Sunday, August 28, 2011

Guest Artist - LuAnne B.

Wow! I adore these ATCs created by LuAnne B. using the "Cursed" collage sheet. Thanks LuAnne for sharing your art.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cursed Collage Sheet

Here's a new collage sheet for Halloween, "Cursed". I had fun changing these pleasant women into their cursed equivalents. These images were taken from vintage cabinet cards. Which one is your favorite? Mine is the girl with the green skin and pink hair.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Collage Sheet

Here's a new collage sheet, Sweet Sisters. It's available at Collage Stuff now in the paper and digital formats!

August 4 x 4 page

In one of my Yahoo groups, we're doing a 4 x 4 swap. My page for August has a Butterfly Garden theme. First I made the digital collage. My friend LuAnne sent me some photos and of course, I got to work ASAP to edit them. She sent me these cute girls. I colored their faces, hair and hands digitally. I cut them out of the photo and used a scan of a vintage childrens' book for the backdrop. I made it just a little pink. Then I added the butterflies digitally and adjusted the color to make them pink. One digital collage done and then printed out to the correct size. I just got in the Authtique Uncommon 6 x 6" paper packs and I've been itching to use this paper. This was the perfect opportunity. I overstamped the 4 x 4" part with a stamp from the Tim Holtz Papillon stamp set, the text one. I like the black/white checks, so I cut some of them out (homemade in Excel) and placed 3 as shown. The grey/pink paper is also from the Uncommon paper pack. I edged everything with a black Copic marker. I glued down all the paper parts and found my stash of Mica tiles. I glued the Mica tile down with Diamond Glaze. I added the lace and button with glue dots. The stickers are from the Authentique Diction Stickers from the Uncommon collection. I edged the stickers with a black Copic marker before applying them. I will be working on a new collage sheet featuring these girls in different sizes with different backgrounds. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

In color now!

Here's a color version of a postcard that I created two or three posts back. I recreated the original and used my PSP X3 to colorize the image. I was reading some tutorials tonight and decided to try colorizing a black and white image. I've tried before with little success, but I feel like I've succeeded this time! I'll send this off sometime soon to get this made into a Collage Stuff postcard too. Be sure to check out the tutorial at

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Postcard

Here's a new postcard that will be shipping with Collage Stuff orders in a few weeks. I used the "Lazy Days" collage sheet and some fish from the "Beneath the Sea" collage sheet. The fish weren't purple to start out, but they were when I was done! I added the postage stamp, and text digitally.

Sun and Sand ATC 2

I decided that the sequin shells were too plain, so I added a clear jewel to each one. Now they seem finished to me and here's another ATC.

Sun and Sand ATC

I'm always behind on my art stuff. The July Collage Stuff ATC swap is a beach theme, "Sun and Sand." Here's my design. I took a white matboard ATC blank and sprayed it first with Blue Patina Perfect Pearls Mist. I dried it with my heat gun as I can't stand around and wait on anything to dry! Then I sprayed Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearls Mist and dried that with my heat gun. The PP Mists are very transparent and soft. I love them! I always have some bubble wrap around, so I dabbed some gold paint on the bubble wrap with a Ranger Gold Paint Dabber (love this) and pressed the misted ATC blank onto the paint randomly. I scanned in an old dictionary page that had "beach" at the top, sized it, printed it out and trimmed it to size. I used the gold paint dabber around the cut edges. The girls are from the "Lazy Days" collage sheet. I haven't used these images before and thought it was about time I did. I also edged it with the gold paint dabber. I painted the inside of 4 Clear Iris Shell Sequins with you guessed it, the gold paint dabber. I found out quickly that the sequins melt with the heat gun if you aren't careful. I was trying to get the paint to dry faster. I used glue dots to adhere the sequins in the 4 corners. I like numbers and random stuff, so I cut up a yellowish UK bus ticket and used the numbers as shown. I dug through my stash and found the gold alphabet stickers to make the word "play". The ATC base is also edged with the gold paint dabber. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 12, 2011

New postcard

Here is a new postcard. I design the Collage Stuff postcards digitally using Microsoft Digital Image Pro and PSP X2. The background is a vintage photo of New York City, from the 1940-50's. The woman is a civil war era figure that I don't have on a collage sheet yet. I added the gear, dots, graph and alphabet strings digitally. This postcard will be begin shipping with Collage Stuff orders in the next few weeks.