It is always a struggle to get paper made and then sent out in a timely fashion. I still haven’t managed to send out Christmas cards… ever. But I was determined to make and send out moving announcements. Given that we moved to the city of San Francisco I saw the opportunity to use my beautiful stamps from Yellow Owl Workshop, one of my favorite designers, especially when it comes to rubber stamps. I am really happy with how they turned out.
What you will need:
+ scanner, computer, paper
Step 1: Draw Your Image
I have a thing for paper airplanes, and I thought it would be cute for a paper airplane to sail over the bridge to our new home, just like we were. It can be tricky when you want to mass produce a hand-drawn design, but as long as you have a scanner at home it is entirely possible.
I sketched my image in a notebook and, once I was happy with it, inked in everything except the bridge, which was holding the space for where my stamp would go. In the end I sketched a border around the edge of the image to give it a frame.
Step 2: Scan
Then I scanned my image as a jpeg file. Once it was on my computer I edited it in iPhoto, making the image black and white and increasing the contrast. After I had cleaned up the image a little bit I dropped the image into a word document and added a text box with our new address on it. I used three slightly different colors of ink for each line of the address to make it pop. In the end I designed and scanned an image for the back of the postcard as well. I wanted a sweet little message and found this one online. It was a little cheese ball, but I have been feeling pretty warm and fuzzy lately :)
Step 3: Print & Cut
Once the images were complete, I printed them onto cream colored card stock. I chose the heavier paper because of the postcard design. I wanted them to be able to withstand being sent through the mail. Once I had cut out the rectangles, I rounded the corners with my nifty corner trimmer. Rounded corners always create a finished look in my opinion.
Step 4: Stamp & Emboss
Last, but not least I embossed the image of the bridge on the card. I used clear embossing powder because I had a color ink that I liked for the bridge. When embossing, you stamp the image, pour embossing powder to cover the wet ink, tap the excess off, and then hit it with a heat gun until you see the embossing powder melt.
It was a success! Maybe a little later than I would have liked, but announcements went out in the mail on Thursday and hopefully will be arriving in mailboxes soon!