Friday, December 2, 2011


Holidaycoupage Postcards

This year I decided to make holiday cards, rather than not even buy any or buy some and forget to mail them in time like I usually do. For this decoupaged postcard project you'll need:

  • Holiday magazines and catalogs
  • Mod Podge
  • Crappy plastic brushes
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Iridescent paint (optional, found at most art stores)
  • Glitter
  • 4x6 canvas panels
  • 3x5 cards
  • Patience and dedication

Here are the magazines I used. I also completely destroyed a West Elm catalog, which was perfect for this project. Lots of words and phrases to cut out of there.

This is the glue AND the sealant for your project.

I like to start with an all over pattern. Just glue it to the front of your canvas. Little bubbles will form under it for sure but you can smash them out with your thumb OR don't worry about it because the more texture these have, the better.

Now cut out a bunch of fun things to glue on top. I keep mine in organized piles like "stars" and "words" and "cookies" but you don't  have to. It's prettier to leave a little border of white around them rather than cutting super close around the edge:

Start decoupaging! It's too messy to put the glue on backs of the cutouts themselves. Instead, just paint the Mod Podge on the canvas. I even use the wet brush to smoosh the piece into place rather than get my fingers gluey. You're gonna go over the whole thing at the end with Mod Podge so it doesn't matter if you get it all over the canvas.

Once you have all your pieces in place and you've chosen some words — nonsense ones like "Because... SPARKLE" are the best — wait for it to dry. Then add some transparent iridescent paint on top of a few of the objects. It's subtle but adds dimension.

Now, using either the mod podge or glue, add some glitter. I do this in stages by color because when you tap the excess off it kind of gets everywhere and you don't want your gold glitter part getting blue glitter in it when you shake the blue off, you know? So do one color, wait for it to dry, then do the next. Once  all the glitter dries, I take a small brush and wipe away any stray glitter on the canvas. Then paint a thick coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing with a large brush. Don't smooth it out too much, the brush strokes look cool when it's dry.

While that dries, make your address label for the back. Mod Podge or glue it in place when the postcard is dry.

Admire your work and then go to the post office. Yes, these will probably get a little messed up in the mail, but that will just add to the handmade-and-actually-mailed charm.

Have a crafty weekend!

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It's like an IRL Blingee! I would totally make these if I hadn't just recycled all my magazines :-(


@cuminafterall I also recycled my magazines (yesterday! aaah, why is Thursday trash day?). You could scavenge some thrift stores to make up for the loss?

Full disclosure: I decorated my first apartment with framed pages of 10-cent copies of LIFE and National Geographic.


I did this a few years ago! It was great until I realized I had like 30 people on my Christmas card list. So only 10 get the homemade ones.


Now this is some crafting I can get behind! I looooooove Mod Podge. In junior high, I Mod Podged a aluminum lunchbox with pictures of my favorite celebrities and used it as my purse and I was the envy of the eighth grade.

ANYWAY. Your cards are lovely!

Jane Marie

@emilylouise ah! i love that. and thanks!


I am not crafty at all, but I might do this because it looks so fun! And Jane's finished results are beautiful.

Setec Astrology

If you have time to do this, you must be one of those people who never sleep.

Also, please tell me you actually sent that card to Eric Bana.


@Setec Astrology Pretty sure that's his real address, so I bet she did!


"Because... SPARKLE"


I liked Eric Bana better in 2000 too!


@Jane Marie Jane. Jane Jane Jane do you know about Poida?

Jane Marie

@Craftastrophies yes. oh man, that man.


@Jane Marie I couldn't find any of the old, old ones where he had a flannel shirt and uggs. Classic. I think maybe I need to watch The Castle again. But it hits so close to hooommmeeee.

oh, disaster

Hey Sunday afternoon, have I got plans for you.


between this and my Hanuscaping I am about to burst. Burst I tell you!

Nina B.@twitter

This is an awesome post-exam destressing activity. Can't wait.


Um, one of those little cutout things. If I say "Doyle Owl" does anyone here know what I'm talking about?


Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift

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Merry Christmas ,Christmas top gift

a website with you ,
( http://fashion-long-4biz.com )
Believe you will love it.
credit card and f ree s hipping.
I bought two pairs. Cheap, good quality, you can
go and ship with there


For those with a longer list of people to whom you hope to send holiday cards: I wonder if you could just make one or two of these, then photograph them, and have them printed up?

Shannon McConnell@facebook

I had hard time finding canvas. Do you think watercolor paper would be strong enough?

Jane Marie

@Shannon McConnell@facebook i think that would work, yes!


So probably no one will see comments here this late in the game, but last night I did these postcards and had so much fun. Thanks Jane! And my friends actually get cards this year! Also, the magazine I bought to sacrifice was Canadian Living... and the good pictures that prompted me to buy the thing ended up not being useful anyway because I got too attached to the recipes and stuff on the other side of the awesome pictures.


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