. It’s amazing, because one of my best friends is a pen-pal, and I’ve only ever seen her in person about 3 or 4 times. We’ve gotten to know each other very well over the past little while. Sometimes it seems that you can tell each other anything in a letter!

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Washi tape or decorative tape is always fun to include in a letter. (Or on the outside to seal the envelope!) A looong time ago (my wee little blog was still new!) I made a post about things you can do with it. (You can see that here) I like to decorate the envelope with it, too.

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Speaking of decorating envelopes, that is one fun way to add a personal touch to your letter, and it is really fun! I love receiving decorated envelopes in the mail. (And decorating them myself! See some here)

Tea is one thing I enjoy sending to pen-pals. (Although that’s one of the questions I always ask, “Do you like tea?” just randomly😉) It’s fun to send your friends your new favorite teas and to see how they like them. (I especially like to send this green tea😁)

It’s also fun to write a note on the back, or just to tell them why you like that blend.

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One thing some of my friends did was to get a piece of paper, one person writes about 4 or 5 things that we’ve done together/things we’re going to do and pass it back and forth until, well, it’s done! It’s fun to do lettering and artwork on that piece of paper. When you’re done, you can copy it and send your friend one and you keep one. We do one once a year, and it’s fun to look back on what you were doing/looking forward to at that time. (And to see how well your penmanship has changed😆)

I love to send Artist Trading Cards to pen-pals. I like sending my recent artwork on them. I get some from my pen-pals, too, and I love seeing their artwork/recent doodles and such.

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Little works of art are fun to include as well. I like to send little watercolor works or illustrations. I like make them various shapes as well.

Something a few of my pen-pals and I did were make “knick-knacks” as we called them. We just made bunches of little pieces of paper with art, bible verses, quotes, etc. and it was fun to receive them in the mail each letter!

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Fun stamps always make letter art that much more fun! My Grandaddy got me these for Christmas. They’re so cute! But if you go to USPS.com you can see all of there stamp collections. (You can also order them) They have floral designs, celebrities, seasons, etc. on stamps that you can choose from. You can see them all here.

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Wax seals! These are one of my favorite things for envelopes. I love to melt different colors together to create a marbled look, and to just melt solid colors. You can find these anywhere online, Amazon, Etsy; They’re there for ya! There are also different stamps you can buy, and different colored wax. They just add a little “pop” to your envelope. (And they also seal the letter quite well!)

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Photos are alway a good option, too. If you can print photos, send one in your next letter! They’re fun to receive, and it’s a good way to share a memory!

Also, if you’re interested in becoming a pen-pal with someone, don’t be afraid to ask! Writing letters is so much fun, and I’m sure the other person would say yes, with permission!


 

Well my dears, that is the conclusion of this fun post. I have really enjoyed writing this, (I bet all the word you read explained that! heh, 1,059 words!) it was fun to do!

I hope you enjoyed. Let me know if this was helpful for your and if you will be using any of these tips! I’ll be happy to answer any questions as well.

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Have you ever seen Anne of Green Gables before? Do you write letters? Do you use any of these thing in your letter? Would you like more of these posts soon? What is your favorite day of the week?

(Pen-Pal) Letter Art

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Hello! I’m glad to be back posing again. It’s already been a week since the BUJO Series I did! Wow, this past week’s gone fast!

Well, today I’m back again with something similar to that. I’ve been catching up on a lot of letters to my friends lately, and I was using a few themes when making my cards. I only took a few pictures of each card while I was making them, but I thought I’d share, anyway!

For the first card I chose the cute little saying/quote “Advice from a Sunflower” (In full below)

I just lightly sketched in the words.

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Then, I used my fudenosuke hard tip over the words.

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Then I took my little kneaded eraser (that looks somewhat like an astroid😂) and went all over the words to get rid of the pencil.

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Then I had to choose my colors for the sunflower. I didn’t want it to be too dark or two light, so I tested out all the ones in between.

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I chose two medium colored yellow/orange. (I always love trying to decide colors!)

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Then I started sketching out the sunflower. I did the darker petals in front, then the lighter ones in back.

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Then I had to choose a brown color. I tested a lot of different colors, and again ended up with a lighter and a darker color.

I colored the center with the light brown color. I could’ve left it like this, but I felt like it needed something else.

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I just did a lot of messy dots inside that circle. It was what it was missing!

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I chose not to outline anything with a black pen so the words were more visible. It ended up looking pretty cute!

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Then I went to make the envelope. It’s fun making a theme between the card and envelope! I went to find the middle…

(Also, sorry for the odd lighting!)

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Then I got a jar out and put it in the center of the paper, but off-center of the middle. (To the left of the center. Does that make even a hair of sense?🤣) Then I traced around it.

 

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Then I sketched out the petals. Make sure the circle (the center of the flower) is wide enough to put an address.

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Then fill it in with a Micron (or other black pen) and color. This sunflower is a lot more basic, with a little bit of an animated look.

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Then I chose the colors of wax beads I was going to use.

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There we go! Aren’t they cute? I love sunflowers.

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Then I made another one! I used Proverbs 16:24 for the next card. I used a honey comb as the characters in this one.

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Then I made the envelope similar to the card.

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They both turned out pretty cute! I cut out a little foam cat and then colored it in and added blush. That makes everything better, right?😄

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Then here came another one! I really liked how this one came out!

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(Sorry this is so blurry! I only got one picture☹️) I really like how this one looked!

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Then I went to make the matching envelope again.

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I added some sketchy lines where I was going to put the address, and I did the same kind of flowers on the card.

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(Again, Blurry!) I did the same for the return address.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed!

Have a great day!

~theJunebugblog

Which Card/Envelope did you like best? Do you like sunflowers?