Ikea; I never go there. Not because I don’t like it, but because it is so far away. I don’t have a car, so when I go I want to buy everything, but I have to rely on public transportation, so one can not take a whole bunch of stuff.
But, yesterday I went! And what a trip it was! They had a lot of cool things, but I had to control myself. Apparantly, Ikea also picked up on the revival of steampunk, because they currently sell a beautiful set of steampunk animal prints on heavy cardstock. They can be used as postcards, but also to be framed. Look at the cute steampunk kitty!
I couldn’t resist and why should I, they were only 2,50 euro (about $2) for a set of 5. I also picked up some other cards, botanical and art cards with birds. And a cool pillow with a map on it! And a clock. Wasn’t really sure about the clock, but it’s beginning to grow on me. Well, I also bought some more stuff (for organising and storage), but it’s not worth blogging about.
Well, recently I watched some YouTube videos on Distress Ink. I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately and I just wanted to know what the fuss is. What I’ve learned: Distress Ink is very special. And it reacts to water. And it is really special.
Now, I’m really not into making 3d cards or the whimsical, flowery stationary. I like my paper old, my envelopes brown and my stickers antique.
But I’ve read some things about Distress Ink, which comes in different colors (for example “Old Photo” & “Tea Dye”), which sparked my imagination. Could you use this stuff to fake an antique look? Make white envelopes look old? Make manilla tags antique?
Why yes, you can. Excitement!
I’ve learned that you will need a pad of Distress Ink (in my case I only need one color, I just want to “antique” things up) and an applicator. This applicator is a wooden handle with a felt pad. You just have to rub the ink from the corners inward. The corner will be darker and the stain will be lighter, the more you move inward.
So, I got me a pad of Distress Ink. I thought the “Tea Dye” would be perfect. I asked the saleswoman about the applicator, but she had a better idea. Just use a scourer and cut into a square piece!
In the video I saw, they also used a wipeable mat as a workspace. I don’t want to spend $20 on something I would rarely use. So I just put clear tape on my working space. Problem solved, bucks saved, ha!
A while ago, I also got me a beautiful scrappaper. It is called Tropical Travelogue (Botanica) by 45Graphics. I don’t do scrapbooking. A lot of stuff that I would use if I wanted it, is not available. Scrapbooking is just not my thing. Everything is glittery, cartoony, childish.. I don’t like it.
But 45Graphics makes a lot of cool, antique supplies. One of their paper packs is called “Olde Curiosity Shoppe”! So if you are like me and having a hard time finding your favorite paper, have a look on their website here.
And then it hit me; distress the Tropical Travelogue! So, using my papercutting machine (yes, I have one. Don’t ask why.) I cut all the cards on the paper and practised the distressing on the back. In case I would screw things up.
It went quite well, so I also did the foreground, but only one some. Here are the pictures, including a before and after pic of the backside. I will use the shell patterned paper to make envelopes & maybe distress them too. Maybe.
Caught me completely off-guard: a lovely postcard from Mariya! Now, I don’t list my Postcrossing receivals here, since there are too many (and not all of them worth mentioning…).
But this time was different. You see, I sent Mariya a card (which I loved, but I felt like she deserved it). And the deal is: you get one back from someone else.
But.. she sent me a “thank you” card! So, you could imagine my surprise! And since I send a lot of cards to Russia, I had to find out from who it came first. But I did, so I am going to send her a message thanking her for the lovely card. It features her town, before the Soviet period. Look how old and destroyed this card looks! I love it!
Hardly original or new, I made these little map envelopes. I bought me some envelope templates a year ago, meaning to sell them, but never got to it. And seeing so much of these templates on other blogs, gave me the inspiration (or motivation) to finally try to make some envelopes myself.
I bought an old map of a province in the Netherlands (Friesland), which is connected to the North Sea and has some pretty islands. The Netherlands has 8 islands (excluding the Caribbean ones), of which 3 are uninhabited. I visited one of them a couple of years ago, Texel (on the picture). It was beautiful & I would love to go back. Go there if you can!
So, I could get 12 envelopes out of the map with the mini envelope template (didn’t use the big one). I moved the template around a bit, so I could get the prettiest parts on the envelopes.
It wasn’t much work & it was a nice way to spend an afternoon. Oh, and here is a pic. Just to give you an idea. Pick up the wooden templates on eBay or Etsy on the cheap!
I was invited by Rossi to do a private swap on Swap-Bot. Rossi seemed very nice, she wanted to help my rating get up, because I had none!
So, I went first. I sent her a big envelope with a bracelet, vegan sandwich recipes, a notebook with a swallow on it, a little bag with buttons, an old postcard, some stamps and a very old playing game card. Rossi has let me know that she was very happy with the package!