We love to do exchanges, support our team and do fun things that keep us creating. We just finished up a postcard challenge that let us send postcards around the world. It was fun to see them flying around, posts of crew members sending them, receiving them and enjoying a surprise in the mail. Postcards do not need an envelope, just a simple stamp and address and off they go. Barb started this fun challenge and the rest is history. Barb Housner, a member of “the Crew” loves to do Postcard Exchanges and shares with us to two postcards she created. If you have not done an crafty exchange before, maybe this is the one for you.
“I have been designing postcards for exchanges and I wanted to use the Tattered Angels paints on some postcards. Postcards are something different to send to friends and family and the challenge is to keep them flat so they can go through the mail. Of course, you always pray they will make it in one piece.”
Here are a few resources that might help get you started:
Good Reads – The Post Card Exchange – Yay Postcards! We are an International group of people who love reading and mail. Please join our monthly postcard exchange! Newbies Welcome!
Post Crossings – It’s a project that allows anyone to receive postcards (real ones, not electronic) from random places in the world.
Postcard Collective – Motivated by an intrinsic human desire to share experience, our mission is to build and maintain a network of individuals who seek to share their art with each other in the form of postcards, to open up a direct line of communication between artists, and to promote a sense of camaraderie and connectedness throughout the Collective.
Some of the sites are simply about the exchange and others bring the handmade creative postcards into play, so find the right group for you and enjoy making, sending and receiving great postcards.
Here are a few of the postcards that traveled around the world. Be inspired to start your own exchange.
Wanderlust Postcard by Karen Bearse
Tools Used: 7 gypsies stamps from Hampton Art; Sewing machine
You can write, sew, glue, paint, stamp, sticker….it will go through the mail – how fun is that.
Create them at a standard 4″x6″ to take advantage of the postcard postage and make sure everything is glued down well!!!
Les Papillons Postcard by Dana Tatar
Tools Used: Heat Gun; Brayer; Scissors; Paintbrush
Painted Postcard by Jaine Drake
Since Canvas Corp hosted the recent ATC swap, it got me all fired up to participate in more art swapping after all there’s nothing more satisfying than receiving real post with a stamp on it! I’d forgotten how exciting it could be. A group was set up to swap postcards and this in itself would put a whole new spin on things. A piece of art sent in the post without an envelope. How exciting was this going to be? Of course the kind of artwork I was going to use would determine how my postcard would arrive the other end. I wanted something which would stand up to weather and handling okay, so no bulky embellishments, no flimsy fixings and no water soluble paint finishes. I decided on using the Naturally Aged Paint System simply because I’ve had it for a while and not had a chance to play yet. I have to say I was very very impressed with the result, it was so convincing I had to share it in a post with you here.
Tools Used: Paintbrush; sewing machine; glue
The naturally aged kits come with full color instructions – Jaine walks you though how easy they are do to and the look is awesome – wood on paper, how cool is that.
Step 1: With quite a wide paint brush dragged the first paint layer of Mercury Glass over the surface. I kept my brush strokes going in the same direction to create a grain. You can do this on an embossed or flat surface, the look is terrific both ways.
Step 2: Using the same paint, I created a few more lines down the card with the handle of the brush.
Step 3: Following the instructions on the enclosed leaflet, I sprayed the Boardwalk in patches.
Step 4: Still with the piece of work wet with paint, I sprayed the next colour on too which was the Ivory. I allowed it to pool.
Step 5: For the next layer I sprayed over the Cardboard paint again creating a patchy uneven finish. While this was wet I used the paint brush to drag the paint across creating stripes.
Step 6: I allowed the whole piece to dry thoroughly then took some more of the Mercury Glass and a finer brush to paint on some of the cracks found in real weathered wood.
Step 7; When it was finished I was so impressed I had to take it outside and place it on the picnic table in my garden. The effect was remarkable. Even the cracks looked convincing.
Step 8: I could have stopped there but I decided on one last layer and used my finger to bring out the embossing texture with a little black High Impact paint.
Step 9: To finish I gave the card a spray with some fixing spray varnish just to make sure. I used some Glossy Accents to stick on a few words and protected those too with more Glossy Accents. The flower made from a few pieces of Burlap was stitched on with my sewing machine to make sure it was secure before sending it off into the big world.
Find Your Happy Postcards by Sanna Lippert
This is my card for the CCB POSTCARD SWAP. Since it is a postcard, I was a bit worried how it would survive in the mail, if I added lots of layers and created a chunky card, I chose to create a “one layer” kind of card where not much can get damaged in the mail. Since I was at it, I created three cards, just to test the technique and change color combinations. I´ve recorded a little video how-to on how I created the card. It is very short and very simple, but I hope you get inspired to try this idea out on your next project.
Tools Used; Heat gun; Acrylic blocks; Washi tape; Scissors; Black stamp ink; Baby wipes; Paint brush
Floral Postcard by Barb Housner
What was used:
Tools Used: Paint Brushes
start with blank art on the amazing Tattered Angels Paper
Color it in with High Impact Paint and Mist Paint.
Eye Postcard by Barb Housner
Sometimes you want to use a postcard, but not the right way, that is ok, just pop it in an envelope and mail away, we love the look.
Barb use an image from The Graphics Fairy
Tools Used: distress tool; printer; sewing machine; adhesive
Thank you Dana Sanchez for the cutest postcards – they make us smile every day!!!!
If you would lilt to link up you postcard post – do so here.
Postcards were made around the world and shipped snail mail across the globe. Here are some posts that the crew made with their postcards.