I might have an ego but that is quite alright. Especially when you walk through a large Scrapbooking store like Archivers and see that yOur stamps are the best. Seriously. Mine are the cutest. They are pretty AND versatile. Archivers just started carrying my line online but we must tell them they have to be in their store.
If you would like to watch a Live Demo presentation of the making of this mothers day card then go to the Creative Adventures chatroom at 3pm EST (2 Minnesota time!) and I'll be there for 30 minutes making the card.
The stamp I am starting with is Angel Of Art
Have no fear when starting off with a Suzi Stamp. I know there seems to be a lot of open space, but that is good. You are just coloring, not drawing, there is nothing to be afraid of. I know you can color. And if you use prismacolor pencils you can get a smooth finish easy peasy. The reason my stamps are large are precisely because you can change them in so many ways. What starts off as an angel will soon turn into my mom's pain in the ass daughter, me, sending her a cute little card that says, hello I'm a pain in the ass and thank you for having me. So you start off with one stamp and can wind up with so many others. Just watch!
I color in the girl but ignore the crown and the art supplies she is holding. I round off the top of her head and make the hair on her left side longer. I press lightly with shadow colors, a little under her eyes, then press HARD with the white prismacolor pencil. Prismas have a high wax content so when you *burnish with the white you are actually pushing wax around her face. Not so waxy like a crayon but a nice blend that is more pencil. Prismas are really one of a kind. They can cover an area as well as paint. I am also going to ignore the wings for this card.
The harder you press with a prismacolor pencil the more *opaque the result will be. You can keep the pretty face but change the girls look entirely. NOW THAT is new in the stamping world. Aren't you glad that she doesn't have a tiny face like all the others that you can't do much with but what the artist intended? Where is the fun in that? I want you to add your spin on it your creativity. Start with a suzi girl and see where she takes you!
Next cut her out. Cut off her crown and her wings and lookee she is just an ordinary girl, like the rest of us. She can be you. She can be your daugher. She can be your mom. She can be anything you want. That is the point. Just because she started off one way doesn't mean that is the only girl you can have. You are creative I know you are. Make a new hairdo on her and away you go!
Now it's getting really fun. Because I make my stamps easy to alter you can add any of your other stamps to my girls. I cut a slit into her arm and wiggled in the bottom half of a little house. You could put anything in her arms though, a cat, a heart, a bunch of flowers, a puppy dog, the kitchen sink! What stamps do you already have that you could use as an object for your figure to hold? Fun yeah? I told you!
To finish I glue stuck pretty paper to a card stock card then glue stuck her to the pretty paper. I glue stuck some words and on the inside it says: "You will always be my home." I recently moved to another state and I know my mom misses me a little, even though yes I am a pain in the ass. But at least she knows I love her and have made her a cute card.
Burnish: When you take an impliment and press hard over something, like a colored pencil over another color pencil to lighten the shade, or let's say you are folding a piece of cardstock and use a bone folder to smash in the crease. You are burnishing.
Opaque: When you cannot see through something.