Hello and welcome to September Flourishes Beautiful World Tour!!
Once again, it’s time to get those passports ready, grab a cup of coffee and prepare for take off as once again we prepare to travel the world and be inspired by talented girls from all parts of the globe!
If you do a little globetrotting with us and stamp our passports (leave us a comment), you could WIN A FREE FLOURISHES STAMP SET!! The catch is, you don’t know which country is going to be this month’s vacation spot (chosen blog) so leave a comment on each one by September 30th for your chance to win.
I’m the first stop in the hop, if you’d like to join us then please go back to the Flourishes Blog so you don’t miss any of the inspiration along the way!
This month our hostess is Aleksandra and she challenged us to the theme of Postcards. I can take things literally when needed and I felt quite pleasantly challenged by this one. I actually love postcards, and how they’re a fuss-free choice for mailing. No envelopes, no worrying if the card fits in (lol, been there done that!), just slap a stamp on and send away.
There’s not much in the industry in terms of postcard templates (a possible gap to fill?) but the internet is brimming with them. I printed out this handy-dandy set of two and used one of them for my Flourishes project.
Before I sat down to it, I googled vintage postcards as this is the direction I wanted to go in, and I needed a kick of inspiration. I stumbled upon this postcard-inspired wedding thank you card (below) which I fell in love with and decided to use as a kick start for my thing.
I stamped the image from Spring Bouquets a couple of times on an oatmeal card, and coloured it using Copics. I was aiming for a worn-out look so I let the colours bleed and mix and I wasn’t paying too much attention to being correct 😉 Then I used a soft pencil (yes, pencil!) to add some shading in between the foliage. Lastly, I distressed the thing heavily with Distress Inks and some ink spray.
The sentiments are from With Gratitude set, and I also added a wee flourish above the Thank You phrase, from Moments In Time.
The back is distressed just as much, I actually was pretty stoked with the fact that my Copics bled a little bit and left these puddles of colour on the reverse. Doesn’t it add just the right amount of an old look to it? Got to love happy accidents 🙂 I used the floral image again here, just as a subtle shadow stamping with Distress Ink.
Again my Copic choices were all over the place, but here’s the list of what I used: R02, R20, R32, E02, E04, E07, E31, E84, Y11, Y23, BV20, G40, G82.
Thanks for taking time to visit me here in Australia, it’s time to grab your passports and board Flourishes Flight, your next and last destination is… Dina’s blog!