Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bold & Bright Postcards!

Hi Blank Page Muse Fans & Followers!

Today I am sharing my process for making colourful postcards with Gelatos and of course Blank Page Muse Stamps!
These are relatively quick and easy to make ( the gel medium drying is the longest part!!) and can be adapted to any of the fabulous Blank Page Muse Stamps!

Blank Page Muse Stamps:
 Dragonfly Top View (Large Size)
6 x 4 Index Cards or Sturdy Card Cut to 6 x 4
Old Book Pages
Gelatos - various bright colours
Gel Medium
Black Archival Ink
Ink Sprays
Scrap white card and scrap kraft card/paper
Postcard Collage Images (or make your own on the computer) - used here collage images by Art Tea Life @Etsy
Embellishments: muslin cloth. cotton
Tools: Scissors, glue, spatula or paint brush, water spritzer
First step is to grab your old book, gel medium, index cards and a spatula or paintbrush.

Tear the book pages into pieces and use the gel medium to completely cover the index cards, make sure you overlap the pages. Once dry trim the overhang with scissors.

Choose 3 or 4 Gelatos in nice bright colours and cover the page by scribbling small boxes to cover the entire page - see picture below. you can use other patterns for different effects. No need to be neat! Be careful not to smudge the colour as you are working.

For this effect we do not want to blend or smudge the colours but we do need to "seal" the Gelatos so we can continue to work on the postcard and keep the colour effect as is. Use the gel medium and a spatula or paintbrush to swipe a layer over the entire card and allow to dry before continuing with the next step.

The next step is to stamp with your choice of background stamps and black archival ink randomly over the postcard background. Also use the stamp pad to edge the entire postcard to give a finished look.

Now to stamp out the images to add to the completed backgrounds. You can make these images plain or fancy!
Stamp the Dragonfly and the "Let the Adventure Begin" stamps on Kraft coloured paper using the Black Archival Ink pad. Fussy cut the Dragonfly and tear around the wording.

Alternatively stamp the Dragonfly and Memories wording on white cardstock and use the water spritzer and ink sprays to "colour" the image with a thin layer of ink (a quick way to colour an image). Fussy cut the Dragonfly and tear out the "Memories" wording.

Now we can add our stamped images to the fronts of the postcards. you can add some muslin scrap and cotton if desired or any other embellishments.

Layer the muslin, cotton and arrange the stamps on the postcard. Adhere everything to the card.

Print your chosen postcard backs on good quality paper - use something with a bit more weight than plain copy paper to add extra strength to the creation. Cut out and adhere to the backs of the postcards. Edge around the postcard with the archival ink to add a finished look.

Postcards are now ready for sending!

Hope you feel inspired to grab your Blank page Muse Stamps and create something!
This tutorial is perfect for any sort of creation - ATC's, Tag Art, Journal Pages - anything that you favour!
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Happy Stamping.

1 comment:

  1. Love these and such wonderful colors Sharon!
    Thanks so much!


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