Thursday, February 18, 2010

First Venice page with additions

After I was done with this page, I thought it needed some bling. I added a large clear jewel to the brad in the center of the flower and some glitter on the flower petals. I put just a little glitter at the top right over the mesh stamped image. The rock candy crackle paint over the number 4 is dry now.

Back of Venice Skinny Book Page

I decided to give the back of the page a go! I started out with black and white Venice photos and a postcard background. Ugh! It did not work. So, I got out the paint. I put some green paint on a credit card and smooshed it on the postcard background. Next gold paint, followed by blue paint, followed by a beige Golden glaze to tone everything down a bit. Much better. Then I used a text stamp and stamped in black ink.

The Venice images are from the Venice in Pastels collage sheet again - sized as needed. I edged them with a gold metallic marker before gluing them down.

After I had them glued down, I decided I wanted to use this other Seven Gypsies Venice gaffer tape. The large Venice image was not too stuck down, so I could lift it up to put the tape behind it.

The image of the couple is from the Collage Stuff "So Happy Together" collage sheet. It's a black and white photo that I colored with my Copic markers. I cut out the couple and glued them down on some text. The gold frame is from the Collage Stuff Gold Ornate Frame set. I glued down the couple in the frame as shown.

I've been wanting to use the new bird charms that I got in stock, so I did! The large bird charm is attached with rolled up glue dots.

I added the blue jewels to the gaffer tape and stamped the Venice postmark. To finish off the edges, I used a gold paint dabber.

Woo hoo! This is done and no more stressing about it!

Venice Skinny Book Page

I've been stressing about this month's skinny book page because the theme is "Venice." I had no idea how I was going to make this theme come to life. I got the postcards for the Venice collage sheets at Collage Stuff thinking that they would be great for this.

I started with a blue background paper that is almost all covered up. I got the new Seven Gypsies Venice clear stamp set and stamped over the blue with brown ink, but you can't see that now! I enlarged one of the images from the Venice in Pastels collage sheet and stamped a Venice postmark on it. The smaller image at the bottom is the normal size from the collage sheet, but I trimmed part of it off.

I glued the large Venice image down diagonally. I like to use numbers in my art, so I used one of the Collage Stuff 1910's vintage flinch game cards. It went on next, followed by the smaller collage sheet image.

The tape is Seven Gypsies Venice Gaffer Tape. Two strips of that were applied. I found the large brads in my stash and those went across the bottom. I didn't like the blue space at the top right, so I stamped there with another stamp from the Seven Gypsies Venice stamp set.

Something to finish it off. I like the off-white Prima flowers, so I colored two of them with my Copic markers. It still needed something more than the flowers. I found these swirl stickers in my stash and applied them before I attached the flowers with the large black round brad.

The very last thing I did was to cover the number four with some Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. It was still drying when I took this photo.

I'm happy with this. Now I just have to figure out something for the back of the page. ACK! I'm thinking maybe something travel with a couple - "wish you were here". We'll see what my muse thinks of this idea this weekend!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

January ATC

The theme for the Collage Stuff January ATC swap is black and white. Here's my entry for the swap. The base is a black illustration board ATC blank from Collage Stuff. I created a digital collage using a page from a vintage children's book, a clock image and an image from the Angel Baby Collage Sheet. I added the other little touches with brushes in my software. I printed the collage out on a transparency and attached it to a Vintage Flinch Game Card from Collage Stuff with antique silver brads. It's really simple and I'll be able to get a bunch of these done even though I'm still mending from brochitis.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Postcard

The stack of Collage Stuff postcards that ship with my orders is getting low. Time to get busy and do at least one new postcard. Here it is! All of the Collage Stuff postcards are created digitally in PSP X2 and MS Digital Image Pro.
The true background is a scan of some vintage sheet music. The background floral image is from the new Vintage Birthday Cards collage sheet. I went through some of the images I had scanned and found this girl. I made the girl image more of a sepia, so that it stands out just a little bit from everything else that is in bright color. I could have printed her out, colored her with Copic markers and scanned her back in. Then she would be in color and match everything else. The wings are a scan of pink German scrap wings that are sold at Collage Stuff. Everything else is brushed in, in the software.
I wanted this postcard to have kind of an etherial spring-like feel, but I added the grungy numbers to spice things up a bit. A little grunge is always good and sometimes a little, goes a long way! I also wanted a number to kind of tie in with the birthday card image. I think the birthday card images are versatile and are not limited to birthday-themed art. Birthdays past bring back memories.