Monday

ATC Swap with Art Joy Stuff

Kimberly at Art Joy Stuff is hosting an ATC swap titled "April in Paris".  Today I mailed off my cards and decided to show you what I submit for this fun event.  It is a 6/6 swap so I made six cards of the same image which I designed on Photoshop (first) from one of my own CDV photographs.
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OK, first I have to apologize... I had to use my iphone camera and some of these images show better than others...sorry for the blurs...

If this little girl looks familiar it might be because I tried to  make her look like a baby Frida Kahlo.  The original photograph that I purchased showed this child with a slight hint of her own uni brow so I emphasized that stopping short of going totally cartoon-ish.  And Frida wouldn't be Frida without flowers in her hair and a dark cat sitting beside her so I added those elements to the Photoshop'd image.


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The quote I used is, of course, one of Frida's quotes.  When I researched her I found most of her famous sayings were a little dark in mood so I was happy to find this more care-free quote to use for little baby Frida..."feet what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"


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I bought the original CDV because she reminded me of my niece, Gina, as a child.  Beautiful child and beautiful adult with a sweet kind face...I think Frida must have been a sweet baby as well.


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Frida Kahlo has been a favorite with altered artists for a long time.  I have never ventured into that genre until now but I can honestly say I had a great time working on this.  When I have received the cards back from other artists who participated I'll post them here so you can see the other wonderful ideas and visions folks came up with...


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The last few photographs are from the first card I made - and decided not to enter into the ATC swap with Kimberly.  It was "cute" but didn't have as many embellishments and was flat - not 3-D except for the glaze I used to make the child stand out more.


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The little girl for this card came from Lisa's Altered Art Creations and I added background, overlays etc. for the theme of April in Paris.  No Paris themed project would work without an eiffel tower monolith looming in the background - oui?  And because she is holding a parasol I added the caption "rain or shine".


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2 comments:

  1. I just received my ATC swap goodies and I have one of yours in my collection. Was so glad to read this post on the image. Your ATC is adorable and I will treasure it..I love these swaps. I'm hoping to be in Paris next summer..my son will be transferred to Germany for 3 yrs so I plan to visit Thanks again and have a great week

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  2. Hi Sylvia. Thanks for stopping by...I too had such a great time with Kimberly's swap... can't wait for the next one. When I get a chance to take pictures I'll
    post all of the cards I received so eveyone can see my little treasures!!! Thanks again. Cynthia.

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