Halloween is around the corner

September 28, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I am in the middle of working on some ATC’s for the next swap I am participating in, and I got distracted. I started making the ATCs, but then I screwed one up. It still looked kind of cool though, so I decided to bring it into Photoshop and play around with it. I wanted to combine it with a vintage image I got from an old Puck magazine. Here are the steps I did and where the image is now. I need to play around with it more, to integrate her a little bit better, but I need to get a move on on my errands and things ;-)


First I started with my screwed up stamped ATC. The technique I was using was the one I posted about a while ago with using Graphite and VersaMark. You can see that post  here- Graphite and VersaMark Resist Technique.

Halloween Graveyard Rubber Stamp

Then I scanned in the image of the magazine front cover and here she is…
Halloween Graveyard Girl
Isn’t she cool? She just screamed Halloween to me, altho I believe it was an Easter issue :-)
I brought both images into Photoshop in order to make a composite image. I had to play with hue/saturation, blending modes, pull her apart and then back together, adjust opacity settings and finally build up the bottom of the card because the pumpkins were cut off, but here is the final image…



Dina Wakley Faces and Encaustic Classes

September 21, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Dina Wakely Faces Class
This past week I had the wonderful experience of taking THREE classes from Dina Wakley!! I am so lucky to have a store in the area that hosted her for a number of classes since traveling is pretty tough for me.I just started drawing faces, after taking a few online classes. It is great however to take an actual in person class! Dina is fun and super informative. If you ever have a chance to take a class with her, sign up right away! You will have a blast!

Dina Wakely Faces Class

I also took her Intro To Art Journaling class and you can read more about that here on the Creative Clearinghouse Blog post about  my Dina Wakley Art Journaling Class.

Soften Ink Edges Before you Rubber Stamp

September 8, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Greek Fairies Rubber Stamps

Greek Fairies Rubber Stamps

I wanted to get a different look from one of the latest Easy Scraps Rubber Stamps. So, I softened the edges of the ink before I stamped. Here is the video on how to do it…

The image included is the finished card fronts using the Greek Fairy Rubber Stamps: