Tuesday, 15 January 2013

New beginnings

It's a new year as well as a new month so that means the theme for January's postcard swap over at UK Stampers is "new beginnings". It's been so long since I managed to blog anything that it feels like a new beginning here too!

In deciding what to do for this theme, I kept thinking about things that start small and become something fantastic. Having no caterpillar stamps to go with the obvious butterfly, I turned to seeds and plants and thence to trees. So although this is an autumn image, it does represent new beginnings with those little acorns!

My transfer of ink from transparency to postcard for the sentiment didn't work as well as I would have liked so I decided to give it a hand lettered feel by going over in fine line pen and a touch of brown pencil (apart from anything else, I'd already coloured the leaves and didn't want to waste them!).

As ever, our cards for this swap will be posted as genuine postcards (no envelope) so this is completely flat, not embellishments or bits to get stuck in sorting machines! If you fancy getting some happy mail why not come and join us - just make one card and get one in return.

Stamps:
Oak Branch by Beeswax stamps
Tiny "dream"sentiment from Mini Memories set by Crafty Secrets

Ink:
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Antique Linen)

Other:
Copic markers
Prismacolor pencil
Computer and inkjet printer
Copic Fineliner
Sequin waste mask by Tando Creative

Thanks for stopping by!

16 comments:

Kathy said...

At Last you're back! I've kept checking to see if there was anything new....

This is wonderful, and what a brilliant idea

Deborah said...

The leaves are gorgeous, Joanne - no wonder you didn't want to waste them. And your 'hand lettered' letters work beautifully - wouldn't have known if you hadn't said.

Karen said...

This is perfect for the prompt Joanne! Whoever recieves this will have a big smile all day! So lovely to see you back crafting my lovely xxx

Kath said...

A gorgeous post card and one which will bring great pleasure to who-ever receives it. If it was me I would be framing it and hanging it on my wall.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is lovely! Great to see you back,

Lucy x

Dan said...

Such a lovely card!

Paula Whittaker said...

and what a beautiful new beginning

Kaz said...

Great to see you back blogging again Joanne and you've returned with a corker!! It's beautiful x

Dawn said...

This is beautiful Joanne, so subtle and delicate. I love the sentiment behind your card too.
Happy New Year my lovely.
Hugs x x x x

Darnell J Knauss said...

A stunning comeback, Joanne! Truly stunning.

Hazel said...

This is gorgeous - and a great idea for new beginnings - good to see you blogging again x

Shar said...

Totally gorgeous!

Lorraine said...

lovely image and I like that old clock

gardenpinks said...

Great to see you back Joanne and love your postcard.
Lynn x

Traceyr said...

Joanne your beautiful colouring on those leaves is amazing. :)

DIane Warburton said...

ooooo to receive this in the post would be brilliant!! :-)