August's theme in my little (3 person) mail art swap group was cowgirls and we all did cool cards, if I do say so myself.
I like the little HANDMADE stamp at lower left, with the bird carrying the envelope. The flourishes work well also.
On the front, the rope around the address was a cool idea, and the little stamp with Dale Evans and her horse Buttermilk.
How I longed to be Dale Evans when I was a kid. Just ride the range all day on a pretty horse and get saved from all my predicaments by good ole Roy. I've outgrown my hankering for Roy but I still love buckskin horses.
Jewels made a postcard this time, as did I. She, too, employed Dale Evans on her card with the quote. I love the background papers on this card. The little stars are punched out of the pink so that the gold card can show thru. Love it!
The cowgirl image is great, tugging on her fringey gloves with that huge hat and her blase expression. I love the colors of this card and can imagine a dusty old parlor in those faded shades.
My cards used the same images to both Beth and Jewels, and mostly the same words. I sealed the card with gel gloss and varnish so it was difficult to get a decent shot, but it says "a cowgirl is..." and then each image has a word or phrase on it - clockwise from top right - athletic (bent over backwards on a galloping horse!), adaptable (riding sidesaddle), friendly (a smiling Dale Evans), as cool as her horse (girl and horse with one leg crossed over their knee - amazing!), and lastly, brave (holding a gun).
I doodled here and there, and added bits of ancient paper that barely held together long enough for me to get it glued to the card. I sewed around everything, then sewed the card around the edges to a lightly larger card to hide all the back stitching.