Sunday, May 28, 2017

#ATCAD2017: ATC Background "Sixpack"

The post previous to this one, entitled, "Am I Blue?" has been redone in purple this time around.

June offers a whole new set of challenges this year for fans of Artist Trading Cards. Try making a new one every day! That is this year's challenge. While I most likely won't have enough time to follow through myself, I thought that I could at least offer a few ATC Backgrounds each week for the entire month of June. My entire current stock of ATC Backgrounds may be found by following this link HERE
Have fun building on those Backgrounds, all you ATCers out there!

Please respect my copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of nearly every post of this blog, including this one. Thank you.

There are at least 2 other color ways of this very same patterned set of abstract ATC Backgrounds still waiting for some finishing touches. Today is the day for Passionate Purple Patina! It has always been one of my most favorite colors.

I'd really like to see what some of my guests here at PPS have done using any of my ATC Backgrounds. I like to think of these sets as being blank canvases or as a beginning basis upon which to start adding anything and everything imaginable!

Happy #ATCAD2017!
:)

PPS™ATC Sixpack: Passionate Purple Patina

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
only give, keep or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Here is Shoshi's photo on which 
this set's design got based:


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Swirly Kaleidoscope Button Alphabet

Time to use that 1 inch circular punch or cutter again as my series of Button Alphabets continues with this new, swirly design. 

I thought this newest design would expand people's color choices a bit as the colors do tend to blur and blend into one another in some pretty and choice-expanding ways.

Please respect my  copyrights and do follow the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post. Thank you.

As long as the numbers hold steady or build for my 1 inch Button Alphabets, I will continue to offer a new version now and then. Please note that these are unique, totally my own creation. Fun though it may be, it still takes a while to develop ideas until they become workable or doable. These literally have taken months of spare time work. They'll have my copyright from this time forward.
Thank you for respecting my rights as the artist holding copyrights. I would hope that everybody does the same.

Happy Creativity!


PPS™One Inch Button Alphabet: 
Kaleidoscope No. 1

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
Use my Kaleidoscope 1 Inch Button Alphabet
in artwork that may be either
given or traded (as in
for personal use only).
You are not free to:
ever sell anything made using
any of these letter button images
even if you alter them first.
(You may alter them otherwise, 
just not for sale, please.)
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!




Saturday, May 20, 2017

ATC Sixpack Freebie: Am I Blue?

This abstract ATC Background Set was inspired by a friend's renovation to her home.

I guess we never can tell what friendly people we might meet in our travels online, do we? :)  Shoshi has very kindly allowed me to use her photograph, one that was taken of her latest renovation project and which she had displayed at her blog. Someone in the comments added the idea that her contractor had inadvertently made an abstract work of art in the process of his work in her home! For a look at Shoshi's blog, you may follow this link HERE. I'll offer a look at her very kindly offered photo later on in this post.

Please respect Shosh's copyrights along with my own by sticking with the Artist Trading Card tradition and only ever trading and/or giving anything made using this set of 6 ATC Background images. Also, please read the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of most of this blog's posts. For your courtesy, we both thank you.

This has been a fun project. The best part is that I learned a few new things, and so now have a few new ideas to apply to future projects. That's one of my favorite things about using Photoshop. I'm sure other fans of that famous artistic software can agree with me.

I first took Shoshi's jpg of her photograph and began to play with it several days ago. At first, it didn't seem to work well enough, but after sleeping on some ideas, I finally found enough time to try one thing. When that one thing worked, I could then see that this project would have a future. 

What you see here took around ten tries to finally work. I like how misty certain parts of it appear. It has a sense of mystery. It doesn't even carry the same natural color way as the photo, and yet somehow we can still see some of that highly textural look that became the founding basis for this Set.

I've added several effects along with some color treatments till the project became more like the Backgrounds one can build on than simply an altered photo, even while that is all that it ever has been - someone's altered photo.

This has been so much fun for me! I truly hope that my guests can enjoy it as much as I do.

Happy ATC Trading!


PPS™ATC Backgrounds Sixpack: Am I Blue?

Download HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
give or trade any or all of the ATCs
given in my Set above, with or without altering.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of my designs
unless otherwise specified by me
in the Guidelines (like this one).
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Here is Shoshi's photo:






Friday, May 12, 2017

"Abalone" Button Alphabet

The idea came to me that I was being too limited with the design choices for my Antique Button Alphabet Sets.

This led to some new ideas that will allow for more color choices when using some of the Alphabet Button Sets I'm soon to be offering here at PPS. All the lovely colors that flow into each other I thought would make it easier for my Book Arts guests (altered books, journaling, scrapping tags, etc etc etc) to use due to color variation in this set. 

Once again, 1 inch circular punches or cutters will be useful for cutting these buttons away from their page.

Please honor my copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of the post. Thank you.

This time, I went for what I call "vivid pastels," if that's not a contradiction in terms. The reason such a nickname for the colors in these buttons works is owing to their initial source: a lovely mottled, blurry paua shell. The paua is a member of the abalone family, the name for which is a Maori word. For more about this beautifully shelled endangered species, please visit the article HERE.

This set might be of use when making art for this (American) Mother's Day, and this year (2017) that is only 2 days away as of today. And aren't beautiful pauas worth rescuing for the delight of future generations? The nature-conscious people of New Zealand believe that they are, and I know I do too.

As per usual, I've included one full alphabet per downloadable page along with 10 digits, 1 ampersand and 1 exclamation mark.

Happy creativity!


PPS™ One Inch Antique Button Alphabet: Abalone
Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
Use my Abalone Button Alphabet
in artwork that may be either
given or traded (as in
ATCs, etc.).
You are not free to:
ever sell anything made using
any of these letters
even if you alter them first.
(You may alter them otherwise, 
just not for sale, please)
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Monday, May 8, 2017

One Inch Button Alphabet in Sepia

Get out that 1 inch circle shaped paper punch! This Antique Button Alphabet is a Plush Possum Studio (or PPS™) exclusive.

I've been a collector of buttons of all sorts since my mother was first teaching me to sew. This later grew into my collecting antique needlework notions in adulthood, too. In other words (and in case you had never noticed lolz) - I am a lover of fasteners, buttons in particular.

This is a Plush Possum (or PPS™) Exclusive. Please respect my copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines listed at the foot of this post. Thank you!

I began by making 2 color coordinated Antique Button Alphabets for my Rainy Day Spring Book Arts Set, HERE

That was last month's biggest project. I'm going to take it easy this week by playing with changing a few colors instead of being ambitious. The first result is this one. I have to say, I think that it might do well for antique style designs using old photos, etc. - or perhaps even for Steampunk themed artistry.

This pretty, clear color way sort of reminds me of a nice, soothing cup of tea, too, or perhaps of a "clearie" antique toy gaming marble (but without any bubbles from being handblown). 

I'd love to see what some of my guests are making using the supplies I've been offering. Please let me know if you'd like to share something here. I'll be more than happy to feature any work in a new post along with any links you may provide to where you blog, etc. and then post about it at G+ for us both.

There are soon to be more color ways and even patterns using this button design, so please do keep watching for the next designs. I am playing and having more fun than a barrel full of monkeys using this button idea!
:)

Happy Creativity!


PPS™Antique button Alphabet: Sepia

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
Use my Button Alphabet
in artwork that may be either
given or traded (as in
ATCs, etc.).
You are not free to:
ever sell anything made using
any of these letters
even if you alter them first.
(You may alter them otherwise, just not for sale)
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Friday, May 5, 2017

A Friday Freebie: New ATC Backgrounds

This set is a new color way of the previous one. 

I like how they both have turned out. This sort of thing is just plain fun. I'd like it even better if I could see some of the ATCs my guests are making using my free backgrounds. Please feel free to let me know if you'd care to show something here. I'll gladly give you credit for the work you've done.

Please respect all copyrights listed along with any digital brush credits. My red letter Guidelines are located at the foot of this post. Thank you.

The previous color way version of this set may be seen by following this link HERE.

So here's that ATC Freebie Set for Friday.
:)

Happy Creativity!

PPS™ATC Sixpack: Smudged and 
Splattered Brights No. 2

Download HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credit:
www.obsidiandawn.com
All other design ©2017RHMcGuinn

You are free to:
make art using these ATC Backgrounds
that is to be either kept by you
or else given or traded.
ATCs are not meant to be sold, anyway, 
just treasured.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of these items
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

As Promised: Shabby Chic Accessories

This project began with an antique tissue paper page that was loose within the covers of an antique book about butterflies.

It looked so forlorn at first, and yet somehow every wrinkle, crease and tear informed me that there was something I would be doing with them someday. 

Please acknowledge my copyrights by always crediting my work back to this blog, and please do follow the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post. This is a share-alike post of freebies that are not to be sold by anyone, even when altering has been done. Thank you. 

It has taken years for this journey from a book sale at a library till today. From 2004 till now, I've had many challenges to face as an artist, including learning enough Photoshop techniques in order to make it work well enough for me. The book itself resides on a shelf and is seldom opened due to its frailty, but I love knowing that it's still around. Somebody has to give tattered old books a loving new home, and I knew at the time that it was my turn to be the one.

The page view ratings for the original Stationary Set (found HERE) were a sign to me that the public might go for a few of the matching accessories I'd promised to make. The download offers a chance to create using both the pages I've already published here along with matching Labels and Photo Corners. All of this has taken time, so please respect my wishes as to copyrights. I'd appreciate it. Let's share and share alike, shall we?
:)

For a look at what the same Photo Corners in other colors look like when in use, you may visit an earlier post of mine HERE.

Happy Shabby Chic Creativity!


PPS™Shabby Chic Stationary Accessory Set

Download HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
share, give or make art with
the items from this set.
You are not free to:
Ever sell anything from this et
even if you've altered it first.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shabby Chic Stationary Paper

This set may be a little faded or wrinkled, but for anyone who enjoys antique pages, it might be fun to use for their handwritten correspondence.

This is just a suggestion for Mothers Day, but I think that it might make a fine birthday present for somebody who enjoys corresponding offline using the post or classic "snail mail." I began this process a while back - over 2 years ago, in fact. I wasn't impressed with my first results. You see, I tend to work more slowly nowadays than I used to do, and am also more choosy than before about what I am willing to publish here. I am still not as satisfied as I wanted to be, but I still enjoy how cute these pages look to me.

Please respect my copyrights and follow the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post. Thank you. All artists' rights do count, as do yours.

Notes are more fun if the paper is pretty, aren't they? This set of Pages began with an antique tissue paper page I'd found lying loose between the regular paper pages of an antique book about butterflies. I purchased my 1905 butterfly book years ago at a library book sale. 

That tissue page looked so charmingly crumpled and worn around the edges that I instantly fell in love with it! By using Photoshop processes, I slowly began to understand how to alter my scans of that tissue paper page so that it could be used by me in art for this blog.  This stationary or notepaper was the first thing that really made sense to me, although I have featured the crumpled bit of tissue here once before. (This was recent, during my ATC Background week that I featured earlier in April 2017.)

I'm offering all 3 colors in 2 styles: with lines and without. I'd like to encourage my visitors to customize whatever envelopes they might have around. The colors are soft and even old fashioned, but then so is the inspiration which got this whole project started. The shabby filigree pattern is one I've used previously in an older post which guests may find HERE

If this new set does well enough, I might be encouraged to make an accessory set for it of some kind. For more choices, I'd like to encourage guests to try looking through my Spring selections. My Spring Garden Collection is still growing. I've recently added a cheerful Rainy Day Set to it which you may find HERE.

It's possible to print your choices from home and then (of course) to make plenty of copies at your local Copy center. It might make a nice gift for someone who enjoys using something unusual for their correspondence. I could see a set of these pages bundled neatly with ribbons or lace, possibly in either a pretty basket or box. A unique little magnetic message board for an office might be customized using one of my designs. Moms might enjoy a handwritten letter using one of my pages as a part of their Mothers Day gift or card, too. 

Happy creative corresponding!

PPS™Shabby Chic Stationary Pages

All Six Displayed



Download Lilac HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Dusty Rose HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Faded Denim HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Lilac with Lines HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Dusty Rose with Lines HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Faded Denim with Lines HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
Give or use or share these designs.
You are not free to
ever sell any of these designs for any reason
even if you've altered them first.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Colorful Splattered ATC Backgrounds

Relaxing with Photoshop processes has led to this new set.

This has led me to conclude that the colorful possibilities are simply endless! This began with an image of an antique book cover. The stubbled surface offered me the chance to just relax and play now and then offline.

Please respect my copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post. Thank you.

The fun went from the textured surface of that old book's cover to color play in general using digital brushwork and altering techniques. The color, of course, had to change radically in order to make it interesting for me. After attempting seven different design choices, I've settled for this one, but it might all get changed again and offered a second way, especially if I find that enough people are enjoying this set.

These are Backgrounds, and as such aren't intended to be traded as is. I designed them to be re-designed and traded by you!
:)

For a look at the entire PPS™ATC Backgrounds collection, guests may follow the link HERE. For a few words on the history of Artist Trading Cards, you can follow the link to the Strathmore page HERE.

Happy Creative Trading!


PPS™ATC Sixpack: Smudged and Splattered Brights

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credit:
www.obsidiandawn.com
All other design ©2017RHMcGuinn

You are free to:
make art using these ATC Backgrounds
that is to be either kept by you
or else given or traded.
ATCs are not meant to be sold, anyway, 
just treasured.
You are not free to:
ever sell any of these items
for any reason.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Backgrounds for the Rainy Day Set

As promised, here they both are!

One Pink, one Blue - it's your choice! The Blue has already been seen here in the Display of the first post for this Set, but you can see the entire matching Set by following this link HERE.

Please respect my copyrights as well as those of the digital brush artist to whom I give credit (below the display versions). And, as always, please also follow the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of nearly every post at this blog, including this one. Thank you.

Happy Rainy Day Creativity!

PPS™Rainy Day Spring Set Backgrounds

Download Pink HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Blue HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Digital Brush Credits for this design:
www.melsbrushes.co.uk

You are free to:
use the above 2 Backgrounds
in projects that are 
to be given and not sold.
You are not free to:
ever sell either for any reason,
even if you use altering techniques first.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rainy Day Spring Set

"April showers bring May flowers" is a very old rhyme which is the theme of this brand new Set.

The Set below is complete with matching Accessories such as Photo Corners and a Button Alphabet in 2 colors. My next post will offer two further free downloads. These could be used in gifts or cards for Mother's Day as well as for year round creative fun.

Please respect my copyrights and follow the red letter Guidelines listed at the foot of this post. Thank you.

The illustration that inspired this new Set is from Victorian times when crinolines, petticoats and decorated bonnets were in fashion. The three girls are sheltering from a retreating rain storm under one very large umbrella. They seem happy in each others' company, don't they? I've chosen the three colors that were featured most often within the illustration in the other Downloads. Note how there are two colors of trim, along with their matching buckles, plus two 1 inch buttons and two 1/2 inch buttons in the first Download. The same buttons I've used in my new Button Alphabets (same colors).

The entire Set is a PPS Exclusive, and that includes my new Bonnet Badge that can be made into a sticker or decal or else collaged as is onto your surface of choice. Everything has my copyrights, so you mustn't sell anything you see here, even if it is altered by you or someone else. This protects my copyrights and at the same time allows you to have my stock to use for free.

Posted below in order of appearance, is the first Download, followed by the Accessories. 

Dimensions:
The larger sized Buttons in both the Set and the Alphabets are one inch in width. The smaller ones are one half inch. I am sorry that I cannot make everything in metric terms for my guests from the EU. But it's possible that circle punches and cutters including US measurements might be had through the mail from various art and craft supply outlets. You could try Amazon. I am uncertain as to the various shipping costs, of course.
As for the Bonnet Badge, it is 2 inches in width. Perhaps a circle cutter would work better for that item if hand snipping using your scissors wouldn't be your choice.

The matching Background Downloads, one in Pink and one in Blue, will be offered in the next post. You may follow the link HERE for both.
:)

Happy Rainy Day Creativity!


PPS™Book Arts Set: Rainy Day

Download the Set HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credits:
Fancy Edges (used in ribbon trim at top)
www.melsbrushes.co.uk


Display No. 2 in Blue



Download the Labels HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Button Alphabet 1 HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Button Alphabet 2 HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Download Photo Corner Set HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
use any of the above items
shown here in artwork and/or crafting
that is to be either kept or given away freely.
You are not free to:
ever sell my designs 
for any reason whatsoever,
even if they have been altered first.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

7th and Final Post for ATC Freebies Week

This last post is all about playing with the framing of Artist Trading Cards.

This project began with a piece of ephemera I found in my travels but that required many changes before it could be presentable. It really was a mess to start with!

Please respect my copyrights and follow the red letter Guidelines listed at the foot of this post. Thank you.

Three of these frames have been derived from a single bit of online ephemera, that of an old menu with a window cut in its front page. I found it in the digital collections of www.nypl.com, but this was quite a while ago. Since that point, it lay buried in amongst a load of other ephemera files I had found here and there. Today, it finally gets its chance to shine. From an artistic standpoint, these might be sandwiched, as it were, between layers, leaving something peering from their diamond shaped windowpanes and with other things overlaying them. It could be fun!

The remaining three frames were self generated using Photoshop processes and features in my old and handy PSE8 (I know - who knew anything so outdated could continue to be so useful?). I went for simplicity along with narrowness and vividness of color with those three. Very challenging to get each differing one to look right with the initial trio. These frames may be merely printed onto card stock and finished without cutting into them, but they may also be cut to resemble physical frames. Such cuts need to be carefully done, of course. Perhaps either a trusty X-acto Knife or extra careful use of a good cropping station will do for such a process.

For a look at the entire PPS ATC collection, including past and present sets, etc. please follow this link HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!

PPS™ATC Sixpack: Frame That Card!

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


You are free to:
Use the above ATC frames
in artwork that can be shared,
given or traded.
You are not free to:
ever sell them for any reason
even if you alter them beforehand.
Thank you 
for helping me to
keep free things free!



Saturday, April 8, 2017

ATC Freebies Week Day 6

This week keeps on being fun for me!

This time, I have chosen for my inspiration some very old and distressed pages from antique documents. I have a passion for such things, and so this particular project has been especially fun for me.

Please respect all copyrights that are listed at this blog, including Digital Brush Credits and my red letter Guidelines. Thank you.

These have been sized to fit and cropped and altered by me via digital processes. 3 of the ATC backgrounds in this set are french in origin, while the other 3 are (I think) Italian. I thought that perhaps the torn and ragged look might inspire some new ideas in ATC making. I myself might try a little collage fun along these same lines. The ragged and torn or distressed look is one often favored among artists who enjoy using the "decollage" technique. These don't offer the same textural results, but given that it's such a small surface, that could well be advantageous to the artist.

For quicker access to my entire PPS ATC collection, you may follow this link HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!

PPS™ATC Sixpack: Distressed Antique Papers

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download) 


You are free to:
freely trade, give and collect
the ATC Backgrounds that are
included in this set.
You are not free to:
ever sell these designs
for any reason, 
even if you alter them first.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!




Friday, April 7, 2017

ATC Freebies Week Day 5

Today's Set has 2 downloads, one for just the ATC backgrounds (set of 6) the other for the matching 2 Envelope Set with Accessories.

My design inspiration this time is Antique textiles (fabrics). The one is red damask (a jacquard woven-in patterned fabric in all one color), while the second is a quiet and neutral toned embroidered net lace.

Please observe all copyrights by following the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post, just below Digital Brush Credits. Thank you.

As before, both Envelopes are accompanied by custom made button fasteners and labels. It was fun for me to design this set to be half bold and half quiet in color. The matching ATC Backgrounds are ready to be embellished however you choose.

All buttons for this week's collection are 1 inch in diameter. I recommend that card stock be your paper of choice for both downloads.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!

PPS™ATC Accessories Set
Antique Textiles

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)



PPS™ATC  Sixpack: Antique Textiles

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credits:
www.obsidiandawn.com

expactacularmix
at www.brusheezy.com

You are free to: 
make art that is to be either 
given freely and/or traded.
Please Credit my work along with 
that of both Digital Brush artists.
You are not free to:
Ever sell anything in this post
for any reason,
even if it is altered first.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

ATC Freebies Week: Day 4

Still more to come for ATC freebies Week here at PPS.

This time, I've taken my inspiration from 2 antique wallpapers. One has the "distressed" and shabby look, while the other one looks as lively as the day when it first came off the roll.

Please observe all Credits and copyrights shown below and do follow the red letter Guidelines listed just below those credits near the foot of this post. Thank you.

As with Wednesday's post, I've included matching labels and fastener buttons. All buttons are designed to fit either 1" circle paper punches or the 1" setting on an adjustable circle cutter.

What a fun assignment I gave myself recently! Once I'd made the ATC Backgrounds Set (shown second, below), I knew that I'd want to play some more with the two papers I'd chosen. That was actually what got me started on making new ATC Envelopes to match for this week long project in the first place.

Happy ATC Creativity!

PPS™ATC Sixpack: Antique Wallpapers
Envelopes + Accessories

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)



PPS™ATC Sixpack: Antique Wallpapers
ATC Backgrounds Set

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credits:
www.ObsidianDawn.com

 Din Pattern Grunge 01 at www.brusheezy.com
by MyScrapNook.com

Mask by hilla29
(also at Brusheezy)

You are free to:
Give away or trade anything which you 
may make using any of the items
shown in this post.
If you publish anything made with these items,
please be sure to credit me and
the artists whose brushes I've chosen.
Please also alert me with to any published work
with a comment here. Thank you.
You are not free to:
ever sell anything that you see here,
even if has been altered or added to by you.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!

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