DIY Watercolored Post Cards!

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Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going well! Please join me in welcoming back the always awesome Kelly Rasmussen to our blog as a guest today! I’m excited to share this fun postcard idea Kelly had with you! Doesn’t everyone love happy mail? Kelly provides some fun and trendy ideas on how to make your own postcard(s)! Precision pens are awesome for addressing your postcard when you’re all done! Read on and enjoy!

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Hello! I’m mixing things up a bit today and instead of a standard card, I’ve created a postcard! With a little planning you can create a completely flat card that requires no envelope and less postage. And think of all the people that will get to see it on the way to the recipient — it might unexpectedly brighten someones day!

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I started out by taping a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of watercolor paper to a hard surface. Then I stamped the “hello” message from the Hero Arts Hello Spring by Lia set with black ink and clear heat embossed the image. Heat embossing is a great way to add some dimension and interest to a postcard without adding any bulk!

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Next, I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to randomly stamp the hexagons and triangles from the Simon Says Stamp Perfect Shapes clear stamp set. This is my favorite ink for this technique because it is a very light shade of ink and it also reacts with water, so in the end you can hardly even see any lines left from the ink.

Then I added color to each shape using various colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush. I put a little color in each shape and then used the water brush to blend it out. I love these markers more and more each time I use them!

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I searched online about the specifications for mailing a postcard to make sure I wasn’t putting text in areas where I shouldn’t be. And I even took it to my local post office and they said it would go through the mail just fine! You don’t have much room to write a message on a postcard, but when you just want to send a quick “hello” or “thinking of you” I think it’s a great option!

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks again to Kelly for this fun postcard idea!

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  1. Great idea I wish I had seen last year!. My mother and father had their 65th wedding anniversary but I was too far away to be able to see them on the day. So two months ahead I started sending postcards about every other day with short rememberences of family.

  2. Beautiful postcards and I think the cas look on the front looks great.when you first mailed postcards people would write on the front of them to say hello and all around the edges shame they aren’t sent as much any more
    Hugs Nikki

  3. I would take it one step further and use Distress Micro Glaze over the watercolor to ensure that watercolor is protected. You never know when the postcard could get exposed to moisture or rain in its journey and it would be a shame for the artwork to be ruined in transit. Even someone’s wet hands from the condensation from a water bottle could be enough to smudge or smear a little, and the glaze is fairly cheap given that you use so little and its so easy to apply.

  4. What a wonderful idea! I once heard/read that you can mail just about anything… even a flip flop or a ball (just as is, without any packaging)!

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