There are a few of you who have noticed a little surprise that was snuck in to our online store. Some of you have already been purchasing this darling little image that Karen has just released. For those of you who are not familiar with the Lockhart Stamp Company line of images I am going to share the story behind the Limited Edition pieces.
Karen began her stamp company the end of the year 2005. I believe at that time she had something like 13-15 stamps. She decided that each year she would release an image that would be limited to 250 pieces. She selected a theme that is so very charming and began with a celebration from their lives - the arrival of her little grandson Nicholas.
The first image released was "The Flurries". Unfortunately there are none to be had at this point and I refuse to sell mine - LOL! If you are lucky to find one you will want to snap it up. In fact the most recent sale we noted was someone selling it for $20. Who would have thought that one little stamp could become so valuable?!?
Sorry for the not so perfect picture, but I took my boot (cast) off and it is a royal pain to get it back on to go and find a better picture. So instead I am sharing this one which was easy to attach. Here we have Grandma and Grandpa Flurry with baby Nicholas.
Last year Nicholas was a year old and like all little children loved being tossed in the air. So "Nicholas and Daddy" came about. If you think that you would like to purchase this Limited Edition stamp you should probably do so as soon as possible because once my inventory is gone, they are completely gone.
This year Nicholas, now two, has gotten to know his grandma and grandpa a whole lot better and I do believe that he is the light of their lives. Karen shared a story with me just recently that gives me the giggles. Nicholas came to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa and upon arrival was thrilled to see "Big Daddy". Karen was then wondering what she was going to be called and had her fingers crossed that she would not be called "BIG Mama" - LOL! Thankfully Nicholas is wise for his age and began calling her "Nanna" instead. What a relief for Karen! But we continue to giggle about it each time we talk about Nicholas. We are being treated this year to "Grandma and Grandpa with Nicholas" - I am so delighted with this sweet image!
What could be more fitting for this occasion then a little pocket card to record some of Nicholas favorite holiday memories? The inspiration for this design came from my friend Kendra. Today Kendra shared a picture of one of her creations and I just loved the layout - thank you Kendra for inspiring me! Please stop by her blog and check out her WAY cool creation!
Being that I love an old-fashioned Christmas style I decided to go with the new Cosmo Cricket papers that have been sitting here beckoning me from afar. I know that the Lockhart image is pretty "crisp" in nature and so I began with a color palette that would bring it into a realm that would coordinate with the Cosmo Cricket papers and in addition figured out a way that I could then age the whole creation, hopefully without muddying it too much.
I took a picture of my work in progress to share some of my coloring technique. First I lay down the lightest color. I then scribble some of the coordinating colors on a piece of plastic (or in this case my acrylic block being it was right there - LOL!) Next I use the light colored marker to pick the dark color up off the block and add shading to the image I am coloring. Once I have the color added to the image I then scribble off any excess dark color until the marker is once again "clean", as you can see by the example in the lower right hand corner of this picture.
I created a mask (Debbie has done a WONDERFUL job of explaining how to do this at her blog here) and airbrushed the sky with the blue-green color (BG72 - this is a color I hope to add to my store soon being that I have decided I just can't live without it - LOL!) from the trees and then added some E31 to age the appearance. I removed the mask and as you can see it still was a little too white! So I airbrushed additional E31 over the entire image, leaving the faces and bodies of the snowmen a little lighter.
In the image above please take note of the tree on the far left. As you can see it is brighter then the other trees and not nearly as well blended. Many times rather then using the blender pen to bring the colors together I will select one of the markers from the lightest color set to bring all the colors together. In this instance I selected E00 being that the colors in the Cosmo Cricket papers are not a true bright value. The addition of the E00 over top the BG72 and BG72 combined with E29 bring all the color tones together to work beautifully with the papers.
As you can see in the image above I used my colorless blender pen to then remove some of the caramel from just the bodies of the snowmen to add a little contrast to the snowmen themselves - this helps make them pop just a little more. Sneaking out from behind you will notice this awesome "Ribbon of Lights". These were also stamped on white cardstock, colored with Copics and airbrushed with E31 to age the strip and allow it to blend with the papers. Airbrushing is so quick and easy and it is quite simple to learn to control the amount of color that goes on to the paper.
To complete the "coloring" of the image I added some 2-way Glue and Hero Arts Prismaglitter, Spica clear glitter pen, and Sakura Clear Glaze pen on the lights. Again the paper and ribbons are all from the Cosmo Cricket "Be Good" collection - I adore this collection and hope to have some awesome things to share with you soon :D
So the "surprises" I was referring to in the title above are a wonderful new collection from Karen Lockhart called the Millinery series. To allow you a comparison of sizes I have taken a picture of the collection and shown it here below. Each of these was colored by Karen herself.
Hopefully the combination of these pictures along with the one above that shows the Ribbon of Lights "in action" will allow you to get a feel for how these would fit on a card front. Each "ribbon" is 5 1/4" in length and approximately 1/2" high. With time you will see these ribbons and embellishments come to life in some other fun creations. I'm taking it one day at a time around here and trying so hard to get as much done as possible.
Thanks for stopping by to share in my excitement - sorry there was no fun build-up this time for these latest releases. I just couldn't pull it off this time round. Maybe my next celebration will be when I am up and around again.
So go and get your "Nanna and Big Daddy with Nicholas" stamp as soon as possible being that my guess is that this year they are going to fly out the doors. Have a wonderful weekend!