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Martha Stewart Crafts Studio: Postcard Class

Reported by Simone Collins
Photography by Chris Foresman

It has been a great getaway with the amazing folks from Martha Stewart Crafts.  We were so lucky to get to craft alongside these talented folks and learn all about the Martha Stewart Crafts products.
Another amazing class offered at the Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos is the Postcard Class. When you aren’t enjoying the breathtaking scenery or swimming in one of the many, many pools, you can pop in for this class and create your own little piece of art that can be sent back home.
Here is a little step by step so that you can use these techniques to create postcards and cards of your own—sunshine and daiquiris optional.
Craft Critique editors Sarah Moore, Dana Vitek & Simone Collins, with Martha Stewart Living holiday and crafts editor Hannah Milman

Glittered Postcard Tutorial

Supplies
Patterned Paper or Mat Pad Sheet (4.75 x 6.75″)
Miscellaneous Paper or Punch Pad
Solid Paper or Cardstock
Dimensional Adhesive
Plastic Spoon
Choose papers. You’ll want a patterned sheet to serve as a frame, and a solid color to build your scene.
Punch shapes. Nothing says “Caribbean paradise” like seahorses, but if you’re not soaking up the sun in a tropical clime, feel free to use something more appropriate to your locale.
For younger children, you can pre-punch the shapes or let the kids punch shapes from your paper scraps and store by shape or color.
Place dimensional adhesive dots on the solid cardstock where you want to place the punched items on your postcard. Do this first before adding glitter to your cardstock—the dimensional adhesive won’t stick very well once the glitter is on there.
Using the Wide Tip Glue Pen, cover the cardstock with adhesive.
Place cardstock into Glittering Tray (or use a paper plate) and cover generously with Crystal Glitter.  
Tap off the excess glitter. A glittering tray makes it easy to save the excess for later re-use.
Remove dimensional adhesive backing.

 Place the punched embellishments on glittered cardstock. Some embellishments can be glued directly to the glittered cardstock to give a sense of depth.

 Attach bakers twine to the anchor and secure behind cardstock.

Attach dimensional adhesive to the back of the finished cardstock piece in the four corners and the center.

Voilà! A finished handmade sparkling postcard.
With these simple techniques, you can create a variety of designs.
Would you enjoy a crafty vacation?  What classes would you want on your vacation?
Read all about our entire Martha Stewart Trip at the Beaches Resort including more project tutorials and our Martha Stewart Craft product reviews.  And don’t miss the daily giveaways!
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11 Responses to Martha Stewart Crafts Studio: Postcard Class

  1. Michelle November 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    YOu folks must be having a blast! I am so jealous!
    If I were to take a class, I would want to learn some new techniques. Like all these alcohol ink projects that keep showing up.
    Thanks for the chance to win something yummy.

  2. Wende November 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Is green with envy a bad thing??/ LOl, looks like an absolute blast. i would love to learn something new and fun. Perhaps a class on mastering the flock. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Amy November 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Would I enjoy a crafty vacation?!? It’s what I LONG for!

  4. Elaine A November 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Somebody is having a lot of fun and its not me – boo hoo! Oh well, at least someone is enjoying themselves. That class looks like so much fun. And yes, I would love a crafy getaway. As to what classes I’dd like to take, can you say everything – LOL!

    Elaine Allen

  5. kathy s November 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Green with envy at the moment- sooo would love a crafting experience vacation-what a way to chill out.

  6. Anita November 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Amazing techniques! I would love to scrapbook on cruise.

  7. Martha November 17, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    Ohhhh that looks like sooo much fun. Would be nice to go on a cruise, get a tan and craft all at the same time!! I love learning new techniques all the time and your guys’ product review had helped me to really think about my purchases…thank you sooo much for this wonderful oportunity to win MS stuff! 🙂

  8. ddsharp50 November 18, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    I love taking classes and Martha Stewart has so many neat “toys” to play with. Thanks for the oportunity to win some.

  9. ScrappinCntryGrl November 18, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Great cards!

  10. Cristina November 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    How cool!
    And what a nice idea to have prepunched shapes for kids – I wish someone had let me play with that stuff when I was a kid! 😉

  11. Aznewmom November 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    A crafy vacation would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fun! Yes, I’d love it.
    🙂