DIY Postcards with a Message

Empowering postcards 2012 in the #Diypostcardswap

This year I have arranged two swaps of handmade do-it-yourself postcards that was sent around in the world. Both turned out great and was fun to arrange and participate in! Thanks everyone who joined in and to those who helped spread the word! Today I feel it’s time to show what I did with my postcards in the second round. They’ve all been sent out and received by now!

Postcard start-ups  in the #Diypostcardswap
This is where I started. By painting with acrylic paint.

And I think my postcards, on the theme of empowerment, started out good but got rather messy before I finished them… I was inspired by all the wonderful artists who write beautiful calligraphy and hand writing! They make illuminating text look like magic, and probably it is…

I thought I could do something similar, but while I did try mine didn’t turned out as I had hoped… But still, I finished five cards with written messages and sent them away on time. I didn’t have time to rethink the idea or try something else, so I went with the cards I have. Sometimes that’s the best you can do, even when the markers smear and the handwriting is not as pretty as you wished for…

Anyway, here are the cards I made in the autumn DIY postcard swap of iHanna:

Postcard: Girl power by @iHanna .- made for the #Diypostcardswap
Sent out a message about Girl power!

Postcard: You're so Fabulous  by @iHanna .- made for the #Diypostcardswap
And Fabulousness!

Postcard: Embrace your youness made by @iHanna .- made for the #Diypostcardswap
And that you should embrace youness…

Postcard Be true to you created by @iHanna - made for the #Diypostcardswap
…and inner truth!

Postcard: You are enough - important message to all girls/women/men -  by @iHanna - made for the #Diypostcardswap
And a postcard with one of my favorite sayings of enoughness!

Love the colours and these messages, but should perhaps have cut out the message from printed text or done a collage like I did with my meta postcards… Perhaps next time! Next year – sign up for the newsletter and I’ll let you know when I arrange a new postcard swap!

Chicken stamps from Sweden, photo  by @iHanna - made for the #Diypostcardswap
And because we’re no chickens I used these hen postal stamps! ;-)

Hello, my collection of cute
Plus my own faux postal stamps of course.

Backside is decorated too by @iHanna - made for the #Diypostcardswap
The backside is decorated too, with lots of deco tape. Love that stuff.

Also see others postcard posts and the photo pool at flickr!

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9 Responses to DIY Postcards with a Message

  1. robyn says:

    I love these cards! I love how you combined the typography, message, all over collage. It’s new but still very Hanna. I also love the little stamp you created. I hope to make it in to the next swap.

  2. Carin says:

    They look fab Hanna! There’s something a little cartoony about the first two that really suit them. Ka pow! And the rest really suit their messges too. They’re great Hanna!

  3. Kate Burroughs says:

    These turned out fabulous! I hate it when markers smear. Don’t underestimate the power of your own handwriting. I don’t know why so many people think because they used their own handwriting it is no good. You did beautiful collage and washi tape plus your own stamps. Very cool. I would have loved to receive one of these.
    Aloha, Kate

  4. Eurika says:

    I love your postcards and those hen stamps!!!!!!! Fabulous!!

  5. Ellen MikaBrown says:

    Your postcards are fabulous just the way they are – bold, colorful and amazing! I would not change a thing. They are a reflection of you – fun, powerful and enough. Happy Holidays!

  6. Hagit says:

    I love them! They’re so happy and vibrant!

  7. they are wonderful with your writing on them – so much better than printed text for this style. I’ve received 3 wonderful postcards so far. great swap!

  8. I love them, they are so colorful, bold and energetic! Very empowering!

  9. Andria says:

    Your postcards are bold and beautiful! And I love how you decorated the backs with deco tape. So colorful and upbeat.

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