December 16, 2006

Now for Something Completely Different!

So here is something exciting... I have adjusted my stamping focus toward MORE STAMPING. I love Stampin' Up! and I am truly devoted to their products; but I am also an artist at heart, and since I became a demo, I sort of miss stamping just for me! My goal for 2007 is to get on some design teams, and get my some of work published. I will still be teaching classes and having workshops... I adore sharing my love of stamping with others.

Last week I decided to contact all my favorite stamping companies and offer up my services. And low and behold; I was contacted back immediately by Hampton Art and they sent me stamps two days later, and I was overnighting work for them 24 hours later! The turn-around time was actually less than one week from the point I inquired to the point I sent out my work! I was just amazed!

The images they sent were very different from my usual style. But I appreciated the challenge, it really was inspiring to have to think out of the box. I hope you like what I came up with. I would love your comments.

This first card was stamped with an image called "San Francisco Diva". Isn't she swanky? I chose these colors based on some 1940's advertising layouts I have; Regal Rose, Taken with Teal, Creamy Caramel and So Saffron. I used a woodgraining technique on the caramel background, and the image was stamped in Staz-on and watercolored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I sponged Creamy Caramel onto the finished focal image to add to the vintage look. The Teal Velvet "Flirty" Ribbon seamed the perfect match, and I love the tactile touch it adds.



The next image is called "New York Diva"...and she is such the sophisticate! I chose the color combination; Ballet Blue, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy and Brushed Silver after doing some research on Art Deco. This was a color combo popular in Art Deco advertising; and I like how it has that 3 color block printing look popular in old ads. I embossed this image on Velum Card Stock using black craft and detail clear powder (no stray flecks, and the detail powder doesn't mud up the fine etched image). And then colored on the BACK of the velum with markers. I ran the velum through my Xyron machine so the adhesive is invisible. The silver photo corners were created using the 3/4" Square punch; cut on a diagonal and then snipped into the shape I needed. The Art Deco embellishment on the left was made with the 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches. I sponged all the Brushed Silver paper with Staz-on to create a pewter effect.

4 comments:

AE said...

These are beautiful, Sarah! Congratulations on your first design work!!

Jessica (jessrose21) said...

Good for you! How exciting to be selected this way! Your coloring looks great on your cards. I hope you get more free stamps to play with. :)

Sue said...

Congratulations! That's fabulous news!! :)Sue

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