Saturday, May 28, 2016

Altered Postcards

Be honest, isn´t this the dullest postcard you´ve ever seen? I can´t remember if I´ve received it as a gift from a fellow artist or if I purchased it on a flea market, but when I found it in my stash recently, this one begged to be altered. (The back of this card says that it was sent from Pequot Lakes to Boston in 1954, by the way.)

As I´ve picked "Altered Postcard" as the theme for this week´s Sunday Postcard challenge, I´ll show you what I´ve done with it and hope that this will inspire you to take a look at your own stash of cards and join our community this week with your own approach.
You can use a store-bought card or a vintage one, then paint it, stamp it, stencil or collage, whatever you want. And if you´re a digital artist, you can even scan your postcard and alter it digitally - and if you don´t own an actual postcard, you can even download a digital one and alter it afterwards. (I don´t know how long this link will be working before it expires, but Stampington had some nice cards in one of their latest newsletters.)

I´ve altered the card above in two different ways for this challenge, one mixed media and one digital version.
Here´s what I did for the mixed-media card: First I gathered a few things that looked like I could use them for a card with a lake image; I´ve found a magazine photo, brads, gesso, stamps and embellishments.
Then as my first step I sanded the original card to make the surface ready to receive some paint.
After that, a light coat of clear gesso helps to make the surface even rougher. And as I wanted to use my magazine cut out, I put the gesso on that one too in order to make its surface workable.
Here´s my finished card using crayons, Prismacolor pencils, rubber stamps from BoBunny, Hampton Arts and Sommerabend.com, and several brads:

But I´ve also used the above scan of the card to show you a digital version that I´ve made using images from Miles Beyond the Moon and Eeena´s Creations:

Now I´m really eager to see which cards you will use and what you´ll make with them!

13 comments:

Deann said...

Both of these are just adorable...great postcards, great challenge.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Both are wonderful.

Karla B said...

Both are amazing Marion!Love them!

Annie said...

I love what you did here with this postcard. Being a hands on crafter, I especially love the non-digital card. But both are awesome!

Ozstuff said...

Thanks for the challenging challenge, Marion! I love both pictures and I really appreciate your taking the time to tell us how they began and finished.

peggy gatto said...

You are one clever artist!!!

sirkkis said...

Great alterations. Lovely cards indeed.

Dagmar said...

Wow das ist so klasse!!!! LG Dagmar

Pippa Minza said...

Da hast Du Deine Phantasie aber ordentlich auf Trab gehalten! P.

ULKAU said...

Du hast den See wirklich super belebt mit beiden Versionen, obwohl ich diese Karte nicht als langweilig empfinde.
Schön auch, dass du die Techniken beschreibst, da bekomme ich direkt Lust, es auch einmal wieder zu tun.
Schönen Sonntag von Ulrike

indybev said...

Thank you for sharing your journey of creation on these two cards, Marion. Both are wonderful examples of your talent!

Michelle Schratz said...

Beide Karten sehen einfach Klasse aus.... aber die Obere gefällt mir dann doch am besten. Hand-made ist eben einmalig und auf jeden Fall "sinnlicher"
Michelle ♥

Electra said...

I love what you have done and thank you for walking us through your process!