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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Handsome Hares Postcard Tutorial

I have noticed decorating snail mail with stamps has become popular again!  Stamping a postcard is quick and fun - and such a joy for the receiver!  This is a sample I created using the classic Handsome Hares stamp.

First things first, you must gather your supplies...

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Mixed Media Paper (4 in by 6 in), glue stick, dauber, and scissors

INK:  

 ARCHIVAL -cornflower blue, sky blue, jet black

DISTRESS - tumbled glass and peacock feathers

STAMPS - Hydrangea Flower, Handsome Hares (small), Towns in Blocks, postcard scroll, hand writing, monarch

1. On this postcard I used a technique called masking.  The first thing I did was to stamp the handsome hares on a piece of yellow sticky paper and carefully cut it out to create the "mask."

2. Then I stamped, in black, the hydrangea flowers along the border and handsome hares on the postcard.

3. After I stamped the hares on the postcard, I covered the hares with the mask I created in step one and started daubing around the image with tumbled glass distress ink leaving piece of paper to protect the hares on the postcard from the blue ink.

4.  I kept going with the daubing switching between the two blues to cover all of the card except the hares, and I tried to avoid the hydrangea along the edge so they would stay white.

5. While the yellow paper was still covering the hares on the postcard I stamped the towns in blocks with sky blue.

6. After that I stamped the monarch with the tumbled glass distress ink.

7. I stamped the hand writing and the postcard scroll on white paper, cut it out, and glued them in place on the postcard.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial.  I have been creating a lot of postcards lately - I love working with the 4 by 6 size. Just drop me a postcard in the mail, and I'll happily send one back!

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Paint Stick Swap

I love crafty challenges and experimenting with new ideas.  I also love giving a receiving art.  I was recently a part of a paint stick swap put together by Tina Walker.  The artists involved were challenged to decorate three blank paint sticks (the kind you get with a fresh can of paint at a hardware store - with a side of popcorn) and then send them in the mail to three other artists, and then you get three back!  This is just what I needed, as it was experimental for me, and I HAD to get it done!  Since I'm surrounded by rubber stamps I did some stamping on my sticks, and lots of painting.  Lots and lots of re-painting and changing my mind.  I'm going to share the three altered paint sticks I created with you here follow by links posted by the other artists that share their process and creations. 

I have been stamping, cutting, and watercoloring butterflies the past two months.  I have quite a few on my craft table and when one flew onto my paintstick I knew that was the direction I was going to take with my blank sticks. The next step was to try to figure out how else to stamp and paint them.

I think I painted and repainted each stick about three times.  I used distress paints and then used an asparagus sprig stamp in a similar color and a few other stamps, stars, and measuring bars, and covered the whole stick.  Then I used a stencil that says "artful" and white paint.  Then I used StazOn to stamp The Way of Life, and a little snail and butterfly.

I also knew I wanted the sticks to able to hang on the wall, so I drilled two holes on either side and added some yarn so they could hang.  I also attached a little charm on one side. 

And I finally used my metal stamps!  I pounded in the the words "YOU BECOME" and then smeared white gelato over the lettering to highlight the sentiment. Then I used good old glue dots to attach the butterflies to the stick.

Want to see what the other artists did to their paint sticks?  Follow along these links to find out. 

Brianna

DeeDee

Mel

Michele

Susan

Tina

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rubber Stamped Mail Art

Tera Callihan whipped up this cute little postcard for Valentine's Day.  I know I'm a bit late sharing, but it's just so cute!  She use a piece of scrapbook paper to make the envelope and then painted around the edges.  

The next step was the stamp the dog in teacup on both a pink colored scrapbook paper and on while paper - cut them out and then match them up and fix them together on the envelope.  Add a cute little "tea lover" string and stamp "CHEERS."  

Can you imagine getting this cutie in the mail?  

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