Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Postage people in my tea cup

Postage people!  Those of us who love to recycle find ways to incorporate postage stamps in our art.  What better way than in ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  I first heard about Postage People from my friend Halle, who made a lot of them a few years ago. In fact, she made an entire mini book using them.  Search her blog using the words "Postage People" and you'll find some pretty impressive examples.

Mine don't quite compare to hers, but I've included tea bags with mine.  After all, it IS Tea Tuesday.

No matter how many photos I took of these fun ATCs, the outcome was the same due to my camera's inability to take any decent photos closer than about three feet.


However, here they are up close and personal.  Please click on the scan to see these ATCs in their entirety.  On the left is one of my favorite postal ladies.  She is so stern looking, the tea might actually help her.  I envisioned her wearing a black glove (recycled from Day 8) and grabbing for the tea. The background was one of the coffee stained papers I made on Day 2 to which I added some green spray mist .

On the right is the Queen.  We all know the Queen.  Her gown is tea based (minus the tag) and the stamp is part of one Dawn sent me recently.  Although I'm a horrible stamper, it is supposed to read "Everything stops for tea," and has a postage stamp feel.  The background was made using spray mists I made on Day 1 along with some walnut ink used to tone the bright colors down.

Today is Day 16 and I recycled two postage stamps, and repurposed some of that horrible tea I purchased specifically for art (purchased for $1.00 [USD] for 100 tea bags).

Enjoy your tea (coffee, sports drink, milk, hot chocolate, eggnog, wine, etc) today and join us.  We'll stop by if you do.


15 thoughtful remarks:

Anonymous said...

I cheked out Halles blog and loved her postage people. Nice to see another way to recycle your way,

XX Rachel XX

see you there! said...

Postage People? What a hoot! I think these make the best ATC's ever. Another brilliant recycle use.

Darla

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love how the postage on the ATC on the left looks like she it's wearing a dress! Cute and practical ;-)

Caterina Giglio said...

always fun stopping by for tea with you, E, and yes, we do love our stamps!!

~*~Patty S said...

as a postage stamp collector/Lover I enjoyed your postage people WITH tea bags extra much E!

Lovely creations and tea post...

here I am for Tea on Tuesday:
http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/blossom-love/

oxo

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

As a lover of old stamp there are lots of postage people. What a great idea Halle had and I love your interpretation....How fitting the queen and tea. xox

Divers and Sundry said...

postage people is such a fun idea!

i can take you out to tea today: http://divers-and-sundry.blogspot.com/2013/04/la-baguette.html

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Cute idea! You did comment on the gelli plate, I got so excited hearing that you had experience I emailed you questions and forgot to post your comment but i will! I appreciate all comments. If you get a chance to check your mail I'd love to hear from you.

Dawn said...

Tee hee, these are brilliant Elizabeth, what a fun idea!! Love the incorporation of the tea-bags to honour 'tea tuesday', ingenious sweetie.
Huge hugs x

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These made me smile, and trust me, I really needed that today!

Thanks for stopping by my blog..my daughter is actually pursuing and MS in Publishing.

Halle said...

These are fun! Glad I could inspire you!!

Marilyn Rock said...

These are incredibly brilliant Elizabeth! xxoo

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TwinkleToes2day said...

How wonderful!! These are now on my ever expanding list of things I want to try - one day. :D
Right I'm off to make a start on my Tea post. Quite excited about it realy :D