Friday, July 31, 2015

Renaissance Style Invitation or Card

'Tis a night of revels

That is how I imagine a modern version of a party invitation from Merrie Olde England might read. It is a shortened quote from a Shakespeare play, one the Studio found online. (Not that we haven't anything of the Bard of Avon's in our stash, but if you want to know the truth, time was short)

Here is a fun bit of Renaissance music to listen to whilst looking over our new design.

For FOOD for a feast, banquet, or mere "scrambling supper," we highly recommend you read Madge Lorwin's incomparable volume entitled, "Dining with William Shakespeare." 
I myself have tested a number of her recipes. All were tasty, especially her gingerbread, but if you don't like eels for supper, then mind the one for "Eels, Spitchcocked."
Her book may be purchased online and also found at libraries.

Below we display both the outside and inside portions of a possible Renaissance style invitation or card for our guests. This will shortly be added to by a few other items for your party or gaming pleasure. For today, you may choose to visit our PPSPartyGear™category for some fun mask blanks  (that is a Link). These we prepared for you a few years back. They may be decorated with frippery and feathers, or left simply as is.

As for our invitations below, all our guests have to do is simply cut away the gray portion evenly in both graphics once printed. This card is sized to fit an A2 sized envelope. Each printable is for standard sized business paper. We recommend using your local copy center or extension office for this print or copy, as it will use quite a lot of ink or toner.

Please regard others' copyrights while you enjoy your
Happy Creativity!

PPSPartyGear™Renaissance Style Invitation

Download Print Version HERE

Display Version (lower resolution than our download)

Card Interior

Download Print Version HERE

Display Version (lower resolution than our download)

You are free to:
use the above invitation or its graphics in art
for a party or for a gift.
You are not free to:
sell either portion as created.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.
Let's keep free things free!

Cooling Off with Arctic Ice

The hot weather is here!

I do think it is funny how the month of August has so often been called "the dog days." We pant, we enjoy cold drinks loaded with ice cubes, and we like to get into the cooling water. We also tend to take siestas on hot afternoons during this warmer time of year.

So let us, by all means, cool off together by visiting the Arctic regions this afternoon!

Below you will see a charming seascape with ice. We offer this cleaned up and ready to print in standard business size. Though some work and time were involved, this was not that difficult a project to complete. Hey! It's hot out there, and I am taking it easy this weekend!

Here's a Thought:
One fun idea for those with the right printer or copy/extension center would be to add a coat of watercolor paper medium to the surface of your printer paper prior to printing (allowing this to dry thoroughly first, of course). After that, a few light washes of color might be added using watercolors. Another thought would be to copy your own personal home office copy using a toner style copier at the copy center, then apply the finished product to some heftier paper using matte or gel medium, and then follow that process with a bit of pigment mixed into the same medium that you've already chosen already. This would be one possible way to achieve a similar look.

Colored pencils might obscure some of the more subtle grey tones to be found in this old engraving, although the color effects might work out quite well, depending on the skills of the artist.

I love the Aurora Borealis in the sky, the way the whale is leaping out of the water, and the sea lions playing on the ice, don't you? The ship in the middle distance is likewise charming.

We hope that you'll enjoy cooling off with us today with your
Happy Creativity!

PPSColorMe™Page: Cooling Off with Arctic Ice

Download Printable Version HERE

Display Copy (lower resolution)

Image in the Public Domain
Digital re-working and cleaning up courtesy of our Studio

You are free to:
use this image in artwork which you will make 
for either fun or for profit.
You are not free to:
sell it as is.
Thank you for respecting our gifts for the public's use.
Let's keep free things free!

Monday, July 27, 2015

News from Google for Our Guests

News from Google in the EU

HERE is a link to the page which Google offers regarding internet following tools such as "cookies," etc.

Please read carefully, especially if you are one of our EU Guests.

We hope to provide some more new images for our guests here very soon. Between now and then, have a good week!
Happy Creativity!
Rose & Co

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Free Fairytale Coloring Page

The Frog Prince for coloring

I love old fairytales, don't you? Here is one example of a fun old story about a frog, his princess, and their first kiss. We had to doctor it a bit by adding a few features, and have hopefully done this for your enjoyment.

First, a better frame had to be added, then the banner for the text. We then cleared up a few messes, in order to make a more clear print.

Have fun sharing for free with your

Happy Creativity!

PPSColorMeSheet™The Frog Prince

Download JPG Print Version HERE

All sources Free and in the Public Domain
on this particular item
as far as we know.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Let's keep free things free!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Free Silk Floral Frames

Silk, Stone & Cinnabar Frames

From photo ephemera to finished product can take hours, days, or even weeks to accomplish. This one has taken a little time each day for several days in order to make a finished or at least somewhat useable product.

All items used were in the Public Domain, meaning copyright free. However, if my work is to maintain its integrity, I would very much like to keep this free for the public. 

Both online and off, a decent free image can be a very difficult item to either find or be able to use. (Most of the ones offered via download here at PPS are 300dpi or 300px. That's a setting of 300 pixels per square inch.) 

Below, you will see how I have offered the basis of lovely floral and butterfly silk embroidery, along with jade dragon "buckles," turned now into buttons, a cinnabar or lacquerware plate, and a carved ivory chrysanthemum flower. The frames may be freely decorated using the accessories I've added, or with anything else that might suit a person's fancy. All of it has a refined Asian flavor which I personally really do enjoy. The satin stitch can be quite a challenge for me, and so I view each embroidery stitch involved with a keen eye and a healthy amount of respect.

The colors have been refreshed a little bit on each item in this little set, and then made to fit the color scheme as a whole. This should print well enough as a JPG, yet also offered is a set in traditional Digital PNG format for the Digi Scrapping crowd. (Please see the links below)

I do hope that you will enjoy this Chinese journey with your
Happy Creativity!

NOTE: As usual, I have used half inch borders on all four sides. An even narrower margin could work even better for you.

PPSDigiScrap™ Set: Silk and Cinnabar

Download Digi PNG HERE

Download JPG Print Version HERE

Display Copy Below (Not for print)

You are free to:
use any of the above frames or accessories
in artwork for fun or for profit.
You are not free to:
repackage or redistribute items from this set as offered here
for the purposes of selling them.
Please respect our gifts for the public's private use.
Thank you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Fun Frames for Scrappers (Digi or Print)

More of our Favorite Things

I love old post cards, old postage stamps and old ephemera in general here at PPS. In the past, I've offered the public many choices for playing around with such a theme.

It is a fun theme!

Today, I offer a new Frame Set for both DigiScrapping as well as for Collage of all sorts. I do hope you'll enjoy this particular gathering of images, and find them of use to you in the creating of new works of art.

I've used mainly the Studio's own archived images in order to make this set, although a few additional things did get used this time. Notice the detailing added, all of it in Photoshop. I've spliced a lovely old record album sleeve portrait of an opera star wearing a fabulous hat to one side on two of these frames. Scanned by me, she has been waiting for a chance to star in one of my designs. She may yet find herself in some other works by me here later on as well.

Also used were some old postage stamps. I do try and offer guests enough choices per set for the joy of it. The far left frame is 3 inches by 5 inches in size, while the rest do vary. The faux Photoshop generated buttons I've made from ephemera and postage stamps are all now available in a wider variety of sizes for this set exclusively. I do love accessories!

Though every image used in this particular set currently has Public Domain or copyright free status, please remember to attribute the Studio if you use any of this work.  I ask also that the sets here never be redistributed or repackaged for sale at all, ever. They are a gift from me to the public. Thank you for respecting my wishes in this matter with your
Happy Creativity!

NOTE: Set margins on printers at around 1/4 or a fourth of an inch, as margins are 1/2 or half an inch.
This will hopefully improve chances for a better print copy.

Download Digi PNG Version HERE

Download For Print JPG version HERE

Display Copy (Lower Resolution)

You are free to:
use the above images in artwork for sale or for fun.
You are not free to:
redistribute or repackage anything from this set in any way.
Please respect my gifts to the public.
Thank you.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Free Scrapping Set: "Brown Paper Packages"

"Favorite Things"

This offering is all about a few favorite things as a set, offered for both Digital Scrapbooking and Print purposes.

A thunderstorm might make one think of the wonderful song from the musical, "The Sound of Music," wherein the main character, Fräulein Maria sings about how to get over upset and fear by recalling favorite things. Our Studio experienced more than one such storm here recently, forcing a complete shut down of all computer functions. But this helped to inspire us!

"...Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things." I actually do love brown paper, twine, thread, and stitching. I also have been known to collect old sewing and thread notions. 

Favorite things used in our design this time:
Antique books
Sewing Notions
Brown Paper
Things from foreign places (everywhere from London to the Netherlands to France to Italy to as far away as possibly old Russia of the early 1900s as well as Japan was used to make our designs).

Our idea is to prepackage sets from time to time in order to give freely a few items that our guests might enjoy. We really do hope that you'll be able to have fun with our ideas this time!

Digital collage was used as the main medium, as per usual. Add to that one of our own in-Studio "Pretty Papers" in sepia tone, along with a few surprises along the way, and our gathering of objects and ideas began to fit together nicely.

Most of the buttons were made digitally from images of old manuscripts, all found online at Wikimedia Commons in the Pubic Domain section. That being said, we attribute wherever possible. One button's design (see the "Le Secret" button) would include page edges from an interesting image we found online there. Please see Pergamentmakulatur at Wikimedia Commons or that person's lovely old book image, in its entirety, HERE. This is where we found page edges for our one button design. Please attribute that artist's name in your work, but never sell.

Our thread card, marked "Artsilk" is in the Public Domain worldwide, as far as we have been able to determine. The mother-of-pearl buttons used on the same frame we scanned ourselves quite a while ago. In fact, it is safe to say that we have been playing with buttons in our designs for years, but seldom have used any in offerings here at PPS. The lower left button in the same design was likewise scanned, and is an old celluloid button from my own private collection. It was a common enough button during the early part of the 20th century. The sheet music used for the flower is also of PPS origin.

The old map of London, often used by us here before, offered us yet another opportunity to use its beautiful look in this design. It, too, is in the Public Domain, as are the rest of the remaining documents being used here today.

In other words, Please attribute our Studio in your work, as well as that of the Wikimedia artist mentioned above with your
Happy Creativity!

PPS™ Favorite Things Set

Download Digi PNG Version HERE

Download JPG Version HERE

Display Copy 
(at lower resolution for display purposes only)

Other Credits: for French Handwriting digital brush
Dezinaworld for some inspiration

You are free to:
use the above set in artwork for fun 
or profit, except the "Le Secret" button included in the set.
That button may be given or traded, but never sold,
if we are to be fair to the person providing the main image for it.
You are not free to:
repackage our designs for sale in any way.
This is our gift to you.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Free ATC Set for SOC5 Orange & Blue

ATC Background and Frame Set

Our Summer of Colo(u)r 5 fun continues this week with Kristin's latest prompt of 2 Oranges + 1 Blue. It is a very pretty combination, one I myself have enjoyed in the past. Thanks, Kristin!

On display, we have frames made up of numerous elements. It is a collaged set of frames and backgrounds that we are offering this week, all in copper metal, lapis lazuli, carnelian, collaged bits, Photoshop paint, and with a postage stamp themed look.

The diamond pattern is a PPS creation of times past, now updated. Brushes used for that pattern are all from ObsidianDawn, where the digital brushes, textures, etc. are simply wonderful!

The copper sheet metal we've played with here is from Mauro Cateb   at Wikimedia Commons. Please attribute, and always share and never sell, as requested by that person. Thank you.

The Carnelian is from a carved stone jewel, also at Wikimedia Commons, and is in the Public Domain here in the USA, although that copyright status exists worldwide, which is nice.

The lapis lazuli, or lazurite, stone used for the underpinnings of some of our designs, has a special License over at Wikimedia Commons. This should work well for Artist Trading Cards in general, as such were never intended to be sold from the beginning. That image, provided by Grendelkhan, may be found HERE. Again, please give that artistic photographer due credit and do not sell. Thanks.

The stamps (and one bit of paper currency) used are all in the Public Domain. Work by Plush Possum Studio is, of course, copyrighted with a Share-Alike Attribution style of License. Which means that we'd really enjoy an attribution if you use any of the work in this set, and request that none of it ever be sold for any reason. Thank you so much for cooperating and preserving artistic integrity between friends.

Have fun trading art with your
Happy Creativity!

PPS™ SOC5 ATC Set: 2 Oranges 1 Blue

Download Digi PNG HERE

Download for print JPG HERE

Display Copy Below (lower resolution)

All credits listed above, with links.

You are free to:
use these images for fun 
and never for profit.
You are not free to:
ever sell them for any reason.
Please read the post above
concerning the copyrights connected
with this download.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Free Steampunk Stone and Brass Frame

Steampunk Frame!
There are varying degrees of Steampunk-ness, and likewise several sub-genres of that creative way of self expression. Though some really do go for airships and their accoutrements, others tend to enjoy trains more.

I really do love trains, so when the antique locomotive button used for this project was found over at Wikimedia Commons, I almost slipped a cog out of sheer delight!

For this frame, that antique locomotive button has been set, if you will, in a faux "brass" bezel. The faux brass inlays in each quadrant are set into tiny sprockets, also made to look a little like inlay.

This might be fun to use in an art project, such as an altered book or visual journal. We ask respectfully that our guests will not sell this item, as the very basis for it (and the reason, therefore, for its existence) has a Share-alike License over at Wikimedia. We respect the work of the artist who made that image available for our use, and have already attributed Shakko's work in two previous posts, both with similar frames. Each frame was made via the same image that Shakko has offered for free use only.

Such a person deserves Attribution for the photograph being used. Thank you for helping us to preserve the rights of others. We do not have that person's permission to sell that image or anything built upon that image, which means that this frame cannot legally be sold.

A new list of credits may be found below. We hope our guests will enjoy our new series of frames with their
Happy Creativity!

Steampunk Stone & Brass Frame
Download Digi PNG Version HERE
Download JPG (for print) Version HERE

Display Copy (lower resolution)

Old Locomotive Button: Public Domain
Marble Paper: Public Domain
Sprockets: PPS Image Archive
Malachite photo by Shakko HERE
This person has licensed the image we've used here in specific terms. 
Please read the licenses at any free image website prior to 
choosing and using any images there.
That would include here.
Thanks so much.

You are free to:
Use the above image or its downloads 
in the making of art for your own private use.
You are not free to:
ever sell it in any way, even if you embellish or alter it.
Please respect our relations with fellow artists.
And please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Free Frame in Antique Rose

Antique Rose Stone and Mother of Pearl Frame

We here at Plush Possum Studio really enjoy giving away free things to the public. We do hope that our guests will choose to stay and take a deeper look into our long roster of Categories, just for fun. Please read and follow the red letter Guidelines at the foot of this post, as some copyrights apply in this case. Thank you.

As our frame collection has grown lately, it's a fun category to browse through. Today's offering will be a different color way from the malachite frame of a few days ago. Even the tone of the mother of pearl accents has been shifted so as to look right within its rosy toned setting.

For our original look of malachite and marble, you can go directly HERE.

We hope that you'll enjoy using our frame collection, but please protect our copyrights as well as the rights of the photographer whose picture we're using for this frame by crediting both us and that person. We list credits below our Display picture, as always. That person, who goes by the name of Sakko over at Wikimedia Commons, has been kind enough to supply the public with a very lovely picture which we've tried to use fairly enough. We do hope that you'll join us in that effort of fairness with your own credit or attribution, and likewise by never selling that artist's work. Thanks so much for cooperating with your
Happy Creativity!

Antique Rose Stone, Marble & Mother of Pearl Frame

Download Digi PNG Version HERE

Download JPG Version HERE

Display Copy (Lower resolution)

Malachite photo by Shakko HERE
This person has licensed the image used in specific terms. 
Please read the licenses at any free image website prior to choosing and 
using any images there.
That would include here.
Thanks so much.
Marble Paper used is in the Public Domain.
Mother of Pearl clipped from a photo by Brocken Inaglory HERE.
All other work by Plush Possum Studio with a little help from Photoshop!

You are free to:
use any of the above Frame
in personal artwork and/or crafting
that is to be either kept or given away freely.
You are not free to:
ever sell this Frame
under any circumstances
for any reason whatsoever,
even if you try and alter it first.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Free Paper Doll Birthday Dress

Victoria's Amethyst Birthday Party Dress!

It is Victoria's birthday this week, and let us celebrate the occasion with a brand new dress for her. This took a great deal of fiddling, as well as hours of work, sweat and fuss. It had to be done in easy stages, due to time limitations. It is hoped that all of the additional work has been well worth it.

From the amethyst purple bodice and sleeve "wings" to the toes of her matching satin shoes, this is a very special outfit for our Victoria paper doll. I've achieved everything you see here by combining several different images, altering each one significantly. (Please see our image credits below)

The equation might look a little something like this:
Old magazine fashion plate + found images of fan, pearl rimmed old locket, amethyst ring, and rug + much time, fuss and changing using Photoshop = our finished product!

With different lace added at both neck and sleeves, a completely refreshed look to the skirt and bodice, and the addition of fresher gloves, the outfit began to take better and better shape. Tailoring came next. This took hours to complete, yet has been so very much fun! Please note: The dress has since been given a few touches of color in order to make it look a little more clear for the printer. We are sorry that we did not catch these issues over quality before, but are now ready to offer a slightly updated version of the dress at our revised link, below. Thank you for your patience.

Next was added the pretty little mother of pearl fan, dyed to match her outfit and shoes. This took much altering as well, but it seems to have been worth the effort. Note the tiny little pencil tucked into a bit of cloth at one end of the fan. One simply had to keep a pencil to hand in order to write dance partners' names into one's dance card! To have it match an outfit in such a manner was one way for adults to distinguish their daughters. In this case, both the outfit and the fan were birthday gifts from Victoria's Aunt Martha, whom she has been visiting for the summer in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. (At summer's end, she is due to sail back across the Atlantic to her home in Great Britain, where the British side of her family awaits. But more on that later.)

The brooch, borrowed from her grandmother's jewel box, she wears near her gown's neck, and this we made by combining pearls from an old locket with the amethyst from a beautiful ring. There are likewise pearls in the bracelet on her gloved right wrist. The carpet upon which she is stepping is in her Aunt Martha's hallway, just outside the door to the dining room. Once beyond that door, she will find a bouquet is being handed to her, and the table already laid for a lovely buffet. Even her favorite lemon ice is being served at the party, all to please her for this very special day.

She is now 19, and while old enough to marry, she may choose instead to first travel, study, and get to know herself a little bit better. This does not mean that she has no partner of choice for her dance. In fact, she has several admirers, including one young scholarly fellow with whom she may soon go boating. Her Aunt Martha, as her chaperone, must accompany the two young people on the excursion, of course!

Below please note our display version, set at a lower resolution than our download.

Let us raise a glass of punch in a toast to our dear Victoria Lacey in honor of her nineteenth birthday! Three cheers for Victoria!
Happy Playtime Creativity!

Please be observant of others' rights, and carefully read any licensing at the website links included below this picture.
Thank you.

Victoria's Amethyst Birthday Party Dress
Download HERE

Original Fan image copyright free
Rug altered by us from an image by Bomshanhochun found HERE.
(please read copyrights there)
Pearls altered by us from an image offered HERE.
(again, please read the license there beneath the image)
Amethyst stone adapted by us from an image by Juppi66 found HERE.
(Once more, please be respectful of the copyright holder. Thank You.)
Original fashion plate image altered by PPS Public Domain at NYPL

You are free to:
use the above image and/or the download  we offer
in playtime or in the making of your own art for fun
You are not free to:
repackage for sale any of our paper doll outfits, or the doll itself.
These are our gifts for the public's use.
Please respect our gifts and the public, as well as the copyrights inherent within our designs.
Thank you.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Free Decorative Frames

Malachite, Marble & Mother of Pearl Frames

Two Greens + One Pink! 
Our biggest crowd pleasing ideas can be summed up in a short list. One of the things we do seem to get more attention for would have to be our frame collection. It's fun to imagine how people from around the world have enjoyed playing creatively with any one of our frames.

Well, we got the inspiration for this newest set of ideas from Kristin of Summer of Color fame. Her SOC5 has been a thrilling ride for this Studio affiliate. Today's challenge led to the Studio attaining a newer understanding as to how to make a frame look at least semi real using digital art making processes.

In other words, this has been an extra fun challenge this week!

Below, we offer frames in two ways, and with two different ways of using 2 greens with a single pink. The first will be a single frame, in print format. The second is a Digi Scrap set in the PNG format. If a smaller size than our Digi 12 inch by 12 inch size is requested by anyone who visits, rest assured, we will get busy right away and make an 8.5 inch by 11 inch version for you.

Please notice the credits this time. We attribute every time we use anybody else's work in ours. Please respect everybody's copyrights, as we certainly have respected theirs and yours together. (This first frame might possibly get utilized in a new blog look for the Studio as well!)

Thank you.
Happy Creativity!

You are never allowed to sell any of the 
frames we offer in this post.
The reason ?
Because some of the items used require no selling and full attribution.
Please attribute to us as well as to the artists we will list herein.
Thank you so much for cooperating.

SOC5 2 Greens + 1 Pink
Malachite, Marble & Mother of Pearl 
Single Frame

Download HERE

Display Copy Below (lower resolution)

Malachite & Marble Digi Scrap Frame Set
Download Digi PNG HERE

Display Copy Below (lower resolution)

Malachite photo by Shakko HERE
This person has licensed the image used in specific terms. 
Please read the licenses at any free image website prior to choosing and using any images there.
That would include here,
Thanks so much.
Marble Paper used is in the Public Domain.
Mother of Pearl clipped from a photo by Brocken Inaglory HERE.
All other work by Plush Possum Studio with a little help from Photoshop!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Free Paper Doll Tennis Ensemble

Victoria's Seaside Lawn Tennis Costume

NOTE: This paper doll outfit is for the earlier doll design.
While I hope to have a new tennis outfit for the new doll here soon, I have not been able to find just the right one. Fitting the dress to the new doll should work out well. It is the hat that concerns me.

As some of you may already know, our young lady, Victoria Lacey, is currently visiting an American relative in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. She has had some adventures playing by the shore, and now is enjoying spending her time in equally fun pursuits.

Today's activities included a rousing lawn tennis tournament at a party given for her and all their friends by her Aunt Martha. For this, our Victoria's outfit was most fetching and fashionable, wouldn't you agree?

This particular paper doll outfit actually took days to make, owing to a time constraint, but it will hopefully have been well worth it. It had to be completely altered from its original fashion plate in black and white on browning old paper. We did this by easy stages, remaking all until it would actually fit Victoria herself, although the shoulder and sleeve areas made this a bit tricky for tabs. 

Remaking old fashion plates as paper doll clothes can really be a challenge! Thank goodness for Photoshop products! The original artist even had drawn her racquet really too, too small. We are still uncertain as to the best size, but have chosen to publish now that her racquet has been enlarged at least somewhat by the studio Photoshop process.

{Some tips:
And as for the hat, this should fit, although I wouldn't bet my life it would fit perfectly. Printer problems have prevented the usual testing this time. The hat will require a good bit of "fussy cutting" so it is recommended that a pair of small fingernail or cuticle scissors be employed for this task. I suppose a utility knife might work just as well, although such a project requires a certain amount of manipulation during cutting. Reinforcing from behind using cellophane tape might even make this cutting process a little easier, and also keep the tabs from tearing later on.}

The doll herself (that we re-worked until she was fresher looking and also more workable for young fingers) may be found HERE.

Her striped dress has shorter sleeves than usual for a more sporty look. Young ladies back in the 1890's were often interested in sporting activities, and many in her station or class could play tennis. Please note the wide collar as well as the lace-bedecked hat, built for shading the face. The wearing of gloves with the shorter sleeves seems silly to yours truly, yet these were fashion rules which simply were never to be bent. Paler skin on the hands was considered more "ladylike" then, and tanning was not necessarily something a woman would have then tried for.

She most likely would also be wearing a sporting corset (or set of stays) along with a camisole, corset cover, petticoats, drawers and heavy stockings for this outing. It all must have felt stifling to the ladies of that era!

All the same, it was a grand day out for our Victoria in her lovely new Lawn Tennis Dress.

Happy Creativity!

Victoria's Seaside Lawn Tennis Outfit
may be downloaded HERE

Here is a Display Copy 
(at a lower resolution for storage purposes)

Credits: NYPL online for original dress imagery.
Alterations: PPS™ generated!

You are free to:
use our paper doll clothes in art for fun or profit
provided you will credit us for our work
simply for playtime.
You are not free to:
Repackage any of our paper doll items for sale.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Free ATC "Sixpack" in Red & Brass

Summer of Colo(u)r 5: 2 Reds 1 Metallic

This was fun! And who doesn't appreciate a pretty red or two? We love making ATCs at PPS, and we especially enjoy offering our sets for our guests to have fun with. SOC5 week #4 is all about red with metal! We actually have used more than 2 reds, technically speaking, but then let's throw caution to the wind and simply play! Our choice for one metallic is from an old brass door in India. I love its ornate beauty and well crafted design. This proved irresistible!

Our offering for this challenge is a set that was made using only two brush sets, some color, our chosen images, and some digital collage. We leave the rest of the embellishment to our artistic friends.

Giving credit where credit is due is likewise a part of our way of doing things, so below please find our list of credits.

SOC5 2 Reds + 1 Metallic ATC Sixpack
Download HERE

Credits: Brass Door image from 
Magnus Manske at Wikimedia Commons
(I LOVE this photograph!)

Digital Brushes from:
Hillams at Brusheezy (Mask brushes)
and Medieval Set at Brusheezy

Fabric swatches from NYPL

You are free to:
use this set for the making of art in trade
(ATC cards are never to be sold, but only traded)
You are not free to:
repackage any of them for sale.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Summertime Paper Doll Outfit

Victoria's Gone to the Seaside!
Back in the late nineteenth century, a "bathing costume" could be a very big, heavy garment. This sporting ensemble was intended for a day's outing at the beach. You won't be able to see it, but this outfit most likely had a pair of bloomers underneath its skirt, rather than petticoats, for decency's sake. It has cloth covered buttons, a matching belt, and a very broad, heavy white collar,  features that were very fashionable in its day (about 1894 or so, but probably earlier)

We love paper dolls here at the Studio. We also like to offer things in more than one way wherever possible, and so have decided to give our Victorian paper doll two color choices for dressing today: blue or red. I guess you could say that she's dressing appropriately for Independence Day celebrations at the beach!

The outfit itself was really quite challenging to produce. We like to start out with fashion plates that are in the public domain (meaning copyright free) and then alter them substantially so that they will not only fit this doll, but will look correct in every respect. This was tricky, at first, until we had added an arm, changed the sleeves, and revamped the collar just a touch for you. Once all of that had been taken care of, her outfit was tailored and even looked nicer than was anticipated!

As Victoria herself has UK relatives as well as USA ones, we also thought it would be fun to allow her to visit her Aunt Martha in Virginia Beach, VA for the summer months.

All of our paper dolls may be found under the category "Paper Dolls" (see below, left) or our guests may click on this link HERE instead.

We hope our guests will enjoy this new outfit with their
Happy Playtime Creativity!

Victoria's Seaside Ensemble in Red
will look as displayed below

The outfit itself may be downloaded HERE

Victoria's Seaside Ensemble in Blue
will look as displayed below

The outfit itself may be downloaded HERE

You are free to:
Play or make art with our paper dolls for fun or profit.
You are not free to:
Repackage the doll as we have remade it or any of the outfits for sale to anyone.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

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