Monday, April 2, 2012

Shameless Imitation

If you've seen the work I have created for Studio 791, then you  know that I love all things "postal."  I use postage stamps to decorate gift tags, notebooks, and picture frames.  From my point of view, the colors and graphics of postage stamps make them each small works of art.

So when I saw the postcards created by Hanna for her annual postcard swap, I was in love!  She created postcards with a collage of postage stamps, and immediately inspired me to make ATCs in the same style. 
I used some painted papers as backgrounds, as well as plenty of U.S. and foreign postage stamps.  I also used pieces from an airmail envelope on some of the edges, as well as postal-themed rubber stamps over the top.  Then, like Hanna, I used a rounded corner punch to make a nice finished look to the cards.  Here's a closer look:
Many thanks to Hanna for inspiring me to use my postage stamp collection in yet another new way!

14 comments:

Mary Has Sound said...

Hanna has some pretty wonderful posts. You have some great pieces here!! Love the rounded edges and postal look. :-)

Mary Has Sound said...

Hanna has some pretty wonderful posts. You have some great pieces here!! Love the rounded edges and postal look. :-)

Anne said...

I love everything about these! Definitely will have to increase my stamp stash! Beautiful!

scrapwordsmom said...

I think that is just fine...I imitate when I just need some inspiration...may times I end up adding my own flair and it turns out more my own than anything. I think it's just so cool that you love postal art...you are inspiring me to try it!!

April Cole said...

Awesome, Andria!
These are great... love your putting to use your stamp collection, through art.
Such a wonderful collage.

Cheryl said...

I like them very much.

Karenann Young said...

How cool these are, the Mail Art ATC's!!! I have all the stuff for them and I love Mail Art stuff!!! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Karenann Young said...

How cool these are, the Mail Art ATC's!!! I have all the stuff for them and I love Mail Art stuff!!! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Joyfulploys said...

Hi Andria...I got your surprise in the mail yesterday...thank you so much...I love getting mail. I will be reusing that envelope at some point.
I said "awwwww" when I saw your new kitty in the post below.

Your postcards turned out really great!!! Great use for old stamps!
Thanks again!!!
Mary

lee said...

Loved your ATC and I loved hanna postcards, they are both quite different and very beautiful

VivJM said...

Great way of using your stamp collection - these are super!

Parabolic Muse said...

Yes! I agree. I saw her cards and almost clapped in delight. And I'm not a clapper! I love what you've done. I used a bunch of stamps on my Artfest swap cards (probably about 300 eek!) and have not seen one card yet. I hope I get them soon.

(rounding corners makes them look nice doesn't it?)

iHanna said...

I think they are lovely, and I'm sure I wasn't the first or last to make a collage like this. I love your stamping that goes over the edge of the stamps and onto the background. Very cool Andria!

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