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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Postcards from the Past - Faux Postcards with Holder – New Collage Sheet, Digital Download Sets and Gentleman’s Emporium Papers

This project was inspired by the Gentleman’s Emporium 6x6 paper pad.  I haven’t done a collage project in a while, so I thought it would be fun to make some faux postcards and a simple holder (which I’ll show you how to make) with which to display them. I also displayed some of my altered envelopes behind the postcards.
In terms of a theme for the cards, I went vintage (of course), and then I thought I would have a little fun.
The first card is from Sherlock Holmes (who is in Argentina on the trail of his nemesis Professor Moriarty) to his sidekick Dr. Watson.
The second card is a couple vacationing in Paris, sending a postcard back to their children in London.
The third is a Scotsman on tour writing to his friend Isabella.  One of my favorite authors is Alexander McCall, who lives in Scotland, and one of my favorite series he writes is set in Edinburgh and revolves around Isabella Dalahoose.
The images I used to decorate the cards come from new collage sheets and image sets, as well as some older collage sheets (more info below and in the tutorial portion of the blog post).  You’ll also find a Free vintage postcard image further down in the post.
This sheet contains 11 smartly dressed men from the Victorian and Edwardian periods.  To purchase this sheet, click on the image below.
This set is packed with men, women, and children from the Victorian and Edwardian periods.  Included are all of the images from the Dapper Fellows Collage Sheet, the Victorian Women Collage Sheet, and the Victorian Children Collage Sheet, plus an additional 11 images for a total of 47 images.  To purchase the image set, click on the image below.
If you liked my Remnants of the Past #1 and #2 Collage Sheets, you will live the download set.   This set is packed with vintage ephemeral, all sized to work with smaller projects like altered tins and ATC’ although, with a download set, you can adjust the size of the image to fit your project.  It contains all of the images from the Remnants of the Past #1 & #2 Collage Sheets, plus 7 more for a total of 122 images.  To purchase the image set, click on the image below.

I started by cutting 5 pieces of thick chipboard (you could layer thinner chipboard).  To determine the measurements, I used a combination of the size of the postcards, the side of the clay trim, and the size of the feet.

Front and Back – These needed to be at least as long as the postcard but also long enough to work with the trim.  I used a silicone mold and polymer clay (you could use paper clay or Mold & Pour) to make the trim.  The trim has a repeat design, so I wanted to make sure the trim started and ended between the designs.  The measurement I used was 6 7/8” wide x 1 ½” high.  The height is arbitrary.   It needs to be high enough to hold the cards, and I wanted it low enough to see as many of the cards as possible.

Bottom – The bottom piece was cut the same width as the front and back (6 7/8”) and wide enough to hold however many cards you want to display and to accommodate the size of the feet (1/1/4”).

Sides – The height of the sides is the same measurement as the height of the back and front.  But the width needs to be a little wider than the width of the bottom.  The reason for the difference is based on how the pieces are glued together; you need to not only use the bottom width measurement but also include the depth (edge) of the back and front pieces.  In the case of my holder, that ended up being 1 3/8”, which I derived by the bottom width of 1 ¼” + the depth of my chipboard, which was 1/16” for the front and 1/16” for the back.
Assembly & Decoration
I first painted all of the chipboard edges with a color that would complement the decorative paper (sand the edges before painting if necessary). Next, I covered all of the chipboard (back and front) with paper.  It is much easier to paper before rather than after you assemble the pieces.
I glued the front and back pieces to the bottom piece.  Once dry, I attached the side pieces.  Attaching the side pieces last gives the holder the best support as they are glued to the edge of the front, back, and bottom pieces.  Because you are attaching the side pieces last, the width measurement needs to include both the width of the bottom and the depth of the front and back chipboard.

Making & Attaching the Border
I used silicone mold and polymer clay to make a border to fit around the holder.  Because the mold is so detailed, I used a roller to press the clay into the mold.
To remove the excess clay, I used a clay blade/cutter to carefully remove all of the layers of excess clay; alternatively, you could use a razor blade.
Once you remove the excess clay, you may find areas that aren’t entirely filled with clay, just press more clay into those areas and remove the excess with the blade.
Next, I baked the clay. When working on a delicate thin intricate piece like this, I bake the clay in the mold at a lower temperature than usual and for a shorter period of time.  It is better to underbake it and then put it back for a little longer than to burn the clay.

The border is shorter than the width of my holder.  Because of the pattern of the border, it is easy to use a full strip and then piece a few more sections of the pattern to cover the entire width.
I also made it just long enough to be slightly longer than the holder.  The reason is when I attach the border to the side pieces, they will butt up against the back of the front pieces to give me a nice edge.  Early I discussed using this consideration in determining the length of my front and back pieces.
Lastly, I added feet to the bottom of the holder and a strip of paper to the top as trim.
For the front, I used images of vintage postcards (you will find them further down in the post and can download them for your own use.)  Before I printed the postcard images, I added an address and message.   I mounted the images on a thin piece of chipboard to make them sturdier.
I covered the backside with paper from the Gentlemen’s Emporium 6x6 Paper Pad.
Next, I collaged images from the new collage sheet and image sets, plus two other collage sheets, Rose Garden and Paris Postcards.  I also cut out detailed images from the paper pad.
Lastly, I inked the edges of the cards with Vintage Photo Distressed Ink.

Feel free to click on each image to download these images and use them in your art.  To download the images, right-click on the images and select "Save Image As" from the popup menu.