It is an honor to be invited to be the guest artist for Lockhart Stamp Company this month. It has been my privilege to know Karen Lockhart for the past four+ years. As I worked to find my place in this industry Karen has been an enormous inspiration and support to me. I shared on the Lockhart Stamp Company website that it was Karen's Party Shoe that "walked" me into her life. You can read more about that time in this post.
At the beginning of our relationship it was funny to us that people would mix us up. There were times when we were even thought to be one and the same - LOL! People would meet Karen and think they had met me, or would meet me and think I was Karen. So just as a little review Karen is the owner of Lockhart Stamp Company and hand draws the fabulous little images that are then turned into red rubber, wood mounted stamps that we carry in our store. I on the other hand make shoes - LOL! We have had so much fun together over the years laughing, talking and creating.
In honor of the start of our relationship I felt it was appropriate to create a new "Wicked Ensemble" which would feature a new shoe template that coordinates with the Lockhart Stamp Company Haunting Witch's Dress. I love costuming and felt it would be fun to create a new shoe that would fit with this theme. Just think of the fun party you can plan with this idea!
First I created a card that could be used as an invitation.
The "tornado" was sewn on Solar White cardstock using the technique that Becky taught us in her sewing post here. I then used my Copic Airbrush system to enhance the swirl pattern.
The scalloped border was created using the burnished velvet technique and Tim Holtz' scalloped On the Edge die.
The dress was colored with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.
Of course I had to create a place card for Glinda, being it is the "Wicked" witch throwing this party - LOL! It has been a LONG time since I did any "fancy" writing and so I looked up a font on DAFont (the Kind & Queen) and using this font style as a guide I wrote out my word first very lightly in pencil. I then used my Opaque White Inkssentials pen to bring a strong contrast to the dark background paper.
The laced look was created using two sections of the burnished velvet treatment that I also used as a decorative treatment on the invitation above.
I think perhaps this may be the most fun I have had creating one of my shoe templates. Visualizing in my head and then bringing the concept to life is something that is SO very fun, but takes patience. I am so grateful for the pattern making classes I have had. This training has truly helped me to envision how to put these templates together.
The lacing and the "wing-like" feeling of the heel are directly correlated to Karen's stamp image. Complete step-by-step directions for this shoe will be included with the download of the template.
It is so hard to capture the absolutely incredible sparkle that the microfine glitter gives this little creation. It is not gaudy as some glitters can be, but rather more elegant and refined in appearance.
I love white core cardstock! As you can see I used the Concord Grape and used the white as the shoe interior and the purple color was used as the exterior. Covering the purple with the black glitter... oh la la!!!
Thank you for stopping in today to share in this privilege with me. I hope that this little creation can lead to some creative fun in your lives! A girl can never have enough shoes and as I get older it appears that I can only dream about pretty shoes, rather than wear them - LOL! So here's to wonderful friends and pretty shoes :-D
accessories: Tim Holtz On the Edge Scallops Die, Tape Sheets, Ultrafine Black Glitter, Zva Jet Swirl Frame Crystals, Memory Box Halloween Jewels, Black Say it in Pearls with Flowers, Jet Chandelier Crystals, 1/4" White Silk Ribbon colored with Copic Marker, Opaque White Inkssentials Pen, Prismacolor Pencils, Sewing Machine, Copic Airbrush System