iHanna Fall 2016 Postcard Swap

Well, it’s that time of the year again. I’m supposed to downscaling my projects right now, but the iHanna PCS only comes around twice a year, and I couldn’t pass it up!

Once again, I have decided to share my postcard making process, I’ve added a few new steps. This post is photo heavy, so I will try to keep the jibber-jabber to a minimum:

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Step one: postcard backgrounds

I usually have a few left over pieces from my art journal makings, so I just cut them down to 6″ x 4″. These are a combination of spray dye, paint, stenciling, and stamping.

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Step two: adhering tissue paper

I tear long pieces of tissue paper, then adhere it with matte medium and a soft brush. This tissue is my newest favorite.

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Step three: adhere random ephemera

I have a lot of store bought ephemera I’m trying to use up, and projects like these are perfect for this!

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Step four: adhere vintage image

I always have book pages left over from my journal making, I go through them once in a while and punch or cut out the images, so I usually have lots of these on hand.

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Step five: postage stamps

What is mail art with out postage stamps, always one of my favorite additions.

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Step six: strategically placed washi tape

There’s a lot happening on these little cards, a bit of washi can give them some much needed structure.

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Step seven: a wash of “antiqued” matte medium

Just put a drop of each pigment color into some matte medium, mix, and apply to the entire surface of your project.

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Here’s a before and after.

The difference is subtle, but worth the extra step in my book. I use this technique on my art journal pages quite often. It tones down the whites and calms the brighter colors, giving the page/project a more cohesive look.

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Step eight:

Going around some of the features with pencil, this gives the piece depth and contrast.

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Step nine: address and send with Love!

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I had so much fun making these that I made 15 of them, I only needed 10 for the swap!

Once again,

Thank you for popping in,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

8 thoughts on “iHanna Fall 2016 Postcard Swap

  1. Your postcards are so beautiful! Shown all together, they are a stunning masterpiece! Thank you for sharing your process. I really like the idea of adding an “antiquing” medium to tone things down and make the pieces blend together more. I will be trying that!

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  2. These are so awesome! I am so glad you shared your process! Thank you! I would love to add one of these beauties to my collection…if I’m not already on your list….I’ll email you! Where oh where did you get that fantastic tissue paper!?

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  3. oh Patty these are darling!!! i loved seeing your process and how you incorporate those yummy bits and pieces into the postcards – the stamps, vintage ephemera – tissue paper, it all came together (as usual) in a delicious finished project. i would LUV to have one-will email you asap 😉

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