Hey hey, Lisa here today. It’s July, and that means its Tour de France time! What’s the Tour de France, you ask? Well, it’s a bike race that goes around — yep, you guessed it — France — plus this year it includes some of England, Belgium and Spain, too. It’s 21 days of racing, with 22 nine man teams starting the 2,272 mile course. It’s been called chess on wheels as there are races within the race. Some say it’s a metaphor for life, with all the ups and downs and twists and turns. I think it’s poetry in motion.
Love of le Tour is also how I happened to meet Libby! She tweeted about the race one day and the rest was history. She’s the first stamper that I ever met who liked cycling. Better yet, at that time we were both living in Austin, TX. So we met up for cupcakes and talked le Tour and stamps. It was awesome. Soon after she started working for Hero Arts. She has since moved away but we still talk all the time. But I really really miss her.
So when I saw my assignment to make a one-layer card I knew just what stamp I wanted to use: the Bicycle, of course! And I didn’t want to make just any one-layer card. I decided to make a postcard with the Postcard Collage set!
I wanted to make the postcard and lines black but the border in color, so I performed a little surgery on the stamp.
Then I inked up the outside with various colors, misted and stamped on a sheet of watercolor paper. I cut it out, then stamped the inside in black.
Next it was on to the front of the postcard.
I wanted to make it seem like there were flowers flying out of the basket, so I went to town with watercolors. This was so fun! I didn’t try to concentrate too hard, just listed to le Tour and colored away.
I decided to add some matching flowers to the back of the postcard, too.
A little washi tape, and that was that!
One more thing before I go — just wanted to let you know that the Postcard Collage set and select other stamps that are perfect for simple summer stamping are 15% off, now through July 15th. Check ‘em out.
Miss ya tons, Libby. And vive le Tour forever!