Friday 17 June 2011


Hello all, I've been off on my hols in Portugal for a couple of weeks so a summertime project seemed perfect to get me back to stamping on my return!

I'm combining two things here - this week's challenge in the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoast Stampers which is to make something with a summertime theme and this month's postcard swap on UK Stampers where the theme is "seaside".

I've stuck with the classic 6 x 4" postcard size and kept it pretty flat as the swap requires it to be a "genuine" postcard that is posted with no envelope.

The background is watercolour paper spritzed with a mix of water and a couple of drops of Stonewashed reinker (this is one of the few Adirondack colours that does separate into its constituent colours when mixed with water - I like the tonal variation) and overstamped with shells, starfish and sand dollars, some masked to create overlap. The focal image is stamped on Cryogen White and coloured with Copics.

I punched holes with a slot punch for the strip and the sentiment panel to feed in under the image. A doodled frame and some wonky stitching finish it off before the whole lot is stuck to another piece of Cryogen White so the back is flat and light-coloured for writing on.

If you like to get some happy mail in with the bills and junk, why not pop over to UK Stampers and join in with the postcard swap - it's not a big commitment, just make one card and you'll get one back from a randomly-drawn swap partner.

Seaside set (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)

Cryogen white
Bitter chocolate

Adirondack by Ranger (Stonewashed, Denim, Espresso)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Antique Linen)

Copic markers
Oval Nesties by Spellbinder
Sewing machine and thread
Slot punch by Making Memories
Zig drawing pen
Inkssentials white pen by Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!


Effie said...

Fab postcard... I'd be happy if that popped through my letterbox!

Alison said...

A beautiful summery postcard Joanne! Just what we need with all this miserable weather we've been having! Hope you had a lovely holiday!
Alison x

Paula Whittaker said...

wonderful postcard...lovely and bright on this dull wet day.

Hazel said...

That's so sweet - love it x

Caroline said...

Lovely card Joanne, very summery! Hope you had a lovely time in Portugal...x

Kaz said...

It's a beautiful card Joanne, it makes up for not seeing anything from you for a couple of weeks!! xxx

Unknown said...

I love that card-it's gorgeous

Traceyr said...

Great postcard Joanne - but with our postal system I wouldn't send it without an envelope! eeek!

Hope you enjoyed your holidays?


Kathy said...

This is lovely -so perfectly summery

Rachelxx said...

Wonderful summery card :-) Would definitely bring a smile if it popped through my letterbox :-)

Gez Butterworth said...

Wonderful image and sentiment :)