Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Postcard

This is a new postcard that will start shipping with Collage Stuff orders in a few weeks. I wanted something kind of light and airy - kind of spring-like for this design. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blog Special - Digital Collage Sheet

For a limited time, the new Collage Stuff collage sheet, "Air Mail", is available at a special price! $2.50 for this collage sheet available here only in a digital format. Once purchased, this collage sheet will be emailed to you in a .pdf format within 24 hours. Please enter your preferred email address in the "email address" dialogue box and click on the "buy now" button to purchase. This collage sheet features envelopes, air mail postal labels and other postal labels from various countries. The purchased collage sheet will not have the "Collage Stuff" watermark shown on the sample collage sheet.

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Skinny Book page two

This is the final white page - "It's a nice day for a white wedding." The background is almost totally covered up with washi tape and lace. The background started out as scrapbook paper with text. I applied gesso and after it dried a gold sparkly spray. I put vertical strips of washi tape and lace.

I edged the playing card with gold washi tape. The background behind the woman's head is old sheet music with a cream washi tape applied over the sheet music.

I colored the bride and groom with a skin tone Copic marker and applied Gold Opal Golden Glaze to the bride's dress. The gold German scrap heart is available at Collage Stuff. I printed the words "it's a nice day for a white wedding". A scrap of cream washi tape frames the words. The flowers are Prima Craftable Flowers available at Collage Stuff. I highlighted the flowers with the Gold Opal Golden Glaze. I used gold brads to attach the flowers.

A lace bow and washi tape around the edges of the page were the finishing touches.

A word about the washi tape or Japanese masking tape. It comes in all sorts of colors, widths and patterns. Try a google search for Japanese masking tape or washi tape to learn more.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Skinny book page

This month's skinny book page has a shades of white theme. I find the white themes challenging . The background was made using music scrapbook paper, bits of a French dictionary page using white gesso as a whitewash. I applied Gold Opal Golden Glaze next. The glaze makes the background shine gold! It's hard to see but I applied some cream washi tape about 3/8" in on all 4 sides. I put some white lace near the top and bottom of the page. At the very top of the page I put a strip of a very light greenish floral washi tape.

The ballerina image is from a collage sheet that I bought on Etsy. I colored the woman with a skin-toned Copic marker to give her some color. I colored the dress with a "wheat" Copic marker to give it more of a creamy tone. I stamped a large flower die cut with French text and cut the petals to make wings. I highlighted the edges of the woman and wings with a gold Spica glitter pen. I also added details to the dress with the gold Spica glitter pen.

I made the flower stems out of the May Arts gold leaves trim (available at Collage Stuff). I glued these down with very skinny red line tape. The flowers are Prima Craftable flowers (available at Collage Stuff) that I highlighted with some of the Golden Opal Golden Glaze. Tiny Paris clock buttons are used for the flower center.
The word imagine, the postage stamp and the fleur-de-lys are all rub-ons. The little pearl butterfly is from Prima. To finish off the bottom, I glued down some more of the gold leaf trim. I finished the edges of the page with gold washi tape.
One side done! Yay!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Postcard

Tonight I decided I should probably get to work on another postcard. - something springy since we're getting highs in the 60-70's this week. So what happens? The computer locks up and won't reboot. This computer is aging and getting persnickety. Pull the battery out for about an hour and it's recovered so far. We'll see how long this trick works. After I got the computer back up, here's what I came up with. I use text for backgrounds all the time. The woman is an image I need to get on a collage sheet. I added very subtle details - pink lips, rosy cheeks and a little eyeshadow using Paint Shop Pro. The floral image is from the new old playing cards sets at Collage Stuff - the Pretty Playing Cards. I scanned in the playing card and cut out the white background leaving the flower. I use this Eiffel Tower image all the time. I added the postmark, butterflies and pink swirlies with Paint Shop Pro. If I could have found room to smash "Paris in the Spring" on this, I would have. Think about using playing cards in your art for background collage elements- both sides of the playing cards. This postcard will start shipping with Collage Stuff orders in a few weeks. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Guest Artists

Today, I have have art from two wonderful guest artists. These first two ATCs were created by Wanda Hentges. Wanda used an image from the Collage Stuff "Romantic Minis" collage sheet and the Red Baroque Border German Scrap for her "Love" ATC. This ATC is the essence of romance.
This second ATC created by Wanda uses an image I really like from the "Crazy for Kids" collage sheet. I adore this little girl blowing kisses. I find the sentiment that Wanda chose for this ATC to be very appropriate.

LuAnne Boyce created these three amazing ATCs with a cemetery angel theme. She's used images from the Collage Stuff "Angel Baby" collage sheet and some of Tim Holtz's Bitty Grunge rubber stamps. This angel on the "Angel Baby" collage sheet is one of my favorites.

LuAnne has titled these ATC's "Faithful," " Honor," and "Glory."
Thanks so much to Wanda and LuAnne for sharing their art with us.