Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Created Byhand Challenge

The theme for the very first Created Byhand Challenge is eyelets and this is my submission. I used diluted Ranger color wash sprays butterscotch and wild plum for the background. The quote (Quietfire Design) is stamped on vellum, tore and wrapped to the back. 1/16" gold eyelets added.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Painted Napkins

Yesterday after an in-person atc swap, our demo/activity time was painting on paper towels and napkins. This atc was made from a piece of the painted napkin I did. The napkin already had pictures of butterflies and things on it so i just painted around them with Golden fluid acrylics. After I got home I cut out the atc and then also used Golden matte medium over it to be sure the napkin was completely stuck to the cardstock. I also added some white paint over the butterfly to soften it a bit. The saying (from Quietfire Design) is stamped onto a transparency with Versamark ink and embossed with Adirondack powder. Attached it with eyelets and added the embroidered butterfly.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Corrugated Cardboard

The background for this atc was inspired by some atcs done by Joanne, an artist on one of the yahoo groups I belong too. I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to atc size and tore off most of the top layer exposing the corrugated center. I then took torn pieces of solid tissue paper (light pink, medium green, and a deep dusty rose) and glued them on using Golden matte medium letting them hang over the edges. While it was still wet I sprayed them with diluted Ranger color wash stream, butterscotch and cranberry and let that dry completely. Next I used the matte medium to glue the extra paper hanging over the edges to the back, let that dry. Then I sprayed it with gold spray webbing, let that dry. And lastly I used a blitzer to add sprays of gold Krylon paint pen and let that dry. The girl is an image from the Tuscan Rose Vintage Images CD #1. Letters were printed and punched with a quarter inch hole punch.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My first arch card

I made my first arch card recently for a challenge on the Time to Stamp Chat yahoo group. The background is done using a Krylon paint pen and Ranger color wash sprays. The child image is from Time to Stamp. The words were done with a dymo printer on clear tape.

Black and Daub

These are finished samples from a class I taught recently on Cyberstampers. More information about the cards can be found on my picturetrail.

Accordion ATC Book

I had lots of fun creating this book as part of the ATC workshop on Artists of the Round Table. All the stamps I used are from Time to Stamp. The folded accordion is black cardstock and I stamped all the images with bleach, let it dry, and then added color back in by spraying on Stamp Zia color wash sprays. For the atcs I started with a light tan sheet of cardstock and sprayed it randomly with the same color wash sprays, dried it and cut it up into atc sized pieces. All the images on the atcs were stamped with either Versafine ink or Vivid ink.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A new design team and more ATCs

First of all I'm thrilled to now be a member of the Quietfire Design design team. Quietfire Design is a wonderful company in Canada that has fabulous calligraphy rubber stamps plus some design stamps along with lots of other stuff.

Both of these atc projects were done for the ATC Workshop on the Artists of the Round Table yahoo group.

The first one is a folded atc. All the images used on this are from Quietfire Design. I started with white glossy cardstock, stamped a large diamond background with resist ink, sponged over that with Adirondack inks. The small diamond border and tree were stamped with Adirondack inks.

All the stamping and sponging on the inside is done with Adirondack inks.

This triptych has cardstock as the base. I glued on a page from a phone book and also some tissue paper along the bottom. Let that dry and painted it using Golden fluid acrylics. Stamping was done with Stazon ink. Leaves are punched from cardstock and colored with Adirondack inks.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Autumn Colors

On the Time to Stamp Chat yahoo group, Kristy issued a challenge to use Autumn colors in a project. I actually did 2 projects, an atc and a card.

The background of the atc was done using water-soluable oil pastels. I scribbled them on and then blended them with my finger. The image (Time to Stamp) was stamped using Versafine vintage sepia and onyx black. Inked the whole image with sepia and then just tapped the edges with black. Leaves were punched from mustard colored cardstock and then Moon Glow embossing powder was added to each one. Words were written with a micron pen.

For the card I used a brayer and Kaleidacolor autumn spendor to ink up the collage stamp (Time to Stamp Lucid Dreams collection) and then stamped it onto white glossy paper. Trimmed paper and sponged on extra color around image to filled cardstock. "Changes" uses Time to Stamp's Artist's Stamp Alphabet and is stamped with Stazon jet black. Layered onto white cardstock, then corner punched rust colored cardstock and onto folded black card. Leaf charm (Time to Stamp) attached with glossy accents.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Happy October

Happy October!! I know... it's already the 8th, but it's my first post this month... busy, busy. I have gotten some art done though. I did another canvas but can't share it yet as I'm entering it into a contest.

This atc was done as part of the Bernie Berlin workshop on the A.R.T. group. I cut a piece from an old pair of jeans and decided I liked the back of material better for the front of my card. I machine stitched it to a piece of cardstock using a decorative stitch around the edges and some random stitching in the center. The collage image (from The Altered Abbey) was attached using a straight stitch. I cut the branches free-hand from brown cardstock and stitched down the center of them. The bird (from Time to Stamp) was stamped on white cardstock, cut out, and glued on. The flowers have a seed bead sewn in the center.

Autumn is here with some cooler weather and the leaves have started to change colors. I needed a couple of cards this past week and just had to use leaves and autumn colors. Both backgrounds have leaves stamped with a resist pad and Adirondack inks sponged over them. The leaf embellishments are punched from white cardstock. For the first one I used Adirondack ink to color it and then embossed it with clear ep. For the second one I used Moon Glow ep over the leaf.