Sunday, May 31, 2009
When Desi listed the Paul Frank swap, I had never seen any of Mr. Frank's artwork. I mainly joined because I wanted to show some support for my good Facebook friend, but I ended up having a blast making this simple card. The green paper has velvety polka dots, and it's perfect for a classy frog like Jorge.
When Hornicorn hosted a Now and Then swap, I used the opportunity to carve a new family stamp. We are now calling ourselves 'geometry junkies' on the trail. (We used to be fungus amugus.) Although I love this stamp, I don't particularly care for this card. I may use the stamp for another card in the future.
I knew that I didn't want to cut around this stamp. Instead, I masked the stamp an misted orange around it. The mist was found in a clearance bin at Hobby Lobby. It was in a little squirt bottle.
The second photo contains one of my first signature stamps. It was carved in 2007.
I hosted a Classic Alice swap for April Fool's Day, and, again, I had a hard time deciding on an image. I ended up choosing an illustration by Mabel Attwell. Although this card looks pretty simple, I spent a lot of time experimenting with it. I ended up using Prismacolour pencils and blue watercolor paint. Each card is backed with a fun pink playing card. Since the playing card was slick, I covered the inside of it with gesso so that the adhesive would work. The card's info was stored bookmark-style in a handy slot between the two cards.
This is my middle son, Eli. He gave away a stack of my LTCs last year, so I dedicated my Unfortunate Events card (from Esmerelda's swap) to him. This card contains lots of symbolism. The ruler at the bottom represents Eli's love for math and his birth order (2) or age (7). The paper with text that I used for hair represents Eli's love for reading, and the chalk board represents his status as a homeschooler. Eli's plaid shirt shows what a stylish fellow he is, and it accurately represents the way Eli prefers to dress. He always buttons the top button.
This background was designed on the computer and printed. Eli's head and neck were colored with chalks, and his hair and shirt were fussy cut from scrapbook paper.
I'm a HUGE Gary Larson fan, so I couldn't resist joining when 4 Little Piggies listed a Far Side swap. I had a difficult time deciding which comic to duplicate. I ended up choosing this one because it didn't need text. Although there are about 100 errors in this stamp, I like the LTC. I painted these with watercolors, and the black on the top and bottom is cardstock.