This week's Make It Monday challenge is a review of all of the 2013 challenges and we are to pick a favorite one to use for our creations. I chose challenge #118 Photo Postcards by Ashley Cannon Newell. I love stamping on photos and have made several cards in the past using this technique - you can see a few of them here and here and here.
I have SO many wonderful photos of my grand nephews and niece and was inspired to make 6 photo postcards today!!
The best photos have some white space on them so the sentiment you stamp will show clearly. I attached the photo to a 4" x 6" piece of white card stock and stamped a dividing line ( Sew Simple Borders) and the address lines (Journaling Lines) on the back so it could be used as a post card. Although Ashley does caution that if you print your photo on a jet ink printer (which I did) it can smear if moisture gets on it - so it's best, if you are going to mail it, to put it in a glassine or clear envelope.
Again, Katie was playing with the settings on her new camera and snapped this great one of Landon with a string of tree lights. Sentiment is from PTI Inside and Out Holiday.
Although it's too late for this year - this photo Katie took on Christmas Eve at the in-laws house would have made a wonderful Christmas card for her to send. The Merry Christmas is from PTI Inside Out Holiday.
Here's Landon playing doctor at a Children's Museum. Sentiment is from PTI On My Couch and the little heart is from PTI My Punny Valentine.
This little cutie of Mila was taken last summer in their yard. Mila is playing in the water table they had set up and she actually has some drops of water on her face! It seemed a perfect picture for this sentiment from PTI Signature Greetings! (you're smiling yourself now, right!?!)
And my final picture post card really didn't have enough light space on it to stamp the sentiment - But I just loved Mila's wonderful plaid Christmas dress - her little pearl necklace (when you press the shell - Ariel hums a tune! so we were hearing that all Christmas Day!) and her brother's new knit hat (that she promptly put on after he opened it!)
Here is the close up of the sentiment so you can read how appropriate it is - "Wear your best dress and pretty pearls, we are having a tea party just for the girls!" It's from Waltzingmouse - Afternoon Tea Sentiments.
I used Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink for all of the stampings - and did have a little trouble with it 'squishing' over the glossy card stock - and found I had to reprint some of the photos and try again. I also left them over night to dry before touching them. I'd suggest try all of the different inks you have to see which one stamps best on glossy card stock - OR you could print directly onto card stock - which gives a more muted look to the photo - but would be much easier to stamp on!
What photos do you have that would make great Post Cards?