Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Last September birthday

Now this card was really fun!! I bet you're thinking, she really got good with that calligraphy! Well, actually it's done on the computer!! If you are interested, I wrote the whole thing as the end of this post.  So while I was coloring Edwin I decided to use the Spica pens on the drinks. I am not a real fan of them, but I have quite a few! As it turned out, it was just the look I was going for. I did his belt buckle that way and didn't like it, so you got to know, I stickled it! Took me forever to pick out the paper as this came from the same pack but it's two sided and I really liked both sides! It seemed to be missing some pizzazz so I did the white dashed lines and then didn't really like them. Too bad. So as I always do when I am in doubt, I opened my stickles container (which is a cool, double spinner round thing that holds most of them. It looks like a modified dvd case which is what it probably is) and did some lines. I knew I had to quit and work on the inside. I know a lot of you keep commenting on how cute my envelopes are meaning the inside of the card! I probably have the plainest envelopes in existence!!

I used a balloon stamp and then paper pieced the balloons. Thought that came out so cute! Then I hunted through my "stamp" book to see if I had a drink glass. Of course, I did! Who knew? But there it was stamped in my book and I found it easily - this one is from one of those round just rite stamps that you press into a wooden holder. I bought several on closeout somewhere so I don't know if they even make them anymore, but I forget about them as I have them in a little box all their own - I can't find any way to put them in my filing cabinet. I cut the glass out after I copic colored it and its on dimensionals. Looked through all my word stamps and liked the size, style and what this one said.  Then I sprayed the entire half of the inside with this wonderful new spray I bought - Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Sparkle). They come two colors to a package. This one makes everything look like a fairyland!  I think the photo gives you an idea but I took a close up -

It's not real clear because of all the sparkle! I covered the other half of the inside so only this half would sparkle! Just know I do not keep track of paper names or companies. I am fortunate to just figure out what I want to use without keeping track of whose they are!
So here are the copics I use: E00, E11, E31, E35, E18, E29, E50, E51, E53, E57, R20, R27, R17, YR07, YG13, W7, W3, W5, W0, W2, SPICA11, 08, 03, 00.
Got to give credit where it's due. It's a little involved for how I got there but here goes : I was on the site hunting around for freebies and hoping I might find that Tami Taylor was going to do some more classes. Well, I got lucky and found both!! Tami's new class starts in January and is a kind of continuation of "Got Glue" except this time is for pay which is fine with me! I love her stuff! She's a bit off the wall like yours truly and I really connected! But the other thing I found was free and following that link took me to here:
That stands for photoshop elements which you can get for a free 30 day trial - no strings. I spent a few hours getting exactly what I wanted because I didn't spend anytime learning how to use the program. Just if it wasn't exactly what I wanted when it made the circle, it was too time consuming to figure out how to edit the text so I just dropped out and started again. Much quicker. I have to tell you that I was a Mechanical Designer (draftsman) and had worked on computer drawing things since they first became available in 1980! After that there wasn't much working on the board! It is real archaic to me to work with drawing programs available to the general public after the 3d modeling ones I worked with. I am not a snob, its just the truth.
You will see "The Secret to Creating a Circular Text in Photoshop Elements" by Pattie Knox on this page. That is what I printed and worked with. I know I didn't miss giving anyone credit on this. It took quite a few tries until I got the text size and type that I liked and I had to be sure my Edwin stamp fit inside! I was also limited to using 8 1/2 x 11 paper (that's what my printer holds) He just made it! Don't know how I could exist without a stamp positioner!
Thank you all for being so faithful and following me! It is just an uplift to get such super comments from you! Hugs to you all, Barb F


Snoopy said...

Wow! Fantastic card, Barb! I love the circle you created. I'm definitely thinking about getting Photoshop.

Did you know that they have tutorials on Adobe TV? Here's the link:

Snoopy :D
Snoopy's Homemade Fun

Cathy Lee said...

Sweet card, Barb. Edwin looks adorable and love those balloons with that tasty looking martini on the inside.
Cathy Lee

Sheri said...

Such a fun card Barb!

..Karen said...

This is great! I love it!! : )

Rene said...

Rene :D

Christina C. said...

A truly stunning the sentiment circle and the cute Edwin!

Pam said...

Awesome card with Edwin and the circular verse. Thanks for telling us how to do it!!!!!

Paper Tails said...

Great Card!! Thanks for sharing how you put your card together. Edwin looks awesome....


Linda said...

Barb this card is so cute. You did a great job with the lettering and all the glitter. I found it so interesting that you have connected with Tami Taylor and now Debbie Hodge. I have taken classes with Debbie for years and she is fantastic. Just a year ago I got to go to Las Vegas and stay in Tami's home and meet with Debbie Hodge and others for a week end. What a great group of creative people.

Doreen Horats, Clayton said...

Really cute.

Ellis said...

Beautiful birthday card and I like the cliigraphy a lot! =) Great colors on the paper and a nice touch with the ballons! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Kelly Neis said...

Very nice for a young man. The circular sentiment is great with him. I love the balloons too.

cathylynn said...

Oh my this is fabulous! Great work.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

cabio's craft corner said...

Such a great idea for the computer calligraphy around this Edwin. You are right, this is not only a fun card, but also very bright and cheerful too :o)

Elle said...

What a handsome guy!

Christina C. said...

Hi Barb! Love, love this fabulous card! I adore the sentiment circle!