Sunday, February 27, 2011

Altered Alice Chapter 1: One side makes you smaller, and one side makes you tall!

This is my final bit of inspiration for The Altered Alice Chapter 1 challenge! You can see more design team inspiration and the winner and honorable mentions here.  I hope you will leave a comment there for the design team, and one here for me!

I was really intrigued by the idea of putting the classic Tenniel Caterpillar on top of the Stampotique Giant Shroom! I used the free digi images from Lenny's Alice in Wonderland site and carefully edited away everything except the caterpillar, hookah and smoke. I printed this on a B&W laser printer (best for Copic coloring) near the top of a piece of HP color laser printer paper. It is thicker and much smoother than regular laser printer paper and colors beautifully with Copics, and at a fraction of the cost of Copic-friendly card stock. After I colored the caterpillar image, I carefully went over the entire colored area with a Versamarker and heat embossed it with clear detail powder.  This effectively masked the image, so it would resist the ink when I stamped the Giant Shroom in black Memento ink.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Mask Sheets, 2-PackI use these mushrooms together so often that I have created masks for them out of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mask Sheets. I by far prefer this masking material to any other. The sheets are the same super tough film that his precut image masks are made of, and unlike other brands of masking material it is very resistant to tearing. I know I will be using these mushrooms again and again so it was worth making some sturdy masks.

This allowed me to easily put two of the Stampotique Mushroom Group behind the Giant Shroom. I wanted to give it some depth, so I stamped them in London Fog gray Memento, which makes the black-stamped Giant Shroom to seem much closer. I colored them with Copics, added some grass, moving to lighter colors as I moved up the page which also adds to the illusion of depth. I cut out the panel, edged it in green Copic, and let the smoke drift out beyond the box. I love the energy it gives to a composition when you let things break out of their boundaries!

I used a free program called SmillaEnlarger to pump up the resolution in the tall Alice image. It would have printed with jaggy pixels showing if I had not enlarged it first. I carefully erased everything except the Alice figure and removed a lot of the sketchy shading on her face. I colored her in with Copics. Then I used a glue stick to adhere both colored images to card stock and cut them out. The card based was edged with a pale gold Krylon leafing pen. Then I used 1/16 inch thick foam mounting tape to pop-up the caterpillar image. The Alice image is popped up higher on 1/8 inch thick mounting foam after I adhered the ribbon with Alene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue. This glue works perfectly with ribbon as it does not saturate through the ribbon at all and holds on like iron! I added the fun stripes on the ribbon with a Copic marker. It actually matches the dress very closely, but the camera picks up the shiny surface differently than the colored matte paper.

This is a large card. The base is 5 inches wide and it is 8.5 inches tall. This means it is 5 1/2 inches wide with the smoke and her hand extending, so it will still fit in a standard greeting sized envelope!

Thanks SO MUCH to Carol at Stampotique Originals for supplying me with the two mushroom stamps for this challenge, in addition to the generous prize for the challenge winner! Remember to go to this post to see who won the $30 Stampotique gift certificate!

Please leave me a comment, I would love to know what you think about my card!


  1. Your card turned out so good. I like the way you have her feet in front of the ribbon. And your coloring as usual if top notch.

  2. I just recently found you and I am in awe of your creativity and artistic talent. I dont digi too much because i like to "feel" what I am using, but after seeing what you are able to create, I may have to start learning a digi program very soon. Thank you so so much for sharing your projects!

  3. Your cards are always so amazing, even if this one is freaking me out just a little bit! LOL

    I love those mushrooms and I love Tim's Mask sheets they are simply the best.

    Hugs and smiles

  4. Hi my sweet Lynne,

    Wow wow wow wow wow this is excellent. Absolutely amazing. Your art is absolutely unique and wonderful. I love it.

    lHave a lovely weekend my dear friend.

  5. oiii deixei algumas duvidas dias atras,
    voce tem conseguido traduzir do portugues para ingles?

  6. Olá Lynne, estou feliz que tenha gostado do meu altered pop-up book , fiz com carinho para participar do desafio!
    beijos beijos...


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