Since it’s our Anniversary Year, I thought it would be fun to share some more videos of how I created my DIY Postcards this time! I’m editing the footage of my third video (I think there will be four in total) right now and I am hoping to share it soon (it takes so many hours to make one of these videos).

I hope it will make you happy to know that the first and second episode are already here (if you’re a YT-subscriber you might already have seen them of course)…

Watch iHanna create mixed media layers in this series of videos #creativity

The first two process videos are uploaded to my channel on YouTube, and today you’ll find both of them embedded below, for easy access (with some additional information and product links), in case you need something creative to watch as you go about your day…

I hope you’ll use all of this as inspiration for making your own handmade postcards!

If you feel inspiration coming on -you can still sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap, if you haven’t done so already!

I just don’t think you’ll want to miss out on joining us. Making postcards is such a lovely stay-at-home-activity because it combines making something (the act of creating is for yourself) that you then get to send away (giving your art away and sending it out into the world is brave, wonderful and leaves you with a rather satisfied, happy feeling in your gut). I know the many, many people who join each year will agree with me on this.

But anyway, back to my process.

Preparing your DIY Postcards

Let’s start with the preparations. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut 10 postcard sized pieces of paper to work on (or more, if you’re like me and will want to keep one and send one or a few to the people you love). I’ve actually used pizza boxes once, but these days I have a pack of perfect for postcard cardboard (similar to these) that I like using. One paper creates four postcards, as you’ll see in the video, and then I start the prepping.

The card-stock I use is something similar to this, if you want to buy your own. If you don’t want to cut your postcards I would suggest altering ready made postcards or buying a Blank Watercolor Postcards pad, that even has the address lines printed on the back ready for you.

Here is the first video of me prepping postcards:

Mixed media Layers on a Postcard– episode 1 of 4 of this years’s Let’s make Postcards

The first layer done by using a no-brand matte gel medium and strips and bits of book pages mostly, left over from previous projects. A rather fun way to “clean your desk” if you ask me.

Painting pink mixed media Postcards

Then I poor up some acrylic paint in warm tones (pink, orange, magenta and so on) and start to paint. Here’s the video:

If you can’t see the embedded video click to watch it on YouTube: Painting Pink Abstract Postcards – episode 2 of 4 of this years’s Let’s make Postcards – on YouTube.

To finish my postcards off, I add details like polka dots, colored pencils, and some crayon marks (on my wish list is the wondrousbox of 84 colorswater-soluble crayons. The regular crayons are always marked neocolor I (one) and the water-soluble ones (which I actually prefer but didn’t bring out this time) is called neocolor II (two), something to remember when you’re buying them.

Lastly in the process of making DIY Postcards I glue on the printed backside, free for all to download and use. And that is my process (this year, haha, other times I’ve done something totally different).

Download and print these DIY Postcard backsides by iHanna #diypostcardswap

BTW, I did not look at what I created last year for the swap, but now I see that these are quite similar to the Postcards I painted back then… But I think that might just mean this is my style, right now.

Further Postcard Inspiration

DIY Postcard Products

Products used in the making of my collection of postcards this year are listed below (or similar items) in case you need to stock up or check out something new-to-you, all links are affiliate links and lead to Amazon, but you can shop them at most arts and craft shops of course.

Did I forget anything – let me know and I’ll add it later.

Did you find the videos inspiring – and in what way? And as I’ve already mentioned: when you feel inspiration coming on you can sign up and join iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap. Yay!