I've only just returned recently from my second summer residency in my MFA program, and even though I'm studying poetry, "Story Girl" resonates. The ATC I made just prior to leaving and the mail art is the letter I wrote to a friend about residency upon my return. Both use these wildly funky Gretchen Ehrsam backgrounds that with enough play on page can be mesmerizing.
For Story Girl, I inked up the Typewriter with Heart (kp5044)
using StazOn Jet Black ink. This I stamped onto a precut glossy
cardstock piece just shy the size of an ATC. I stamped an identical
version onto a sticky note to serve as a mask. Once I applied the mask
to the card, I used about five different hues of Distress ink on
Gretchen Ehrsam's background stamp, Umbrellas (ge2843). The expression Story Girl (kp5059)
was stamped out on a scrap glossy strip. It was glued first to black
cardstock and layered onto the card. Once the Distress inks dried, I
adhered the card to an ATC back, and added a bit of colorful acrylics
and glitter glue to the edges.
And just for kicks - the mail art that began its flight to Paris yesterday...for this I used Mixed Border (mk592f) and Evening Starflower (db4785g).