Strength…

…is what the subjects of the next cards seem to have in common. Dragons, knights, godesses, pure and brave hearts.

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The first card, the dragon and t he knight, is an old one. I made it 3 years ago and had kept it as it wasn’t finished at that time. I finally framed it.
The cards are lying under a glass plate, to flatten them out a bit more.

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And that is the stamp Pearl Gazing, by a design from Renee Biertempfel, produced by Sweet Pea Stamps (now retired). It’s the bottom middle card. I have tried to copy the exact artwork there, I often do that the first time I use a stamp to get a feel of how to colour it.

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I didn’t take daylight pictures and then it was time to leave to the party… so just a quick picture. It was a double birthday, for a mother and daughter.

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My daughter also made cards 🙂

 

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This is a Santoro Mirabelle stamp.

 

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And last another zoomed in image of Pearl Gazing, as I really like how it turned out. Too bad I didn’t get a better picture of it, I guess I’ll have to remake it ;).

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Ask me to dance

I give up, another day tomorrow to search for the missing big bear of my daughter. She still has little bear so it’s good for now.

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This picture was taken a while ago after her brother had lost his hare on the street. She had lost her hippo on the street a few months earlier, we found them both back but when making posters to find them I couldn’t find a good picture of the hare or hippo, so after the second incident I thought it was wise to make a picture of her teddybears, and her looking very cute to persuade people to bring the bear back quick.  Small bear is the light one, big bear is the brown one. We’re pretty sure it isn’t lost outside – my partner is quite sure she didn’t take it with her in the car. Turned almost the whole house upside down (after the kids went to bed) to search but to no avail. He is still missing. I’m sure he’ll turn up again though. Anyway, back to cards.

The card I mentioned in the previous post, the one I like a lot is this one:

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With designer paper behind it… who would have thought I’d be able to make a card with it! The stamp is “Ask me to Dance” from the Mirabelle range from Santoro. The little hanging lanternts are repeated on the background paper. Unfortunately I can’t find the paperpad right now so I don’t know which one it is.

Let’s start here also with just the stamped image.

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I’m quite sure this was stamped with distress ink.

 

Then this must be versafine grey. Why o why didn't I write it down next to the stamped image?

Then this must be versafine grey. Why o why didn’t I write it down next to the stamped image?

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That leaves this to… no can’t be versafine black, it looks a bit brown and I don’t have versafine brown. I do have Stazon Timber brown. Might have used that one here?

 

Oh duh when going over the pictures again I see I did think ahead:

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First image is stamped with Stazon Timber Brown, and I am pretty sure the other two are stamped with Versafine Smokey Grey.

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I cut the speaker a bit to get it in front of the main image. Also visible here is the clear embossing I did on her dress. I did this by making a mask of the image out of sticky window foil and using the negative part of it to cover all the rest of the card. Then I stamped a patterned stamp on her dress with embossing ink and clear embossed it.

 

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The same stamp as on her dress in the background ( I think it’s a Crafty Individuals one of “Indian Elephants”.), ofcourse here the character was masked when stamping. The lights and her hairpiece got a bit of glitter. The lights are repeated on the background.

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Deciding on background. I chose for the left one with the same colours as the main image. The frame now is matching with the record player, but I felt it distracted too much from the main image.

So here she is again, my lovely wallflower:

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Travellers Rest

I’m in love with some new stamps. Not that it’s a new brand, but I’ve just really discovered them. It’s the Santoro stamps. Not the more famous Gorjuss stamps – those are too cute to my taste, but the more melancholic/nostalgic Mirabelle and Willow stamps.

The difficulty with translating art to stamps is that nuances get lost – a stamp needs lines. Sure, rubber stamps can have gradients in them, but then you “print” it in one colour. To get the colourfull look you have to colour the stamped image, thus there need be “white” spaces to colour. And thus the artwork needs to be abstrahered enough to have lines in which to colour, but not so much as the original feeling of the image is lost.

When I first noticed these stamps I was wondering what the stamped image would look like. How would it be “simplified”? Would it still resemble the artwork, and would I be able to get the same effect?

My first venture was ok. The face part is the trickies bit, especially adding just a tough of rouge on the right spot. My first Willow does have a bit too much eyeshadow, but she still has to learn how to do her makeup properly ;). The first (few) images I try to copy the artwork as I still have a lot to learn about colouring, I’m not precise and have to learn the lighting “rules”. So the first step in learning is to copy.

So here is my next result:

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I think I stamped with versafine onto some thicker paper here.

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The Santoro Mirabelle Travellers Rest clear stamp, the stamped image and the back of the packaging.

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This is as far as I  got with the first try.

I did make a card with the stamp. I didn’t want hard black lines as outlines, as it would interfere with the colour of her hair.

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The tree is a Lavinia Tree clearstamp. The white outlining ended up being a bit too thick (those sharpies just give too thick lines. Ok, and it’s to cover up the red lines too, as you can see I didn’t precisely stamp over it with grey.

I really like the flowing hair, it’s that Japanese nostalgic, dramatic sad drawing style. I used to be a huge fan of Candy Candy in my childhood – the first “Manga” series. It had lots of drama in it. The manga you see often now is not my style. I prefer that Candy Candy style. I sometimes play some pcgames and like the small independend developers games (called indie games) – they usually stray from the beaten path in some way, be it art or gameplay. There is wonderful artwork there, which this style reminds me off as well.

Now this can’t really be considered a “cute” or very “girly vintage” stamp, right? I consider it more to be a stamp which geeks (like me) would like, a bit more manga maybe. There’s one card I made with the Mirabelle “ask me to dance” stamp which was very pretty – even made with patterned papers!

(Oh dear)

Yup, maybe I do like patterned papers, and maybe I CAN work with them…

To be continued…