Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Liberating

I first came across Kat via Rinda, though I know others of you know of her too - I've seen her Photo-Heart Connection appear on a few blogs, for example (I love Blog Land! I love that we can share good ideas and fun finds and introduce each other to each other!) Anyway, I liked what I saw, and I was particularly interested in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap so I signed up for this year's - along with a few names I recognised! :)

Today I received my first postcard - woo hoo! Very exciting :) But I'm not going to show you yet; there'll be a blog hop for all participants 10th-12th May, and I shall reveal my 'received' postcards then. For now, here are the ones I sent:



They all began as photos I'd taken (some of which you may recognise, as I've shared them here before) but I played with them a bit in PSE to give them more of an 'art' finish. I found the 'palette knife' tool was great for this, though I also liked the 'watercolour' finish on the yellow daisy - the effects are more obvious if you click on the individual photos to enlarge them.

I had them printed as postcards at Moo (who, by the way, were brilliant; I was very impressed by how easy it was to create my postcards, how quickly they arrived, and how high the quality of the printing was - I can thoroughly recommend them!) There was a message - of my own design - printed on the reverse of each card, but I don't have a photo handy so maybe I'll share that as part of the hop. I also added a handwritten note to each.

Wonder where mine will end up? :) It's just as exciting to send as to receive!

20 comments:

Cheri said...

I signed on as well! I've received two cards so far and wondering what I'll get next... Wouldn't mind at all if that pretty red berry postcard showed up in my mailbox!

scrappyjacky said...

That 'pretty red berry' is my favourite as well....a beautiful photo.

Melissa said...

These are lovely - great idea to use your own photos for postcards!

Amy said...

I've made my own postcards, of sorts, before, but I love this idea and I have saved the link because I just might use it too ... great shots Mel :)

The Mann Fam said...

Glad to see you're a part of this, too. It's so much fun to get the liberated art in the mail.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Hi Mel!
These are wonderful. The second one is my favorite. I've received several post cards already.
Rinda

Rhona said...

These are all beautiful Mel, I think my favourite is the wild flowers one (not sure if they were wild or not). What a lovely idea.

helena said...

beautiful bright cards. I used Moo as well and was also very impressed. I've received 2 so far and looking forward to the blog hop

Miriam said...

My first card arrived yesterday and I have heard from two recipients of my cards. Just too exciting. I used Moo too, yes they are really great, I have had a few projects printed by them. Your cards are really pretty and the red berries is also my favourite.

Ruth said...

Stunning photos, Mel! I shall forward to the post revealing all the cards you received.

Abi said...

I really like the effects on these Mel and what a fun project! Can't wait to see what you received!

Sinead said...

Such a cool idea! They are really beautiful, I love the yellow daisy one especially :)

alexa said...

These are really lovely - I've fallen for the yellow and blue meadow :). What a splendid idea ...

Karen said...

These are all beautiful, Mel, and I'd be happy to get any of them. I've gotten my first two, and saw one of yours on the Facebook page. One of mine landed in Texas, but I haven't heard about any more of them.

Angelfish said...

These look great Mel. I love the meadow full of flowers.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Your postcard photos are so pretty, Mel! I've used Moo before and was completely impressed with the ease of creating, turnaround time, and quality. I've received three postcards so far, and it's so fun to see the different styles of each one! This is definitely a project I will participate in again!

PS: Thanks for the sweet little link! ;o) xo

Missus Wookie said...

Glad to hear that Moo are good - was planning on using them for the business cards I need to order soon.

Beautiful cards, the yellow flower caught my attention of course but I think the red berry/snow combo drew me in more. Enjoy your swap :)

Scrappi Sandi said...

These photo's are amazing & perfect for sending around the world as postcards!! Thanks for the link to Moo...I'll be checking them out for sure! :D

Diane said...

I'm thrilled to share with you that today I received your postcard! I too used Moo and absolutely love the result. I'm really delighted with your art and love the quote you included. I can hardly wait to reveal each of the postcards for the "blog hop". Thank you so much!!

Gail said...

They all look great Mel, my favourite though is the wildflowers. What a neat swap and I had no idea you could make your postcards. I'll have to check out Moo.