Saturday, July 28, 2012

Not ready for Winter, yet!

Winter's Muse LS-011-V

In the depths of winter I finally leaned there was in me an invincible summer --Albert Camus
So...this invinvible summer I try to make my house into the depths of winter.....we're never content.

Prismacolor pencils are my tools of choice these days. At only $1.25 each, you can get a lot more color for your buck!( no refilling or drying out!) I blended this with the pencils, I didn't use any "gamsol". Use a very light or gray tone of the colors you are using to help blend.
                                                    Third Coast Design Team Blog

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Rick!

July 15 is my husband, Rick's birthday! Thanks for everything you do and the great way you help take care of your parents! Have a great day! Love you!

Third Coast Rubber Stamps: FA-529-M Steam Train

Image stamped on white card stock with Graphite Black Brilliance Ink. As usual I have photographed the image and edited it with my iPhone, and assorted apps: photo wizard, square ready, picfx, vintage and impression. I just keep playing until I like what I see. Then I did a little more tweeking with Photoshop Elements.

I figure if "stampers" can take digital stamps and make them into hard copy art, I can take a hard copy stamped image and turn it into digital art. It's a big world out there, room for everyone!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Steampunk Christmas in July

FA-529-M Steam Train
WT-003-M Traveling Tessa
ES-192-L Snowy Pines

It's time to cool off and think about some snow! Third Coast Rubber Stamps just started a new challenge blog! July is "Deck Our Blog With Boughs of Holly!"

So, I've been experimenting with my new stash of stamps from TCRS. Lots of Steampunk coming your way, and I hope this has a holiday or winter feel to it. I'm learning to use "masks" to layer the stamped images to make a scene.

Begin by  stamping an image on scrap copy paper, cut it out, then stamp your image on your regular cardstock. Place your "mask" over the image and then stamp another stamp, make a mask of the new image, and continue to stamp additional images. I started with the girl, added the train, and the last image was the tree. The mask protects the image from the new stamp you add to your.

I layered my double masked girl on to a scrap of Daisy D designer paper, took a photo with the iphone and edited it through Photowizard, Picfx, and Impressions ( which adds the text). I email it to myself and sharpen it a bit more with Photoshop Elements.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Good Morning, America. How Are You?

My turn on the Third Coast Design Team blog.

  1. Stamp the image on a piece of scrap cardstock.
  2. Color with Derwent Inktense Watersoluable Ink Pencils.
  3. Cut out image and layer onto a flag image cut from a magazine or travel brochure. My flag is the "Star Spangled Banner" in the American History Museum in Washington, DC, cut from the museum brochure.
  4. I took a photo with my iPhone and edited it with various photo apps. The letters are added with the Ransom App.
  5. After uploading to my laptop, I edited it with Photoshop Elements, using various "paint brushes" to add distressed elements to the edges as well as white star shapes.