Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Postcard from Abroad

The Artful Times challenge 59 is A Postcard From Abroad.
I love mail art and had so many ideas for which country I would choose but in the end I choose Holland as it is less obvious and Dutch things are really so nostalgic for me. I had an Aunt who was married to a Dutchman. She spent 6 months of her year in Holland and 6 months in Cornwall and when she came back, she always brought gifts. I wonder how many little Dutch windmills are in people's houses in Cornwall due to my Aunt's gifting. I also had the misfortune of owning a pair of clogs, mine were red, the real wooden type - very uncomfortable.

Here is my entry for the challenge, my postcard from Holland.
The focal image is a windmill stamp called Delft Style Windmills from Katy Sue Designs stamped in Denim Adirondack dye ink and colour tinted with salty ocean distress marker. Salty ocean distress ink applied with a duster brush. The postcard stamp is a Tim Holtz one.

When I think of Holland I think of the blue and white of the Delft china and, of course, orange. I wanted to add some tulips to my postcard but have no tulip stamp but .... I remembered a Mariane Designs embossing and cutting folder that I have which has tiny tulips. The tulips are the waste from that cut and emboss folder, they took an age to pick out of the die and were devils to pick up, so tiny. The stamp is from a sheet of vintage images from my stash and the flowers were made using a Martha Stewart punch  with tiny orange gems in the middle.
Phew .... my postcard is done, and I loved doing this challenge.


  1. I find the Marianne dies are a pain to pick out - ended up buying myself a set of picks! Still difficult tho! I love the delft style of your your PC even if you did struggle with your little tulips :-)


  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this challenge. Thank you for taking so much time picking the little tulip heads out - they are so effective. As are the little windmills.
    I never dreamed anyone would do a postcard from Holland, love your Delft Style, thanks for telling us of your connection with the country and thanks for entering our challenge.
    Hugs, Neet xx.

  3. What a great country to pick for your postcard. . Love the style. Thank you for joining us on Artful Times.

  4. That's so sweet - and perfect to pick those cool blues and whites, like old Dutch ceramic tiles. Love it!
    Alison xx