Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mail Carrier Thank You

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Hello and happy new year to all!

Thanks to a recent visitor who reminded me that it's been awhile since I posted.  I needed that nudge to get going again.

I made this tag over the holidays to give to the mail carrier who serves us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  She is totally awesome.  Her route brings her by our shop around 10:30 each morning and we usually have dozens more orders to get out that day.  On busy days or days that I can't make an afternoon run to the Post Office she cheerfully makes a special trip back around 4:30 in the afternoon to pick up the rest of our outgoing shipments.  She helps us get your orders to you super fast!

Please forgive the quality of the photos as they were taken with my phone as I quickly created this tag.  I got out an old Verve thank you set.  I love that it has a number of thank you sentiments and I frequently pile them all on a single card/tag.

I got out my MISTI and set up the stamps in a pleasingly random way, inked them up with Jet Black archival ink and stamped the impressions.  These are clear polymer stamps and sometimes they don't take the ink well, especially for the first or second impression.

One of the great attributes of the MISTI is that you can reink and re-stamp until you are happy with the impression.  I had to reink the stamps a third time to get a perfect impression, but no worries with MISTI.

I'm sorry, I didn't take any further photos, but the next step was to use the Tim Holtz Correspondence stamp set to stamp all sorts of mail notices randomly over the entire tag.  Wendy Vecchi's Watering Can ink was used for the mail notice stamping because I wanted them to be background and to have the Thank You's pop and not blend in with the background.  I wanted it to have a little more background so the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Typo was stenciled using Weathered Wood distress ink.  Once I had all that done, my next step was to blend Vintage Photo DI over the entire tag and then ink the tag edges with Walnut Stain DI.

I thought the tag needed a little pop so I took a Ranger glue stick and went around the edges, then laid Prima foil over the glue, burnished it with my hand and pulled it off to give the edges a lovely gold foiling.  Unfortunately the gold doesn't show up well in the photo.

The tag was finished off with a couple of Tim Holtz Idea-ology embellishments and a wisp of dyed crinkled seam binding.  I rubbed a bit of Picket Fence distress point over the Word Band to make the sentiment stand out.

This tag was a blast to make.  It took less than an hour and our mail carrier LOVED it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   

The products below were used to create the above tag and are available for sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, most are 20% off retail.


Birgit said...

This is really cool. It reminds me of a well travelled suitcase. I love the sayings with the aged look. Great tag

Jenny Marples said...

I'm not surprised your mail carrier loved her tag and what a lovely gift for a lady who clearly goes above and beyond to help you at the Boutique. Thank you so much for sharing xx

Jane said...

Good to see you posting today Linda. What a fab thank you tag, lovely vintage look. Your post lady must have been thrilled but what a star she is. My son runs a golf club business and he has a similar postman...these people are so essential to the smooth running of a small business. Cheers to them! xxx

sarascloset said...

Love the vintage feel to this tag, Linda. Your visual layers make this more than just a stamped card; so rich it looks like old worn leather. Love this, and truly inspiring! You are blessed with such a dutiful carrier; she deserves this special gift for sure! So good to see you crafting in the New Year! Hugs!

Cynthia said...

I like the design of this special tag. I find it inspiring, so thank you!

Kim said...

Beautiful tag and a wonderful gesture that I am sure was appreciated. I think all of your customers should thank her as well...your delivery time is the best! :)

Unknown said...

That was so sweet of you to remember your mail lady. JoAnn B.

Cocofolies said...

Thank you very much for this lovely tag as usual Linda.. I really regret to not have found the time to enter your 12 Christmas tags challenge (neither the last year..), all your tags and techniques are so great.
I'm just so crazy busy this year, sorry as otherwise, it would have been a real pleasure, interesting too and very inspiring for the techniques you used. But I don't desperate!! I hope you will do it next year again.. :)
All my best wishes for you for 2017, be successful, healthy and creative!
Corinne x

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