Queen of Wishes Postcard Tutorial:Mixed Media Mail Art


I didn’t realize how much we rely on internet until we don’t have it. We have had issues with our internet/cable going in and out for the last week and surprisingly it has interrupted our normal schedule. In the evenings, we usually sit together watching a movie or TV, while working on our blogs or other internet-related things.

This whole weekend whenever I asked hubby what his plans were he would say, “Well, the internet is out so…” I told him he needs to get a hobby that does not include football or the internet. Unlike my hubby, I had plenty to do as I am on a reading craze right now. I just read my 104th book this year and I still have so many that I am dying to get to. Here are a few series that I am working through at the moment. Most of them are fantasy, which are easy reads and fun. I do read serious books as well but as of right now I am working to get through these. Each series has SO many books. And for some reason, I don’t have a lot of time to sit down. I am always wishing for more time to cultivate the ritual of sitting, reading and drinking tea. Until then, I am content to listen to books by audio book as I can clean, cook and ignore my children, all while filling my head with wonderful stories.

The Bloody Jack series is about a young girl that is kidnapped into the British navy. She has many adventures, in which she learns to be a lady, becomes a famed pirate and goes undercover as a spy. These books make me laugh so hard. The author makes me feel as though I am right along side the main character joining in her adventures.

The Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a series about teenage twins and an alchemist that work together to save the world from creatures of myth and evil elders that seek to destroy humanity.

The Chronicles of Narnia are a favorite in our house! We love this series as it correlates to a lot of Biblical characters.


I haven’t finished this book but I am working through it.

Creating the Mail Art/Postcard Tutorial

Elizabeth has commented several times that she wonders how I achieve my layers. I thought today I would show the process of how I created this piece of mail art.  If I could give one tip, I would say to keep adding things on top of you. And use lightweight chipboard to give your images dimension.

I started out with a PaperArtsy Paint Palette Postcard as my base.

I cover the base of the postcard with white card stock. I then collage scraps of book paper to the background and cover it with a gesso wash. Next, I stenciled a STencilGirl Stencil with black gesso. I used a PaperArtsy stamp in the background in random. Once dry, I sprayed with Lindy’s.

I layered some strips of book paper and scrap paper over top.

I added a scrap of linen and some stamped tissue paper.

And then a few more strips of fabric.

I sprayed Lindy’s.

I colored and cut a stamped PaperArtsy image.

To give the image dimension, I add strips of lightweight chipboard (cereal boxes) to the back.

Next, I added fiber to the bottom, sprayed it with Lindy’s and then splattered the background with gesso.

I  added a stamped teabag and a die cut sentiment  next to the image. I sprayed just a tad of Lindy’s to the finished piece.

You can see the layers from the side.


Tea Day

I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard, a day late due to my internet issues, but better late than never. I thought I would share one of my favorite homemade tea blends for the fall. It is Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss), dried ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. I let it steep for 4-5 minutes and then add raw honey and heavy whipping cream. We call it Pumpkin Pie Tea as it taste just like a fall dessert in a cup. My kids are always asking me to make it. As you can see, my jar is almost empty so I need to get busy purchasing more ingredients.

Happy Tea Day,


Challenges Entered:

The Artistic Stamper: Inktober

Love To Create: Anything Mixed Media

Frilly and Funkie: Haunted Halloween


23 thoughts on “Queen of Wishes Postcard Tutorial:Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • Wow Kate this is a fantastic mixed media project, you layers look so interesting as well as adding great textures.
    I Like to read as well, if I’m not crafting I have a book close by, no wonder there are not enough hours in my dat.
    Your tea flavours sound delicious. Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  • Congrats on your reading list. I am at like 88 books so far and hope to hit 100, but your list is amazing. And your latest art piece is cool. Hope it was a happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  • Hi Kate, I really enjoyed reading about the process of how you layer your pages-i don’ know what :Lindy’s is so am going to google that one. i am back to reading again too-when I can’t sleep at night I read.
    I love rooibos tea too I love the combination pf spices you blended-am going to try that.
    Happy T Day Kathy

  • such great advice on the layering Kate- and you do it so well. We do rely on internet service so much don’t we… but after losing it sometimes for over a week I have learned that yes, I can fill my time with other things-including reading, like you:) Happy T day!

  • Hi Kate, love your wonderful, many layered creation, it’s fantastic. Sorry about the internet, things like that happen from time to time. You have been reading a lot of great books, and all ones I like. I grew up with Narnia, so it has always been a favourite with me. I still read on average 4 books a week, and enjoy my reading time.
    Happy T Day, Valerie

  • Kate, it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog, and today I enjoyed learning about your reading tastes and of course, ‘watching’ you create! What a treat! I love all the texture and rich colors, but that tea bag element is my favorite! This post card is just perfect for our Haunted Halloween challenge at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs!

  • I sometimes wonder how we managed in the dark days before the Internet. =^,.^= I enjoyed your layering process. Love that queen image. The Eldest had bought Rooibos tea bags. I wasn’t impressed. Maybe it would be better with the addition of spices. Happy T Day

    • I don’t like Rooibos by itself either. I think the spices in this blend are the perfect combination to compliment one another otherwise the rooibos is too overwhelming.

  • How magnificent that LP woman looks here, and I love the texture and dimension of the teabag. Great to see those layers building up – always a delight in your work.
    Alison x

  • This postcard is really Gorgeous Kate !! I love the way you have created it, with so many layers, texture and beautiful details. The colours are great ! This tea may be delicious.
    I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

  • Oh Kate! I just love how you’ve layered this beautiful image! What an amazing repurpose of the PA card! Thanks for these tips on your fav books. Sounds like we like the same kind of book. 🙂 Hugs, Autumn

  • Oh Kate! What a treat! It was great seeing how this piece of art came together! Such fabulous rich colours and great layering! Those books look appealing – I wish I had more time to read too but tend to keep my fingers busy with something else! Your drink does sound yummy! Belated Happy T day! Chrisx

  • Thank you for explaining your work. Every one of them is a work of art. It seems like after each addition you ‘spray with Lindy’s’. I had no idea what that was, but I googled it and they are spray colours. (I think).
    Your tea sounds lovely. The sort I would like. Although I would not put too much ginger in as I am not too keen on ginger.
    I like to see what other people read. Apart from the Chronicles of Narnia, I have not read any of your books (although I do like fantasy). The Children of Blood and Bone looks very interesting. I too read books for young adults. They are usually less graphic.
    Wishing you a belated happy T-Day,

  • I enjoyed your tutorial on how you created all the layers. The final result is wonderful! Your homemade fall tea blend sounds delicious! I will have to try it!
    Have a great day,

  • Wonderful layers in your mail art Kate and what great use of that LP stamp! Interesting to see your reading list too, – I remember reading some of those to my kids many moons ago….

    It’s amazing how we all become dependent on the internet, – what did we do in former times??? I am sure there is something very addictive about it.

  • Kate- this is gorgeous and I am ever so happy that you shared your layering techniques! thank you!
    104 books? Wow girl, you are on fire! good for you! Are you on Good Read. I’ll have to look for and follow if so!
    And I think that is wonderful your kiddos enjoy teatime with you! So special!

  • Although I’m still not well, I apologize for taking so long to visit, especially after you created this tutorial so I could see how you create your layers. It took me reading it through twice, but I finally got it. My problem was I was trying to understand the beige background that was actually on your desk. Some days I’m a dufus. Thank you so much for sharing this and now I have a better understanding of how to layer art, although mine will NEVER look as good as yours.

    I remember the last time not too long ago how my internet went out. Of course, I lost everything, including all my electricity which affected the entire block I live on. My friend Sally, who lives four doors from me and I decided to go to lunch, since it was too hot to sit at home without AC, which we needed at the time. I can also understand because I was without internet for five days once and about went bonkers, I sure got a lot of housework done and made a great deal of art during that time. I’d love to get some books on tape, but have no way to play them. Now if they were truly on TAPE, I would have (grin).

    Your tea and spices sound good. You can NEVER go wrong using whipping cream! Thanks so much for the tutorial AND your tea you shared for T this week. So so sorry I was late visiting.

  • Oh my Kate, this is superb!!!!!! The layering, the delicate balance of colours, the clever composition, it all adds to the total magic of your piece. Thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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