(Edited from AP) “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t keep a shell or rock from where they go,” Huskamp says. “Then they don’t know what to do with it.”

Huskamp gave up a career in computer science a decade ago to focus full-time on her artwork. She teaches at art retreats around the country, and launched her blog three years ago. More recently, she picked up a licensing deal to design fabrics for Baum Textile Mills, which creates a line of cotton quilting fabric.

(Edited from AP) “I don’t know anybody who doesn’t keep a shell or rock from where they go,” Huskamp says. “Then they don’t know what to do with it.”

Huskamp gave up a career in computer science a decade ago to focus full-time on her artwork. She teaches at art retreats around the country, and launched her blog three years ago. More recently, she picked up a licensing deal to design fabrics for Baum Textile Mills, which creates a line of cotton quilting fabric.

Below are instructions for Huskamp’s retro card, which combine vintage and salvaged materials, and just enough artistic prowess to say “I love you” with personal panache.

Tracie Lyn Huskamp’s Artful Card
This handmade card is three-dimensional: The heart and butterfly lift off the card.

SUPPLIES:
Vintage postcard (substitutes: cream-colored card stock or manila folder cut to a postcard-size rectangle)
Acrylic craft paint in white and other colors
White muslin fabric (scrap)
Silk fabric (scrap)
Lace (scrap)
White copier paper
Gold-colored craft paper or wrapping paper
Craft glue
Fabric stiffener (available at fabric and craft stores)
Photocopier
Pencil
Paintbrush
Scissors
Needle
Thread

ASSEMBLY:
1. If using a vintage postcard, make sure it has some good-quality handwriting on it. If making your own card, write a poem or love letter in pencil on one side (with the card placed vertically).
2. Whitewash over the writing using a paintbrush and white acrylic craft paint diluted with water. Once dry, create your collage on the top half of the card: Overlap scraps of silk or other fabric and lace. Glue these pieces to the card.
3. Cut out a small heart from gold-colored paper and fold in half.
4. Copy a photo of a butterfly onto copier paper. The image should be small (about 2-by-11/2 inches). Lay muslin fabric over this image, and trace the image onto the fabric with a pencil. Use acrylic paint to paint the butterfly onto the fabric. After this has dried, cut out the butterfly and apply the fabric stiffener to the back of the butterfly.
5. Place the gold heart on the collage, followed by the stiffened butterfly. With needle and thread, stitch the butterfly and heart into place.
6. Write a personal message or love poem on the bottom half of the card. Alternately, print the sentiments in a romantic typeface and glue to the card (a combination of the two handwritten and printed also looks good).
Tips: For the butterfly, you can substitute watercolor paints and paper; heavy card stock may work, too.

(Photo Credits: http://thereddoor-studio.blogspot.com/)

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