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Altered postcard by LOUISE CROSBIE

Altered postcard by LOUISE CROSBIE

Welcome to the first kit of 2022. 
I popped into the shop to collect mine today and although I should have waited till I had plenty time to do a larger project, like a layout, I was it itching to go make something. So I’ve done an altered postcard. I’ve got a few postcards that have the postcard mark on the back but are blank on the front and they are really handy for the times where I want to craft but I don’t have enough time for a full project. Mini projects.
I find it interesting how different people can view things so differently from each other. When I collected my kit my husband said, “ these are a bit modern, bold and graphic for your taste are they not?” 
And I guess some of them are more modern and bold than my usual style but I clearly viewed the papers quite differently to my husband. 
Right away I saw the old wood planks sheet. I love that one so much. Then I spotted the small floral print like a 1950s dress. Then the larger roses. They all suited my vintage leanings very nicely. 
I started by glueing the wood effect paper to my postcard and when it dried, I took sandpaper all around the edges and slightly over the whole surface, to add to the vintage, distressed vibe. I treated the smaller bit of floral paper in the same way. 
I’ve also stained the larger roses and butterfly ( partly fussy cut from papers and partly from the sticker sheet)  using antique linen distress ink. Then it was just a lot of layering along with some old book pages and gluing. 
I did some splatters of white paint (or gesso) over the project before adding the photo and the text. The text was cut from one of the papers in the kit.
Now I’m trying to decide if I want to leave it as a postcard, or mount it onto a card to use as a birthday card or something. I am as yet undecided. 
What do you think? 
The only additional supplies I’ve used over and above the kit are:
The photo 
The old book page
The postcard (you can use any bit of card)
Distress ink 
White paint
Glue
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Comments

Sue - January 13, 2022

It’s good to hear what others see in a kit I agree. Your postcard/card front looks fab really vintage. I think whoever receives it will love it. X

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