Saturday, April 02, 2011

Postcards Are Mailed!

I actually finished my postcards for iHannah's postcard swap a couple of days ago (when it was still March, amazingly), but didn't get them sent out until this morning. Still, I'm nearly a week early for the deadline, and they're off into the world, 2 to the Netherlands, 1 to Sweden, 1 to Norway, 1 to Canada, and the rest to various places in the US. I've posted pictures of the individual cards at the DIY Postcard Swap Pool on Flickr.

I hope the recipients like them, because I'm actually pretty pleased with the way they turned out. It was an unusually painless process for me, since I usually stress and obsess way more than necessary over anything I do that people are going to see.

Plus, I finally got to experiment with the rub-on film I bought lord knows how long ago. It can be run through a printer or stamped or drawn on, then used as a regular rub-on. The little flourish above was drawn with a metallic gold colored pencil, which didn't turn out as metallic once it was applied, but otherwise came out well.

The eggs on the card above were done with a stamp I carved, then stamped onto the film and applied. I carved the wren stamp, too, but just stamped it directly on the card. You can see how the film changed the color of the ink slightly, which is fine.

I could have stamped or drawn the eggs and the flourish directly on the cards, but it's good to see how the rub-on film worked, which was really very well. I think it would be better to use for computer images, or on non-flat surfaces where you couldn't conveniently draw or stamp. I don't know how well it would hold up on hard surfaces like glass or ceramics. Maybe if it were sealed with some sort of topcoat.... Fun stuff to play with, though.


Madde said...

Looking good! Happy swapping :)

Bridgit said...

@Madde - Thanks, I checked out your blog and I love your Ladies!

Kerstin said...

Your birds are really nice. Nice to see you.

M said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your lovely card :) /Madeleine

Jan said...

HI Bridgit,
The lovely cardinal came a'nesting in my mailbox! What a delight!
I never got a list of folks to send my cards to, so mine are chomping at the bit to get out in the mail to their various destinations.
We don't have cardinals in the Pacific Northwest, so I miss them after living in Illinois for a time. This one sure brightened a grey April day, but then, you know what they say about those April showers!

Many Thanks,

mrspao said...

Lovely postcards! :) Sadly I'm not in any of those countries you mentioned!!

Marit said...

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard. :)
Hugs from Norway.

Bridgit said...

Thank you all for your kind comments about my cards!

@Jan, I'm sorry you don't have cardinals where you live. I live in the country and they're all over the place here. Yesterday when I woke up I saw 4 males chasing each other outside my window.

EWian said...

They all turned out unique, well done.


Olga said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful postcard. I love birds! Best wishes to you from NYC. -Olga

A Charmed Life said...

Your cards look lovely! I like that you've made ten completely different ones!

Take care, Maja x