By now, all of you should already know Postcrossing, the website that connects all mail fans over the world. Postcrossing is gaining fans rapidly and the Dutch PostNL has decided to produce Dutch Postcrossing stamps!
Keeping in mind that Postcrossing postcards travel mostly to foreign destinations, PostNL created a set of stamps that double as tiny tourism ambassadors, helping draw attention to the country’s most interesting and attractive sites. The resulting design (by Reinier Hamel from Sin agency) is a bright sheet of stamps, which promises to bring a conversation topic (and burst of colour!) to many future postcards.
The stamps each feature an eclectic mix of popular Dutch highlights (De Hoge Veluwe, de Nachtwacht & more!) and will be available for Dutch citizens from March 29th.
You can read more (and pre-order!) on the Postcrossing blog here.
The other day, I came across a box called “The Art of Instruction”. It’s a sturdy box containing 100 postcards, all in the same theme. It’s so great! Here’s the description:
Celebrating this scientific beauty of vintage educational charts, this collection of 100 postcard prints is divided into four categories; anatomy, botany, zoology and miscellany.
Here’s a little pic of my box:
I was over the moon! But, there’s more… I did a little research and found out that there a lot of postcard boxes out there!
I’ve found the Pantone Postcard Box, New York vs Paris Postcard Box, French Posters Postcard Box and many, many more. All containing 30+ postcards, all in the same theme. It’s a lot cheaper than buying loose postcards and you don’t have to search for a great postcard anymore! As a matter of fact, if you search Amazon for “Postcard Book”, you’ll get a lot of hits.
Here are some pictures of my box and as for the other boxes, I really would love to get my hands on them!
A little while ago, I was shopping in Amsterdam. My eye was immediately drawn to a little shop with a big Nautilus shell on display in the window. I had discovered the fan-tas-tic shop called “de Weldaad”. Walking in this shop, it was like I was back in 1890. They have all kinds of glass domes, fossilized shells and old clocks. What a wonderful experience!
I wanted to buy everything! But since carrying around a huge glass dome on a shopping trip in Amsterdam wasn’t really what I bargained for, I decided to keep it simple: I got a dried sea star, a small ammonite and two zinc labels for decorating. Yay!
I was very excited when I discovered embossing, even though I didn’t see a direct purpose for it. Apparently people have been using embossing powder for a very long time, I guess I am just late to the party.
According to the Internet, this is embossing:
Embossing refers to the creation of an impression of some kind of design, decoration, lettering or pattern on another surface like paper, cloth, metal and even leather, to make a relief. In regular printing or an engraving, plates are pressed against the surface to leave an imprint. In embossing however, the pressing raises the surfaces adding a new dimension to the object.
So, how to go about it? You take a piece of paper (a heavy one, preferably) & you stamp an image or words on it with special embossing ink. After that, you pour the embossing powder on it and tap the excess of.
And that’s where the heat tool comes in. You point your heat tool (or gun) at the stamped image and wait a few seconds. Careful, the heat tool gets extremely hot! You can see that the embossing powder start to melt and forms a “raised” image. So glossy and pretty!
Now that I’ve had some experience using this, I will definitely use it in my future projects. Imagine all the things you can make! Embossed areas add a real touch of professionalism to your project.
PS: it’s kind of hard to catch the shiny finish on camera, but I hope this helps!
Yesterday, I took a trip to the city of Leiden, to visit the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde. It’s a museum about people all around the world, their cultures, history & rituals. I had a wonderful time and will absolutely be going back someday when I have more time. It was a special Oriental Ladies Night, so there was a lot too see & do.
Gift shop I couldn’t skip the gift shop, where I noticed some gorgeous books. Amongst them was a soft cover book called “Arabesques”. It was a gift wrapping book with 12 large sheets, printed with Arabic designs. And they also carried another one with Turkish patterns! I had to buy it.
It is so gorgeous, I have been drooling over it all day! It is produced by a company named Pepin Papers, so I went online to see if they have more patterns & yep, they do!
I love all of the designs, they also make Indian, Japanese & Italian paper books, but also 1920’s design papers and lots, lots more! Go check out their website & fall in love just like I did.
Mahrez Landoulsi While browsing the gift shop, I also got 4 beautiful calligraphy postcards from Al-Andalusi (Mahrez Landoulsi), so I will be making some nice Arabic canvasses soon!