As part of the envelope exchange Jean organized, I sent out my handmade envelopes (with 1 exception).
Here's the one I sent to Jan. This one must have been part of a large newspaper sheet as I managed to get the main subject centrally located.
I had a couple of ideas about a stamp for this one to keep with the black and white theme. I really like placing the Johnny Cash stamp in unusual places.... the portrait above the seated woman almost had his face instead. Finally I thought the best choice was the Edith Piaf stamp. The lettering on the stamp is very subtle, you can hardly even see the 'USA' and 'Forever' on it. Even the dark red 'Edith Piaf' doesn't stand out. I liked the contrast between the severe-looking women on the paper and the sophistication of the stamp (and the woman on the inside).
For the address I went with simple sans-serif all caps on either side of the main subject's face.
One of the factors that swayed me to use Edith Piaf's stamp was the fact that the inside of the envelope shows part of a woman's face. 10 bonus points for identifying her.
And, as always, the back. The black and (faded) white gives a nice effect, and there's the third portrait.