Rue How-To: Sponge Paint Stationery

I’m proud to say that I’m a snail-mail girl. The odd handwritten note that arrives in my mailbox – from save-the-dates to “how’s that eyeliner working out for you?” from the nice girl at Bobbi Brown – incites excitement. I’m constantly on the lookout for fun stationery, thank-you notes, and the like, so when I discovered $2 blank notecards at the craft store, I was pretty pumped. Handwritten and handmade letters? Grandma will be so proud. Here’s how you do it:


What you’ll need:

  • Blank notecards and envelopes
  • Paint (I used Artist’s Loft acrylic paint in magenta)
  • Stamp (any letter or design you prefer – I opted for a cursive “J”)
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponges
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

How to do it:


  1. Prepare a surface with newspaper.
  2. Squeeze a dollop of paint onto the paper.
  3. Using a small paintbrush, paint the rubber side of the stamp (the water-based acrylic paint will easily wash off when you’re finished).
  4. Gently press the stamp onto the notecard and let it dry.


  1. Cut a piece of wide masking tape, about 3 – 3.5 inches long.
  2. Stick the tape on the envelope where you would like the address box to be.
  3. Use another small piece of tape for the corner where the stamp will go.
  4. Dip the sponge into the paint and lightly dab the envelope, covering it completely.
  5. After 4 – 5 minutes, gently (so not to tear the envelope) remove the tape.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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