Postcard Swap Tutorial…or not?

Today I thought I would share a short tutorial on how I made my postcards for the iHanna DIY-postcardswap, but it seems I had a few technical difficulties, i.e.: I accidentally deleted the photos…DOH!

Luckily, I didn’t delete all of the photos so I can give you a quick run down.

 I started out with some painted backgrounds, then adhered various botanical napkins, easy peasy. Some of the painted backgrounds were pretty ghastly, but the botanicals fixed that and actually made them quite interesting.

Then I embellished with the usual suspects: die cuts, postage stamps, washi tape, and chipboard letters (someday I’ll run out of these) Those butterflies at the top left were printed on Avery #8665 clear 8 1/2″x11″ shipping label paper. I purchased them from the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray shop. Follow the link, they are still available.

I just arranged the pieces in little clusters, then went around them with a #6B pencil, rounded the corners, and applied a layer of satin varnish to seal them and pop the color.

That’s about it for today. I’ve been staying super busy filling up my shoppe with Fall journal decor, Christmas journals, and ephemera packs, follow this link and have a look around. If you see something you like, use the coupon code CUSTOMERLOVE20 to receive 20% off your order.

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Have a wonderful week,

~Patty

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Taking a Breather

I made it on the other side of a huge goal! I’ve always wanted to get my Holiday shoppe makings finished well before the Holidays, as opposed to during, and I’ve done it!

I could stay busy till I drop with what needs to be done outside of making things for my shoppe, but I decided to push through and get it done. If you want to see what I’ve been up to, hit this link. I have a few more ideas I’d like to work on, but I’d really rather relax and have a little fun……case in point.

How cute is this? It’s a gift to me for a job well done! I’ve tried making nature themed journals in the past, but they always seemed to fizzle out, I’m hoping this one will stay the course. Actually, art journaling in general has fizzled out as of late, hopefully that’s behind me.

This page looks a bit “Spring-y”, with a little fall thrown in, but it ticks all the boxes: flowers, birds, washi…insect?

I found an old paper pad where I had jotted down some quotes quite a few years ago and decided it was time to give them a home. Another piece of flotsam put to use.

This page has been hanging on my wall waiting for a home for too long! I may color it in with pencil, but I love it just how it is. Again: mouse, bee, mushroom…sweet!

This is an example of some of the ephemera packs I made for my shoppe, I call them “Flora and Fauna”.

If you decide to visit my shoppe, and find a few things you can’t live without, be sure to use the coupon code CUSTOMERLOVE20 to receive 20% off your order.

Here is my latest page, I pulled a junk journal insert out of my shoppe. I think I may have to make more of these, they’re super fun!

It’s rather strange how relaxed I feel right now, it was totally worth all the hard work, and my studio is that much more organized too!

As per usual, I feel pretty guilty ignoring this old blog, and my Youtube channel, but there is only so much time in the day.

I signed up for the iHanna postcard swap again, so I need to get started on those now, I’ll be sure to take process photos to share.

If you’d be interested in receiving one, sight unseen, just post a comment and email your address to me by November 1st and I’ll get one out to you, international addresses included, (my email is at the top right).

Until next time,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

 

Another Batch of Postcards

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! BUT PLEASE DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING MY BLOG POST. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. I’LL BE SURE TO  HAVE ANOTHER ONE SOON!

My last postcard giveaway was a lot more successful than I thought it would be! As a matter of fact, because I neglected to put a stop on the offer to send one to anyone that emailed their address to me, I have fallen behind on sending them out.

And, because I can’t just make one or two at a time, I’m having another giveaway. Yay!

I want to give you plenty of time to think about it, so I wrote a super lengthy blog post. A process post for this latest batch:

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First, let’s start with the base layer. This is an experiment I did with layered painting from an online class I took. I’m not going to beat around the bush, I don’t like it! I don’t know if it’s because this is just not my style, or I just need to practice more.

It has been stuffed in my closet for a few months, and I think this is the perfect project for it. First, I adhered it onto heavy card stock…

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…then I started the layering process. My favorite tissue paper and matte medium. I always use Liquitex matte medium because it’s very smooth and doesn’t dry too fast, so the tissue paper won’t tear too easily.

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As you can see, the background is still visible, kinda.

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Next, a little doodle coloring. These pens said waterproof, but they still smeared a bit.

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But it looked pretty before it smeared.

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My new postcard making kit. This used to be my “Happy Mail” journal kit, but it sat around untouched for way too long, so I reorganized it. Instead of the envelopes labeled with the sender’s names, I organized them into categories, stickers, vintage ephemera, cards and tags, that sort of thing.

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I have kind of a loose layering system, having my stash organized works much better for me. Because the background is such riot of color, I went with neutral images, then built from there. Some of you may recognize some of the goodies you have sent to me over the years, thank you!

First, stickers, then the image, stars and hearts, the postage stamps last.

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I went over each one with tinted matte medium (I explain that here). After they’re dry, I go around some of the elements with a 9B pencil and eraser. The card at the top left is the before, the lower right the after. I love the shadows and contrast the pencil makes.

img_6806So, there they all are. The last layer is a coat of satin varnish, it seals the layers and saturates the colors a bit.

Now to the giveaway! I’m going to do this one a bit differently than my last one, I’ve made a few rules:

#1. You must follow my blog

#2. You must comment on this blog post

#3. Please email your physical address to me, the link is at the top right

(This giveaway is open internationally)

And that’s it!

I only made 8 of these, and 2 of them are promised to a couple of gals from my last giveaway (that means you Sue and Miss Iowa). So, the first 6 people that meet the above criteria will receive one of these cards, (I guess I’m assuming somebody will want one, geeze I hope so!)

If you have any questions, or if you feel as if I have left something out, please comment or email me. And if you would like to send a little postcard art to me, just email me, and I’ll send you my address 🙂

Once again,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

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