Monthly Archives: April 2013

Good Luck

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I will end up changing the font, perhaps to something “scriptier,” but this is a first attempt at some card ideas running through my head.

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The Cat that Walks Alone

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ImageAfter I did this piece it reminded me of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Story,” The Cat that Walked by Himself. It is fun/funny for me to do colorful cats, as mine are both black and white. The inspiration for this was on the chair next to me while I worked and definitely has an inner rainbow.

One Little Piggy, Two Little Piggy…

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I got a new Versa Color ink pad to try. They make such beautiful colors that I want to buy them all! But other than the prohibitive price of gorging all at once, I have learned the hard way that I need to take it slow with new materials, test them out in a range of conditions, see how the pad wears over time, and a whole lot of things for which my impatient nature is not suited.

Anyway, having gotten a proper pink ink pad I HAD to carve a pig to test it out – more of a teen pig, somewhere between piglet and adult. And when I do an animal facing one direction I generally like to carve another facing the other way so they can interact. And pigs are so social that one on its own looked lonely. By the way, this is how I end up with an over flowing menagerie of stamps!

Cat on a Hot Brick Ledge

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This was a way to sample some new stamps in combination. I carved the cat (actually, my cat Bianca, who is white. Poetic license) mostly because I realized in my entire collection of animals, from warthog to kangaroo, I didn’t have a cat! I rushed to correct this omission.

The bricks are carved out of an irregularly shaped scrap I had.

It was all working out until I added more bricks above the window ledge and realized that this destroyed the illusion that the cat was sitting and rather made her appear to be floating. Ah, well. The wonderful thing about stamps – quite the opposite from collage – is that you get do-overs. Bianca will live to see another perch and, who knows, she may appear purple!