Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Royal Flush

Stampington & Company’s Somerset Studio Gallery, Winter 2009 publication is like viewing an art gallery in your very own home!

The Somerset Studio Gallery publication has 192 pages of beautifully photographed artwork pieces that range from the most sinister to the most delightful projects. Unlike other publications by Stampington & Company this book is not broken down into sections or seasons, but is arranged more like an art gallery. On one page you may find a Christmas project and then turn the page to find a Valentine project; you never know what you will find on the next wall. While book has sprinklings of ever style and season throughout the book, you will also find Spotlights which are mini articles about the project that is featured and you will also find a special book section. In the very back of the publication you will also find sample instructions on the featured artwork so that you can re-create the artwork shown throughout the book.

As I browse through publications like the Somerset Studio Gallery I am inspired by many different projects and ideas found within the pages. This usually leads me to create a collaborative project from several of the different artists that are featured. That is what happened with this first project.

Amarie Hill’s Mail Art can be found starting on page 162 of this publication and her quote, “Everyone has wings, Art makes them visible” is the starting inspiration for my first project. As I looked at each postcard it seemed that each one had a story to tell. That is when I remembered the 5 playing cards that I had received about a year ago as a prize and the project began to take wings. The playing cards were about the size of a postcard, measuring 5 x 7 inches.


Each card had a special meaning to me but I wanted to carry that meaning onto the front side of the artwork. I was also greatly inspired by the Miniature Works of Art section (ATC’s) and how even these small pieces each told a story. That is when I remembered the miniature playing cards I had found in a thrift store. I finally had a vision of how I wanted this project to progress. I found coordinating papers and kept my designs simple for each card. I used some acrylic paint to distress each of the miniature playing cards. I finished each of the cards by adding a few rub-ons then inking around the edge.

  Card-A Card-KCard-QCard-J   Card-10
Title: A Royal Flush

Scattered throughout this book are beautiful Christmas cards and projects which got me in the mood to create something Christmas-y. Besides, it is never too early to make cards, especially for someone who usually waits until December 15th to make them. I loved the vintage look of the cards found on page 10 and was immediately inspired by Kristen Robinson, Happy Holidays card. I liked how she used a decorative corner punch on the card and the strip of aged sheet music. I quickly grabbed some of my Christmas papers and found this boy with his snowball. I used an oval cutter to frame the boy and mounted it onto some Christmas words paper. I cut a strip of music from an old songbook and used some Walnut ink to age it some. I used a decorative corner punch on the two outer corners and finished it off with a piece of soft cording. It was such a simple card to make and so cute!

Title: Merry Christmas

With over 350 papercrafting and mixed-media projects, you will surely be inspired as I was by Stampington & Company’s Somerset Studio Gallery, Winter 2009 publication!

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