Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Altered Alice Chapter 4 - Week 3: Time

Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating.'
-- Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Happy Sunday! I'm very excited!!! about today's post. Today is my week to "fall down the Rabbit Hole" and showcase my labor of love project for The Altered Alice. Our theme for the month is Time: Time Marches On.  To play along with us (and I hope that you do), you must create a project that represents Time.  You can represent Time in whichever way you see fit.

This months sponsor is Fresh Brewed Designs and they have generously sponsored us with a prize pack of five images of your choosing.  Also, don't be discouraged if you think your project must be Alice in Wonderland related. It is not required but encouraged.  So head on over to The Altered Alice to check out this weeks inspiration and jump down the rabbit hole with us. 

For my debut project, I created a set of 8 Artist Trading Cards (ATC). ATCs are great because they are mini little pieces of artwork and they can be as clean and simple as you want them to be or they can be altered little pieces with all the charms and embellishments you like. I decided to go for a much cleaner look. I wanted the image to be the main focus of the ATC. I used quotes on almost all of them and the quotes I used were to enhance the image. These little cards measure at 2.5x3.5. All images used are from our monthly sponsor Fresh Brewed Designs. ** Please note that 6 out of the 8 images were cropped/altered**

This picture is the back of the ATCs. I wanted all of them to have a similar distressed look and for all of them to represent our theme: Time. I also thought that this set could also act as a set of business cards. This is the reason I left a space for my contact info. (Boy, I'm going to have a hard time giving one of these away. Lol.)
Products used: Tim Holtz embossing folder, Distressed Ink, Wood Stamps, TPS Clear Stamps.

*Please make sure to click on the pictures, individually, so you may see all the little details. They are chock full of them * 
ATC1: Hatter Madness digi from Fresh Brewed Designs
I just love how Alice is miniature size and tucked into the band of the hat

ATC2: I'm Late digi from Fresh Brewed Designs

ATC3: Wait For Me digi from Fresh Brewed Designs
I love that the Rabbit is the iris of Alice's eye.

ATC4: Tick Tock Clock digi from Fresh Brewed Designs

ATC5: Wonderland digi from Fresh Brewed Designs
*This one was severely altered. I erased everything around Alice and then blew up the pocket watch*

ATC6: Drink Me digi from Fresh Brewed Designs
This one is prob my favorite of the set. Although its hard to choose. But I just love the huge mushroom with Alice on the side trying to climb it. And of course there's a tea cup and the Drink Me sign.

ATC7: Mirror Mushroom digi from Fresh Brewed Designs

ATC8: The Queen of Hearts digi from Fresh Brewed Designs

At the last minute, I decided to add mini clock charms to my ATCs but I had a hard time finding them so I decided to create my own. Here is a closeup of one. I used tiny mirrors, a clear stamp and stazon. This one is a little blurry but I like the effect.  Thanks for stopping by/commenting! I hope that Ive encouraged you to jump down the Rabbit Hole.
I will be submitting this project to Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes Challenge


the purple muse said...

OMG! I absolutely love love love them! I wish I had time to do more artistic and altered projects! I used to. Not anymore with a 10 month old! Thanks for sharing.


Georgia Peach said...

The cards are great. what great colors. I love how you used crop parts of the images.

sasa said...

Fabulous array of colour, styles and creativity - just great, all of them! - Thanks for joining in with Simon says Stamp & Show.

Lynne Phelps said...

FANTASTIC! These are so fab and I totally love the way you cropped in to focus on one aspect of each image. The colors are so vivid, they really make me happy.

Don't give away the originals - create some high resolution jpgs and have business cards printed on both sides on glossy stock at Vistaprint, that way you keep the originals and feel free to give away cards like crazy!

kim-paperbabe said...

These ATC's are magnificent Jess, I love the different images each so beautifully made!
It's great for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge!
The design team and I are really pleased you joined us!
Thank you
HuGs Kim :)

Melissa said...

Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! Great work!

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh Jess! WOW are these amazing! Love how you cropped the stamps. This collection is so FABULOUS and the backs are as cool as the fronts!!! LOVE them! xxD

Anonymous said...

Holy Canoli, girl! These are awesome! These would have taken me forever to make. Just love your coloring and the overall theme carried throughout. Super duper, Jess!

Janice W. said...

Your ATC's are beautiful! So artistic!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, such a breathtaking project.

CuddlyBunny said...

Jess your ATCs are so wonderfully detailed and deep with color! Awesome debut project!

I hope you're having a fun, art-filled weekend!