Pink Polka Dot Altered Vintage Postcards

Some Altered Vintage Postcards by me, iHanna. Enjoy.

Altered Vintage Postcards by iHanna - Yay for postcards that glitter

Each swap round I try to experiment a bit with my postcards. I mix it up, change things around, try new ideas and techniques. This time I started on unused, vintage postcards as the base, and added lots of acrylic paint on top of them. Some are covered, some still has a bit of the motive peaking through.

After a not so happy start smashing paint and bits of tissue paper on some of the vintage postcards, I finally made peace with them and finished them this week. The new pink Posca pen I bought came handy in helping me feel artsy, and finally actually liking my postcards! I went over almost all of them with the pen nib, and made them polka dotted. The combination of pink + dots makes me happy, and I hope that they make the recipients happy too!

Finished my Postcards

Then I looked through my pen pouch for a good black pen, to write some kind of message on each postcard. Even though I have lots to chose from, I couldn’t find the perfect pen… So in the end I decided to try my very abused steel nib calligraphy dip pen and some black ink. I have seen so much beautiful calligraphy lately in my instagram feed, but it was a long time since I practiced this art form. My Lamy Safari was empty, so I used the dip pen and did a few test swirls, and then just wrote out some messages about creativity and happiness. Not perfect, but perfectly imperfect and quirky fun. I hope.

DIY Postcard: Happy Mail coming your way

DIY Postcard: Wishing you Happiness

DIY Postcard: Wishing you all the BEST

DIY Postcard: Happy Creative Greetings

DIY Postcard: Happy Wishes to you

Happy Wishes to you!

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Altered Vintage Postcards

iHanna's altered DIY postcards for the DIY Postcard Swap #mailart

PS: Next weekend I’m posting Spotted Photo Theme of Christmas, looking through photos from past years. If you’re into photography you should join and post your own compilation of Christmassy photos!

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14 Responses to Pink Polka Dot Altered Vintage Postcards

  1. Lynette (NZ) says:

    LOVE your polka dots and your lovely colours. The swappers who get these will definitely be happy :-)

  2. Leada Wood says:

    Very lovely colors. Hope you got my name!

  3. jenny says:

    oh these are adorable hanna! thanks for sharing <3

  4. Patty Radish says:

    Love these! It would be awesome to be on your list this time!!!

  5. Debi says:

    Hanna, I totally LOVE the cards and I think you did an awesome job with the lettering and in fact, for the first time [that I can remember anyways!], I’m inspired to want to learn to do calligraphy!

    I’ve been wanting a pen and ink to use for drawing purposes but never was interested much in trying to learn to use them for lettering. Well done, friend!

  6. Marit says:

    It’s a cold, grey, misty morning and before I get on my bike to go to be present at my second ‘Open Atelier’ day I surf around a bit trying to get in the mood – and hell, you do the job!!! Your cards make me smile and feel all happy and grateful that there are such amazingly creative people in the world and that I can call me a member of this ‘community’…!!! I’m off to get dressed now and hope that smile stays on my face all day. Wish you a happy, ‘pink’ and creative Sunday too Hanna!

  7. I love all your happy polka dots! They make the cards look like a there’s a party going on :)

  8. Kathryn says:

    These are just beautiful Hanna!

  9. Mary says:

    Love these so much!

    Uncustomary Art.

  10. Lisa Jones says:

    Love them Hanna – hope one is coming my way! :)

  11. Ingrid Fostad-Hansson says:

    Jag šlskar dina vykort, Hanna!
    Vilken ide!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sandra says:

    OMG! Pink, dots, and kittens…all in one place! It’s almost too much to take in at one time. I could explode from happiness. Really sweet!

  13. Andria says:

    Love those dots and circles…that last one with the kitten really catches my eye…what fun!

  14. Sarah says:

    These are such cheerful cards! As always, I love your color combos and the little kittens make me smile!

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