Unruly Paper Arts – July Issue

Art Journaling with Postcards

Art Journaling with Postcards (Marjie Kemper)

A new issue is out at Unruly Paper Arts today and this month’s theme is Postcards. I’ve used the Floral Post Collage Stamp from Darkroom Door and stamped it repeatedly on my art journal page.

Art Journaling with Postcards

I used post-its to cover each stamped image so I could continue to stamp without inking over each earlier impression.

Art Journal with Postcards - page in progress - Marjie Kemper

Using parts of stamps adds interest

I stamped three extra postcards, five postmarks, and two postage stamps onto manila card, then added them to the page. I’ve colored all the pieces with Distress Inks using an Ink Blending tool and edged the sides with black Distress Paint.

Art Journal tutorial with Post card stamps

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I cut a mask from Tim Holtz’s Picture Wheel die and used Archival Ink through this and several other stencils. Once my inks were dry, I finished up with gelatos all over.  Love getting them wet and blending them.  The smaller words (“enjoy the”) are ancient rub-ons.

Art Journaling with Postcards

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Have a wonderful day!

Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Absolutely fabulous! Love how you put it all together and the colors are so rich and fabulous!

  2. This is fabulous, love the colours and wonderful stamping and masking. Perfect for our Mail Time challenge.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC
    Avril xx

  3. I love this page…so gorgeous!

  4. Wow this is beautiful! Such clever stamping and absolutely perfect for our Mail Time challenge at FSC.
    Claire xx

  5. This is great stamping art. Love it.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  6. That looks beautiful. Very clever to use the post its to mask the previous stamped images, must remember to try that…

  7. Wow, just beautiful! Love the colours and the layering here, wonderful stuff.

  8. Caroline says:

    Wow, what an impact!!! Absolutely love this page, the stamping, stencil work but above all the colours!! They are fantastic & of course totally pop with use of black! Amazing talent you have! TFI :)))

  9. I like the combination of line and glowing colour. Great work!

  10. This is beautiful Marjie! Such a great stamping collage you’ve built and then colored it in such vibrant colors!

  11. A gorgeous page in great colors. By the way, it’s perfect for the actual theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

  12. Awesome page, Marjie! Love all the deep color and layering. So cool!

  13. Gorgeous project Marjie! Fabulous stamping and masking. Love the look of all those postcards. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  14. They are beautiful!!! Love them.

  15. Brilliant use of masking on this fun page, Marjie! Color is over the top with yumminess!

  16. Love this!

  17. Wow this is amazing!!! I just love the mask you made!! Did you cut that by hand?!? WOW!!!!

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Oh no, Helen…. I’d never be that patient! It’s one of Tim’s Sizzix dies… I just ran it through with blank masking material.

  18. YUMMY color!!

  19. This is an awesome piece Marjie, I love how you did the postage stamp and the colors are amazing!! Great piece!!

  20. Tim’s dies make such great masks and you put yours to awesome use! Love this and those colors are so stunning! Fabulous MM – M! Hugs, T!

  21. Really marvelous use of color on these post cards…..great layering. xox

  22. Lovely mail piece, great colours! Valerie

  23. Wow.. what a pop off page. This is amazing. I love the layover of the postcards and the colors.. oh my.

  24. Love this page Marjie ! Fantastic stamping and masking and the colours are gorgeous ! Sue C x

  25. Margie this is sensational! I love the stamping, the colours, the stencil work – everything. Will be pinning too! Juliaxx

  26. Very cool journal page, Marjie! Love the blended colors of your background. That postcard stamp from Darkroom Door is AWESOME! LOVE THAT! I also love how you used Tim’s picture wheel as a stencil. That looks so cool, too! Beautiful page! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  27. Wow!! Marjie — I do learn so much from you!!! This is so fabulous – great idea about the post it notes. Love the colors!!! I do love all the post cards for sure!!

  28. Fabulous layering technique and gorgeous deep colours, great page Marjie x

  29. Oh my goodness, how absolutely gorgeous is this. I just have to pin it – the colours are stunning, love the stamping and also the way you used the wheel for a mask. A stunning piece! Love it. Hugs, Anne x

  30. This is fantastic Marjie!! Love the bright colors paired with the rich black ink! I just bought that viewer reel die and I’ll cut a mask for sure with it… thanks for that idea!

  31. Absolutely beautiful, Marjie!

  32. Love your terrific colourful page Marjie, hugs Annette x

  33. This takes my breath away. Gorgeous!

  34. This is just gorgeous–wonderful color and incredible dimension!

  35. GORGEOUS result Marjie…love this style…you did great!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂

  36. Love the depth that you achieved by layering the stamping. Gorgeous colours too!

  37. Karenliz says:

    Gorgeous page. I love all the layed postcards.

  38. Oh my goodness … how fun!! I love this project. Of course I love your colors and I really love the mask you made from Tim’s picture wheel. The post-it idea to get your layered post cards was brilliant. Fabulous stamping Marjie.

    — Mary Elizabeth

  39. Holyyyyyyyyy wow! This is amazing!! I AM LOVING how you created those multi-colored envelopes!! WOW!! GORGEOUS!

  40. Fantastic!! Love this spread! I’s amazing what you can do with just one stamp! What you did with those stencils is really effective too! Super creation!!

  41. Wow, what fabulous postcard art Marjie. Love how you edged everything in black which makes them stand out. Great piece.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  42. Love this..you did amazing job! Love the colors and all the layers.
    Great job!