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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Another Cab Card Curiosity: The Family

As promised, here's the other cabinet card I designed for the Alpha Stamps swap. This one starts as a nice family portrait on the outside. It's hinged on the bottom, and held closed with a ribbon.

When you open it though, you see that this family has some rather disturbing members: old (and somewhat creepy) dolls, and large baby-headed men:

The figures standing in front are attached so that they pop out when the card is opened, for a 3D effect:

Cracked baby heads are a priority here!

This was one of the more challenging assignments for me, but I really enjoyed it once I got my head around it! Now, on to Halloween. I got a box full of creepy Halloween art supplies in the mail yesterday, and I can't wait to get started.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Cabinet Card Curiosities

Alpha Stamps is hosting a new swap, and I'm pretty sure it's not like anything you've ever seen. The theme is Cabinet Card Curiosities, where you alter a cabinet card to look "normal" on the outside, but very different on the inside. I thought this was a pretty tough assignment, until I decided to think about what sort of secrets some of my subjects might be hiding. I love these reproduction cabinet cards from Alpha Stamps; they're sturdy and come pre-antiqued, stains included!

For this first gentleman, here he is in the photo he likes to present to the world:

And here he is, in his own secret circus: I like to think this is the exciting life he wished he had:
If you'd like to join in the fun, the swap will be held through Alpha Stamps, and the artwork is due October 15th. I made two cabinet cards. Tomorrow I'll post the other one.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Brothers To The Bird

Someone purchased Lucifer already, so I decided to make him a couple of brothers. Meet the twins, Gregor and Jasper. I just knew those antique puzzle blocks would come in handy some day!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Halloween Raven

I just listed this in my etsy shop, but if he doesn't sell, I'm going to adopt him myself! He's a feathered black raven with an antique lace collar (I gave it a bit of an orange wash to match his hat). The wooden spool he's standing on was hand painted and sanded, but the other two blocks are vintage blocks. I love the patina.
I couldn't resist adding the little clear spider sticker onto that bottom block.

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