I've only just returned recently from my second summer residency in my MFA program, and even though I'm studying poetry, "Story Girl" resonates. Below is the ATC I made just prior to leaving and the mail art is the letter I wrote to a friend about the residency upon my return. Both use these wildly funky Gretchen Ehrsam backgrounds that with enough play on page can be mesmerizing.
For Story Girl, I inked up the Typewriter with Heart (kp5044) using StazOn Jet Black ink. This I stamped onto a precut glossy cardstock piece just shy the size of an ATC. I stamped an identical version onto a sticky note to serve as a mask. Once I applied the mask to the card, I used about five different hues of Distress ink on Gretchen Ehrsam's background stamp, Umbrellas (ge2843). The expression Story Girl (kp5059) was stamped out on a scrap glossy strip. It was glued first to black cardstock and layered onto the card. Once the Distress inks dried, I adhered the card to an ATC back, and added a bit of colorful acrylics and glitter glue to the edges.
And just for kicks - here is the mail art that began its flight to Paris yesterday...for this I used Mixed Border (mk592f) and Evening Starflower (db4785g).