I used a sketch based on a photo of my daughter; but you could scan and re-size a photo of friend or family member and re-size it or choose an image scanned from an art-book, magazine or the Internet, of course.
With my image cut to fit just a little bigger all the way round than one of the birch plywood heart plaques, I fixed it with some Matte Medium. You could also use one of the collage glue sticks that are available. It's a good idea to spray anything you've printed out with some fixative before you stick it so that the ink doesn't run and spoil your finished piece. Then, when the image is smoothed down and firmly stuck, I like to sand the edges to give a nice, clean finish. I then paint the face carefully with any additional colour, a little pink water-colour on the cheeks and lips maybe, before finishing off with a glaze or a thin layer of the Matte Medium.
Ever since my childhood, I've loved to create little people from bits and bobs all around the house: scissors, spoons, pegs and bottle openers all became characters in my games of make-believe, so collage and assemblage often seems like that kind of play to me now. My daughter loves old clocks and watches, so what better component to give her for a body than one of the Steampunk clock parts?
The background is so easy to create. I took a Craft Card blank, masked off the sides with some tape and then simply brayered horizontally and vertically in white, blue and green Acrylics. I also had some fun spattering diluted paint over the surface with a toothbrush. When the tape is removed - 'Hey Presto' - lovely smooth edges!
It's then just a matter of finding the right stamped sentiment before assembling your elements and arranging them on the card - I like to use a little clear embossing powder so that the stamped letters really stand-out.
Calico Craft Parts give great dimension without being too thick and weighty for a greetings card. I don't create cards that much these days, but I did have lots of fun creating a quick card caricature of Matilda. I like the way she seems to be fluttering out of the card towards us! One of Matilda's friends ex work colleagues referred to her as 'The Little Bird' so those wings seem very apt and she just loves sunny days. Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope that you're enjoying 'Sunny Days' of creativity yourself!
Calico Craft Parts Used
Birch PlyWood Standard Heart Plaque
Sheet of Steampunk motifs (style 3) Clock
Sheet of Steampunk motifs (style 3) Wings