Happy Sunday!! Thanks for joining me for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–Today, I’ve got a trio of rustic postcards I created using our Old Grist Mill set along with the help of an image from the Ephemera Background set, too!
I ended my crafty week with practicing water coloring using my Distress Markers and water brushes. I managed to take a few in-process shots, so let me show you what I had going on 🙂
I also wanted to see what the water coloring would look like with the image stamped in three different colored inks. I used Cobalt, Sepia and Jet Black Archival inks to stamp the covered bridge image onto mixed-media paper.
I started water coloring the background and immediate foreground using lighter Distress Marker colors first. Throughout my water coloring, I accessed ink from markers that I scribbled onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush.
When adding the greens of the trees and underbrush, I dotted color onto the image directly, blended with my water brush and heat set. Then I added additional color with my water brush.
Working on the bridge, I used the fine tip of my Distress Markers and went over the finer lines of the image and blended with my water brush. I heat set then brought in more color with my water brush until I was happy, then heat set again.
I wish the outline of the roof line wasn’t so severe, but, it is what it is (embracing imperfection here!). I aged all three with a rubbing of Vintage Photo DI over the surfaces, heat set then trimmed to size. These postcards measure just a tad under 3″ x 5″.
I wanted the backsides of the postcards to be rustic too, so I added a few pieces of ODBD Rustic Beauty paper that I had lightly sanded and dry brushed with Gathered Twigs DP. I masked off the ‘PostCard’ image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set, inked with Jet Black Archival, then stamped onto each postcard.
Going back to the front sides of the postcards, I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the surface to seal it and provide tooth for the next step.
I brushed a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface of each postcard and let air dry.
While waiting for the crackle glaze to dry, I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and gently fussy ripped. Once the glaze was dry, I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto each postcard with matte Decou-Page and heat set. I rubbed the entire surfaces with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain DI. I heat set the postcards then rubbed the edges with Black Soot DP using my finger and I let them air dry.
I didn’t add any additional embellies to these postcards, as much as I may have wanted to, because I really do want to use these as postcards. They are sturdy, there’s space for writing a note and for a special recipient’s address, slap a stamp on it, and it’s off!
Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Old Grist Mill & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
- Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media)
- Surfaces: Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Rustic Beauty Collection (ODBD)
- Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Flat Paint Brushes; Detail Water Brush; Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger)