I have a postcard to share with you today, it was inspired by the current challenge at A Vintage Journey which is 'Special Numbers'. I used the postcard format for the SPA 'Anything Goes' challenge but this particular very special postcard will most probably end up as an album cover for my hubby. The AVJ challenge of 'Special Numbers' had me spinning my wheels a bit until one day, at the end of February, my DH mentioned to me that we had met 32 years ago on that day! I did a double and triple take, did some mental math and realized he was right - how in the heck did that happen?! But that very special number crystallized in my mind what I wanted to make for the 'Special Numbers' challenge and here it is.
(Edited to add: So honoured that my postcard was chosen as a Pinworthy Mention at A Vintage Journey!
Thank you so much to the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey, very excited :O)I incorporated not only the number '32' for our years together but also added in our birth dates and a little play on words by adding the 'Twogether' sentiment along with 'One heart'. The quote 'You're the one I want to go through time with' is from the song 'Time In a Bottle' by Jim Croce which has always been a sentimental favourite of mine.
It is also a very true statement about how I feel about my DH, I couldn't imagine being without him!
I stenciled the background of the postcard with some hearts and the Tim Holtz 'Clockwork' layered stencil using Old Paper Distress paint, then over that colored it with Distress stains in Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Broken China and Salty Ocean. I then overstamped with some stamps from Tim Holtz's 'Life's Possibilites' clear stamp set and 'Bird Feather' in Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival ink. I die cut two of the 'Weathered Clock' dies and colored one with Old Paper Distress paint. The other die cut was colored using a Tattered Angels Tarnished Silver spray set. I mounted the silver colored clock on top with some little snippets of black fun foam to give it some dimension and used a Tim Holtz long brad for the clock hands. All of the sentiments were created on the computer and cut out by hand.
I struggled with the darn number 32! I used some new Ransom Alpha Parts that I just bought at Simon Says Stamp as I wanted the number to have some dimension. I colored them as Tim had done for his January tag with some Tarnished Brass Distress paint but it wasn't working with the background at all. So I mucked about with them, adding and removing various colors, until I just ended up sanding most of the colors back and coating them with some Glossy Accents. The number 1 was stamped with Jet Black archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and the number 27 was die cut from the Boardwalk Decorative Strip die, then colored with black embossing ink and clear embossing powder.
The number 11 was stamped and embossed the same way as the number 1 and the number 16 was a die cut that I treated the same as the number 27.
I am going to use this postcard as the cover of a mini album that I'm going to make for my hubby, commemorating our 32 years together (so far!). I have to dig through all of our pictures yet but can't wait to make it and give it to him. His birthday isn't until November so don't know if I'll be able to wait that long to give it to him ... although, knowing me (the procrastination Queen!) it will probably take me that long to put it all together so perhaps that is a good thing! (I keep telling myself that I work best under pressure :O)
I am linking this postcard up with:
'Special Numbers' - A Vintage Journey
'Anything Goes' - Sunday Postcard Art
'Anything Goes' - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
'Anything Goes' - Country View Challenges
Thanks as always for stopping by and hope that March will start behaving like a lamb no matter where you may be. Happy creating everyone,
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