Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Octopode Journal - Style Postcards by Mandy C



The Octopode Factory Stamps ~ 12.5cm Dorothy and Wicked Witch
Masks ~ general alphabet stencil ~ you could use Dylusions and Crafters Workshop Mini Hexagons and Wendy Vecchi ~ Brick Wall
Vintage book page
Black Biro
ProMarkers ~ Olive Green and Duck Egg Blue
Pan Pastels ~ Turquoise and Raw Umber


Cut out two 6 x 4 inch size postcards from the white card.

Stamp the Octopode Factory stamps with Black Archival ink onto some thick stamping paper. Colour with watercolour pencils. Cut out and  Set to one side.


Dorothy Postcard

·       Paint the cut out postcard with the Mustard Seed Distress Paint. Blend into the card with some kitchen roll or an old rag. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Place the alphabet stencil over the card and spray using the Dylusions Pure Sunshine, dry with the heat tool. Stamp the alphabet from the Dylusions set of basic backgrounds, using StazOn Grey.

·       Take the Crushed Olive Distress Paint and the brick wall stencil and paint ‘bricks’ up the side of the postcard on both sides. Dry.

·       Cut out the piece of old paper, scallop one side. Glue into place on the top of the postcard. Colour with ink or pencils. Add washi tape to the bottom of the card.

·       I’ve cut the head off Dorothy and repositioned it so it’s at an angle to make the card a little more quirky.

·       Using the ProMarker (duck egg blue) write the words ‘follow the yellow brick road’ and then go around the words with a black biro. I find the biro works better on paint than a fineliner.

·       Also, draw some lines around the edge of the card.

·       Apply some Pan Pastels around the Dorothy stamp to create ‘shadow’.


Wicked Witch Postcard

·       Using the Dusty Concord Distress Paint, paint the whole of the postcard then add a line of Seedless Preserves around the edge. Blend together with some kitchen roll. These paints are lush for blending.

·       Add some random hexagons using the Crafters Workshop mask and the VersaMagic ink, dry and then using the green Distress Paint and the ‘harlequin’ pattern from the Basic Backgrounds set stamp a few diamonds onto the background.

·       Add some script onto the background using the Kaisercraft Script stamp and StazOn Grey. Add some washi tape to the bottom of the card and add the Octopode image. Write the words out using the ProMarker pen and go around it with a white gel pen, add white pen around the edge of the card too.

·       Finally, use some Pan Pastel and shadow the main image.


  1. These are just fabulous Mandy. Gorgeous background and really love Lily's quirky images.
    Fliss xx


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