Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard

Hi Creative Friends,

We have just received a wonderful shipment from a new company, Simply Graphic. We will be featuring many new things from them but for this project, I chose a simple stamp postage cancellation stamp set from them.  I am always a push-over for anything postage or mail-related so you will understand why I chose this stamp set to accompany the awesome Penny Black Vintage Postcard stamp. To decorate the postcard, I used another great stamp from Penny Black, Painter’s Vase.


I started with an A2-sized panel of watercolor paper, spritzed it well with water, then took the Antique Linen ink pad directly to it to add color, then immediately smoothed it out with a brush. To make it look more vintage-y, I added more color to the edges and top.

When the panel was dry, using the Vintage Postage stamp and brown archival ink (Vintage Photo to be exact), I stamped the panel with the postcard stamp. Next, I lightly stamped scriptwriting in a few places by inking the stamp, stamping it off onto a piece of scratch paper, then stamping it onto the postcard. The panel was now ready for me to start the spray of flowers.

To do this, I positioned the postcard in my stamp positioner, then arranged the Painter’s Vase stamp on the left side, making sure it was where I wanted it, then stuck it to the door of the positioner.

For the coloring, I used one of my absolute favs, Karin watercolor markers. You can use ink pads of course, but I find it so easy to watercolor with these, especially for a project like this. I can just brush color onto a small area, like a flower, using a marker, stamp, and repeat using only a few color markers.

I finished one flower at a time before moving to the next one. Once all the flowers were colored, I moved the stamp one more time to the right side and repeated the coloring process. Once all the flowers were colored, I add a few finishing touches.

I decided that I wanted a postage stamp to cover the postage area. I could have easily left the postcard without one but sometimes I am too literal for my own good! I made a stamp on my computer (ugh!), printed it on regular copy paper, then colored it with Old Paper and Tumbled Glass distress ink. I cut it out and glued it in place.

To complete the postcard, I lettered “Thinking of you” with an oblique pen holder and nib (but another good alternative is to use a stamp from the Penny Black Thinking of You stamp set), then canceled the stamp by stamping postage cancellation marks using archival ink and the Simply Graphic Cancellations stamp set.

With the panel done, I mounted it onto a card base and VIOLA! it was ready to send! 


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