Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Story Girl Writes a Letter


I've only just returned recently from my second summer residency in my MFA program, and even though I'm studying poetry, "Story Girl" resonates. Below is the ATC I made just prior to leaving and the mail art is the letter I wrote to a friend about the residency upon my return.  Both use these wildly funky Gretchen Ehrsam backgrounds that with enough play on page can be mesmerizing.








For Story Girl, I inked up the Typewriter with Heart (kp5044) using StazOn Jet Black ink.  This I stamped onto a precut glossy cardstock piece just shy the size of an ATC.  I stamped an identical version onto a sticky note to serve as a mask.  Once I applied the mask to the card, I used about five different hues of Distress ink on Gretchen Ehrsam's background stamp, Umbrellas (ge2843).  The expression Story Girl (kp5059) was stamped out on a scrap glossy strip.  It was glued first to black cardstock and layered onto the card.  Once the Distress inks dried, I adhered the card to an ATC back, and added a bit of colorful acrylics and glitter glue to the edges.








And just for kicks - here is the mail art that began its flight to Paris yesterday...for this I used Mixed Border (mk592f) and Evening Starflower (db4785g).








8 comments:

  1. Wonderful use of color and Design Kersten. Bravo!!

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  2. So vibrant. You had me at the sneak peek!

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  3. Gorgeous background, Kersten... and here I was - just this past weekend - cleaning out my craft room, and trying to find a new spot to store my Distress Ink Pads and thinking maybe I should toss them since I hadn't use them in forever! Shame on me. Thanks for the vivid inspiration in color and pattern. Love it.

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  4. Kersten, I really love what you have done here. The colors and theme are fantastic. Distress inks are so versatile! Amazing work xx

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  5. I love this! The umbrella background is so much fun!!!

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  6. I love the whimsical line quality of the typewriter and your colors are eye-catching! The umbrella stamp add lots of energy! Great project, Kersten :)

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