Monday, February 9, 2015

The Anti-Valentine - Artist Trading Cards

So often in my art I am inspired by supplies I find.  They're not necessarily indicative of my mood, just they evoke something in my brain which then runs with the idea.

With all the "ewwy-gooey-mushy-love-stuff" spilling out from everywhere as Valentine's Day approaches I decided to stop dead in my tracks and make a set of "anti-valentine" ATCs.  I actually made them as an accompaniment to my regular Valentine ATCs for a swap.  Sort of a "two-for-one" deal.

I'd noticed the sweet little "Broke my Heart" by Suzi Blu stamp at Unity Stamp Co. before and I'd been trying to wait it out in hopes that it would go on sale one day.  I was talking about Valentine's Day with someone and I made a "bah-humbug" comment regarding the holiday.  My companion stated that I was just an "anti-valentine".  That got me to thinking.  So I bite the proverbial bullet and paid (*gasp*) full price for stamp in order to make some "anti-valentine" ATCs.

This stamp is more sad than snarky, but I love the girl and hearts.  And it's still snarky enough for me.





The stamp is by Suzi Blu for Unity Stamp Co.  I love Suzi Blu's style - it's so quirky and fun.

I stamped all my cards with black archival ink and then colored them using Inktense pencils (india ink, bright blue, chili red, baked earth) and Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels (yellow, orange, vermilion, scarlet, purple, ultramarine, cobalt blue, turquoise blue, yellow green, and emerald green).  I used a waterbrush to activate and blend all of my colors.  I couldn't decide if I liked the blue dress better than the red so I did half my cards (16 in total) in blue and the other half with the red dress.  I think I like the blue dress better than the red, but I like the background on the red dress better!

On a side note - if any one is looking for a good go to product for light skin tones - the Derwent Inktense Pencils in Willow and Baked Earth are fabulous.  They look really dark when you first lay them down (a light layer - not heavy) but once you add water they are perfect.  And of course, with all watercolor-type products, the more water you add, the lighter they get!

Hope y'all enjoyed my little cards.  I hope the ladies in my swap will like them too!

Happy Creating y'all!


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