I love swaps, they always make me think and sit down to create things I don’t normally do, and obviously I love mail, so that’s part of the fun, too! I’ve participated in iHanna’s postcard swap many times already, and was excited to join in this year as well. I’ll share some of my process below.
Thinking of the material to use for the postcards is always interesting. I’ve altered existing postcards, made my own, used different sizes of cardboard, and this time, just a few days before working on the postcards, I came across a beautiful deck of flash cards at a thrift shop. They were really big and sturdy and beautiful, and I decided they would make great postcards.
The first step was to gesso the cards, just enough to hide the flash cards, but at the same time I did leave some of the text and textures, because they were so pretty!
The next step was to start adding collage elements. I love layers and transparent papers!
Then came lots of washi tape. I love that it, too, is transparent, and can add lots of interest.
That’s about as much documentation of the process I did, because I just had to get going. I spread all ten postcards, and after layering papers and washi tape, I gave each postcard more individual attention.
Here are some completed postcards.
Here they are, just before sending. I added a sealing layer, and I hope they get safely to their destination!
If you participated in this swap as well, I’d love to know, and if you get one of my postcards, do leave a comment, so I know they arrived safely!