Sitting On the Moon

May 1st, 2006 by Susannah

Sitting on the Moon PCswap

I finally sent off my postcards for a swap initiated by Nikki-Shell. I procrastinated about this for weeks and I was hit with some pretty ferocious stage fright. This is my first official group blog swap! There were no themes or rules except that it had to be handmade.

Ingredients: 2 vintage postcards, a handful of vintage buttons, an old spool of rick rack, inkjet T-shirt transfer sheets, calico, thin copper wire, scrabble tiles, a tag punch, various card stock and some acid free glue.

I used the image from an old postcard, purchased from a lovely lady in the UK. It only arrived last week and I was itching to use it immediately. I confess, I am in love with vintage paper moon photographs. I only own two, so not quite a collection just yet! I scanned it in and did a few tiny adjustments including adding a subtle background using a selection of my own background textures and some brilliant brushes created by Jason Gaylor (initially discovered via Dooce, but reminded about them by a recent Craftapalooza entry).

Image manipulation

I then printed the image onto T-shirt transfer paper and ironed it onto some calico. I like the HP transfer sheets as they give a soft matte painterly effect.

I had a few near disasters along the way. Glue everywhere, curling postcards, buckling, puckering transfers (I have a love hate relationship with glue. I am not a particularly neat crafter and I’m also impatient!). I also personalised each card by using a scrabble tile that corresponded with the swap participants initial. I then of course panicked that I’d posted the card with the wrong scrabble tile to the wrong person so please let me know if this is indeed the case!

Aside from all of the above, I really did enjoy getting my creative teeth stuck into something! It’s inspired me and I am really happy with the results. Fingers crossed they all arrive at their destinations in one piece!

{click here to see the FRONT of the postcard}
{click here to see the BACK of the postcard}

4 Responses to “Sitting On the Moon”

  1. Clair
    May 2nd, 2006 11:02

    stunning! i love it.. absolutly love it. And the little photo is just gorgeous. I an contemplaiting joining a swap sometime too.. i’m just not sure which one, or if i’m game enough *lol* it’s a scary prospect to try and please a total stranger with little gifts you have choosen yourself isn’t it..

  2. Hanna
    May 3rd, 2006 03:20

    Beautiful card, love the rickrack and how you used it! 🙂

  3. Kristen
    May 5th, 2006 17:18

    Thanks so much. I absolutely love, love, love my card. Can’t express how cool I think it is. All the detail, so well thought out. Everyone that walks in the door has it thrust in their face (not too many as I got it yesterday), but think of all the people that will see it!

  4. Jason Gaylor
    February 13th, 2007 14:54

    Great cards. Love the look. Thanks for using the brushizzles.

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