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Hanna's 2012 DIY Postcard Swap #1

I've finished the postcards for Hanna's 2012 Swap! Depending on the time zone you are in at the moment, I think is the LAST DAY to sign up!!! So here's my first batch to share.











I'm going to add links to the people that received these cards, if I can find them. Here's the first! Caterina in Italy.

The base of each card is watercolor paper or bristol paper; added cardstock, fabric swatches, fabric tapes & ephemera. I'd been sewing a green monster costume for my daughter's class play and that prompted me to use a bit of sequined tulle from old halloween costumes to add a little mystery and depth to the words on the postcards. This is a huge change from my postcards of the past two years - those cards were watercolor paper, painted with acrylics and a brayer, then collaged.

On flickr, I was asked what type of needle and machine I use to stitch paper, and I use regular sewing machine needles (I think this one is 90/14 or whatever the lingo) and my machine is a Janome Magnolia. I've had the machine for about a year and a half, and I was petrified of sewing after some bad experiences with junky machines a decade ago. This machine is pure magic. Pure fun. I cannot tell you how much I love this machine. Major paradigm shift!

And don't forget Hanna's postcard swap flickr group to post your work-in-process shots and finished postcards. Plus Hanna has a link share for your postcards. And lots of postcard love and inspiration. 

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Reader Comments (16)

These are awesome! So colourful i love them:)

03.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelli R

These are fantastic! Finishing my batch is the #1 priority of the weekend.

03.10.2012 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore


03.10.2012 | Unregistered Commentersanztosi

these are fab Tammy! I am worried that the backs of mine are terribly plain compared to yours! can't wait for posting day to find out where my 10 cards are headed...

03.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah (Flo)

wow Tammy - I didn't realize that the backs of your cards are just as beautiful as the fronts!!! eeep!! I better get to work on the backs of mine.....

03.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Lagore

Happy, colourful and super fun, so glad you've found the joy of the sewing machine and trying your hands on sewing in paper. Isn't it just the best? No sticky glue, just swooshing through the paper. :-) Love your cards so much!

03.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

The cards are stunning - love them. Do you know about The POstcard Crossing Project? It's kind of fun.

03.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Tammy, Tammy, Tammy!! I love these! If you are ever interested in doing an individual swap with me for stitched postcards like this, I'M IN! :-)

03.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

Your cards so so beautiful!!!!!! Such a gorgeous array of colors. Yumminess!

03.12.2012 | Unregistered Commentertami

Fantastic postcards Tammy! I would love to do a swap but didn't feel I could be ready in time for this round. Maybe next time.... Especially if this is the kind of loveliness I could receive!! :-) xx

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