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04/25/09
Butterflies - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Creativity, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 8:43 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art is Butterflies. I decided that it would be fun to use a typography treatment to interpret the theme and filled in the space created by the letters with butterflies and flowers. The butterflies are free clipart from Dover Publications and the flowers are free vector art by DragonArtz Designs downloaded from Qvectors. This was a very enjoyable postcard to create on what turned out to be the first real day of spring here - sunny and warm enough to ditch the jacket :-)



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04/11/09
Easter - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:47 pm

My postcard for this week’s SPA challenge was inspired by the wonderful Flower Vector Art created by DragonArtz Designs and found on the QVectors Quality Free Vector Graphics site. More inspirational work by DragonArtz Designs can be seen at http://dragonartz.wordpress.com/.



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03/29/09
Life Is Good - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 12:14 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art made me think about what I am most grateful for, and that is my kids who are growing into young adults and have become my best friends. The digital scrapbook paper background and the button elements are all by Michelle Coleman of LittleDreamerDesigns.com. I used Photoshop to build the scrapbook style collage and create the frames, and the font used is Garamond Italic.



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03/21/09
Mothers - Sunday Postcard Art
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Posted by: Mary @ 5:32 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art is Mothers. This was a really special theme and I was fortunate to have a vintage black and white photo of my mom with me and my brother. There are seven of us in all and mom is not in too many of the pictures, so I was glad my dad took this picture of us. The background and border is digital scrapbook paper by Michelle Coleman of LittleDreamerDesigns.com. I used Photoshop to build the collage, created a duotone of the background and photo, and then went back into RGB mode to bring in the black and white closeup shot and the color border frame. The font is ITC Galliard.


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03/07/09
Words of Wisdom - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:04 pm

There are a lot of “words of wisdom” which come to mind for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week.

A penny saved is a penny earned.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Be true to yourself.

But when you think about it, what’s most important is where we make our nest: our home. The clip art is from Vintage Moth and I isolated the elements and arranged my collage in Photoshop.


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03/01/09
Once Upon a Time - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 3:00 pm

A whimsical take on the theme for Sunday Postcard Art came to mind this week. Inspiration came from my college age son who went to Providence, Rhode Island with friends last weekend and they were driving around lost for an hour because the GPS went out. Evidently the younger set does not believe in maps and this is an update to the men don’t need directions thing :-) The free clip art map and ship are from Clip Art Graphics - Free Clip Art Now and I used Photoshop filters to create the background. The map was originally greyscale, so I changed it to a duotone with blue and black and then added a 20% transparency of color over it to give it an old world feel. The fonts used are Goudy Old Style and Frutiger.



My sister Anne sent me a postcard that depicts the once upon a time myth about Pandora’s Box and she said that I could share it here. She used free clip art from Dave’s Mythical Creatures. I have been showing her my postcards and my new blog and she has been following the Sunday Postcard Art challenge.
She does not have a blog but is really enjoying the wonderful variety of work here at SPA and all the inspiration.  She makes beautiful decoupage boxes and likes to do creative things. Anne just started her own blog Anne’s Creative Cornucopia.


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02/22/09
Mardi Gras - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:55 am

Here is my postcard for the Mardi Gras theme on Sunday Postcard Art. This postcard was created in Photoshop and is based on a shape collage of mine that I found mixed in with my kids artwork yesterday, which I am going through to make school days memories scrapbooks. Mardi Gras time… can 40 days of dieting and no junk food be far behind? After thinking it over during the day, I decided to change the postcard a little bit and added layers with 3 masks from The Free Clip Art Store which were re-colored from the confetti bits… sometimes it is hard to know when to stop!


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02/08/09
Chairs - Sunday Postcard Art
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Posted by: Mary @ 10:13 am

The chairs theme for Sunday Postcard Art had me stumped until I went on a marathon shopping trip Saturday and came home exhausted and needing a rest. I went to four different art/craft supply stores and found some great items on sale and was very happy. This digital postcard was created in Adobe Photoshop. The shopping bags are taken from a design piece I created a few years ago and the clipart is from Vintage Moth (chair and butterfly), Graphics Fairy (clock face), and Dover Publications (angel). The font is Adobe Garamond small caps.

Here is the original shopping postcard that inspired me again (I like to reuse motifs from my previous work) and there is a poster too.


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02/01/09
Circles - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:41 am

This is my digital postcard for the Sunday Postcard Art circle theme. The free clip art is from The Vintage Moth, a wonderful site for mixed media and collage artists. I created the circles background in Adobe Illustrator, something I thought up on the long commute to work. Then I brought the background into Photoshop as a pdf, resized it and added the flowers, the butterfly family and the saying. In retrospect, the text should probably have read “Think Spring” as we have had weekly snow storms this winter.



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01/25/09
Cat - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:44 am

This is my cat postcard for Sunday Postcard Art. The cat and ladder are separate images which were resized to fit together and I went to Yahoo Babel Fish to find the word cat in different languages. The color of the text strip block was eyedroppered from my tortoise cat’s fur colors in Photoshop. The background is scrapbooking paper and the card itself is cut and glued, not digital.
Mary



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01/18/09
Turquoise - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:23 am

This is my digital collage for this week’s Sunday Postcard Art Turquoise theme. I used photos of my kitchen window and one of my quilts, created a background using Photoshop filters, and added one of my favorite quotes. My kitchen cabinets and windows are close to turquoise so I adjusted the color slightly.
Mary



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01/11/09
Winter Mystical - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:36 pm

This is my Winter Mystical postcard for Sunday Postcard Art. This angel was a gift from a special friend and she sits on a shelf in my kitchen where I can see her.  While finishing up with shoveling snow today the sun came out, so I brought her outside for a quick photo. I printed the photo on 70 pound white paper and used scrapbooking paper, adding watercolor paint on the edge.
Mary


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01/06/09
Celebrate - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:29 pm

Sometimes, maybe often, less is more. I ended up creating 3 different postcards for the Sunday Postcard Art Celebrate theme to get to the end result. The first one was abstract and while interesting, did not really express the feeling that celebrate brings to mind. The second one had vintage buttons,beads and paint spatters with a hint of fireworks framing the edge, but that still did not say what I was thinking. Finally I remembered a photo taken over the holidays that had that special feeling. I printed the photo on 60 pound smooth white paper obtained from my local printer and carefully cut around the two figures, placing them on a background of fireworks scrapbook paper over a cardstock base. It seems so simple in retrospect, but it was quite a roundabout road to get there… Mary

 


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12/31/08
Open Theme - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Sunday Postcard Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:17 pm

Here is my postcard for this week’s open theme at Sunday Postcard Art. I used scrapbook paper, card stock, handmade rice paper and nupastels to create this beach scene… it’s been snowing here all day :-) Happy New Year!
Mary



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