Monday, September 02, 2013

Beautiful World Tour - Postcards

Welcome to the September Beautiful World Tour, brought to you by Flourishes! Each month the team presents a themed blog hop, hosted by our group of international designers... we are literally spread out all over the globe!  At the heart of our projects is the idea of truly showcasing beauty in card making – whether it just be in a beautifully colored image, a fabulous way to incorporate an embellishment or a new twist on a card layout.

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This month our hostess has challenged us to create or be inspired by postcards. So many directions that could take us, but I decided to alter an actual postcard from a landmark in Java which we visited about 7 years ago. I took pictures as I went so you could look into my process a little.

I lightly sanded across my postcard to prepare it for painting, then added some white acrylic paint across the bottom with my fingers...


Masked the edge with washi tape, sponged dark brown ink around the edges and stamped with the Antique Lace background in a few places...


Stenciled some flowers over the card using white acrylic paint...


 Used a circle template to stencil and paint the sun...


Stamped images from the Beach Life set (Versafine ink)...


Finally, I added more details, shading and highlights using acrylic paint.


Here's a duplicate postcard, so you can see a 'before' and 'after'...


And a few details before you hop on...



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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the inspiration. Your project turned out beautifully!

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  2. These are beautiful. What a great idea!!

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  3. Wonderful project. Thanks for including the details, then showing the before and after. Great inspiration.

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  4. Amazing! Love how you altered the postcard, I never would have thought to do that, it looks incredible! Thanks for the great idea!

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  5. Your card is beautifully amazing. How very creative. TFS.
    D~
    designsbydragonfly.blogspot

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  6. To use my daughters favourite saying This Is "AMAZEBALLS "
    Hugz Kath...

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  7. What a great idea! I would never think of altering old postcards. I've done similar things with photos, but not that crazy how they turned out... Thanks for sharing your process.

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  8. Wowsers Dina! I just love the image you started with and your end result is truly stunning! Thanks for sharing the process - love each and every step you did! Incredibly beautiful post card this month!

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  9. Wow--what a gorgeous creation & such a great idea to start with an actual postcard.

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  10. Hey Dina!...Thinking out of the box again! Such a great idea to alter your postcard. The finished result looks fabulous!x

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  11. What a great way to use those post cards!

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  12. GORGEOUS CARD!!!Great idea,thanks for sharing!!!

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  13. What an amazing project, thanks for sharing all the details.

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  14. Dina, your postcard is just fabulous - so clever to use an actual postcard for your base, and your embellishment of it is wonderful!

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  15. Wonderful! so much fun to see your creativity take flight.

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  16. Very cool how you altered this postcard!

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  17. What a fantastic idea to alter an actual postcard. The results are wonderful

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  18. What a great idea! I like the addition of the palm trees. I need to dig out those old postcards I have and use them up.

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  19. Thanks for all the tips to help me try to make a post card similar to your fabulous project!

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  20. *GASP* I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this is!! You're incredible girl!!

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  21. I love the mixed media feel of your card. Love the way it turned out :) Gorgeous!

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  22. Great technique altering the postcard! Wonderful effect.
    <3 J

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