Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Autumn Fields Clear Set - Scarecrow

Last Tuesday, we featured the Moonlit Farmland image from 11196MC Autumn Fields Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):

Today we're going to focus on the other main image in this grouping, aptly (although perhaps not so originally) named Scarecrow and also available as 2302H in wood mounted.

Nancy took her finished set back into the studio for another round of stamping, and she came up with three charming cards! I always love viewing projects that the artists have made themselves, so that I can see their "vision" for how they imagine their stamps being used.

First is this cheery card filled with primary colors:

Nancy used alcohol-based markers to color in the image. If you click on the photo below for a close-up view, you might also be able to spot the touches of Stardust Glitter Pen added to scarecrow's hat band, cheeks, and pockets, plus the beak and feet of his little visitor:

The sentiment, Whimsical Autumn Greetings (2009D in wood mounted), was placed onto a double-layered fishtail banner piece:

And did you notice the trees cut from the same patterned paper and popped up with foam tape? They're such a great accent and really add a special flair to this card:

Of course, if you change around a few elements, you'll get a completely different look:

On this card, the scarecrow was colored using another technique, which is our tried-and-true colored pencil blending with Gamsol:

You can see that it has a softer appearance, with the colors still vibrant but not as bold. I especially like the softer lines around the image. (Did you notice that in both instances, the scarecrow was outlined in light blue? This is an "artist's trick" for making the image jump off the paper...pretty neat, huh?)

The embellishments on this card are pre-purchased this time, and notice how there is a jam label instead of the saying:

Now for a real twist! Check out this unique version:

This time, the image was stamped in brown and colored with only two shades. The scarecrow is partially filled in with yellow, and the cornstalks are outlined in green pencil:

If you look back at the whole card, you'll also see how Nancy utilized part of a larger piece of framed patterned paper. She stamped in the blank part of the upper left section.

And those coral dots? That's ink sponged over a stencil, partially overlapping the image and repeated in the upper right, to draw your eye around the card.

Hope you enjoyed these very different samples, and thanks to Nancy for providing some amazing inspiration!


Sue D said...

I like the different looks achieved just by the coloring method and the special touches to each card.

Katie said...

Great cards! I love the last one with the sponging! I bought some of your new Fall stamps at my LSS, not knowing that you had clear sets as well (I bought individual wood stamps). You had a wonderful sample board. Awesome work. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Jackie Wamhoff said...

Me, too, Sue...thanks for commenting! Katie, we appreciate your purchase and nice words. :-)