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Postcard Swap: China

Second in a series of postcard swaps with my friends from Paper Cowgirl Art Retreats--this time, with an "Orient" theme.

 

I chose "Most Exotic China" as my theme since my scrap boxes contain more Japanese ephemera--with each of these postcards, I'm trying to think a little bit out of the box.

 

I used joss papers, fortune cookie fortunes, and New Year's money envelopes, along with a vintage Chinese playing card and a vintage coin. Decorations were added with water colors, embossing inks and Tim Holtz Distress inks using a technique I saw on one of his videos.

 

I continued with the "Happi Travel Ltd." story, and enclosed a "token" that could bring the bearer "good fortune and health and luck". I used descriptive wording lifted, practically verbatim, from files copied from actual eBay listings for "authentic Chinese antiquities". I have a file called "Welcome to my eBay!" when I dump snippets I find!

 

I hope my swap partner enjoyed the card as much as I did making it!

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Taken on July 5, 2012