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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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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Live in Gratitude

Today I have a beautiful card tutorial by Andrea Ockey Parr using 100 Proof Press stamps, Distress Inks, embossing powder, and watercolor.  I was so amazed by the look and process of creating this card I had to make one myself.  

STEP ONE - Stamp the 15 Block stamp and heat emboss with black powder onto white watercolor paper.


STEP 2 - Get out your watercolors and paint each square.  

Step 3 - Take Distress Inks and smudge them onto the areas that had corresponding colors.

Step 4 -  Cut out the 15 Block, hand-draw a border, attach some fabric scraps and pink thread.  Stamp and emboss Live in Gratitude and mount it out black cardstock before adhering to the card.  Oh so lovely!

I have always been a fan of Andrea's use of color and fabric with her stamp art.  To see her original post on this card and more of her lovely creations click HERE

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