Thursday, October 1, 2015

Final Notice - Altered Postcard

Hello hello friends old and new! :)

I have really stepped out of my comfort zone this Halloween season to be part of Smeared and Smudged's 31 days of Halloween. I do love Halloween, and I love stamping and getting inky... but forcing one finished-ready-to-show-the-world project out a day is going to be HARD for me. So naturally I signed right up! lol :) Here are all of the participating blogs :

Black Dragon
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity
Lisa F
Lisa H
Stampendous Stamps
Sarah S
Airless Chambers
Susan R
Dream In Darkness
De Stempelwinkel
Leslie Rahye

And here is my first project for the hop - a postcard!:

I am VERY happy with my first little bit for this 31 days of intense stamping and I surely hope I can keep up with the good work! The postcard is 4x6 made of canson watercolor paper. It's been treated with Liquitex basic gesso and then collaged with tons of vintage ephemera and stamped tissue paper using Golden Matte Medium. Some of my favorite ephemera includes prescription cards, atlas coordinates, sheet music and book text. 


After the background was dry I used a thicker grade of gesso by Blick to sort of mute the background and help the edges blend together. The background really took on a sort of warm haunted glow because I had used this really great caramel colored tissue paper that a friend gave me. I'll have to bother her for some more! Then I did a bit of stamping with two of the stamps I've designed for Viva Las VegaStamps! : The Weathered Tree and the Cemetery. Both stamped in Archival Ink by Ranger. Along the bottom of the card I extended the tree stamp with a black PITT brush by Faber Castell.

Then I reached for my handy dandy trusty never musty UmWowStudio chipboard to add a little dimension. I used the Bat Confetti from last year's release to spice up the left of the card. At first I toyed with the idea of coloring the bats black, but I'm glad I didn't. The raw color of the chipboard really plays well into the warm sort of glow (mentioned earlier) that the card has. Once I saw and realized how powerful that was ending up, I grabbed another piece of chip from UmWowStudio...

...this one from our brand spanking new release, the Man in the Moon. He layers up so deliciously and really brought the whole piece together. Just a little wet glue keeps all my chipboard in place. Then I trimmed out a black mat and punched a Martha Stewart border punch along the bottom. The card has been stapled to the mat with Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. FINAL NOTICE is the sentiment on this piece and the sticker comes from one of my newest collections for 7 Dots Studio: Lost and Found.

WHEW- what a SLEW of information. Be sure to stop by and see everyone's work. There are also PRIZES to be won! :) Leave me some love and let me know what you think <3


  1. Dee Dee this is so fabulous I love Final Notice hahaha brilliant idea and awesome awesome art.
    Happy Day 1

  2. Love the collaged background and that chipboard moon is out of this world. Really excited to see your other projects xxx

  3. Love this.
    The chipboard makes a great statement. It is good that you didn't color the bats.
    the man in the moon is wonderful.
    Good luck with getting a project a day.
    thanks for sharing.

  4. WOW! This is gorgeous! Love the stamps, composition and the fab moon. xxD

  5. Love your take on this collage background, did something similar recently!

  6. Gorgeous! Loving all the textures, layout and detail and that moon is out of this world.

  7. I'm SO impressed. This is wonderful!

  8. Cool postcard!! LOVE the moon!!

  9. Such an amazing project with lots of detail, love it x

  10. Wonderful postcard! I think your project is my favorite of the whole hop today! :)

  11. You look very comfortable to me it's atmospheric and fantastic great moon

  12. Fabulous post card, that moon is awesome!

  13. Such an amazingly wicked creation. Am so lovin this.

  14. Ooooo I love your postcard! EEek on the final notice part but what the hell, I wouldn't mind getting this in the mail LOL! LOVE the chipboard moon!!!! Happy Day 1 of October!

  15. I love this card! The man in the moon is awesome and the words Final Notice are perfect on this.

  16. Awesome it all that final notice ramps up the creep meter! xx

  17. SPOOKTAKULAR MOON!!! LOVE everything about your postcard... AMAZING!!!! Great First Day!!!

  18. The moon is just the colours...great start to 31DOH!!

  19. Wow, day 1 and you're giving a Final Notice? :)

  20. Fabulous mixed media tag! I love the moon :)

  21. Love all the layers and elements Fab postcard x

  22. Saw your post over on FB somewhere and followed link to your blog! So glad I did! Really love your "eye" and know I will get so much inspiration from your projects!!

  23. Absolutely love this! The background and moon are wonderful!

  24. Fabulous first project out! The collage and paste background is so different and great with the moonlit scene.

  25. Wow! Love all the layers, colors, stamps and chippie......great card and thank you for the tutorial.