Monday, December 20, 2010

Stephen King: The Dark Half
This tracker was for a Stephen King LTC.  There were so many ideas and books that i loved and it was a tough choice.  The reason i picked this one was because i thought i could do some interesting things with the birds coming out of his head.  I wanted it to look like part of his face and then part of birds manifesting from it.  I also like some of the unusual shapes that came out from doing it. I didn't even see or think about them when i did it.  I played with different shapes and arrangements until i finally settled on this one.  I also liked the stark lime green i used underneath for the lettering.  I just shaded in an area where i knew the letters would be and once i stamped over it, i had some color underneath.  I enjoyed this tracker and hopefully down the road will get to do some other Stephen King designs.
Chick Flicks: 
You've Got Mail
This card was for the tracker Chick Flicks.  There were so many movies to choose from but i tend to watch this one every time it's on and since i had been doing a lot of likenesses, i figured i would continue that theme and try and do Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  I also thought of the idea of putting the card in a small envelope with some postal service notifications on the front might be cool.  I thought the overall outcome of the stamp was pretty good with the card and envelope together.  The back had a bio of the movie with a faux stamp border around it.  The only thing that was a little difficult was doing the lettering  on the front for this one.  Also, stamping it in a different color with the black figures was kind of a pain too.  I should have done the letters on another stamp but i tried to do one big stamp. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Yellow Brick Road: The Man Behind The Curtain
This was the second tracker i signed up for The Wizard of Oz.  I really wanted to get as many different cards as i could since both trackers were at the same time but i had to come up with two different images.  I had just started to get a better handle on faces and so when i found this image of the wizard, i thought i would give it a try.  It wasn't a bad carve.  A couple spots here and there i might have changed but it was a decent likeness and so i was happy with that.  The card was printed on a smooth green card stock.  I added stickers to all the backs of the cards representing different scenes from the book series of the Wizard of Oz as well as my signature stamp.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Wizard of Oz: Crystal Ball
This carve was a little tough for me. I just couldn't get good images from the film to use as references. It took me a while to try and find a good picture of the base for the witches crystal ball. Then i tried a few different types of papers for the ball itself. I tried embossing on silver shiny paper, but didn't take the ink as well. I tried a slightly light grey card stock which seemed to work well with ink and passed as crystal. I was not as pleased with the eventual carve of Toto but you can still tell it is him and Dorothy didn't come out too bad. My monkey base didn't have the depth i would have liked but in the end it wasn't a bad card. I used a sparkling green sticker paper for the background which is a little tough to see on screen but it does shimmer when tilted and adds a nice touch to the overall design.