IMT's creative prompt was artist trading cards (ATC). I love ATCs because I can use scraps of paper that I save and all those other little bits of embellishments. But in this set, I used an entirely different approach which I explain below. Here is probably my favorite. Once I got started I couldn't stop!!!
I participate in an ATC exchange although lately I've been bad - summer is busy. If you click on the "ATCs" label below they will all come up. You can even vote on your favorite! I've been trying to incorporate more of my own art into them. So for this creative prompt I wanted to use my Freeform gals. I typically put phrases in my ATCs, but these ladies seem to speak for themselves!
IMT happily gave me a chance to pick my OWN topic!! I know that my friends would love my red gloved ladies as ATCs. AND I get to use some really neat backgrounds that I bought from Anahata Katkin whom I LOVE.
Then technical problems struck. I couldn't print my ladies. So, I thought - OK, my scanner still works so I'll scan everything - I'll do them digitally as inspired by my dear friend Kerri's digital collages. Once I can color print again I will make the "real thing" and embellish with sparklies. What fun!! And I would put the phrase "I don't do windows" on this one!
The only thing I don't know if I like is the white skin. Since all of these ladies are from my Freeform Sunday sessions, the skin has been just the paper. I'll leave them be: they are geisha-ish this way ;)
Told you I couldn't stop. Here are some more with some variations.
In some ways I think that the red gloved ladies that I didn't pen over as this one below didn't work quite as well. I believe that I need the pen detail to "pop" her out a bit. The background is a busy one but I was just experimenting!
I WAS having lots of fun with this except for the fact that I only have the little touch pad on my Mac laptop to edit the pieces. Digitally cutting and editing my freeform gals was murder. I have a nice Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet on my Christmas list!!
I'm also using Photoshop Elements 2.0 so I'm limited in some functions. The Wacom Tablet comes with the new version of Elements. YAY. But none of this held me back!!
This one was a fun variation, but I like the first better I think. I couldn't get over how many of Anahata's backgrounds blended in with my ladies. Even the colors! What fun I had! I can't wait to do the "real" version.s Digital is fun and great for layouts. But I really do miss the tactile-ness (and the smells of art supplies) of doing it in the real world!