Hold My Heart Gently: Mixed Media Mail Art

Summer continues to fly by and I find my to-do list growing longer. It seems as though I will never have enough time in my life to get all my creative projects done. But I am enjoying the beautiful summer sunshine and the lazy afternoons in the pool with my little’s. I have been struggling to spend a lot of time blogging lately due to these summer distractions. Time is so short and they will be back in school soon so I am going to enjoy it while I can.

As you can see, spending less time writing and more time with my precious little people means shorter posts. 😉

Creating the Post Card

I started with a PaperArtsy postcard as my base. I opened up used tea bags and glued them down onto the card.

Next, I stenciled using the Boho Mandala Circle.

And then I started layering lace, paper and sewing using a feather embroidered stitch.

I used mostly re-purposed items from my stash for this postcard. The chipboard flourish was painted with black gesso before painting blossoms and outlining with a white pen. I used an Artistic Stamper Asian Background stamp in the background and embossed it in yellow.

Tea Day

I am joining the ladies for tea over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s. I thought I would share my new Stainless Steel Tervis Mug that I bought on vacation to drink my daily cuppa tea. I love that it keeps my tea steaming hot for hours preventing the need to reheat. As most of you know, multiple interruptions can prevent a mother from ever drinking an entire cuppa tea.

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Challenges Entered:

Simon Says: Fun In the Sun

Love 2 Create: Anything Goes

22 thoughts on “Hold My Heart Gently: Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • Stunning mailart Kate! Absolutely love this one! I have been a really bad blogger lately, so apologies for having missed some of your previous posts…. Hope your summer is going well despite being super busy

  • I am in love with this AMAZING mail art postcard – PRECIOUS – this feathered embroidery stitch is a fantastic detail ! WOW!
    Oh yes not just you have the problem with having not enough time in one life to get all your creative projects done.
    That’s the same with me!
    Enjoy summer with the little one’s!
    A fabulous mug ! Looks cool – even it holds things hot …lol!
    Happy T-Day Anniversary!
    Hugs, Susi

  • Love the beautiful and tactile postcard. Your mermaid mug is lovely, great idea. Enjoy the time with the kids, they grow up so quickly. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  • Good morning, Loving your postcard and how you made it.
    I really love your new hot cup! I have a stainless one that I love my tea stays hot for 12 hours at least hot as when I first poured it really nice
    Happy T’s 5th birthday hugs Kathy

  • Gorgeous postcard, Kate! Your layering is fabulous. I love the title: hold my heart gently.

    Enjoy your littles while they still are …

    Happy 5th T-day Birthday! Hugs, Eileen

  • So glad you are making the most of your time with your little ones! Your postcard is amazing with all those lovely colours and layers 😁. I’m loving your mermaid mug too – perfect! Happy Tea Day! J 😊 x

  • This is a gorgeous postcard. I love how you took us through the steps of how you created it. I always love yu8r layered look and this is no exception. It’s a truly mesmerizing postcard and I just love how it is built up layer by layer.

    WOW, that new Tervis mug is not just functional, it is beautiful, too. You really ARE secretly a mermaid! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful postcard with the tea bags and your incredible new mug with us for T this 5th Anniversary T Tuesday.

  • Fantastic mail art, I love the layers and all the detail. I must start saving my teabags to use. Enjoy the summer with your family and I;m sure you will store many happy memories.
    Happy T day Anniversary wishes.

  • Your post card project gives a whole new meaning to tea bag art, anyway, for me! Just Wow! Beautiful! Thank you for including all the details. I am learning gradually mixed media techniques. Happy 5th T Day Anniversary!

  • Kate,

    Time.. its a precious commodity isn’t it?? I know i never have enough of it. Time spent in my craftroom has been scarce of late… Partly because i’m busy then the other times i’m tired from being busy and don’t feel up to doing anything.. Its a vicious circle.. But we do what we can and have to be happy with that.. Happy 5th Anniversary to you !! T day Hugs! deb

  • I have some tea bags to try and not sure how I want to use them. You had a really smart idea to use them as the base- they worked quite well and created some nice texture. I have a long summer creative list-and house declutter list, and still as I work away I seem to not be getting anyplace. But oh you have to enjoy the summer as it is way too short, don’t you think? Oh yes, another beautiful page. happy T day. Hugs-erika

  • Hi Kate. The T party is over and the names of the players have been thrown in the pot. You have been paired with Sharon. It is up to you to get her snail mail information. Thanks beyond belief for making this a lovely T celebration.

  • yes, set your priorities right! enjoy the time with your little ones ♥
    as always i enjoy the texture of your artwork. and that stenciled mandala got quite a rusty look, how awesome!!
    have a great t-party week, xox

  • Truly stunning postcard, thank you so much for the tutorial! Will you actually try to mail it? or is it going into a journal? I have not had good luck lately with our Post Office…they’ve cancelled envelopes on the back if you can believe it. this is so beautiful I would not be able to part with it, I think! thank your for sharing your art and beverage….happy belated T day! ♥

    • Hi Dianne,
      I have a K & Company Smash book that has plastic pockets for postcards. I am filling it up with mixed media postcards. I don’t think they would fair well in the mail. If I did send it, I think it would have to be in an envelope to make certain it arrives intact. Glad your liked it!

  • Wow! Wow! and Wow again! As you know I am into postcards, but this takes postcard into another league. Works of art, not to be posted I’m sure. Thank you for explaining how you made that. I love the mandala and also the fact you use tea bags. What do you do with them? I would frame it and whatever you do don’t send it in the post.
    Your mug looks great. A thermal mug is so handy for busy people.
    Yes, enjoy the summer with your children. They grow up so fast.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  • I totally love this mail art! From the substrate of the teabags,to the reused pieces to the gorgeous little girl with the heart!
    What a treasured make!

    I can not believe all of these posts I have missed from you! I am going to have to check my spam and see why I stopped(yet again) getting your post emails!
    Hugs,Jackie xx

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