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The Miracle of Springtime Mail Art

Hello everyone!  Barbara here with my second regular post for April.  This month, the Altered Pages Team are cross promoting with the Unruly Paper Arts Blogozine. We are following along with their April issue's theme of Mail Art and Moos, and cross promoting with Leaky Shed to showcase their tiaras and teacups chipboard products.  

For my second post this month, I wanted to include all of the above ideas in one piece of mail art.  So, I made another post card that is quite dimensional, but it can be put in an envelope to be mailed to its rightful recipient.  

Supplies used:

Altered Pages:  AP 2125 - Little Spring Birdies collage sheet; Tags Domestic Postcards
Art Anthology acrylics:  Baby Blue Eyes; Mint Julep; June Bug
Leaky Shed chipboard:  Tiaras and Teacups; Teacup
USArtQuest duo adhesive
Gold leafing
White Gesso
Fabric flowers
Rubber stamp:  Inkadinkado 60-00463 - flourish corner; Memory Box Miracles of Springtime
Sizzix die:  Bird Branch (Tim Holtz)
Clear embossing powder
Charcoal white pencil
Pearl paint pen (Viva Decor)

I first painted the unprinted side of my post card tag with June Bug, then edged it with Mix'd Media Leather ink and set aside.
Next, I stamped the flourish corner onto the bare teacup and saucer with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used a stamp positioner to help with placement.
Next, paint teacup and saucer with Baby Blue Eyes and Mint Julep.  While I was blending these two colors, I was thinking how pretty these would be to use with the Mailbox Muse Mermaid kit due out this month.    Did you order your kit yet?
Apply a thin coat of duo adhesive to chipboard crown, allow to dry a few minutes until it is tacky.  Adhere gold leafing and rub off excess.

Glue gilded crown to center of teacup and set aside.

Adhere brown card stock to light weight chipboard and cut out bird branch.  Use whatever parts of the branch you like and those that fit best onto your post card.

Cut out bird nest and red bird from AP 2125 - Little Spring Birdies collage sheet.  Adhere red bird to branch with foam strip.  Cut lower flowers and branch from around bird nest collage image.  This will be placed over the tea cup for dimension. She photo below.

Place a tiny strip of foam tape at the bottom of the saucer and adhere to post card.  

Slip teacup beneath saucer and adhere bird nest collage image before adhering tea cup.

The very last thing I did was to add a bit of Charcoal white pencil to the tree branches to give them a bit of detail and dimension.  I also added flower centers using my pearl paint pen.  

You will see a lot of beautiful artwork by the Altered Pages design team this month using this theme.  I hope I have inspired you with my projects, and please be sure to visit each of our sponsors as well as the Altered Pages store, where you will find all of your supplies for these projects.  

As always, I am so glad you stopped by today, and have a wonderfully creative week ahead.



  1. OH MY GOSH! This is stunning!!!! LOVE the details, color and dimension...

  2. This is truly delightful Barbara, I love the way you have incorporated the birds into this piece and your use of the Art Anthology Sorbets to color it. I am smiling at present also as it looks like we all have a love for the Little Spring Birdies Collage sheet of late, I am currently working on a project using them too! xx

  3. Such a beautiful card! So many techniques and so lavishly embellished! love, Love, LOVE it! Great work, Barbara, as always.

  4. Pretty and whimsical! Why build a nest when there's a stunning teacup available? Love the spring theme.

  5. Very cool Barbara! I really like the design you embossed on your tea cup. Great combination of elements!

  6. Very pretty!! I like how you embossed the teacup!

  7. Breathtaking! Thanks for posting this delight!

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  9. Great ideas/techniques in this piece! I love love love the dimensionality of it!!! Anne, yourmainestamper


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