Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Postcard!

Sue is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Postcards". If you'd like to play along with this challenge, visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!
This is what Sue said about her challenge.
"Good morning everyone, it's Sue here and I'm delighted to be hosting this week's challenge. I'm sure that every crafter has had that block where their mojo has packed its bags and gone on holiday. I know I've sat and looked at a sheet of card and had no ideas at all. One way I've got to get over this is just to decide what size or shape I want to make. So I pick a card, a tag, or in this case a postcard. Postcards are great fun and it's amazing how much you can get on a 6x4 (inches) area. So this week I would like you to make a postcard. Have Fun!"
Here's my postcard, that features the fabulous, fun, and new Smitten Moustache Monsters stamp.

Being me, I took the postcard bit too literally and made a postcard of Manhattan, aka "The City" to us locals. Also being me, I googled until I found a photo that I liked AND was public domain. Photographers work hard for their living and their photographs are both their livelihood and their art.

Oops. Guess I digressed again. I do have a habit of doing that, don't I? Anyway, I found a suitable photo of the NYC skyline, resized it, lightened it up a bit in PhotoElements, added a slightly altered quote which I should have attributed to Stevie Wonder, and printed it out onto Neenah cardstock.    

Smitten Moustache Monsters was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and was fussy-cut. Several layers of Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen were applied to the monster's horns and Glossy Accents was added to their eyes, which didn't hurt them at all. Smitten Moustache Monsters have a high pain threshold. Plus these monsters are rather dapper, a bit vain, and understood that the clear dimensional adhesive would enhance their looks.

The Tim Holtz's Commute Tissue tape by Idea-ology features one tape that lists New York City areas, streets, and avenues, which made it absolutely perfect for my postcard. I measured the width of the tape and using a stamp positioner, stamped Smitten Moustache Monsters so that they would appear to stand upon the tape, which would keep the hearts above their head in a clear area of the photo.

The Commute Tissue tape was adhered to the bottom of the photo, then the fussy-cut Smitten Moustache Monsters were adhered over their counterparts on the postcard. The hearts over their heads were colored with Copic markers. Then I realized that the photo was a smidge smaller than the 4" x 6" postcard size, so my postcard was first sponged with Black Soot Distress ink, then matted with the appropriately sized black cardstock.

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Thanks for visiting today!

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  1. Super cute postcard. I love that you used the moustache men...Great job!

  2. Kathi this is absolutely brilliant! When I first saw it I thought you had used a ready made postcard, but to make this yourself makes it even better. I love your take on my challenge!! x

  3. lolll love everything about it: the contrast, the background, the humour, the color!

  4. Kathi, love your postcard art of "The City," and, of course, those new Smitten Moustache Monsters! Great combination of elements and colors here!

  5. I love this postcard! You have done a great job!

  6. This a great postcard, I love everything about it ! Well done !
    Corrie x

  7. Love this postcard Kathi, I used those monsters too!! xx

  8. I love your postcard, it really is a treat for my eyes and sense of humour :) xx

  9. Fabulous idea and stamping (and coloring too) Kathi!!! :) I'm really laughing when looking at your works, you have a fantastic sense of humour mmm :))) Bises, Coco xx

  10. love those little mustache monsters! Your postcard is fab!!

  11. Very clever idea, Kathi. And really great execution. Love those little monsters with their glossy eyes! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  12. I like your style, art and written. Love these monsters and your postcard scene is perfect