Saturday, September 9, 2017

Postcards from the road--Never pack light by Betsy Skagen


I just don't "get" people who manage to pack light. Even when I travel to the family lakeside cottage less than two hours from home, I manage to fill an entire minivan with vital stuff I simply cannot live without. 

This particular postcard, which I made as part of the "Postcards from the Road" set I created for the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts/Canvas Corp Match Up, drives home this point.  
To make the postcard, begin with the American Vintage Collection Wish You Were Here paper and cut out the Mountains postcard.  
Cover stars from the Celestial Shape Set with black gesso and dry with heat gun. ( Talk about versatile--I have used Celestial Shape Sets so many times for so many completely different projects!) Alternate layers of Quinacridone gold acrylic paint and a gold paint pen until you reach desired effect.
Add ephemera from the Architextures 8x8 Paper Pack  and a piece of the Canvas Corp Burlap Sheet and adhere to the back of the postcard. 

When dry, trim the excess. 
Add water to acrylic paint to create washes and paint areas of your postcard, drying between applications to prevent muddy colors. When dry, use stencils and ink to add apply more color. Freehand paint on white starbursts. Some of the paint will seep through to the other side. Don't worry about this as it will just add dimension.  
Apply a quote and image or two from the Architextures Parchment Rub-On Build It. Adhere the stars.

Print and cut out the Questionable Characters. Add three dimensional foam adhesive to the back and adhere to the postcard. Print out a sentiment, ink with brown ink and adhere to the postcard as well.
You might think I was facetious about not being able to pack light. To offer proof, I am sharing this photo from a weekend getaway to our cottage earlier this year. To be fair, it included supplies for the first trip of the year and we were bringing four people and two large dogs.

Great Stuff

Quinacridone gold acrylic paint 
Acrylic paint assorted colors
gold paint pen
Ink assorted colors
Stencils

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