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Hanna's Autumn Swap: Stitched Postcards

Above - some of the postcard fronts + backs.

Fronts and backs of 6 stitched postcards {there's an extra for a special buddy}

Materials: fabric, patterned cardstock, ephemera, quotes, labels, found typography, hand-painted papers, stitched papers, paint chips, ribbon. Stitched to cards approx 3.5x5.5" and trimmed.

This weekend I stitched postcards Hanna's 2012 Autumn Postcard Swap.  Hanna has been doing Spring swaps of 10 postcards for several years so if you missed the entry deadline for this swap, be sure to watch Hanna's blog in March just in case she does another Spring swap! The Autumn swap is a smaller 5 postcard swap with the theme  "Empowerment." I wasn't sure how to best transform this theme into postcard art. So  I thought about what empowerment means to me personally and I think it's about individualism and independence, the ability to stand for oneself. I opted for strong bold colors and a quote on each card that I thought was powerful. 

 Here's a post I did a few years ago on mail art.

Love mail art? Here are some links to my postcards from Hanna's swaps: 2010 DIY Postcard Swap, a post on creating Mail Art, a classic must-have book about mail art called Good Mail Day, the 2012 Spring Postcard Swap, and the 2011 DIY Postcard Swap. I might even make a few extras and have a drawing for those. Doesn't that sound fun? 

Feel free to share your creations in the Daisy Yellow Facebook Group and the Postcard Swap Flickr Group.

My art for DAY 25 of Art Every Day Month

November is Art Every Day Month (AEDM) facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day.

And an annoucement. While I was in Italy in October I grew intrigued with the pattern love that Anika of A for Anika and Dina Thanki were posting on Instagram with the #patternaday tag. I hopped around via my phone and a slow wifi connection and figured out what was going on!

So for December I am taking the Pattern a Day Challenge with the creative A is for Anika. Read about the idea here. Because of the holidays I won't just post the patterns every few days but I will guarantee to CREATE every day! If you are interested, pop over to Anika's blog and read the rules. These are patterns you create, not copy, and you can use any medium. I'm thinking watercolor + slicci pen, separate and together!

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Reader Comments (9)

Sending mine out today too!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStargirl

Awesome! I would be so interested in further swaps...where do I find the info?

{Tammy}: Heidi, sorry I'm usually good about linking to the proper information and simply forgot! I've added the links to the post and hopefully you can get involved in the Spring swap.

11.26.2012 | Unregistered Commenterheidi

Ooh, Tammy, these are beautiful! Any chance you got my name in the swap? :) Heading to the mailbox with mine right now!

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Here's what may be a silly question--do you put your cards in an envelope to send or do you drop them in the mailbox as is with postcard postage afixed? I've always wondered how well the mixed media cards travel. I'm new at making postcards, so any info is helpful!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRandi S

LOVE your take on the theme and your awesome postcards Tammy! Thanks for taking the time to join even though it IS close to Christmas and all. :-)

Answer to Randi: Most people send them as postcards (sans envelope), and write a message on the back. But of course you should take care that everything is affixed properly so it won't get messed up at the post office! It's a chance - as everything in life! ;-)

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

{Tammy}: Randi, Although Hanna is correct that most people send them without an envelope, the stitched cards I made have no space for the address or postage so I will actually mail them in an envelope. It's a decision I made when I made them. I think the cards would travel alright as long as you use acrylic rather than watercolor in case they get wet.

11.27.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

I mail a lot of stitched postcards without an envelope and they make it through the mail amazingly well. It's also really fun to open an envelope and discover a treasure inside! These cards are so striking Tammy. Such beautiful colors and patterns.

oh, these cards look awfully exciting!
i wish i would receive one of yours!
but guess to whom i was chosen to send one of mine cards? ;)

best wishes to you, doro K.

11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdoro K.

Tammy, you did a fantastic job with these. So lush and vibrant. Love your take on this theme and all the colours and sewing. STUNNINGNESS! A Good way to use up ephemera as well. I am going to make some postcards!!

12.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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