I want to begin today’s post by wishing each of you a joyful and prosperous New Year! As I look back at 2009, one of my biggest highlights is launching this blog and getting to know so many of you through it! I am very appreciative of your support and friendship, and look forward to sharing many creative endeavors with you in 2010!
In Japan, it is customary to start the year by sending nenganjo – Japanese postcards – to your family and friends. The concept is similar to the Western exchange of Christmas cards, but the postcards are delivered on January 1st. The more I read about this custom, the more inspired I became to create a postcard of my own! So, for my first project of 2010, I present you with Golden Boughs!
The base of the project is a Creative Imagination’s Bare Elements (BE) Postcard – a nice, thick, white card that is a joy to work with! The image is a Limited Edition 2004 Club Scrap stamp (name unknown), stamped with CTMH Achival Black Pigment Ink. I used a variety of inks – most of them from an old Colorbox Paintbrush Classic Pigment Ink Pad Pastel set – and applied the inks directly to the paper to achieve the watercolor background effect.
Next, I painted the boughs using Plaid Papier Metallic Paint – Pure Gold and applied Black Diamond and Silver Stickles to the birds and the kanji characters. I used 3-D pop dots to adhere the Asian embellishment and inserted a Kaiser Rhinestone inside the opening! Finally, I applied a variegated silk ribbon around the bordered edges of the stamp to frame the image.
So, what do you think of my very first Altered Post Card? If you’ve never made one before, give it a try, and if you have, please share your links!