Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 3 - Week 1: Alice Colors of Blue and Yellow

"Mr. Tenniel is the only artist, who has drawn for me, who has resolutely refused to use a model, and declared he no more needed one than I should need a multiplication table to work a mathematical problem! I venture to think that he was mistaken and that for want of a model, he drew several pictures of "Alice" entirely out of proportion - head decidedly too large and feet decidedly too small."
-- From a letter by Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
Although the stories were written for and inspired by the brunette Alice Liddell, when it came time for Tenniel to create the illustrations, Carroll sent him a photo of blonde Mary Hilton-Badcock as his image of what Alice should look like. Early color illustrations of Alice show a girl with long blonde hair, wearing either a blue dress with a white pinafore, or a yellow dress with a blue and white pinafore.

Therefore, our challenge this month is to create something that is predominantly blue and yellow, the colors associated with Alice! Although it is not required that you use Wonderland in your project, those that do feature Wonderland will receive two chances at the drawing instead of one! Enter by Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) and the winner will be posted sometime on Sunday, April 24.

Our April sponsor is Aritistic Outpost, makers of fabulous rubber art stamp sets including the Wonderland Collage set that will be featured by our design team. The Artistic Outpost design team will be playing along as well! One lucky winner will receive a $14 gift certificate to the Artistic Outpost store.

The Artistic Outpost's full line of vintage inspired art stamps are sold in unmounted themed collections. All the unmounted sets are $14, so the winner will be able to select the set of their choice. They also offer several collections pre-cut and mounted on cling foam. Be sure to visit their blog for frequent udates, ideas, and inspiration from Artistic Outpost and their talented design team. I have used their stamps and the fine-line detail they are able to achieve in their rubber art stamps is truly outstanding!

These gorgeous Wonderland Collage images feature the original Tenniel illustrations, so I thought this quote that shows how much Lewis Carroll cared about the appearance of Alice in the book illustrations is a fitting start to this month's challenge! 

My White Rabbit Card

My White Rabbit collage was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic X-Press It card stock and colored with Copic markers. The rabbit was stamped again and popped up on dimensional foam tape. The layered image was trimmed out and mounted with foam tape to a Label Thirteen Nestability cut from pale yellow card stock and sponged with Mustard Seed Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

The next layer down is Crushed Olive Core'dinations card stock. I embossed it with my all time favorite Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder, then sanded down to reveal the bright yellow core and trimmed out around the gear pattern. The card base, SU Bashful Blue, was embossed with another Cuttlebug 5x7 Oriental Weave embossing folder from the Asian collection. I sponged it with Faded Jeans Distress Ink to highlight the embossing.

A blue satin double looped bow finished it off. I used the Bow Easy to make the bow, then I colored the edges of the bow with a darker blue Copic marker - love that look, it makes it look like very expensive ribbon! Plus it makes the ribbon perfectly match my card!

My Alice Card

 You all know how much I LOVE coloring and this Alice image was a pure joy! The fine line detail Artistic Outpost achieves in their red rubber stamps is truly amazing. The floral border is gorgeous! The set comes with two companion stamps that fit into the open area below the kneeling Alice - one says "If the crown fits..." and the other says "Alice in Wonderland."  However my favorite Stamp-A-Ma-Jig stamp positioner has gone missing, so instead I wrote "Alice" in the space using a Copic Multiliner!

The ATC-sized collage image was trimmed out and mounted on a Label Thirteen Nestability cut out of pale yellow, only this time I sponged it with Wild Honey Distress Ink.

The Bashful Blue layer was cut out with a Tim Holtz On the Edge Scrollworks die, then embossed with  a 5x7 Typeset folder. The raised areas were brushed with a VersaMark Dazzle Pad,. I love the way this darkens the embossing just a little bit and adds shimmer to the raised areas! The edges were sponged with Faded Jeans Distress Ink using the ink blending tool. This layer was mounted on a pale yellow card base with the edges sponged with Wild Honey Distress Ink.

The finishing touch was another double looped bow, in yellow edged with darker Copic marker. I love ribbon, especially since finding Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I can adhere any type of ribbon with this glue and it will not soak through the ribbon - you never see the glue and it holds even the most slippery satin ribbon!

Remember to link YOUR blue and yellow projects on the The Altered Alice CHAPTER 3 Week 1 post; I can't wait to see your creations! Remember the winner will receive a gift certificate from Artistic Outpost! You have until Friday, April 22nd to enter your project and the winner will be announced on the last Sunday of the month.

I hope you have enjoyed my blue and yellow Artistic Outpost creations! Please leave me a comment before you go, it really makes my day when I hear from you!


  1. Stunning cards Lynne, love love the colouring and the embossing is a fabulous touch. Like how you have cut around the embossing too and the bow details are gorgeous especially with the added copic colour. I agree about these stamps too, the detail is fantastic. Tracy x

  2. How adorable. I really love everything. I have that same stamp set and haven't done as wonderful a job as you have. You are very talented. Thank you for the explanation. You know I read it all.

  3. Absolutely fabulous! Both cards are stunning!

  4. oh wow just stunning. the lemon and blue is so pretty
    lisa x

  5. Fabulous ever I am in awe of your colouring......and your ribbons look professionally tied....perfect finishing touches.

  6. Oh Lynn, these re both so gorgeous!!! Love the multiple embossing and the beautiful shades you used. Yummy! xxD

  7. Your work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. SO JAW DROPPING GORGEOUS Lynne!!!!! AMAZING!!!! fantabulous!! I am just in awe as always!! :-)
    C you!

  9. Lynne, it's marvellous, beautiful, wonderful .... I have no words to express it. I love it!

  10. Fantastic cards, Lynn. Your coloring is marvelous, like always. So are the layouts. Absolutely amazing cards.
    Hugs and smiles

  11. Oh Sweet Alice! After visiting your blog I am in luv again, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work, it's amazing!

  12. Beautiful cards, using the Wonderland Collage images - love your coloring!

  13. My word Lyn these cards really fly the yellow to a different every card you made...You really rocked this challenge.
    Love the White rabbit one the best.
    connie paxman

  14. Lynne boa tarde!!!

    que Maravilha seu projeto!!!

    Já vou providenciar a minha criação inspirada nas cores sugeridas!!!

  15. Your cards are amazing and so inspiring! Love them!!! This is my first time playing at The Altered Alice and I am sure I will be back. So fun!

  16. Lynne

    Hoje recebi um selinho Premio e citei seu blog como fonte de inspiração,


  17. Lynne, both of your cards are fantastic. Love how you've colored and the textured backgrounds.

  18. Lynne estou feliz que voce e a Lily gostaram da criação tecido,

    quanto ao vossos recados não respondi antes motivo estou no sitio com meus pais e sem acesso a internet, estava lendo recados pelo celular, somente hoje que estou com internet rapida.

    Quanto ao recado que a Lily deixou estava sem link de retorno,

    mas sim sim podem sim publicar no blog Octopode Factory blog,
    será uma honra para mim!

    ahhh desculpe meu ingles escrito rsrsrsrs sou pessima escrevendo!

    amei amei a grande oportunidade de participar com minha criação de tecido no Altered Alice!!!
    meu e-mail
    beijos beijos

  19. Wow! Both are so stunning! I love the bows, embossing and glitter! Gorgeous job! Oh how I miss these Alice Challenges :) Will have to try harder!
    Hope you're well :)
    hugs, margie


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