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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Bohemian steampunk romantic Elveness and strong women

That would kind of describe my latest favourite stamps. Not all together at once, but as example the willow range from Santoro has this bohemian, melancholic feel to it. The Sweet pea stamps are more romantic, with some images portraing fierce, strong women. Ranging from a steampunk style to fantasy – elves. Not the little elfs (pixies etc) but the tall elves. At least, I picture them tall. Maybe without the wings they’d be the ancient elves. Sweet Pea stamps unfortunately has closed it’s doors. What I liked about it is that there were many different artists – not originally from the stamping world – who made some artworks or transformed some artworks into stamps. Those are always tricky: will the strong outline of a stamp ruin  the subtle lines that make the artwork a work of art? Most comes down to the colouring of the stamp. Not my most experienced area.  Still, I love their stamps so when I found out a week ago they had closed in November I scourged teh internetz for their stamps that where still on my wishlist. I ordered some in The Netherlands from Creamiep, I’ve got some underway from the UK from That’scrafty. (That was my budget for 3 months crafting). I’ve been using Chocolate Baroque stamps intensively for the last 2-3 years, same with Designs by Ryn since I discovered those brands. I still love their stamps but it’s inspiring to try out different styles or mix with other brands more. Fortunately, the stencils of Designs by Ryn and some of her stamps go well with any type of stamp so they are still often used in the background.

As Sweet Pea Stamps vary so much in style due to all the different artists there I probably also should mention the artist when I show my cards, which I haven’t done untill now. I’ll edit all posts (also on fb) to include the artists.

Now onto the pictures part.

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Eternity from Molly Harrison from Sweet Pea Stamp (closed since nov 2015)

Maidenhair Fern Stencil by Designs by Ryn and Aurora from the Willow series of Santoro.

Maidenhair Fern Stencil by Designs by Ryn and Aurora from the Willow series of Santoro.

Sweet Pea Stamp Hanging Fairy Lights from Meredith Dillman. Backround stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.

Hanging Fairy Lights from Meredith Dillman, via Sweet Pea Stamp (closed since November 2015) . Backround stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.

Sweet Pea Stamps Twilight Shimmer from Rachel Anderson. Background is cell theory stencil from TCW (could be the 12x12 version)

Twilight Shimmer from Rachel Anderson via Sweet Pea Stamps (closed since November 2015). Background is (part of) 12×12 cell theory stencil from TCW

As soon as I saw the announcement for the Eternity stamp from Molly Harrison I had to have it. It’s the flowing hair. It reminds me of a children’s show I saw as a child, Candy Candy, one of the first shows in The Netherlands in Manga style. The overly romantic looks, the wavy hair, the pain of sweet memories (she misses a guy she once met on top of a hill). You can see that many stamps I own have this wavy hair, it gives some more drama to the image.

For the Ducht people, here is the first episode of Candy Candy in Dutch:

Happy new ye… eh…. happy February!

As usual limited time and energy, and time available was spent crafting not blogging.

So again, a post full of cards I finished earlier. Some cards were started a while ago (a year?) and finished this autumn, but not shown here yet. So picture heavy blogpost again!

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Image from Connie Fong – Sweet Pea Stamps (now closed), stencil Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn

Aurora from Santoro - Willow series and Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn.

Santoro Willow and Maidenhair Fern from Designs by Ryn.

The hair of Mademoiselle Snow (Willow - from Santoro London) is Wild Honey distress ink, same as the leaves.

The hair of Willow (from Santoro London) is Wild Honey distress ink, same as the leaves.

Lavinia clearstamp zen tree and Chocolate Baroque text stamp (I think). Apply distress ink on a sheet of paper, spritz with resist spray (I used homemade one with decoupage glue and water), let dry and then add the next shade of distress ink. Hmm I think I had stamped the tree first and made a resist to cover it (self adhesive window foil).

Lavinia clearstamp zen tree and Chocolate Baroque text stamp. Apply distress ink on a sheet of paper, spritz with resist spray (I used homemade one with decoupage glue and water), let dry and then add the next shade of distress ink. Hmm I think I had stamped the tree first and made a resist to cover it (self adhesive window foil).

 

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…

Santoro – Willow, The guide

While browsing an online shop I came across some pretty stamps – or stamp images. Reminded me of Alphonse (o?) Mucha, or some of the indie-games I play. A bohemian style which I like a lot. It were stamps which were derived from artwork, it seemed. A bit like sweet-pea stamps. It’s always a question how much derivation there is, and how the effect of the stamp will be. I’m sure it’s well known to especially UK bloggers, the Santoro brand – from the Gorjuss stamps and items which you see much more. But this was the Mirabelle and Willow set which attracted my attention.

Let me show you the image:

bought from http://scrapbookdepot.nl (sold out now, but probably also available in other stores).

Don’t you just love it? In case you don’t, don’t worry, I do 😛

But what would the stamp be like? I had seen one example on pinterest, which looked good, but it was stamped with black and I figured I whould have less visible lines, so I chose green to stamp with. (dark red is my next option).

Hmm it’s late, I’m going to “afraffelen” – finish this post asap, with pictures. For this first try, I wanted to mimic the artwork as best as I could. Ofcourse, the idea of a stamp is that you can vary with it (and not copy the artwork?) but not this time for me.

Here is a scan of the card, where the gold doesn't reflect the lamplight. Much better this way.

Here is a scan of the card, where the gold doesn’t reflect the lamplight. Much better this way.