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

[#ATCAD2017] 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

#ATCAD2017 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

#ATCAD2017 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

#ATCAD 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

#ATCAD 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!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Springtime ATC Freebie Week Day 3

Today's Set is comprised of 2 separate downloads.

As resident artist here (so to speak), this has really been a fun challenge for me, sort of an assignment I have given to myself. I'd like to recommend using card stock if you choose to print them. I love comments and would enjoy knowing what my visitors think of this set.

Please respect all copyrights here, my own and others' included, by following the red letter Guidelines located at the foot of this post. Thank you.

This time around, I am taking inspiration from old or antique books. I have been an avid collector of such items for years. The hand marbled end papers of some older books fascinate me. Each one is unique and yet reflects the same basic idea. Some of my more fun projects have been based on old marbled end papers. So much fun!

The first of the 2 downloads displayed below is a current favorite. Offered in both vividly colorful swirls and in quiet, subdued neutral tones, the ATC Pocket set comes with matching smaller accessories. I hope you'll have fun using both kinds.

The second of the 2 downloads is the matching ATC Background card set of 3 each of both styles to match the envelopes and accessories. Please notice the Digital Brush Credits located between the second Display image and my red letter Guidelines. Thanks again!

To see the entire PPS ATC collection, guests may follow this link HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!


PPS™ATC Sixpack: Antique Book Ephemera
Accessory Set

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)



PPS™ATC Sixpack: Antique Book Ephemera
ATCs
Download HERE
Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credits:
www.obsidiandawn.com

You are free to:
Make and trade freely art using 
the items that are included in this post.
You are not free to:
Ever sell anything being offered by me here
even if you alter my designs.
Thank you for honoring 
Obsidian Dawn's copyrights
as well as my own by never selling
our work unless otherwise specified.
And
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Free Spring ATC Set No. 4: Fuchsia!

Still more choices to come!

Very shortly, I'll be ready to offer at least 2 new different styles of free ATC Backgrounds. Hopefully, there will be a little something for everyone.

Please honor all copyrights here by following the red letter Guidelines offered at the foot of this post. Thank you.

Today's 2 posts continue with yesterday's theme, that of the colors of Spring. This particular set includes 6 different ways to use some of spring's sweet pink Fuchsia tones for art fun. I do hope visitors will enjoy using this new set. For more ATC fun here at PPS, you may follow the link to my entire free ATC Backgrounds collection HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!

PPS™ATC Backgrounds Set: Fabulous Fuchsia

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)



Digital Brush Credit:
(swirls flanking the download's title)
www.obsidiandawn.com

You are free to:
make art with, display and Trade
my Artist Trading Cards Backgrounds.
You are not free to:
ever sell them in any way,
even if you alter my design.
Please protect my copyrights.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!





Spring ATC Freebies Week Continues

The more choices, the merrier!

At least, I see it that way this week. Very shortly, I'll be ready to offer some different styles of free ATC Backgrounds. Hopefully, there just might be something for everyone.

Please honor all copyrights here by following the red letter Guidelines offered at the foot of this post. Thank you.

Today's 2 posts continue with yesterday's theme, that of the colors of Spring. The set includes 6 different ways to use spring's Lilac tones for art fun. I do hope visitors will enjoy using this new set. For more ATC fun here at PPS, you may follow the link to my entire ATC Backgrounds collection HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!


PPS™ATC Backgrounds Set: Luscious Lilac

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)




Digital Brush Credit:
(swirls flanking the download's title)
www.obsidiandawn.com

You are free to:
make art with, display and Trade
my Artist Trading Cards Backgrounds.
You are not free to:
ever sell them in any way,
even if you alter my design.
Please protect my copyrights.
Thank you
for helping me to 

keep free things free!





Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring ATC Set 2: Springtime Blues

Spring is finally here, and with it some stormy skies and fresh new leaves.

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

I truly enjoy making ATC Backgrounds. It's so much fun! I get to break any design rule I choose to, and nobody minds, least of all me. This second set popped into my head earlier today along with thoughts of the first one which I already I posted.  

The set includes 6 different ways to use spring's blues for art fun. I do hope visitors will enjoy using this new set. For more ATC fun here at PPS, you may follow the following link to the entire ATC Backgrounds collection HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!


PPS™ATC Backgrounds Set: Springtime Blues

Download HERE

Display version


(lower quality than the download)



Digital Brush Credit:
(swirls flanking the download's title)
www.obsidiandawn.com

You are free to:
make art with, display and Trade
my Artist Trading Cards Backgrounds.
You are not free to:
ever sell them in any way,
even if you alter my design.
Please protect my copyrights.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!

Springy New ATC Background Set

Spring is finally here, and with it some stormy skies and fresh new leaves.

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

I truly enjoy making ATC Backgrounds. It's so much fun! I get to break any design rule I choose to, and nobody minds, least of all me. This set popped into my head earlier today along with thoughts of springtime.  

The set includes 6 different ways to use spring's greens for art fun. I do hope visitors will enjoy using this new set. For more ATC fun here at PPS, you may follow the following link to the entire ATC Backgrounds collection HERE.

For a larger printable version of the lower middle one with the shabby chic polka dots (slightly different color), you may follow this link HERE.

Happy Artist Trading Card Creativity!


PPS™ATC Backgrounds Set: Spring Green

Download HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)


Digital Brush Credit:
(swirls flanking the download's title)
www.obsidiandawn.com

You are free to:
make art with, display and Trade
my Artist Trading Cards Backgrounds.
You are not free to:
ever sell them in any way,
even if you alter my design.
Please protect my copyrights.
Thank you
for helping me to 
keep free things free!



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