The sun finally came out in Germany and the ground was dry so I was itching to get out the spray paints. YIPPEE. We were leaving for a long weekend and since I had had a bunch of flowers left over from my birthday I decided to use them before returning home to the skunky-swamp smell of rotten vase water! (Sure. Pretend you don't know what I'm talking about...)
After awhile the flowers started getting so gummed up with paint I began using them like stamps themselves. With the nature of a live soft flower, you only get a few chances to use it before it's wrecked. So you've got to make your placements count!
I thought this photo was hilarious -- TJ is the Bride of Craft!! Or maybe, "here comes the graffitti bride..." (Wahh hahh hah, *evil laugh)! Click down below if you want to see more images as well as the back sides!
Then I cut the papers down to postcard size and started spraying them again with a stencil mask in the shape of a tag.
Then I took actual tags that I had punched out from the inside of a Cacharel perfume box and sewed them to the postcard fronts. (What is up with the inside of a box being prettier than the outside? BONUS. That's enough reason to buy a new fragrance right there. The opportunity for up-cycling will not be lost on TJ)!
I free-style doodled some faux stitches and lines on the fronts while watching bad German TV. Doodling makes everything more tolerable!! I was trying to do some kind of connecting between the actual tag (positive) and the tag mask (negative). I don't know if it comes across that way though...
Then I started on the backsides. I'm a pretty hard core Back Finisher so I went for broke. I sprayed a green floral design with a hand-cut stencil. Then I stamped them up with hand carved Studio Mailbox stamps. I must be a glutton for punishment because I spent another few nights with the hubby, the tube and my markers again pretending to enjoy German television. (One of the his faves is "Alarm for Cobra 11! The Autobahn Police." Even one peek at those images will give you the idea. Sheesh. Thank goodness for postcard swaps!)
So once all the fronts and all the backs were done, I slapped them wrong-sides-together and sewed 'em up. Off went the Luftpost to good old Canada, United States, Australia, Sweden, Spain and England! I was pretty excited about getting Paula Bogdan's name. I'm a fan of her blog Little Scraps of Magic so it's fun to see how small the mixed media world can be even when there are hundreds of swappers! I hope the recipients like their cards, I worked really hard on them much like the ones I made last year. This was another fun opportunity for me to connect with people so a big "THANKS" to Hanna for hosting it. xxx tj