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Toaster Image (debuted at CHA 07) by  Sunshine Designs (available in the US only through American Art Stamps), Long Skinny Oval by A Muse Art Stamps; Fabriano Mediovalis Reply Card, plus scrap remnant; Black Pigment Ink; Creamy Caramel Classic Ink by SU!; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Ice Blue; Clear Embossing Powder; Derwent Watercolor Pencils; AquaPainter; Pigma Micron Pen (for sentiment); Ric Rac by May Arts; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter Ultrafine Multi-Iridescent

Having been away from my rubbah for so long, I desperately needed some creative play time, just for me and only me, so I cut loose with the above, which was so fun to make!  Isn’t this just the most darling toaster image?  When I saw it I went AGOG!  Don’t even ask me WHY I like toasters!  They just make me think "cozy"!  ROTFL!  This one is easy and quick to watercolor, and the image is large enough that you can do a few fun things with it that you might not be able to otherwise, were it any smaller!

I had a scrap of Fabriano left from a previously botched design, so I black embossed the toaster  and quickly watercolored it in.  I cut a slit into one of the toaster slots with an X-acto knife, and then free-hand cut a tiny piece of toast from a scrap of vanilla card stock, to insert into it, sponging it so it would look toasted . . . After I trimmed the toaster out, it looked too flat and one dimensional on the card, so I stamped the skinny oval with chalk ink to give it a shadow to sit upon and then 3D mounted it with foam mounting tape.

The heat waves rising up were hand-drawn and the sentiment was hand-lettered, as I didn’t have any stamp that remotely said what I needed. 

A trick I learned from somewhere online, is to pencil your lettering lightly first, then go over it with a pen, and then erase the pencil lines!  This helps you determine placement and whether or not the writing is level, prior to committing it to ink! Slick! Well, at least it’s pretty slick if your hand isn’t shaking from the java jitters!  Bwah ha haaaaaaa!!!

The ric rac was glued on by first running it through my Xyron 1.5 (the little "X" machine); after applying it to the card front, I trimmed off the ends, and then used an adhesive eraser to remove any excess adhesive along the edges of it.

I tried wrapping ribbon, even very narrow ribbon around the gutter crease of the card, but it didn’t balance well to my eye, and it seemed a little too nekked without some ribbon somewhere, due to the white space in this landscape orientation . . .

I noticed Sunshine Designs images are scheduled to be uploaded late February at American Art Stamp’s website–they have a refrigerator image that is so flippin’ cute, I gotta have it!  Too fun!  How much longer before the end of February? (nosed pressed against the glass door)

  1. me wanne your lettering! pdf me both upper and lower! :wink:wink:wink:

  2. LLLLOOOOOVVVVEEEEE it Julie!! Beautiful as usual.. speaking of handwriting…. (*GIGGLES*)..gimme a ring, n’k?

    You are AWESOME

  3. Wow! I am in awe of the coolness of this little card! Then you go and say you drew and slipped in the toast and hand drew the sentiment! OMG! Way to go, Jules!

  4. I always love your work, Julie. This card is too cute!

  5. Such a cute card – and – I’m with the majority, your hand writing is Gorgeous!! You could make some money off that alone! Combine it with your designs, and you’ll be rolling in dough! (Or would you prefer – RUBBAH?!) LOL!

    Love everything you do – keep it coming!

  6. That is awesome! Thanks for the details about how you created it. I love it. You have amazed us again.

  7. Way cute Julie. The toast is just the right touch. If I had handwriting like yours I wouldn’t be spending so much on fonts!

  8. I agree, I *LOVE* when you use your own hand writing on your creations, its beautiful!!! I have to ask, having taken several hand courses myself and just flat out being a big fan of different fonts, do you use some sort of lettering guide? I noticed that the writing you do on your cards is very different than the writing in your sketch journal- which I get is just you quickly jotting down notes, but there is more of a difference kwim?

  9. Julie, this is just amazing, and your handwriting is better than *any* stamp! I am always open-mouthed when I see your latest creation, which I can count on to be perfection in its simplicity–nothing extraneous, but everything that’s needed. Wow. . .

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