Tuesday, February 1, 2011

When I worked at the rubber stamp store in Piedmont SC, I made hundreds of card samples for my card workshops. I found this one today and wanted to share it. I love the stamp by Hero Arts and U think this is a good example of how delicate and subtle you can get with Copic markers.
The card is 4x6 inches
Paper/Cardstock :Bazzill Cameo, Pinkini; Sonberg Pink Linen; Neenah Solar White
Stamps: Hero Arts CG14o Poppy Background; CL129 Anytime Messages
Inks Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Andirondack Watermelon
Copic Markers R0000, R81, R85, G 0000, G21, G24, Y21, Y26
Contrary to what seems normal, start with the darkest color and then over lay with the lighter colors, drawing each layer slightly closer to the outer edge of the petals. A touch of light yellow in the center and a touch of green on the stems and you have a dramatic negative image .

There has been a lot of interest lately, in making easel cards. This is a relatively simple structure. but it can sound rather complicated. So this is my attempt to clarify how these cards are made.

Let's start with a simple diagram which I have shown at right. The light green piece is the base.The darker green is the card face. This is the card in the 'open' position. Closed, it looks like any other card. The blue dot represents the brad or label which holds the card open.

Below are some pictures of an easel card in the open and the closed position. This card was made for the Montly Lottery on An Affair with Art. The artist can make anything she chooses, the theme is Hearts. So she is getting a valentine from me.

To make an easel card this size you need
1 sheet 8.5 x 11 in. Cut in half to make 2 pieces 8.5 x 5.5 in.
Fold one in half to make a standard 8.5 x 4.25 i n folded card.
Fold the center of the font at 2.25 in. This is the easel.
Cut the othe piece of cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25 in and decorate as desired
Attach the lower half to the lower half of the folded portion of the easel.
Attach a decorative element or a brad or button for the catch to hold the easel open

Monday, January 31, 2011

No new artwork today. for those who don't already know, Stamps and More by Eleanor is closing at the end of March. They are having a goind out of business sale, starting today, Feb 1. It will be sad to see this happen.

Friday, January 28, 2011

One of the fun activities on An Affair With Art is exhanging artworks in a 'mingle'. The subject is posted and members are given a specified amount of time to sign up. At the end of that period, the moderator gives each person the names of two members who are to receive her work. This is the piece I did for the 2011 Valentine 4x4 Mingle.
The back ground is a pearl satin cardstock that I ran through the Vagabond with one of Tim Holtz Texture Fades. That was mounted on burgundy red cardstock. The red metallic heart is one I found at Hobby Lobby. The piece was finished with two Prima Flowers layered together and given a center of a red metallic fake brad. The work "Love" was cut out on the Expressions Cricut, using the "Alphalicious" Cartridge.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I've been busy doing art but forgot to post. Bad bad me. But here are some of the things I worked on.
One of my favorite activities is participation in an online art group who are having "An Affair with Art" In December we exchanged art pieces as a 12 day exchange if small handmade gifts. This is the one I made. It's a tag on the theme of the Christmas Season... Winter with snow and sparkle and evergreens.

I've also joined a 4x4 swap in that
group. The theme is Month by Month. I selected June because it's my birth month and I love pearls and roses and the fact that it's the bridge between Spring and Summer. This is the design I submitted.

Finally, this is a 4x4 I created as a gift for the Swap Coordinator. That not an easy job. I hope she feels appreciated. The images are from a new Graphic 45 offering called Once Upon a Springtime