Tuesday, October 28, 2014

End Daylight Saving Time (Or, New Stamps from 100 Proof Press!)

Here's my plug against the upcoming time change that will shorten our daylight hours all the more after Sunday.  It's a quick descent into darkness from now through Winter Solstice in December.  But it's also out of joy for the 100 Proof Press stamps that arrived in my mailbox recently.  So my post is both political and artistic! :)

Stamps used:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spooky Rubbermoon ATC Book

Halloween is in the air and on the page!  And in this case, on what started as a sheet of watercolor paper that morphed into ATCs and became a mini book of Halloween goodness.
 First, I used my Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons to create vibrant background color for each stamp used.  It was a kind of scribble and add water effect.  Next, I used StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp each image on top of my watercolor scribbles.  The jack o'lantern is the only image I stamped first, and colored after.
Rubbermoon stamps used for this project include:  Witch Houses (ge2602), Blue Ribbon Pumpkin (db4795), Hanging Jacks (db4924), Scary House (ge2740),and Scary Neighbors (rm2827).
 I used a heavy black cardstock for the background of each ATC.  From there, I trimmed or square cut each stamped image to my liking.

 This ATC back took a bit of direct to paper Peacock Blue Distress ink and dry brushed acrylic orange paint.  Wouldn't a tree of Hanging Jacks be a funky sight to encounter out in the woods?
More acrylic paint added to this background with a yellow gold trim added after the card's assembly.  The spooky words are add-ons, ephemera from Retro Cafe Art.
 Here is the growing piles of ATCs.
 More acrylic painted background effects.
 This little house is about one of my favorite Halloween images.  Once I had stamped the primary image, I applied a thin layer of Gesso to newsprint paper and restamped the house on this.  The image was then cut out and applied to my ATC.
An eyelet was added to the upper left corner of each ATC.  Through each I ran a piece of skull ribbon and voila!  Happy Halloween! :)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art: Spooky

Sunday Postcard Art:  Spooky

Whatever did happen to Third Coast Rubber Stamps?  I miss all their funky Halloween images!

Sunday Postcard Art: Hats

Sunday Postcard Art:  Hats

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

End of Summer / Paper Lantern Postcard (Rubbermoon) / Sunday Postcard Art: Framed

Major denial that summer is coming to a close.  How can it, when I am still able to find bloom to photograph?
That said, I put together a postcard tonight for a friend.  Whimsical paper lanterns, breeze, a bit of final bloom in the midst of darkening autumn days.

First, I used Dylusions spray ink for a splash of sky color in the background.  Once dry, I used StayOn Jet Black to stamp Paper Lanterns (ge2826:  Lanterns).  I used Fiskars gel pens to add a bit of color to bloom and to lantern.

At this point, I decided to add some late summer/early fall color to the decorative paper.  This I adhered to a postcard.

A bit of framing with a paint pen, an add of the paper lantern piece, and my postcard is ready to send!

And one last bloom of summer...

Sunday Postcard Art:  Framed

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Story Girl Writes a Letter

I've only just returned recently from my second summer residency in my MFA program, and even though I'm studying poetry, "Story Girl" resonates. The ATC I made just prior to leaving and the mail art is the letter I wrote to a friend about residency upon my return.  Both use these wildly funky Gretchen Ehrsam backgrounds that with enough play on page can be mesmerizing.

For Story Girl, I inked up the Typewriter with Heart (kp5044) using StazOn Jet Black ink.  This I stamped onto a precut glossy cardstock piece just shy the size of an ATC.  I stamped an identical version onto a sticky note to serve as a mask.  Once I applied the mask to the card, I used about five different hues of Distress ink on Gretchen Ehrsam's background stamp, Umbrellas (ge2843).  The expression Story Girl (kp5059) was stamped out on a scrap glossy strip.  It was glued first to black cardstock and layered onto the card.  Once the Distress inks dried, I adhered the card to an ATC back, and added a bit of colorful acrylics and glitter glue to the edges.

And just for kicks - the mail art that began its flight to Paris yesterday...for this I used Mixed Border (mk592f) and Evening Starflower (db4785g).

Friday, August 15, 2014