An Artist’s Birthday Wish


There is still time to play with the current challenge over at Kitty Bee Designs bi-weekly challenge group, Aloha Friday.  The current challenge is a ‘Birthday’ themed challenge, so pull out your streamers and birthday candles and whip us up a great birthday card.

The challenge this week is sponsored by two great companies, both generously offering a prize to two separate random participants!  Our sponsors this are:

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EK Gorman KBD AF 102bToday, I am playing with a Oddball Art Co. digital stamp called Alice the Artist.  I know this digi doesn’t scream “BIRTHDAY” at first glance, but I decided to make this a my style birthday card.  Now a days when ever my children go to a birthday part, I am required (by my children) to paint a little wall art for the gift…thanks kids…  So I have gotten into a habit of painting childhood classics my way onto a canvas or paper and then also gifting the book.  So, I figured this little artist, could paint a birthday painting too.

I printed Alice out, and colored her in quickly with my prisma colored pencils.  Then I sort of went crazy on the background, building the canvas.  The background seemed really boring, but I wanted the canvas to be the focal part of the card, so I pulled out a stencils and a couple colors of distress oxide and sponged the color on.  I used Antique Linen, Wilted Violet, and Peacock feathers, but really blended them so that they would mix.  I pulled a stamp from a retiring (ed) My Favorite Stamp set and added the birthday wishes.

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I know this is a little different style card…But that is something I am trying these days…to see if in fact I can build a different style cards and still create work that people want to see…frankly, something different is what I want to see right now…everything is starting to look alike when I creep through Instagram…only a handful of artists and crafters I can pick out on first glance there work…  And I guess I want to create the type of work people can recognize at first glance…but only for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.  Alas, I have gone off on a tangent…

I can’t wait to see the birthday cards you come up with.  Until then, happy crafting!


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