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These look really pretty😍

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You normally don’t get me with these doors cards, but this one is really nice. :slight_smile:

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For the weekly “Lotto” game in the German part of the forum I made some new artistamps for the cards that go to the winners. It was fun to find out how to make gummed paper: Some gum arabic dissolved in water, lots of patience after applying it to a real lottery ticket. While it was drying I carved a rubber stamp with the “Lotto” word. After punching the stamps, the finishing with rubber stamps could start. I really like the brown, shiny colour of this archaic way to make gummed paper (it sticks like a stamp when you wet the brown side). When you move the paper, it gives a fine cracking noise and feels like it’s covered with some varnish. Great! I will try another recipe for gumming paper once the ingredients get here :slight_smile:

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I think these deserve their own topic!

Wow, what a fantastic idea! :heart:

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@einfachich inspired me, for this card I painted the background with watercolor and fold little origami ships, I glued them only at on side, so it’s sort of 3D.

And I also made this official card for @dackelerna, which was a great coincidence, because I had the sea background laying around.

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Oh this is lovely… And the seesnake gives me a few ideas more too… Thanks, I will show when I finished them!

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I was going to make house-themed cards for the Handmade RR, but I got a little bit carried away… :see_no_evil::grin:

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I know the robot looks totaly different - but still, my first thought was: “Hey Bim, guess what?!” :joy:

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I made some of my usual herbarium laminated handmades


Spring is coming soon, so I need to get rid of all dried flowers from previous years :smile:

EDIT: Special group is created in Handmade RR for receiving one of these!

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Oh, these look rather unique, with that transparent window in the middle! Do you write on them and mail them like this? :thinking:

Yes, of course after writing on the backside they could look different. I experiment with flowers/paper choice each year to make them nicer to send. I like flowers on full transparent most, but then backside of stamps/address/writing ruins the picture. The transparent middle idea I got when I was making transparent window handmade for RR with personal care labels, being a top if box of napkin:

P.S. I think I send one to postcrossing team last summer/autumn with violets :grin: but it was just flowers on white background

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What if you make the transparent part vertically and use it as a kind of devider? Address part and stamp(s) on the right, message on the left. In this case you could also stick some self-adhesive paper labels to the parts you want to write on.

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It’s not a bad idea! The only thing is that composition-vise having the orientation vertical is less neat instead of horizontal. Or at least it feels so, before I run out of flowers (I made 16 cards total, so probably some of the forum members eventually get some from this batch too), I experimented with putting two pieces of papers for address and message, but it looks less nice


I found putting stickers is less safe than writing on laminated film, have no problem with markers I use. Stickers sometimes fall off from the card unexpectedly. I had some of postcards/envelopes returned because recipient address on the label fell off, but my address remained because it was written on.

EDIT: Having composition horizontal is also connected with lamination process, vertical with transparent middle will leave card to be a bit flimsy and bendy in the middle since it’s only two layers of film, without paper

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This is great and made my day! I’m waiting to get into the library and everybody is turning around because I laughed tears!

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Glad I could make you laugh! :grin:

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I did this Postcard for a Postcrosser Lady in Portugal with watercolors.

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This is a Totoro Postcard I did with watercolors.

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These Little „postage stamps“ I create with watercolors to decorate my outgoing Postcards and Envelopes. I like them a lot.

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Wow, I love your watercolour of Alice!

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