Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just one stamp

Happy Thursday.

Sam over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge is requesting we use just one stamp.  Jo Capper-Sandon's "Jasmine" is such a lovely stamp, it really doesn't need anything else.

I stamped Jasmine with Staz-On in jet black and used clear embossing powder. She is colored with Copics. The background is a combination of paint stains and inks over a gesso using an old credit card.  Jasmine leans on a piece of floral washi tape, anchored with a strip of patterned paper.

Tomorrow I will be posting two altered playing cards for Claudine's Altered Playing Card challenge.  So check her challenge out and come back tomorrow.

Monday, September 15, 2014

New image Monday

Two new image sets are active in the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop!  "The Love Boat" is a whimsy four image set that can be used for anniversaries, weddings, engagements, invites etc.  It features two little cats (one with sailor hat) in their love boat with moon man and two sentiments.  Scroll down and see what the talented Jane Wetzel created with this set!

Then there is "Classy and Fabulous" from my new "Cherry Street Collection."  I think of this new collection as the "Real Housewives" of Vera Lane.

Olive is standing with her handbag with three optional sketchy florals to pop into her scene.  " A girl should always be Classy and Fabulous" quote is included.
Print out the sentiments from all your sets and make up new phrases.  Always endless possibilities with Vera Lane Studio sets.

Special thanks to Jane Wetzel for creating the fabulous sample for the "Love Boat" set. 

I hope the new image sets give you a smile. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sleeping patterns

I've been working on a normal sleeping pattern.  It's so hard to turn off my brain at night.  Kira Nichols' sick kitty reminds me how I feel when the clock reports it's not yet time to wake up!

This week's Stampotique designer's challenge calls to use an animal or bird.  It was hard to select one from Stampotique's great assortment. As soon as I picked up "sick kitty" I knew I had to create a paper pieced bed for him.  It was a little tedious (especially his tiny pillow) but I really got a kick out of making the bed with assorted patterns.

The background is acrylic on gesso with newspaper transfer.  I thought is was a perfect backdrop for sick kitty to be floating into yet another sleepless night.

Hope it gives you a smile.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Altered playing card challenge

Claudine Criner is sponsoring the Altered Playing Card Challenge.  This is the second week of the challenge, last week prepping 52 playing cards with gesso or sanding. You can also find the group on the FaceBook site.  If you are daunted by prepping 52 cards at once gesso doesn't take long to dry, so you can make them week to week.

For my first card I kept with the theme and colors.  I used my Stampotique's large Fleur Fly rubber stamp and had to improvise the black border.  My card was treated with clear gesso and lightly sanded.  I applied Inktense for my color.  I added a little scribble with Prismacolor pencils. 

My second card followed Claudine's lead, however I used Inktense again for my color.  I also used the Vera Lane Studio digi image set February's Moon and colored the images with Copics.  I added  Stardust and white Gelly pen accents along with white Prismacolor pencil. When I created by digi layout  in a Word Document I filled my page with numerous images and sentiments prior to printing.  If you are new to digi stamps I have started a couple of videos that may help as well as info on my previous post. I am sizing my main digi image to 2.75" - 2.8" to utilize my card space.

I applied my gesso on the front of my cards to get a variation of images in under layers.  Since the back of my cards are not all clean I am finishing the backs by laminating scrapbook paper. 

Claudine is giving a weekly challenge and demonstrates techniques for two cards at a time.  Follow the link and play along -- the art is tiny-- you can do it!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Digi Stamp Tutorial

Vera Lane Studio Digi Stamp Tutorial
In this YouTube video, Vera Lane Studio shows you how to create a page layout of your favorite digi stamps to get ready to print and color.

You will learn to insert your stamps, resize, rotate and flip.  The page can be printed and is ready for you to cut, arrange and insert into your composition.
This video shows you how to fill a page with multiple images to take advantage of paper economy.  It does not address specific card layouts.  I recommend using a 100 - 110 lb weight card stock for printing.

Why digi stamps?

I love rubber stamps.  I've been designing rubber stamp images for about thirteen years.  But not every image I make can go into rubber.  So I design for the digital stamper too.  As a rubber stamp designer I understand media used and how artists like to color their images.  I take this into consideration when I create my sets of digi images.  Vera Lane Studio images always offers a variety of options in each set.

So WHY digi stamps?  And what is the deal about them?
Digi stamps are designed by artists specifically for the purpose of paper crafting as you would with rubber stamps.   Unlike "clip art" digi stamps are made to design with.  They come to you in a high resolution file to allow resizing and printing.   The small license fee allows the end user to use again and again for personal use.  While they can not use the dye and pigment inks and certain techniques as rubber stamps, they do have many desirable advantages.
  1. Cost effective
  2. Resizable
  3. Images can be reversed
  4. Colors can be altered even in Word -- no fancy program needed!
  5. Save images in a file system on your computer -- no storage issues
  6. Overlapping with ease
  7. Save money and storage -- you can have hundreds of images concealed on your computer drive!
  8. Great for the beginner -- not a lot of supplies are needed
  9. A great addition to your rubber stamp collection as "make up stamps"
  10. Instant download -- instant gratification!
Thank you for taking a look at my posting.  If you have jumped on board to Claudine's Altered Playing Card Challenge I am offering a 20% discount in my Etsy shop.  Discount is good through September 14, 2014.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Have a little fun

The Stampotique Designer's Challenge (SDC 163)  is calling up the use of an older stamp and give it new life.

Large Fleurfly is most definitely a blast from the past.  She's part of the Fleur de Girl collection, my original line for Stampotique.

I found a book text "Have a little fun" -- and I did, creating a funky little background for this image.  This little card fits into an A2 envelope and the art measures 3.75" x 4.5". 

Large Fleurfly is colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The background is patterned scrapbookpaper that I brayered with white acrylic. I smeared some more paint with my fingers, collaged a bit, and accent black acrylic with my liner brush. 

I have a box of nice quality A2 envelopes and I like making cards this size in advance.  When I am looking for something to send, I peruse my collection and see what fits.  Certainly the message "Have a little fun" would be a welcomed greeting.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Under the sea

Arwen is calling the Stampotique Designer's Challenge (SDC 162) this week and the theme is "Under the Sea."

The design team has really pulled together an exciting group of cards and projects for this theme.

I've decided to use Amy Wilson-Wellenstein's  Caerleon  and Gawan  in this collage card.  My background is a light colored wash on an old book page.  Layers with collage scraps and stitching.  The fish are colored with Copics and accented with white gel pen.

Now for a little fun.
 If you want to create ATCs from cards you will mail to friends  and family you can scan them into a photo program.  Adjusting and varying the color, you can create a set of ATC's to print and add a little Prismacolor or any other media touch. 
Below is a sample of how you can alter color on your completed art.

It's also a fun way to keep a little scrapbook of cards you have made and mailed.

The video below shows you the range the color can be changed with this sample.  All I have done is adjust hue.  You can also adjust saturation and other enhancements.  I used Adobe Photo Elements which is a relatively inexpensive program and has more features than you'll ever use.
Save copies of the art sample you like under different names. You can import them into your Word program, create a sheet of cards to size and print on cardstock.