Sunday, November 8, 2009

Queen Summer

I just finished this card up yesterday. It's for The Red Cat's Vintage Fairytales swap. Once the stamp was FINALLY carved, I just colored it with chalks, sprayed on a fixative, and edged the card with black. This is from Walter Crane's Illuminated tale, Queen Summer.

The Only Thing Better Than a Friend

My wonderful friend, Tyra, hosted a wonderful swap, Chocostampaholics, focused on a wonderful food, chocolate. This is my contribution.

In order to figure out how to make it move, I had to take apart my beloved FIRE card by Mama Wolf, Wood6, CampFireLady, and Turtle Love. Fortunately, I was able to salvage the FIRE card and get my chocolate card moving.

I would tell you how to make a card like this, but it's kind of hard to explain. I think you're just going to have to get your hands on one of these and dissect it. It's easier to make than it looks.

Pooh Stick Bridge

This is my second (and probably last) attempt at painting a card. Although I LOVE the effect, I HATED doing it. I still have a few more of these babies to paint. If you want one, you're going to have to make me a sweet deal. ;0)

The blue/green background is watercolor, and the foreground is acrylics. This card was for my Classic Pooh swap.


I carved this layered stamp just for fun. I think I got some of that bad PZ, though, because I couldn't get a good stamping. I even recarved a time or two. In the end, I kind of like the "staticy" look that Ray has. It's kind of like seeing him on an old T.V.

I knew I wanted Ray to have a black and white background, and I initially planned on using a napkin for the background. Yiker told me about this neat technique, and I wanted to give it a try. First, I stripped the napkins down to just one layer. Then I laid out my 2.5" x 3.5" pieces of cardstock on a large piece of paper. Saran wrap formed the next layer. This is the glue that holds the napkin to the cards. Finally, I put the napkin on top, completely covering the saran wrap, covered it all with another sheet of paper, and ironed the napkin onto the cards. I checked periodically to make sure the saran wrap melted. Finally, I let everything cool down, and then I cut my cards out. I've posted a picture below.

Although I haven't used these cards yet, I think they're really neat. If anyone wants them, let me know.

Breaking Free

I carved this stamp for the Escher swap. I happened to have some origami paper that worked perfectly for the background. This card was SO easy to make, so I made about a gazillion.

Let Old Wrinkles Come

This is my 1st attempt at painting an LTC. This card is dedicated to and inspired by Esmerelda. I collaborated with Esmerelda on the last Challenge Card. Es and I aspired to make two stand-alone cards that fit together to form a third card. I’m pretty glad that I don’t have Es’ permission to post a picture of her part of the card here, because my card looks much better when it’s not next to hers. :o)

Es and I based our set of cards on a Shakespeare quote. “With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come.”