Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hello, Yellow Brick Road and other Anomalies

I grew up without a TV, so much of my creative inspiration comes from things I heard as spoken word (my dad reading books to us every night) or written word from books we read.

My faves when I was very young with visuals were Leo Lionni and Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh. Not just the imagery, but the colors really stuck with me and I think they inform my cardmaking today.

So today's post is brought to you by childhood book art themes. :)

First up - Dr. Seuss.

One of the things I loved about his books was the use of black and white with color blocking.

So that's what I used on this adorable winter clothing background stamp. I stamped it in black, and then colored just the background in Holiday Blue.

BUT - because this is a 4x4 background and my card is 4.25" wide - BEHOLD - this is a repeating background - you can stamp the edges INFINITELY for seamless patterns!!! I LOVE THIS FACT.
So next up, because for the past three weeks, I've been awoken by a cat at 3 AM, I have a card for everyone who can't go back to sleep after something wakes them up. Welcome to my vampire nightmare. Also, there's evidence that the inability to sleep keeps you from losing weight - see this article for details. Whatever, this squirrel is cute :).  The sentiment is from this set. I colored him with Copics after cutting him out with the coordinating dies. 
 I'm probably most proud of this card today because it's such an iconic image from my childhood. I took this background stamp and turned it into the yellow brick road. Then I took this girl and turned her into Dorothy, complete with glittery red shoes, cut her out with her coordinating die and used the never die with the sentiment from this set to top it all off. The pens I used to make her into Dorothy are coming on the blog post on the 25th. The glitter I used is this one.
 Soooo.... I use Airtable to catalog my stamps. I search this when I am looking for a particular image or stamp and it makes me so much more efficient when I design. So when I sat down to make this card, I though - how many dog stamps do I have by Picket Fence Studios? Airtable told me the answer, so I decided to use them all on one card! I stamped them all in Nocturne, and then brayered Blueprint Sketch over them. I embossed this sentiment with white embossing powder and then added these white dots. Here's a link to all their animal stamps.

Last but not least, squirrels for my squirrel brain.I stamped and die cut this image and colored it with copics. So true - we are all a little nuts.

Finally, a little no-line watercolor with this amazing image. Holy cow was this fun to paint. I painted the background black to let the poinsettia pop. I love the size and depth of this image. Wow.

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A Dose of Vitamin Sea - Picket Fence...
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Never Word Die
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Pretty Kitties - Picket Fence Studios
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Cobblestone Path
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BFF Elise Girl
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BFF Elise Girl Coordinating Die
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A Little Nuts
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A Little Nuts Coordinating Die
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Christmas Poinsettia Star
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Winter Clothes Collage
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Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
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Animal Archives - Picket Fence Studios
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLUEPRINT...
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Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
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4" Rubber Brayer
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Enamel Dots - Clean & Clear –...
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Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
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LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
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Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
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Essentials by Ellen Storage...
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Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
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XL Stamp Storage Pockets
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
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Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
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Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
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Latest Release Archives - Picket...
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  1. This post resonated w me b/c we had one small B&W set (10 or 12 inch) for a long time. It was a BIG deal when we got the bigger B&W (15 maybe?) that got serviced for tubes. Of course one set results in many negotiations daily for turns even though we were only two people, and I was in the weak position as the child....Since we did not get color till I was 20...I did not know till then what the line "a horse of a different color" meant in OZ other than as the expression-I had no idea the horse was actually changing color.
    I love how you pulled together elements to create a Dorothy card!
    I think the poinsettia is my fav though. Love bold contrast like that.

  2. Oh my gosh! Love the brayer idea! Your cards are always inspiring. I have started using Airtable, slowly adding my inventory. I always add everything to a document list I have, so that's making it a little easier. Still learning how to use it.

  3. I love these... especially the squirrel cards! My husband teases me that I could put together a coffee table book with all the pictures I've taken of squirrels in our backyard. Also, I am one of those people who usually can’t go back to sleep if I’m awoken in the middle of the night. And people are always telling me how lack of sleep can contribute to diseases, mental problems… and shorten your life. Really???!!!! How is that helpful information to me? If I could make myself go back to sleep, I would. But NOW I have all that in my head, too!


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