Sunday, 21 March 2010
Vintage Teddy Bear
In one of our latest art swaps at England Stampers, we are creating cards with cute animal images and stamps.
Once I started to plan out my design, I realized that I have very few cute animal stamps! I guess my issue is that, although I like cute animal stamps, I'm very picky and I don't like images with big eyes and naive drawings. I even went in search of digital images that I could color, but I struck out on that front, too.
Finally, I found in my stash a Penny Black clear stamp set with teddy bears. The teddy is wearing a little sailor top, and it so reminded me of an antique child's bowl with teddy. I guess this indicates how often I watch antique shows -- from Bargain Hunt to the Antiques Road Show!
I decided to take this image in my head and try to make the cute teddy look vintage. However, if you are wanting to make a quick and easy card, this is not the project!
You can see I made several variations of the card. I began by stamping my image and coloring it with Copic markers. Blue glimmer spray was sponged on to create a bit of blue sky in the background.
Then, I tried a couple different methods to make the image look old, like a nicely worn and loved child's bowl. I used VersaMark and thick embossing crystals in one image, and I cracked the piece when it was cool and dry and applied brown stamp ink to antique. I didn't like the results that much, so I switched to a clear crackle paint, which takes ages to dry. Once it did, I could rub in the brown ink. I had best results when I rubbed the brown ink around the edges of the image instead of all over the face of the teddy. Oh well . . . live and learn . . . creating is a very fluid process!
I had recently used the background designer paper for another project, and it really felt right for this one, too. You can see, I tried lots of different layering options, including using a die frame to create frames.
I tried out different embellishments to finish off the card. I liked the image of the bear and the effect of the layering, so I decided not to use a sentiment on the front of the card. That gives me the option to add something inside the card before I send it.