Friday, March 28, 2008


As I mentioned in my last post I had finally realized (with a little help) that I could draw images as stamp-style outlines and colour them to use on cards instead of always buying a stamp for what I want. And I want quite a few so this is a much cheaper and more creative alternative! So over the past week I have been looking around at stamp sites to see what I am really liking and thinking of how I could do it myself. I have been having warm fuzzy moments over giraffes since I saw some diecuts used for a baby card. I had a stuffed giraffe named Gerome (after the giraffe on The Friendly Giant) when I was young and I love him still. I gave my friend's baby a giraffe for her first birthday. Of course I need giraffe images! So I finally got myself in gear and drew one. I wanted it to look a bit like a stuffed animal and I think he turned out not bad. Not too hard to customize to change the face, make it bigger or smaller, etc.

This frog here is a cute little guy who could easily be adapted for a number of purposes. I could trace him but give him flowers, or a crown, change his mouth, give him a bow and make it a her, lots of options!

This grumpy cat was inspired by this stamp at Whipper Snapper Designs. I saw it and in the back of my mind I was thinking about how my cat would react to a party hat. This stamp is my rendition of what Book's expression would be, if one were able to actually get a party hat on her and make her stay still. More probable is my cat racing away to hide or playing with it so much you can't get it on her. I'm going to need a caption for this one, but I'm still pondering options.

Needless to say I had to try a variation of the grumpy cat. I traced the outline and simply changed the expression. I think the eyes need to be fixed, but that is how easy it is. I just put the two images up against my window and traced (the cheap girl's lightbox)!

I've done a couple more images, but I'm holding onto them to colour in the originals since I do not expect to trace them. They are also more obviously inspired by card layouts and particular artwork so I want to use them in cards and do a proper post with all the inspiration and that listed. But it's a beginning! A nice chance to get back to drawing as I haven't felt inspired to do my usual pencil and heavy shading in a while.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Carolyn King said...

VERY nice. love your designs! I love drawing on my cards too but sometimes it just takes soo much longer and so i pull out a stamp!

Janine said...

These are all great images!