iHanna DIY Postcard Swap
Several weeks ago I read about iHanna’s Postcard Swap and REALLY wanted to do it, but thought it best not to commit until I knew the deadline would be met. Today I committed! The postcards WILL be completed by May 1! The backgrounds were started a bit ago with paint and custom carved stamps on 9×12 watercolor paper.
The backwards text is from an old book. I used an image transfer technique of applying matte medium to the book page, adhering it to the painted page, and let it dry for a few minutes. By picking up a corner of the page, you can tell if the text is transferring. If it’s not, let it dry for a little longer. As I remove the page, a nice irregular amount of text remains behind. Not sure how to take photos of this because my hands were a mess and bits of sticky paper were all over the place! Here are some of the details.
The papers got a bit warped, but they’ll get flatter – I hope!
Using a piece of scrap card stock, I cut a template as a guide for trimming. Basically a 4×6 window from a larger scrap. It helped me compose 13 postcards from my 5 originals. Here are my favorites, so far. After cropping I’ve been adding extra details. There was no theme when I started, but I’m sensing a “hello” theme. Who knows what they will end up like when I’m all finished.
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:25:59
Oh what a beautiful beginning Dinny, very spring inspired and happy. Thanks for sharing and so glad you took time to join!
Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:05:55
The colors you’ve chosen remind me of a warm sunny beach. Even though the designs are different, the color scheme ties all the cards together. I’m glad you found time to make them!
Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:43:50
oh very beautiful !
eek im excited to see what 10 postcards I get .
Apr 29, 2014 @ 08:48:36
Thanks ladies! I am REALLY so glad I did this! Can’t wait to put these in the mail and see what postcards arrive.
Apr 30, 2014 @ 17:38:34
This is gorgeous! Seriously I will struggle to let go of it was mine. You are so talented. I only read about the swap today and is so sad I missed the deadline. Would have loved receiving one of your card ;)
May 08, 2014 @ 07:31:24
I love these!
May 13, 2014 @ 16:15:41
These make me smile! Beautifully done!
Jun 06, 2014 @ 07:57:03
Love them all – very inspiring process.