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Postcard From Home for the Discoverer


Postcard From Home
By: Melanie Smith, Artistic Guide

Finished card size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Postcards are the epitome of travel - you can't go on a holiday without sending at least one postcard to nearly everyone you know.  This is a postcard I can send from home as a quick hello to a friend overseas.  My postcard uses native New Zealand elements. You could make your own postcard with images that echo your surroundings.  Use local icons and flaura and fauna to give a local feel.

Toi toi (Rubbadubbadoo)
New Zealand (Rubbadubbadoo)
Map (Rubbadubbadoo)
Aotaeroa 6pak (Rubbadubbadoo)
1 piece white cardstock  4.25" x 5.5"
Black, Archival (Ranger)
Distress inks: (Ranger)
   Shabby Shutters
   Scattered Straw
   Peeled Paint
   Mustard Seed
   Vintage Photo

Rubbadabba (Rubbadubbadoo), or sponge tool of choice
Stamp positioner (optional)


  1. Stamp the plant stamps around the edge to make a frame.  I started with the Kophai flowers in the two corners followed by one in the centre and then one each side of the centre flower.  Next, I added the toitoi on the bottom left and then the fern leaves on the bottom right.
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  3. Fill the white space with the text stamp followed by animal images.
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  5. Sponge light green around the bottom half of the card. (See below for sponging hints)
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  7. Sponge the light yellow around the top third of the card.
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  9. Add darker green and yellow highlights around the outer edges.
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  11. Sponge brown ink around the very edge of the whole card.
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  13. Sponge some very light green into the map and some very light brown into the kiwi.  (If you're not feeling confident use markers or coloured pencils.)
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Sponging Hints:
The "rubbadabba" (or any other similar sponge tool) holds a lot of ink on the surface.  Tap the 'dabba" on to the inkpad once, very lightly, then tap again on to a plastic sheet (to remove excess ink).  Using very light pressure slowly rub the "dabba", with minimal pressure,across the edge of the card towards the middle of the card.  Move in a circular type motion and keep the "dabba" flat .  To add more colour to the layer, touch the "dabba" back onto the plastic sheet where you first placed the excess ink.  As you build up the layers of colour and gain more confidence with your tool, you can use the corner to colour small areas - as I have coloured in the kiwi and the New Zealand map area.


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