Thursday, June 28, 2012

Before & After - Video Tutorial 1

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FINALLY! I figured out this whole online tutorial business! Several digital artists out there have been asking about my photo extracting and doodling/tracing technique, well, here you go! Step-by-step! Please, pretty please, leave me your thoughts in a comment. I would like some honest feedback. Thanks! :D If you create something from this tutorial.. Please leave a link to your creation here too!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

GIVEAWAY - 250 Business Cards!

Pin It Whoo Hoo! My first giveaway! And what a perfect offer this is, as, I LOVE LOVE LOVE business cards! Especially when they have a unique die cut! In today's world, business cards are not just for business anymore. Single folks are using them to hand out to build relationships, artists are handing them out as collector trading cards, and mothers are using them as identification or contact information to hand out to fellow moms, care providers, or pinning them at schools for play dates! So, if you don't think this giveaway is for you, think again! "Business" cards can be used for just about anything! Here are just a few ideas of unique ways people have used these small  cards:

 Use your cards as a resume or portfolio of your work!

These are wonderful Business Cards, created by illustrator Jonny Wan. He's created sets of his artwork using Business Cards and Postcards, to send out to potential commissioning art directors. 

Use your cards as unique artist trading cards!

These are pages waiting to be bound into a book! Created by Gemgirlart they're a mix of collage and paint. Each little book contains a pocket, like the one seen here on the right, with a removable MiniCard inside. The MiniCard itself is created from a photograph of a collage, giving it an unusual, textured style. 

And my favorite: Mommy Cards! CUTE!
I'm SOOOO making these!!!


Friday JUNE 8 - Friday JUNE 13, 2012

What you win: (drum roll)
250 Die-cut Business Cards for one (1) winner
options for styles and sizes of your business cards:
2×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 
2×2″ (square) Rounded Corners, (these are fun!!!)
1.75×3.5″(slim) Rounded Corners, (these are fun too!)
2×3.5″ Leaf, (LEAF?!?!? creativity wheels turning full speed!!!)
 2×3.5 Rounded one corner, 
2×3.5″ Half-Circle Side,
 2×3.5″ Oval, or 2.5″ Circle
14pt Cardstock (nice and thick! Not flimsy!)
Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), (I like matte only because I like to write on my cards)
or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
6 Business days print turnaround time
Free US shipping only (WHOOT!)

What to do:
Visit UPrinting Print Business Cards page and check out all the fun die cuts I listed above... tell me what die-cut shape you would choose if you win this giveaway. Great examples of all the options are there so please visit the page! Once you've decided, check out the Rafflecopter widget below. Fill in the only mandatory question on what shape you would want! Get some extra entries by liking UPrinting on facebook, following on twitter, and/or including UPrinting in your Google+ circle! 

On JUNE 15, Rafflecopter will choose one (1) lucky winner (entry)! I will notify that winner within 48 hours of selection! 

What if you win!?!?
If you are the lucky winner?!?! AWESOMENESS!
You will receive information from me via email on how to order your cards! (so be sure to include your name and email address in your entry answer, or, send me a private message with your info) You can go on and use one of their many templates to create your own fun and unique cards. Or, you can upload your own design if you already have one! GOOD LUCK!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

You should assume that I will receive free print products in exchange for the post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions. Interested to hold a giveaway like this? Please sign up here. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Before and After

Pin It Yes... another before and after! I've been receiving a lot of feed back from these, so, I'm gonna keep them coming... and those of you asking for a more in-depth tutorial, well, one is in the works! So, stay tuned!

I went a little overboard I think with this one, but, it all worked out in the end! The doodling, to me, reflects the free flow of the water and just the FUNness (is that a word?) of that moment. So, I extracted the photo of my son for starters, found the PERFECT background paper (from Tangie Baxter) and started tracing. I used different colors this time and by the time I got down to his shorts, I was ready to have fun and go crazy with the flowing water! Once I put on the title, I just had to trace that too. Below is a larger version of the final page so you can see the detail. :)