Well, after having put us all through the wringer with the previous post, I wanted to lighten the mood a little, so this postcard comes WITH LOVE to my crafty friends and followers, old and new. Your generous support and positivity here in Craftyblogland adds a whole extra dimension of joy to this new and obsessive hobby of mine.
Regular followers will spot old favourites here... a return to the comfortable, familiar and happy after the tricky traumas of the journal pages. And, what do you know, principal colour combination?
Well, that would be browns and blues, Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, some Coffee Archival - with a little Dusty Concord thrown in for good measure!
I had great fun with the letters, from the Tim Holtz Alpha Parts set.
They come in black plastic, so I gave them a coat of acrylic, then dripped Mushroom and Denim alcohol inks onto them - so cool how it spreads along the stems and curves!
Then, finally, a spritz of Perfect Pearls Mist in Pearl, heat dried on.
I love the enamelled gleam it gives to the letters... if you catch them in one light you can see the metallic mica powders, if you turn them a little, you get a gorgeous glossiness.
The edges of the 6x4 postcard are distressed with the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, and most of the stamps are his too... barring my much-loved (and oft-used) Stampology Silhouette Blossom around the edges.
The adorable bird on the branch has his own little coat of Rock Candy Stickles, for added sparkle - as it was a mood-lifter I was after. (I once worked with a director whose main note when things weren't going well was, "Come on everybody, now Sparkle!" - not the most helpful of instructions.)
It's quite roughly applied with the tip of my finger - though not quite as roughly as this photo seems to imply... I promise there's some on the top of his head too!
So, once more, my grateful thanks for your company on this journey, for your wonderful uplifting comments and feedback, and looking forward to many more exchanges of visits and inspiration in Craftyblogland - this comes with love, and good wishes for a happy Sunday, wherever you are in the real world.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.
I'm entering this in the following:
Artful Times are having a Postcard challenge, with a twist of letters or script
Simon Says Stamp and Show's theme is For the Love of Sparkle
Simon Says Stamp are having an Anything Goes