Hello, Bea here! Welcome to another fun project with some paint, leftover papers and the fun stamp from Martha Harvey. I do love sending out Mail Art Postcards, I just think it is a fun way to sprinkle some joy to the world. So on whatever postal address I can get my hands on, will have a little surprise in their Mailbox.
So whenever I start a project I tend to grab some paints and items I plan to use. Doesn't always means I use everything or I don't grab something else. Sometimes when you working you change mind and that is totally ok.
The first step was to add some paint to the paper and simply scrapping it all over the paper, just two yellows to start with.
Next I did add different reds with a cosmetic sponge through the “honeycomb stencil” it is actually a found object from remodeling, so don't ask where to buy it...;)
as a next layer I did use a homemade stencil with different greens, I did use another leftover paper as a palette, and yes I probably will keep that “palette”. I made sure that I did change direction of the stencil, IMHO it makes the background more interesting.
Once the paint was dry I did cut the whole piece in four cards, they are approx. 4 b 6 inches
Now it is time to pull out that fun Kokpelli stamp, I did use the smaller one from those two. As you can see I use a heat resistant brick to do my embossing work on. But any other heat resistant surface works too.
I have stamped my Kokpelli with the embossing ink and then dumbed quite a bit of black embossing powder onto. As you can see I have a folded paper underneath. That way I can catch the loose powder and put it back into the jar.
Now I'm ready to melt the powder with the heat gun.
We are not done yet, next I will go in with a white acrylic marker. I recommend an acrylic marker, as it is easier to make it really white on top of the other acrylic markers. In some spots I went over twice.
I like to add details, for example I go along the edges with a black marker. Or I add additional faux stitches. This time I did use a black Pitt pen, but a black Sharpie would work too.
I also added some quotes (Tim Holtz Chitchat) and made sure that I give them a bit more of a pop, by adding some black lines along the edges.
I have printed some backings for postcards, but I know there are also stamps out there. So what ever works for you. And just little side note here, I did put them under a heavy book afterwards, so that they are flat and straight.
Thanks for stopping by!