Sunday, November 16, 2008


Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I could give you a myriad of excuses, but I'm sure you're not interested! I have finished my October postcards for my Yahoo Color postcards group (we need more players - especially Canadians!!). This is a fun group, we have a certain color combination to use each month, and send postcards to each other. I always use coasters for my postcards because I have so may of them and they are very sturdy. This month's combination was "Rust and Metallics". The "rust" part eluded me for awhile, I didn't want to send something actually rusty through the mail, since the postcards are sent "naked" (not in envelopes), I wanted to create something looking like rust with my stamps. I finally came up with these, and using some of Tim Holtz's new masks:

I used the first letter of each person's name on the front of the postcard. This is also the first time I had used Tim Holtz's Grungeboard Alphabet as well. This set had the harlequin design on it, which I didn't discover until I got home, but I think it lent itself well to the rusty look. First, I distressed the letters using Vintage Photo and Mahogany Distress inks. I also used a spatter stamp with the mahogany. It took several tries before I was happy with the rust look. Then I covered both sides of the coaster with tan cardstock. I used the TH masks next, choosing the barbed wire and the fence, both of which look great rusty! I swiped colorbox gold pigment ink over everything, removed the mask. and clear embossed. Then I rubbed on the same Distress inks I used for the letters over the parts that had been masked, rubbed off the excess with a paper towel, then used the spatter stamp over everything and again wiped it off. It's hard to see in the scans, but it does look rusty. Then I gold embossed around the edges, and put raised copper dots all around, and I'm done. I'm happy with the results! In the first scan, I used brilliance Gold, which I didn't like as well as the Colorbox, so I did the rest with Colorbox Gold.


Yogi said...

Nice postcards. Love the barbed wire mask. Grungeboard letters look good

Shelly Hickox said...

These are great! Love how you used the dark color behind the light.