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CC: Layers of Flavor

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CC: Layers of Flavor
Group:Creative Collage
Swap Coordinator:Angie (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Art  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:16
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 23, 2016
Date items must be sent by:February 19, 2016
Number of swap partners:2

For this swap, we will use multiple layers to make unique postcards.

Step 1: Procure either a cereal box or similar weight cardboard about 8 1/2 by 11".

Step 2: Use your favorite glue to apply a layer of ripped or cut papers to your piece of cardboard. Use a brayer, the palm of your hand or your fingernails to make sure the paper is stuck really well. Let it dry completely.

Step 3: Use at least 3 more techniques from the choices below...feel free to use more...to create fabulously layered backgrounds.

  • Add paint or ink using an unconventional household item as a stamp (potato masher, head of cabbage, flip-flop shoe)
  • Add a wash of watered down paint
  • Remove some paint with a paper towel
  • Add (glue) more paper cut-outs or punches
  • Write random words or a poem across the whole surface with a marker (Go ahead and overlap them)
  • Use masks or stencils and more paint or ink
  • Stamp a commercial or handcarved rubber stamp(s) all over
  • Gently scratch into the surface
  • Use either a regular pencil or colored pencil to draw random shapes
  • Use sandpaper to roughen it up a little in spots
  • Add some tissue paper or paper napkin bits (glue them in place)

Step 4: Cut your cardboard in half and send one to each of your partners.

Include a note about what processes you used to create your layered postcard.

When is the background done? When it looks right to you! Just keep adding layers and if it doesn't look "right" or "done," put it away for a day and by the next day, it will look totally different.

This is sender's choice!

I'm lifting this swap from FarStarr who held a similar one back in 2011.

Image from FarStarr at Flickr


FarStarr 01/10/2016 #

I'm in! This is one of my favorite ways to create! :P

camelsamba 01/10/2016 #

one question: are we supposed to send a postcard (roughly 4x6), or send half of the cardboard in an envelope? i'm asking because if you cut an 8.5x11 in half it's much bigger than standard postcard. Quartering (especially if you go with 8x12) would yield postcard sizes.

At first I thought we would be sending the half sheet for them to use, but then I noticed the description mentions postcard a couple of times, so now i'm all confused...

bombardiette 01/10/2016 #

I was in this one in 2011 and loved doing it! So glad to see it again. Thank you for hosting it. :)

FarStarr 01/12/2016 #

My interpretation, @camelsamba was that we were sending 2 large postcards. Even at 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 it is still just a 49 cent stamp.

Angie 01/13/2016 #

Yes, 2 large postcards.

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