Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Continuous effort

I signed up for a postcard swap over on UK Stampers. I thought I'd go the whole hog and make something that really could be mailed as a postcard rather than feeling it had to go into an envelope for protection. Here's what I did (Linda, look away now if you'd rather not see before it reaches you in the flesh!).

I had a play with the bouncing brayer technique to make the background (tutorial {here} if you've never heard of this), inking up with three different Distress inks - perfect for the current Gingersnap colour challenge of yellow, orange and red. Then I overstamped the keys and script in Spiced Marmalade, used bubble wrap and gesso at top right and bleach stamped a couple of small clocks before adding the sentiment and clock face in black ink.

I gave the whole lot a spritz with Krylon sealant to give it a bit more protection as it goes through the post. The lace wasn't quite the right colour so I swiped over with a Copic marker before sticking it down firmly and then sitching it along the edge and stitching the sequins in place to be sure there was nothing loose going on. I stuck the whole lot to another piece of cardstock so the back was neat.

Stamps (all Cornish Heritage Farms):
Time to Stamp (Rummage Bin line)
Key Elements (All Things Considered line -in stock here at Bubbly Funk if you're in the UK)
Key Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line)

Ink:
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick)
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)

Paper:
Smooth white

Other:
Lace by Prima Marketing
Sequins
Gesso
Bubble wrap
Bleach
Krylon Matt spray sealant
Gold thread

Hope Linda likes it! Thanks for stopping by!

16 comments:

Effie said...

Fab postcard... hope the postal service treats it gently.......

Karen said...

Lucky Linda!!! Its fabulous but I couldn't bring myself to post it! XXX

JeanFB said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love your background technique, the embellies, the stamping - everything. And of course, the challenge colors, too, LOL!

HannahBanana said...

Love the bubble wrap print. Amazing colour too. x

Kaz said...

Oooo lovely Joanne, off to find the tute xx

sam21ski said...

WOW what a great technique, your background looks fab. Love the idea of bleaching the watch stamp before restamping with black. The whole piece looks brilliant xxx

Netty said...

Terrific, Annette x

Zoechaos said...

Stunning must be scorchin' irl. xx Zoe

Traceyr said...

Joanne I am loving all the orangeness going on at the mo on your blog.

This postcard is gorgeous.

:)

A Vintage Chic said...

What a GORGEOUS card, Joanne! Your friend will LOVE it, I'm sure!

Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

Julie

Kristine Reynolds said...

Very pretty Joanne!

Di said...

Oh this is gorgeous Joanne, I love it xx

Kathy said...

Those colours are just glorious - in fact the whole thing is stunning. Lucky Linda

Carol said...

wow what a gorgeous postcard - really love the earthy orange and subtle background stamping! totally fab as always xx

Deborah said...

Gorgeous postcard! Must look up the bouncing brayer technique - I am intrigued.

Sid said...

Loving your sunburst colours in this card !