Friday, August 26, 2016

The Making of The Babadook Pop Up Book HD

My boyfriend has an affinity for horror films so when he recently showed me the movie The Babadook, I was interested because I too like a good scary story. I was happily surprised when the story focused on a mother and child and a bedtime story that is definitely NOT for children.
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian-Canadian film in which a woman and her child are tormented by an evil entity.

I recommend seeing this movie (even if you are not a fan of horror) for two reasons: the story, although portrayed as a horror film, is really a story of grief and how one copes and changes as a result of being touched by the death of a loved one.  Also, this film has some great papercraft and paper engineering, as you can see from the above video. I hope you enjoyed this post because this is easily one of my favorite movies now. I hope you get to see this film!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Flamingo Love

Have I mentioned that I love birds? Flamingo's are included! I found this rubber stamp of a cute little flamingo and thought I'd make some simple designs. I've noticed lately that Flamingos are very in vogue re: design right now.

I ended up giving the above greeting card to one of my co-workers who happens to love them too.

And then I found this flamingo rubber stamp at Michael's the other day which really sparked some creativity.l Its from Stampendous and I freaked out when I saw it because I knew it would make an awesome greeting card.

I created a Concertina dry embossed greeting card cut on an angle (also known as a z fold card) and used some scraps to paper piece and layer the flamingo with. The scrap was a pink argyle print I liked but probably would have never used - or so I thought! (ALWAYS save your scraps!) I created depth and interest by stamping him twice and fussy cutting his wing to layer with pop dots. I thought this looked nice with the fold of the card. This is a prototype, so once I get the complete design down, make sure to come back for the final product!

Leave a message below and let me know, what should I create on the z folds?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Girlfriends Make the Best Accessories

Thanks for joining me once again! I'm so happy you've come back to join me with on my blog. You've come to the right place to find Seattle's finest handmade cards!

Today I've got a real treat for you - a Girlfriends greeting card. This was SUCH a fun card to create. If you have not heard about Art Impressions, then you are missing out!! I love to stamp and color these fun images to create cards that truly reflect the fun relationships in life.

I loved coloring this fun image of two happy gals with my Copics! The card didn't need much else as the copics took the stage. I didn't want to overpower the card, so I kept it nice and clean.

My boyfriend and I are friends with another couple and we paired this card with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers for a nice hello to our friends the last time we all got together. <3 p="">

Its nice to make your friends feel loved and wanted. 


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tutorial: Marker to Rubber and Masking techniques

Welcome back to the BEST place to find your handmade Seattle greeting cards.

I'm happy to share with you one of my favorite handmade card projects of late. :) I ended up giving this greeting card to my boyfriend. Just this morning he said to me after noticing this blog post up on the computer, "hey, it's my card! That's my favorite card I've ever received." Which kind of made my heart melt, not gonna lie. 

I created this greeting card using the marker to rubber and masking techniques. I created this greeting card with four different stamps. I purchased the couple stamp from Dolce Impressions here in Seattle.

First, I started with planning out the greeting card sketch and layout. I find it easier to start a greeting card with a sketch because it offers inspiration and cohesive style to the project.  I knew that I wanted to create a stamped card featuring ink in layers, not necessarily layers of paper, and this marker to rubber technique, so taking that into consideration I chose my stamps.

Pen to Rubber Technique:
If you're looking for a fast, fun and easy technique to add detailed interest to your project, you should try this fast and fun technique. You can even use multiple marker colors at once.

You Will Need:
plain old water based marker
paper, of course.

For this technique I chose a negative space rubber stamp like this:

 In theory, I suppose you could do this with a positive space rubber stamp just as easily, but I have only ever used a negative space stamp for this technique. (If you end up using this technique with a positive space rubber stamp, please link to this page - I'd love to see your project!!)

Use your water-based marker (I have a set of Pentel water-based markers that I found at Goodwill that are perfect for this!) and outline your image in your chosen colors, just the defining lines.  Huff on said stamp once you are finished (the moisture from your breath will activate any marker ink that has dried, ensuring a nice print) and stamp.

For example, if I wanted to stamp the above star using this technique, I would take my water based-marker and color the outline of the star and inside lines of the star, if desired.


Next to create this design, I repeated the same technique in stamping to impress the first cloud in the upper right hand corner.

Creating a Mask

I wanted to create the illusion of depth and layers with this card.  Using masks in a design helps you to do that, and you can create as many as you would like. This is also a quick and easy technique that doesn't have to be perfect. (Indeed, part of the wonderful things about handmade greeting cards is that they are all a little different.) 

On a blank sheet of scratch paper, stamp your image in the same manner that you would like to mask. I stamped my couple once again and my cloud outline once again, both in just basic black. It doesn't matter if it's a crap print or not, as long as you get the general outline. Cut your images out and now you have a mask.

Position the masks over your previously stamped images on your project, temporarily adhere if desired. Make sure to use as much temp adhesive as you need to get the edges of the mask down as flat as possible to the project. Stamp your image. I used this technique for the clouds for a total of three layers.

For the rest of the card, I used washi tape to tape off the area that I wanted to just have the heart background in. I have not removed my mask of the couple.  I stamped my little hearts, grounded the couple with a hint of grey, and stamped a sentiment on scratch paper and popped it up to complete the design.

I hope you enjoyed this post and get to try these techniques. They are fun, quick and easy - anyone can do them and they really add a lot to your projects.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Artist's Collective #3 - Maeve Brennan

I first heard about Maeve after reading Kate Bolick's Spinster  at the beginning of 2016. (At first I hated this book, but then it grew on me as Kate's story continued, but I digress.) Brennan is one of Kate's Five Awakeners and consequently, one of the people in my Artist Collective. I think that Maeve lived the life that she wanted to live and I think because of that she is a strong female role model.

Suffice it to say, Maeve Brennan was thought-provoking at the least. I've included Maeve in my Artist Collective series because she inspires me to challenge myself artistically. She wrote in one way or another her entire life, even toward the end when she literally had nothing left. There are people who talk about doing something, being a creative and producing work, and then there are the people who actually DO it.  Maeve reminds me that life is short and you need to live your passion because it can all be taken away in the blink of an eye.

Being born in Dublin, when she was 17 Maeve and her family moved to Washington, DC. After earning her degree in English, Maeve found work as a fashion copywriter for Harper's Bazaar in the '40's.
I guess she had a thing for funky glasses?

Maeve wrote for several magazines including The New Yorker. Then WHAM, BAM, BOOM, she's off to the races and publishing several of her short stories with The New Yorker. Among other articles, her Long-Winded Lady sketches take off, snapshots of everyday life in New York. The 'most reckless, most ambitious, most confused, most comical, the saddest and coldest and most human of cities.' The next thing Maeve knew, she'd been with The New Yorker for more than 30 years.

Although she was a strikingly beautiful picture of style and refinement, I'd like to think that she was admired for her intellect, wit and sense of style more so than her physical beauty. Picture it: a tiny little waif of a woman, too big for her own stature to contain, dressed all in black. Her long, roasted-chestnut mane, wavy, pulled back and secured elegantly, revealing feminine, gentle poignant features. Maeve had a fearsome reputation, a wry sense of humor. She never stayed living in one place for very long, and had many friends.

She was generous with her money, worked and drank in excess, and had a love affair with one man but married another. Working continuously, Meave wrote columns, short stories and is best known for her social commentary in "Talk of the Town" under the pen name The Long-Winded Lady.

Fast forward to the '60's: Maeve is divorced from her husband and she continued writing, but her mental grip started to slip.  Her eccentricities became something else, something disturbing to her family of friends.  Take paranoia, throw that in a blender with a whole lotta alcoholic, a handful of obsessiveness and a dash of homelessness, and we have a tale of tragedy.  

Hospitalization lead to Maeve's housing issue and left her penniless.  Maeve would sleep in the ladies room at The New Yorker.  Her pristine, clean and professional look became, well, things fell apart. Her deterioration continued into the 80's. Maeve was last seen sitting in the lobby of The New Yorker in 1981.

She was admitted to a nursing home and died from heart attack at the age of 76.  Maeve is buried in Queens, NY.

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