Travel Post Cards – Steam Punk Style

Morning everyone.  This week’s Out of the Hat Creations challenge is Travel Postcards. We are asking you to make a postcard focusing on travel.  Maybe this could be a destination where you would like to travel to, or maybe you have already been.  What about Paris, New York or Rome……Brighton Pier or Sunny Sands at Barmouth!!   Have you a travel postcard that maybe you could incorporate into your project? What about transport…. planes, trains and automobiles?   The style, as always, is your choice, whether it be vintage, modern or quirky.

For full details of the challenge, to see Chrissie’s, Janet’s and Sandra’s projects plus all the fabulous entries click on the link above or the link on the sidebar.  There is a lovely prize on offer this month which has been very generously donated by Janet. You have to be in it to win!

I had so much fun with this challenge.  I did have a few dramas with the ink but once I changed products everything was fine although there is some slightly dubious stamping.  I used coated card stock which allowed me to apply plenty of ink without it showing through on the back.  This coated card stock doesn’t like stazon so I switched to Ranger’s Archival ink. My new best friend.

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I have used the same technique on all of these.  Firstly, I masked the sides of the card with some post-its, to give, what should have been, a white border.  I stamped my main image and *masked it.  I then sponged all over the card with distressing inks and used an old potato sack as a stencil and inked some more. Leaving the masks on, I then stamped the swirls and boarder patterns around the edge and the wording.

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After removing the masks (only from the image. Keep the post-its on around the edge)  and the ink was dry, I then coloured the main image with a distressing inks and basic childrens felt tips.  I applied the ink, to the larger areas, first with felt tips and then sponged over some DI s.  A little tip.  When colouring the images, pop a piece of copier paper over the inked card stock so that you can lean on it without smudging the base ink.  I then added a few high lights with a white gel pen and removed all masks.   To fix the inks, I gave all of the postcards a light spray of acrylic varnish. You only use a tiny little bit of varnish and it is worth it.

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On the card above, I used stationery hole protectors as a mask and then inked the card up as mentioned above.  I loooove this little chappy. I think it is my favourite of these stamps. Look at his little feet! Sooo cute

* Masking.  I use Judikins masking paper. This is quite flimsy. One thing I have found useful and just wanted to share with you. When you have stamped your image on the masking paper, pop the m. paper  onto a piece of clean copier paper before you cut it out.  It makes it so much more easier to cut out, stops the grease off your hands going onto the stick and it is easy to peel off the copier paper. Copier paper is a great way to store the cut out masks as well.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the challenge last week. We have so much fun with these challenges and part of that fun is visiting you all and seeing your wonderful projects, reading how you made them and your interpretation of the themes.  We hope you will join us again this week.

Tat tar for now.

Best Wishes Florence x

61 Comments

  1. Florence

    Hi Suze. Hope all is well. It’s always great to hear from you. I think we are all in the same boat at the moment. I am all behind as well….in more ways than one!!! lol! Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
    Regards Florence xx

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  2. Suze Bain

    Oh my Florence, I’m a bit behind in my commenting this week – but better late than never eh? The colours on these postcards are just fabulous, I never manage to get my colours so vivid. I truly love each one although Mr Bug is my absolute favourite and I love the white rings on that one too. Stunning work. xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Lisa. How are you? Hope all is well. Totally agree about the steampunk getting the imagination going. It is such a fun style of crafting. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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  3. Janet

    Hi Florence,Stunning postcards,love the hot air balloon,I’d always fancied a ride in one,till the day I saw one land,put me right off that idea LOL.
    Janet x

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    1. Florence

      Hi Janet. Hope you are ok. It must be amazing to travel by hot air balloon. I must confess the thought of taking off and landing slightly puts me off as well! lol! Lots of fun crafting this week. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Janet, I have just spotted your e.mails. I have been away from the computer for a few days but will reply to them tonight.
      Regards Florence xxx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Hazel. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. My first thought with these images was bright colours. I want to play some more with these stamps to see what else they can do. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xxx

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    1. Florence

      Hi there. Hope all is well with you and yours. So pleased you like these. They were a lot of fun to make. Thank you for calling in and for such kind words. Always lovely to hear from you. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Von. Hope all is well. The stamps are great. Lots of fun to play with. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Marie. I have just popped over….still laughing. Such a funny post. I did wonder why my hits spiked yesterday!!! I will be over to Greece for a bit of dognapping soon me thinks!!
      Hugs,
      Florence xxx

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  4. Neet

    What a gorgeous set of postcards – I came here expecting to find just the one – wow! You have been busy and they are so beautifully coloured in. These would look lovely in a hallway all mounted up as pictures. Very whimsical!
    Hugs.Neet xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Sweetie, Hope all is well. You know me, I get carried away 🙂 especailly when I am having fun. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xxx

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    1. Florence

      Hi G, Hope all is well. So pleased your like these. I think my fave is still the beetle but it is hard to choose. The bicycle is a close second. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for your lovely comments. Have a great weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Lorraine. Great to hear from you. Hope you will be joining in the fun again this week. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Have a wonderful weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Sandra. Hope all is well. Really good fun crafting with the Hatters this week. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards to you both,
      Florence xxx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Debbie. Great to hear from you. I really enjoyed my visit to your blog it was such a treat. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Patty. Lovely to hear from you. Hope all is well and you enjoyed the celebrations. These stamps come on an A4 sheet and are made by Chocolate Baroque (link on the side bar). I love the penny farthing stamp. One thing that did strike me was the clever design of that. You can easily cut away the wings without spoilling the image to give you a vintage style penny farthing. In my humble opinion that is! 🙂 Thank you for popping in and for your kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Angela. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. I used to get in such a mess with masks. They take ages to cut out and then they get wrapped around the fingers and the little bits tear off…. arrrgh! 🙂 This definately works for me. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Trace, Hope all is well with you and yours. I am late responding to my comments. Freddie monogolised his office yesterday. I have just spotted your fabulous project over on the Hatters blog. So pleased you were able to join in the challenge this week. Will be over for a visit in a mo. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  5. Lynne Moncrieff

    Good Morning Florence
    Your stamping is sensational and the masking, it is so crisp.
    I use Archival nearly all of the time (started using it when I first used photo real stamps and now always have it to hand)
    The hole protectors – incredibly clever.
    Have a lovely day.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Florence

      Hi Lynne. Hope all is well. I am definately an archival convert. Love it. I am yet to try it on fabric. I will let you know how I get on with it. I have always bought stazon because I stamp a lot onto fabric and wood but just lately I have been disappointed with the stamping results using it. The hole protector idea isn’t mine it has been around for years but it is so simple and gives great effects. I be you were “glued” to the chair the other night watch AM. Enjoy the semi finals today. Always great to hear from you. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Yvonne. Hope all is well. I have already noticed that we have very similar stamps in our collections. I can’t wait to see your project for the challenge. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you. Take care.
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. ohlalatextures

    Wow Florence, these are all so wonderful !!! What great stamps and I am loving all the bright happy colors you have chosen…I love the old fashioned bicycle with the wings…my parents never had a car, and my dad would was well known for his bicycle routes,,,,my brother is an avid cyclist, and before my injury, I used to love cycling…, so I guess its in our genes…lol kisses, G

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    1. Florence

      Hi Gisele, Hope all is well. Thank you for sharing with us. What a shame you had to give up cycling. Freddie toured all around Scotland and Ireland on bycycle, with a pal, in his younger days. Always lovely to hear from you. Thank you for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence x

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  7. inkypalms

    Florence these are fantastic, I love the bright colors! I am going to have to try coated cardstock, I don’t like the way my colors fade on glossy cardstock. I’ve been told they won’t fade if you apply a sealer, but that hasn’t worked for me. Can you share what brand of paper you used? Thanks,

    Francesca

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    1. Florence

      Hi Francesca. Hope all is well. You’ve had the same problems I have had. Sealer didnt work for me on glossy card. The colours really fade. The only inks, on glossy card (I use Judikins Glossy card) I have found, that retain more of the colour are marvy matchables and marvy markers. I am not sure what brand of coated card stock this is. It has no name on it but I bought it from http://www.joannasheen.com It comes in packs of 25. All it says as a description is White Coated A6. This company does ship world wide on this product. If you need any other info, give me a shout. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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        1. Florence

          Hi Francesca, Let me know how you get on and if you think there is a difference in colour. I would be interested to know your thoughts.
          Have a great weekend.
          Regards Florence xx

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  8. Paula

    Hi Florence, amazing postcards, loving the wonderful bright and fresh colours, mouth watering and fantastic techniques, you are a clever and talented Bunny 🙂 xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Paula. I hope all is well. I have been called many things in my life but thats a first!! 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  9. baileyrosy

    Hi Florence, these are sensational ! I love them especially that cute little guy your favourite is he Chocolate Baroque too I want him. The colours on all of them are amazing so bright and the techniques fantastic, thanks for all of the tips too. Every time I visit I am blown away by your creations and I have to say these are so of my faves. As for Valerie yes she does make amazing postcards and her blog is a joy. Btw pop over to ATS I think you might like what you see !

    Marie

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    1. Florence

      Morning Marie. Hope all is well. Yep, all the main images are Chocolate Baroque stamps. These are my new best friends. I have not stopped playing with them since I got my grippers on them! 🙂 Valerie’s blog is truly a joy to visit. ATS… I have seen!!!! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. I didn’t expect that at all. If anyone is wondering what we are talking about I won an honourable addict award in last weeks ATS challenge http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/ Yey!! I am doing a little jig!! 🙂 Marie is one of the DT members. The challenge was such good fun and so friendly. Really enjoyed joining in.
      Thank you Marie for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Morning Valerie. Hope you are ok. As soon as this challenge theme came out of the Hat I thought of you. I know you will have lots of fun with this one. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this week. Freddie went to the UK a couple of weeks ago and brought these stamps back for me. The timing was perfect. Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Hugs, Florence xx

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  10. chrissiesz

    Wonderful techniques on all of these Florence and thank you for explaining how to do them and the tips along the way. Can’t believe the quality of the colours on all of these it is amazing.

    I already have Valerie’s wonderful ideas to follow and I am sure lots more people will be inspired by her work.

    Love Chrissie xx

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    1. Florence

      Morning Chrissie. Hope all is well. I was really pleased with the colours. I hadn’t heard of mail art before I saw Valeries blog. It is always such a treat to visit Bastelmania. Thank you for your lovely comments. Great fun this week.
      Regards Florence xx

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    1. Florence

      Hi Amanda. Hope you ok. “Whimsical” That is the word I was looking for when I wrote the post!! My brain wasn’t in gear 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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