Friday, January 31, 2014

Scratching Love

What a great evening I´ve had with Nancy Baumiller´s = Crowabout´s images, especially her latest kit called "Bit by Bit", listening to Placebo´s latest CD "Loud like Love" twice, and making these Love themed ATCs ... 
Maybe the fact that I used scratching (with a knife!) as my technique of choice for these will give you an impression of my thoughts about love ;-)
As I need to pick three of these ATCs for a swap with Melodee Isaacs, please let me know which three you´d pick - I think I´ll send the three in the first row (and maybe send the others to Nancy as a little thank you), but I´m really eager to read about your favourites!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

With all my Heart

I´ve made a large chipboard heart (10,24 inches high) using Hidden Vintage Studios´ new kit Love Bandits, watercolour crayons, book page, tissue tape, and a stamp from Red Lead.

What is Mixed-Media?

Have you ever been asked about your hobby, and when you answered that you´re a mixed-media artist, all you´ve seen was a big question mark in the eyes of your counterpart?
I usually start telling people that I often use digital images to make handmade art, but most people need to see an example to understand - so here it is: a handmade postcard for a swap themed "Love is in the Air".
You can see the finished card above, and here´s how I made it ...
 I scanned a background that I´ve made with spray inks and a stencil and opened it in Photoshop.
 I scanned a vintage postcard from my stash and pushed the contrast a bit because the original was quite dark. Then I used a filter to get a silhouette from the couple and deleted the sentiment. I moved the result on another layer over my background.
I picked four different hearts from Marsha´s new kit "65 Hearts" that matched my colour scheme and placed them where I wanted them to be in my collage, then added shades and a bevel and emboss effect. Finally I added the title in Photoshop. When I was satisfied with my collage, it looked like this:
I printed it out on a watercolour postcard and used stamp pads, pencils, and rubber stamps to work on it.
That´s it - the result was the card you´ve seen in the first picture. All I have to do now is write a few words on it, put it in the mail and hope that it will make its way to Mary-Beth in Canada before Valentine´s Day!

Two Hearts

Only for a limited time (until February 20) there´s a new kit "65 Hearts" available at Tumble Fish Studio. You may know that I´m not a heart fan at all and rarely use heart images, but these colourful and diverse hearts are really inspiring, so I´ve made two digital collages using them in different ways. All other images used here are from other Tumble Fish Studio kits, the backgrounds are from Marsha´s recent kit "Tinted Journal Cards".

Monday, January 27, 2014

Nitty Gritty Stuff

Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio has come out with the third part of her Nitty Gritty Series, and I love it as much as the first two parts already! All three are wonderful to combine and tell your own stories with them, and they´re all on sale right now at Deviant Scrap.
As these kits come with jpg collage sheets as well as png images, I´ve made three cut and paste samples for you this time, two journal pages and a postcard - hope you like them and feel inspired by them!
For the backgrounds of the two samples below, I´ve used her lovely new kit called Little Things.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Moonstruck

My card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Night Sky" combines some of my favourite stamps from Zettiology, Red Lead, Hero Arts and Oxford Impressions. And of course some design paper, dictionary page, map, gesso, and several coloured pencils.

Monday, January 13, 2014

We´re All Mad Here!


Yippieh, I´ve been so happy to make samples with Tumble Fish Studio´s new kit "Alice in Wonderland" - who doesn´t like Alice?
I´ve made two cut and paste samples for you that you can see above, a mail art envelope and a moleskine journal page. The ATC below was made digitally.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Home Sweet Home

This week´s theme for the "Tag Along" challenge is Home Sweet Home.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Dreams - Cloud 9


Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio has started the new year with a wonderful and very inspiring kit called "Dreams - Cloud 9". As always, it comes with png as well as jpg images, so you´re able to use it for your digital as well as cut and paste artwork. To show you the versatility of this kit, I´ve made three samples for you, two cut and paste journal pages (above) and one digital collage (below). Hope you´ll be inspired to dream of your own scenes!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Adventures

I´ve finished my ATCs for the first swap in 2014 themed "Nick Bantock Style", and though I always struggle with themes forcing me to adapt someone else´s style, I´ve had fun making these. Each one features at least one of Nick Bantock´s own rubber stamps, but apart from that fact, these ATCs look a lot like my own style, I hope ...

Send You An Angel

Do you believe in angels? I don´t but I think everyone would like to have one watching over us and help us to make 2014 a much better year than 2013 ...
Angels is this week´s theme over at TMTA, so I´ve made this 4 x 6 card for next Christmas.