The swap was three postcards, each one to a different partner. All three of my partners said either Fall or Halloween as a preference, so I went with Halloween for all three. I had a lot of fun trying out some ideas on these. Each one has a different front, but the backs are all simple muslin with a quick message to my partner and their address (which is why I won't be showing the backs). I would have loved to use some of my Halloween fabric on the back, but we were supposed to write on them, so prints were out.
All three have a border of varigated quilting thread and an interior of a very stiff heavy Pellon interfacing--no one wants a floppy postcard. I used adhesive photo spray instead of an iron-on as that was what I had on hand. It actually worked quite nicely and I definitely would use it again. I knew I'd be mailing them in an envelope rather than straight through the mail (wanted to keep them clean), so I had some fun with a couple of simple embellishments.
The first one I made was the pumpkin face. I found a goofy pumpkin in one of my mom's tole painting books by Gaye Shoell that was just to funny to pass up. His eyes, nose and tooth are appliqued. I sewed shell beads for the center of each eye. The rest of his face is hand embroidered. I did add a bit of blush to his cheeks with a colored pencil and a few black lines with a pen. Makes you smile, doesn't he?
The second postcard I created was the ghost. I used a patterned fabric for the background and appliqued the ghost body (another Gaye Shoell design) down with a bit of batting underneath so he's a little puffy. His eyes are French knots and the cheeks are colored with colored pencil and a few small embroidery stitches. The star and square are raw edge appliqued--the black square says "Boo!". I also sewed an pale orange mother-of-pearl button on for added dimension. He's a sweet little ghost.
For the last postcard, the little witch, I wanted to do something a little more detailed. She is from a vintage embroidery pattern. I raw-edge appliqued her hat and dress with a fun fabric that had holographic stars on it. The main coloring is with coloring pencil (ironed) and a black pen. Her broom straw, eyes and hat band are hand embroidered. I gave her red hair like me (okay, mine is not literally red like that). Who could be afraid of a cute little witch like this?
So, there you have it--probably, the only Halloween crafts I'll get to this year. I definitely had fun making these postcards. They are quick to make and I'm sure I'll make more in the future!