"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Altered Rolodex Cards

I'm in an online swap of altered rolodex cards. We have to alter regular rolodex cards on the fronts with our personal information, likes and dislikes on the backs. We need to make a total of 31. During the six-hour crop I attended last night I finished mine! These aren't due until June 1 so I'm very glad I'm ahead of the game!

Here's my card (they are all the same). For the background I crumpled sewing pattern tissue paper and glued it to the card. I then inked it with Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks. I dyed cheesecloth by swiping Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on a non-stick craft sheet and spraying with water, then wiping the cheesecloth through the wet ink. The birds are from a clear stamp set from Clear Art Stamps and were stamped on an ivory cardstock and edged with more Broken China ink. The music scrap is from an old hymnal over which I glued a small piece of mica stamped with Staz On ink.

This is the class project I taught on Thursday as part of a workshop focusing on using the new Heidi Swapp Invisibles (embossed cardstock, chipboard and stickers). I just love these new products that debuted at CHA. They are pre-embossed in several different patterns. They can be inked, painted, chalked, misted with color mists or glimmer mists, spray painted or watercolored and the embossed areas resist the color - instant pattern!

This canvas is 9"x12" and painted black. The polka dot "background" is one of the papers on which I used a Heidi Swapp bracket mask and inked the interior with Fired Brick Distress Ink, overstamped with Staz On, and then masked the interior to ink the outer border with Black Soot Distress Ink. The vertical and horizontal borders were cut from the border paper and also inked with Black Soot. The heart in the upper left is the grid-patterned chipboard painted with acrylic paint; the larger heart in the lower right is one of the precut chipboard shapes inked with Fired Brick and the polka dot heart was cut from paper and inked with Worn Lipstick. The pink rectangle was also cut from the patterned chipboard and inked with Worn Lipstick. Notice that you can get different colors using the same ink on the different surfaces.

Oh, and those cute girls are two of my daughters a few years ago on a trip to Greece.


Nancy said...

Susan, your rolodex cards look beautiful. I love that little nest. I can't wait to see them after they get mailed out.
Your canvas is beautiful too. I'd love to see those papers.

Linda Manning Findley said...

Super Susan ... both projects ... Linda F

Autumn said...

So excited to get one of your Rolodex cards, Susan! Can't wait. The canvas is lovely too!
;0 Autumn

Robin said...

I can't wait to see the Rolodex card in real life I have a thing for birds! Your canvas is just gorgeous too!!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Susan, your rolodex cards are wonderful, and I LOVE your blog! XOXO

Judy said...

Very creative rolodex cards! Loved the crumpled up paper! Aren't those alcohol inks great?

Thanks for the blog award, Susan! Made my day! Isn't it nice to know so many nice people are out there??

Thanks again!