Sunday, November 27, 2011

Enchanted Birthday!

These little Third Coast fairies are stopping by with a special magically enchanted happy birthday wish.

Enchanted Birthday!

To reverse the fairies with the flowers, the butterflies and the stardust corners, they are all stamped a second time on a mirror image stamp (a flat surface rubber stamp), then on the cardstock.  The images were colored with Copic Markers, then holographic embossing powder was used to give an irredescent look to the wings, stardust corners and sentiment.

close-ups of fairies

Below is a picture showing how extra layers of the wings, leaves and flower petals were popped up to give more dimension to the scene. 

Third Coast stamps used:
Fairy Flower Picker VB-024-J
Stardust-Starry Corner CH-952-G
Butterfly Profile CK-045-EE
Grassy Mound MY-059-D

Other stamps used:
Custer's Last Stamp - May Your Birthday Be Filled With Enchantment
Rubber Stampede - Mirror Image Stamp

Hope you having a wonderful holiday weekend. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Let Heaven and Nature Sing" Published in Rubber Stamp Madness

I just received my copy of Rubber Stamp Madness magazine - their Holiday 2011-2012 edition.  How exciting to receive a magazine in the mail addressed to "Artist: Susan Shuler".

 Even more thrilling, my card "Let Heaven and Nature Sing", is on pg 42 in their  article "Tuning in for the Holidays" by Barbara Blanks. 

This is the first time one of my cards has been published, so I'm really on top of the world, especially since it's in one of my favorite magazines.  And since it's in the centerfold article, my husband has been announcing to everyone that he is married to a centerfold!! LOL

"Let Heaven and Nature Sing"

Stamps used:
Modern Church - Cornish Heritage Farms (Stamper's, Ink.)
Forest Friends Nativity (star on top was masked out) - Art Gone Wild
North Star - JudiKins
Let Heaven and Nature Sing - Serendipity
Evergreen Trees - River City Rubber Works
Tim Holtz Alterations Pine Tree Die by Sizzix

The Modern Church stamp by Cornish Heritage Farms (now Stamper's, Ink.) was my inspiration for this card.  It started with a picture I got in my mind when I first saw this stamp and the card just grew from there.

A couple of the gals at the Ben Franklin Scrapper's Attic store in Petoskey, MI, where I teach card making/stamping classes, have been after me for awhile to submit some of my cards to magazines.  When I got my copy of last spring's issue of Rubber Stamp Madness and looked in the "Looking Ahead"  section at the back of the magazine, I saw one of the topics for submission was Favorite Christmas Carols.  This card fit that idea perfectly, so I decided to send it in.  I figured the most I had to lose was the cost of the postage. 

A few weeks later, I got the e-mail telling me that my card was accepted for publication!  I have been on cloud nine anxiously awaiting the publication of this issue ever since then.  It still seems a bit surreal, but well worth the wait.  So now I am a published artist.  :D

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Card Class

I'll be teaching a Christmas Card class in a couple of weeks at our local stamping store (Scrapper's Attic at Ben Franklin) in Petoskey.  These are the two cards we'll be making for the class.

Let It Snow
I also entered this card in this week's Ways to Use It Challenge WT439 on Split Coast Stampers: Baby, It's Cold Outside!

The stamps used for this card are:
Penny Black: Christmas Every Day #30-081, Let It Snow #30-086
Hero Arts: Tiny Flakes #CG387

Stamps used are:
Penny Black:  Christmas Every Day #30-081
Stampendous: Jumbo Believe in Santa CRS5027
I also used:
 Sizzix Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Distressed Frame and Postal Set 
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Die - Mini Baroque

It shoud be a fun class.  I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Have a great rest of the week.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dewey Dragon Autumn Bookmark

Little Dewey Dragon  DT-018-E  looks so scholarly peering out over his spectacles.  He makes a perfect character for a Third Coast bookmark, especially with a name like Dewey.

An autumn still life was created on the bookmark tag by adding the Third Coast Coffee Pot Bouquet MY-038-J stamp and coloring it to look like a fall dried flower bouquet.

The background on the vanilla precut tag was sponged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and Stampin' Up's Sahara Sand and Soft Suede dye inks.  Both of the main images were stamped in Soft Suede ink, then colored with Copic earth and gray toned markers .

 Dewey was stamped and colored first, then masked to stamp the bouquet behind him.  The swirls, also stamped in Soft Suede, then shadowed with a Sahara Sand Stampin' Up marker, are from Stampin' Up's Priceless stamp set.  The bottom of the tag was colored with Earth toned Copics.  White and gold gel pens were used for accents, along with paprika, gunmetal, and brown Stickles.  Two layers of flowers and a decorative brad were added to the upper left corner.  Earth toned fibers were tied at the top for a finishing touch.

Hope your having a great November.
Thanks for looking.