Sunday, June 2, 2013

PTI Make It Monday #118: Photo Postcards

This week Papertrey Ink has a tutorial and challenge hosted by Ashley.  She has shown us a fabulous idea and technique to create photo postcards by using our stamps to dress up our photos.  Wow!  Why hadn't I thought of that?  :)
If you would like to check it out for yourself, you can find all the info here.

I rummaged through the photos I had on my phone to see if any were good candidates for this challenge.  I came up with more than a few.  :)

The first photo I knew right away that I wanted to pair with this great sentiment from the Petal Pushers stamp set.  I felt it was the perfect match.
This is actually the second photo I stamped on.  Let me explain.  I had my photos printed at Target.  They are the glossy finish, like Ashley used, but the PTI dye ink did NOT soak into the photo, like it showed in Ashley's video.  The upside to that was my stamp did not stick to the photo.  The downside ... neither did the ink.  I have that photo with ink, still in a pool, not dried, for the last two days!  Phooey!  So, with this photo, I used white StazOn ink.  It turned out perfect!  It turned out so wonderful, that I decided this would make a great father's day card!  So, that's what I did.  Adhered it to a card base and will have the kiddos sign it for Daddy.  :)

My next attempt was riddled with ink woes as well.  I decided to stick with the StazOn ink, except this time it didn't turn out perfect at all!  What?!?  Who knows why?  If you know why, please clue me in.  :)  So, I restamped the sentiment with just a pigment white ink.  The results: brighter and more readable, but still wet 2 days later.

The photo is of my DD made up like a sugar skull for last halloween.  It was so fun painting all that on her face.  Hopefully the ink on the postcard will be dry by this halloween.  haha!

I tried to do a retro-modern look to decorate the correspondence side:

I found these cute photos of minecraft characters my DDs made out of cardboard and duct tape.  My first thought was to make some birthday gift tags out of them.  I know it's not a postcard, but the idea is the same.  :)     
This time I tried black memento ink with my sentiment.  No better than the dye ink.  And with the dark color, I think it even looks worse.  I used PTI Aqua Mist for the sentiment on the second tag.  (the Aqua Mist ink does show up a bit more in person)

A look at the festive backside:

I really love this stamping on photos idea!  I don't think I would have come up with that father's day card on my own, and I really love it!  More importantly, I think my DH will love it!  With that, I am going to need to come up with some new materials to attempt this in the future.  Either different ink, or different photo paper.  How about you?  Did you give this challenge a try?  What was your outcome: difficulties or success?  I'd love any tips you may have for me!!

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I love this photo of my DS with his face painted from Family Night festivities at Chick Fil-A:

I turned it into a "thinking of you/have a good day" postcard:

This is a photo of my DD dressed as the clown, Emmett Kelly, for her Famous Hoosier project at school:

Doesn't it make the perfect "Missing You" postcard?

And lastly, a postcard of our new family member, sweet Zulilly.  We adopted her in February from a local rescue shelter who saves felines from surrounding area high-kill shelters.  She is the sweetest little thing!

We have a couple of feline-loving family members who would enjoying seeing our new addition to the family.  :)

That's it from me.  Thanks ever so much for stopping by!


  1. Great photos and matching sentiments. I think we all learn by making mistakes.

  2. Why am glad that you had issues too? I ended up using Momento ink but I did print the photo out with my printer. Maybe that was the difference. PS I think my first try is still wet! Anyway love the photos you used and your backsides!

  3. I was wondering about heat embossing but that may affect the photo.