Day 148: Make a Set of Postage Stamp Cards

by thecraftaholic


“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

I posted this one as a repeat, because I need to learn this lesson, truly. Why do doubt ourselves? Self doubt is probably one of the most destructive things a person can do to themselves as artists, crafters, mothers, and people.

When we are confident, we are sure of ourselves, we know our opportunities, and we can open doors, because a confident attitude attracts open doors. When you’re looking for love, any good matchmaker will tell you that a confident attitude is what attracts the opposite sex, weather male or female.

So we must learn as artists, to not doubt ourselves. Our self doubt comes from different places. It really depends on you, as a person. What triggers your self doubt? For some, it’s looking at other artists accomplishments, and comparing them with ours. It could be your age. It could be someone else’s talent.

The thing is, each of us have our OWN talent. The universe has just the right timing for when our goals will come to fruition. It is just a matter of us working towards it.

So how to we realize our own potential? How do we gain our confidence in ourselves, and our art? I can’t tell you. But I can tell you how NOT to. Here’s my advice: stop looking at other people. Your art will happen when it happens. And don’t try to be the “next” Martha Stewart or Fridha Khalo. Just be who you are, and do what you do. Remember: Van Gogh never sold a painting in all his life. He lived his life poor, and spent his entire rent money on art supplies. Although this may not be a very encouraging example, I mean to tell you this  so that you can understand that he did what he did because that was his calling. He knew it. He didn’t make art to sell. He didn’t try to make a business out of it. He just lived his life, and did what came naturally. So did Sylvia Plath. So did many others like them.

So we must STOP doubting ourselves. Just stop. As soon as you feel that negativity, just STOP it. Do what comes naturally to you. Just follow your instinct. Listen to your intuition. This is perhaps, what we all should do to realize our potential.

Today’s creative endeavor is a set of cards.


Words: Retired, from Stampin Up

Birds: Hero Arts

Postage Paper: 100 Proof Press

Oil Pastels

Workable Fixative

Black Ink Pad

Shimmerz Bling Paints, in various colors

Grey Cardstock (or whatever, but this is what I had on hand)

So all you do, is color the postage paper with the oil pastels, and blend it in. Spray it with Workable fixative. This is done so that it protects the oil pastel background, and allows you to do more work, without getting the color everywhere.

Stamp the birds on the postage paper.

Stamp the word stamp on some watercolor paper, and then paint over it with the Shimmerz Paints, in whichever color you choose.

Then, just cut it out, and glue it on the postage stamp.

After that, fold your cardstock, and glue a square of decorative paper onto the card. Then glue the postage stamps.

That’s it. You’re done.

You like it?

The Craftaholic