At last the time has arrived to send our handmade postcards to 10 addresses all over the world in iHanna’s Post Card Swap. I do love this sharing of sweet little pieces of art with like-minded creative souls.
Here are the 10 cards I have made all ready to go
They started off as a large sheet of card covered with collage. The original colour theme was yellow, but this had sat in a window for a few months and so the colours had faded.
Time to add some more layers this time using paper napkins.
There are masses of You Tube clips showing you how to collage and decoupage with paper napkins and I was eager to have a go.
First you peel off just the top layer which has the pattern printed on it
Then paint the area you want to cover with PVA glue mixed with a little water,
lay the tissue over the card, then paint again with the PVA mixture to seal.
I like the texture you get.
Then I turn over the card and cut into postcard sized pieces: 6″ x 4″.
Sometimes I add a bit of doodling or some patterned tape to finish.
And here they are:
All ready to send to Germany, Sweden, Hungary, USA, and the UK.
In a few days Post Cards will start to drop through my letterbox and I will eventually get 10 cards from 10 other creatives (not the same addresses to which I have sent mine).
It is thrilling!
I always look forward to iHanna’s Post Card Swap, I think this is the fourth I have been part of.
You make 10 postcards, Hanna gives you 10 addresses from around the world and then, when she fires the starting pistol, you send them off and await for 10 wonderful works of art to glide through your letter box. It’s magic!
I have used one of the collages done at the beach hut for mine this Spring Swap. You can see the start of it by clicking here. Gosh, that is about a year ago!
A large piece of card, approx A1 size, gathered from the Dorset Scrapstore, gets covered with a fairly random assortment of pictures in a chosen colour theme – this time, yellow for Spring!
Then I paint over it, and machine stitch (inspired by Tammy at Daisy Yellow – see link on the blogroll on the right).
I love the way the stitching looks on the reverse side
Greta, a recipient of one of the cards called this ‘sewed on gold’ – LOVE that!! Thank you Greta.
Then cut them into post card sizes
And add an edging
in this case a leaf design on sellotape
And off they go!
You can see links to other participants posts here – what a beautiful bountiful bunch of inspiration!
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