Topic: A - Z challenge round 4
Here's a little night owl done up in origami. I used scrapbook paper for the background and rub-on letters for the text.
A technique I've wanted to try since I first saw it demonstrated...
punchout or sticker letters are arranged to a base card. Metal automotive tape is laid over the text and is burnished to get it into all the creases and crevices. Alcohol ink is used to colorize it.
The finished text was trimmed and mounted to cardstock. Corner enhancements are gold peel-offs.
I've found the way to make lettering look better, if you don't like your own handwriting, is to use caps, intentionally make uneven lines, try to make it look casual.
I wrote this out with a waterproof marker and made colored enhancements with watercolor markers and tore it out for mounting.
This photo of strawberries has been calling out to me ever since I wrote down this theme. I used gold textured foil paper as a background and layered over red mulberry paper and red glossy cardstock.
Everything about this card says 'richness'. I will add a gold peel-off greeting when I decide on the occasion to send it.
Yep, its Iris Iris Folding! LOL!
I designed this bearded iris in iris folding just for today's theme.
I've worked it up in folded strips of tissue paper.
Want the pattern? Well, why didn't you say so? Here you go:
If you've ever wanted to create your own superhero then this website is for you: http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/heromachine2/heroMachine2.asp
I went through all the steps and put together this digital image which MAY go on a card for a hero of mine!
I thought it would be a good lesson to show that you don't have to be able to draw to create great (?) art!
This table is a digital image printed on cardstock, folded and trimmed to round the corners. The balls were printed and punched out using a 1/4" punch. I built the cue from farious papers and embellished with markers and gold peel-offs.
There are some supplies and papers that seem just too precious to use. So they get saved, then stashed, then forgotten. Such is the case with this border of fruit swags. It is from a sheet of overall print that is enhanced with gilt and is an extremely rich print. I cut carefully along the bottom on one swag for the border.
The bottom fruits are print from a table napkin. The base card was given adhesive in the Xyron and both illustrations were affixed. I then covered the exposed adhesive with verigated leafing and burnished it to a high gloss.
I made a basic egg shape and cut out several from various scrapbook papers.
Eggs in coordinating patters were arranged on white cardstock and embellished with other cutouts, stickers and embellishments.
This is the first time I have done any wire loops so they aren't perfect by any means. I made these angel dangles using a cap, dragonfly wings, a bead and a spacer, all strung on a headpin. I picked up the parts at the bead store.
I was surprised to find that I had 4 sterling silver chains in my stash from long-ago jewelry-making classes!
Sometimes I struggle so long with coming up with a way to use a theme that I'm sure I won't be able to use it. Then suddenly, while I'm doing something totally unrelated, WHAM! That was how this idea came about.
The candies are adhesive-backed acrylic circles over scrapbook papers. These are trimmed close around and then wrapped in cellophane. They are attached over printed scrapbook paper and enhanced with a text sticker with a border from the same paper as one of the candies.
The cellophane is attached to the backing with glue dots behind the candy and at each end.
I saw this idea so many years ago I can't remember where! I love the idea of using the holes in the buttons this way.
I used silicone to adhere on a backing of mulberry paper (sky) and handmade paper (snow). The noses and the hats are cut of craft foam and colored with Sharpie markers.
I used some sticky yarn to make neckscarves for each of them.
For those who find themselves in the midst of snowstorms - I'm sorry to remind you! LOL!
The butterflies are stamped onto acetate with black Staz-On and heated. Then I colored with Ranger alcohol inks on the back side using a paint brush. After dry they were cut out with a craft knife.
The pansies are vellum stickers that I arranged on printed cardstock. I creased the wings at the side of the body to make them stand up ant then attached only the body with double-stick tape.
This is a digital creation using three photos, edited and resized to match. The reference text is obvious.
Has anyone notices how much I like to use puns and plays on words in my artwork? I can't seem to help myself!
This is a digital creation. I made the same card for a friend who is graduating this year but for posting here I changed the name and made the photo of me instead.
I started with a color photo, edited out the background and converted it to B/W. I used an actual yearbook page as a template for size and placement of the photos and text. The names reflect all the titles of the recipient including nicknames, maiden name, etc.
Over the face of the page I used different 'handwriting' fonts to add greeetings from 'school chums.'
This nifty little tool has a variety of tips that can be screwed into it before plugging it in for heating. This tip is a stencil burner which I used to make my own stencil using x-ray film.
After melting the stencil I trimmed the rough edges by scraping with a craft knife. This is the Kanji character for "happiness' or 'fortune'.
I used 'cranberry' and 'espresso' adriondack ink pads and applied their colors to the origami paper through the stencil using brushes.
I punched fancy corners, layered over torn mulberry paper, and layered this onto cardstock. The text is a sticker.
For this card I stamped one of my hand-carved stamps - a window. I cut the panes out and backed it with scrapbook paper to resemble curtains.
I 'built' a windowbox from wood-grained cardstock and then added a bunch of 3D premade flowers.
The text is a sticker.
I chose to stitch this house using verigated threads to see if it gave more dimension to it. I think it does but I would do a couple of things differently in the future: 1) choose threads that are less similar for the various parts - for this I used a rose, pink, and violet. Their light tones are too similar. 2) only use the darker parts of the thread. Where these fade out to white they are almost lost and every one looks the same.
The thread used for the bushes and the stairs are both a duo-twist thread where two colors are wound together. On the bushes it looks speckled and on the stairs the strokes are so short you can't see any color variation!
I DO like the pattern though!
Little drink umbrellas can easily be snipped apart to make fans for oriental cards. for this card I used a mosaic punch to trim out the right side, added a graphic, the fans, and some gold peel-off trim.