Monday, April 14, 2014

Victorian Tea Room Mail Art

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by.  This month, Altered Pages is cross-promoting with Unruly Paper Arts, an inspirational and informative blogozine.  This month's theme is mail art, using their creative prompt with the theme Teacups and Tiaras.  We are also cross-promoting with Leaky Shed, a company that makes the most fabulous laser cut chipboard pieces, to show off our mail art using their chipboard tiaras and teacups.   

You will see a lot of beautiful artwork by the Altered Pages design team this month using this theme.  Here is the creative prompt for April.  
So, in keeping with this theme, here is my mail art project, which can also be viewed on their blog e-zine by clicking here:
Postcard Tag Side 1
Postcard Tag Side 2
Supplies used:

Leaky Shed chipboard:  Crown set
Electric Blue, Winter Pine spray mists (Tattered Angels)
Distress Inks:  Pumice Stone; Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick (marker)
Eyelet edge punch (Martha Stewart)
Brilliance Pigment ink:  Platinum Planet, Galaxy Gold
Silhouette cutting machine and file:  Tile Border


Spritz reverse (unprinted) side of post card tag with Electric Blue and lightly with Winter Pine spray.  Dab excess ink with paper towel and heat to dry.  This will get rid of the curl in the paper.  Edge with Picked Raspberry.
Cut out Victorian Tea Room menu collage image, distress with Pumice Stone.  Color flowers by picking up some color from the Picked Raspberry ink pad with a Worn Lipstick marker.  Adhere image to tag.
Punch a strip of Ivory Astroparche paper with eyelet edge punch, trim strip to 1/2" wide.  Ink strip with Picked Raspberry ink.  
Slightly overlap and adhere two strips to top of tag.
Cut out Victorian lady and flowers and adhere to tag, as shown.
Turn tag over, spritz with Electric Blue and lightly with Winter Pine spray.  Dab excess ink with paper towel and heat to dry.  This will get rid of the curl in the paper.   

I made a stencil by cutting a Tile Border with my Silhouette machine, or you can die cut or punch a design using something you have.  Lay it over the tag, as shown, and sponge Picked Raspberry through the stencil.
I let the stencil fade out to the left.  I like this effect.  
Fussy cut the tea cup, color the flower with Picked Raspberry, and edge tag with Pumice Stone. 
I needed to address my postcard tag, so I cut out "Your Royal Highness" and adhered it beneath the address portion of the postcard.  I edged the image with a strip of gold German scrap, and added a tiara from Leaky Shed.  
Here is a closer look at that tiara.  I inked it with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Platinum Planet for a more vintage look.  These lasercut chipboard pieces are intricately designed, as you can see in this photo.
I hope you enjoyed my little piece of mail art, and I hope you will visit Unruly Paper Arts and the Altered Pages blog for more RAQ submissions throughout the month.  Our design team will be playing along all month.   
As always, you can get all of your art supplies at Altered  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!!!


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