We’re on summer holiday and we’ve invited some of our friends to share their voices and projects here over the next 2 weeks. Say hello to Ann-Marie Morris:
Hi! My name is Ann-Marie Morris and I am so thrilled to be contributing to Ali’s Summer Series! Today I am going to share a quick and easy tutorial on how to make DIY chipboard postcards using a small handful of crafting supplies. Whether you are visiting far-off places or simply taking advantage of a staycation, sending a little happy mail to friends and family is a great way to celebrate your Summer memories!
Here’s what you’ll need to make chipboard postcards:
- Chipboard sheets (can be found at most craft stores)
- 1 sheet of 12 x 12″ cardstock
- Cameo / Silhouette die-cutting machine (you can also use an Xacto knife for similar results)
- Craft paint (I recommend Martha Stewart’s brand)
- Martha Stewart’s paint dauber tips or any foam brush / dauber
- Washi Tape
Open up the Postcards file in Silhouette Studio (click here to download!)
Place a sheet of 12×12″ cardstock onto your adhesive cutting mat and load it into the Cameo. From there, adjust your cut settings to Media: Cardstock / Speed: 2 / Thickness: 33. Once everything is ready to go, hit “Cut Page.”
After all of the designs have been cut, gently lift each postcard from the adhesive cutting mat and place to the side for a moment.
If using Martha Stewart’s craft paint, remove the paint cap and screw on the paint dauber tip. Otherwise, dip a foam brush / dauber directly into the paint.
To begin, dab over the stencil and make sure to apply an equal coating and not lift any of the flaps. Every so often, check to see if you have missed any spots or need to add an additional coat. Remember that the beauty of making things by hand comes from slight imperfections, so don’t stress if the paint lines aren’t precise! I guarantee that your postcard recipient will love it no matter what!
Once you have finished painting over the entire area, carefully remove the stencil from the chipboard and let dry.
Repeat the same process with each of the designs.
Once all of the postcards have dried, flip them over and write out your messages. I dressed mine up with a few rubber stamps and a bright pink pen, but the customization options are completely up to you. Finally, drop your postcards in the mail and brighten someone’s day!
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