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Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Hey All!

Hope everyone's week is going well.  Another Hump Day is upon us, and so once again it is time for another Wednesday Evening Post.

I have a couple of Halloween cards to share and one Thank You card as well.  So here they are:

I'll start with a Halloween card:

I created this Halloween night scene by first masking off for the moon and then sponging the moon to give it color.  I then stamped the tree and cat (Artful Inkables) and the bats and spider (PTI) directly onto the moon with Archival jet black ink.  I then re-masked the moon and sponged the night sky using Black Soot distress ink.  I then added the dot stars with a silver gel pen.  I then tore strips of dark green card stock, sponged them with the Black Soot distress ink, then cut them to fit the card.  Once attached, I went over the edges with the silver gel pen.  Has a Tim Burton kind of feel to it doesn't it?

My next Halloween card is made using some new rubber I just got from Impression Obsession.    Here it is:

When I saw this stamp, I knew it would magically appear in my stock.  I colored the image with colored pencils, but did not use my oms except on the grassy area.  Once colored, I sponged the early evening sky background.  That is the beauty of using colored pencils.  They resist the ink that is sponged on because of the wax in them.  The sponging is actually darker than it shows in the photo.  This stamp is called "Free Parking".  

Final card for this post is a thank you card that I'm not too sure about.  It is one of those cards that I had in my head, but ended up looking nothing like I had envisioned.  Here it is:

I really debated whether to even post this.  You have to click on the pic to actually see the detail.  As most of you know me well, I'm not good at "mixing" papers and patterns.  No, I've never worn stripes and plaids together, but I just have an issue with cards that look too busy.  I think that is my problem here.  I also think that the flowers are too bright. . .Plus, I drew the stems in by hand, and it looks like the flowers are all wobbly or drunk.  Can't you just see them swaying from side to side saying "Hey!  I'll have another shot of that Miracle Grow."  LOL  Oh well, I hope the person I sent this to likes it.  It's the thought that counts, right?  I did this card using the technique I just learned over at Gina K Designs Stamp TV episode this week.  You can check it out HERE.  You'll see why my flower panel looks like it does!

OK, that's it for another Wednesday Evening Post.  Hope you enjoyed your visit.  I made a big mistake on my last Wednesday's post when I told you not to forget to look at the pic of the week.  Well. . . . .I forgot to change it!  LOL  I'm sure some of you thought "Isn't that the same pic he has had up for awhile?"  LOL  I'm such a dork.  So, let's try this again. . . .Don't forget the "Pic of the Week" below!  I promise, it is different.

Hugs to all of you!


Curt O'Brien

"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."


Jackie said...

Love those! My favorite is the first one - I love what you did with the moon. It does look a little Tim Burton-ish, you're right! Halloween cards are the most fun.

Dawn said...

Curt you are just hilarious! I remember looking at the picture of the week and thinking , I swear I seen this picture somewhere.
I do see this is a new one!
My favorite card is the free parking, I have a friend that would just love that one. I am always so impressed with your coloring, but your inking is right up there also. Love that you take the time to make a creation and not just "slap" a card together...I know people have go to love your cards because they are special.
Did you see my post today? I used some of the paper I won from your last was perfect.
Hugz to all of you.

Patti J said...

Ha! I forgot it was Weds., so you 'snuck up on me'!!! Gosh, I love your cards! I haven't had a chance to try the flocking yet, but I plan to! My favorite is the parking card - I smiled out loud at that one! Too cute! And that moon??? Wonderful job of masking! I love them all! I know what you mean about the mixing and matching - I have troubles liking what I do with that as well. Your card, however, looks absolutely perfect to me!!! Great job, once again, sir!!! Thinking of you all, and hoping all is well! Hugs!

Shirley-anne said...

Another group of fantastic cards Curt.
Fav is the first . I could just feel the chill of the earie night air . The second card made me chuckle ..witches meeting ?
And the third . Well I can relate to your feelings on mixing and matching , not my forte either . But I do think this card is delightful and I love the script piece at back

Tertia said...

First of all, thank you so much for your encouraging comments on my blog. I think I am the lucky one to have such a wonderful blogging friend!
Your Halloween cards are making my hands twtch! I think I will HAVE to try my hand at some of them even though nobody in SA really cares about Halloween. Who knows? Maybe I will start a new trend. LOL
Your Thank you card? I think it is great - I agree its not really you, but that is what makes our hobby fun - we can stretch ourselves a little every now and then and then, if you don't like it, you just say: OK, tried that, didn't like it, lets do something else now. The flowers don't look drunk to me at all - could still be the meds I am on. LOL
Your photo of the week? STUNNING! How do you do it? I would love to take some spectacular Macro shots like that, but never happens for me I'm afraid.

Becky said...

First, that is a gorgeous picture of the week, you take great pictures.
2. I love this first card, the stamp is fabulous and that moon is awesome, love the shading.
3. This is just to cute, love the sentiment on this also
4.The last card is bright-bold & beautiful :). the script pulls this together.

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous cards Curt, love the free parking one.

Bonnie Weiss said...

It doesn't seem to matter what you try, it always turns out, Curt! And that crazy "free parking" image ... that's hilarious! Thanks for getting us through another 'hump day'.

lisa808 said...

Love both Halloween cards! The masking and sponging on the first one are perfect for Halloween. The sentiments on the second one are a hoot.

Diane said...

Love the cat and the moon scene....also the free parking is right up my alley...I have to find that set, love cards that make ya laugh!!! I think your thank you card is nice, got a great laugh over the drunken flowers....most of what I have posted lately has been "blah" to me, so know where you are coming from :>) ......going to send you a link to try....its on my schedule this week to do.......a great pic of the week , too!!!!

Julia Aston said...

3 great cards Curt! love the moon and torn hills on the first and the stack of brooms and sentiment on the 2nd are super! Your flower card is very pretty - we are our own worst critics I think!

Jane Wetzel said...

Love that cute broom parking card! he he he! And- your stem drawing is very cool! Great cards like always Curt! Pic of the week- TOTALLY COOL!

Serendipity Stamping said...

Hi Curt, wonderful Halloween cards, I love the moon you did such a great job on it and the second with the fence! I personally like your thank you card, I love the cards I get that
are done in reds and oranges, they just pop in your face when you take them out of the envelope and put a smile on my face. Hey, great new "pic of the week". I was chuckling when I saw last week's as I knew it was a little glitch. Oh well we all have our moments. Take care and sending hugs to everyone.

craft-princess said...

Great cards! I especially love the moon!

Gina Wrona said...


I love all 3 of your cards today! Did you notice you are almost up to 200 followers? You'll be there in no time with all the talent you have!


Myrna said...

Love your "drunken" flower card.
It is a great cheery card and NO the flowers aren't too bright.

Clare said...

Well you are a wonderfully talented dork Curt!!! wowsers those cards are exceptional. I love the paper tearing you have done in card one, it looks so effective. The stamps in both cards are gorgeous Curt. Now to your final card, i love it. You are far too critical on yourself and hopefully some of us gals have managed to persuade you that it is a great card! whoever receives it will be very happy indeed. Big hugs to you, Clare xxx

Celeste said...

Hey Curt, you kill me!!! You are your own worse critic!!! The thank you card is gorgeous, not too busy! I love the "Burtonesque" Halloween card and I ADORE the free parking one...too stinkin' cute! Your bug photo is hysterical. I sent it to a friend who is an amateur photographer and she laughed! Who would've thunk bugs get flashbulb eye?? Have a great week, your blog posts always cheer me up!

Sharli said...

Hi Curt! LOVE the bright moon and all the spooky things happening around it! Clever to use dark green for the hills - not just plain old black.

Thanks for the tip about the pencils resisting the sponging - I never thought of that, and I can use that one!! Your card is awesome - that image is adorable - very fun!

I did notice your new photo (I was late to check in on the Monday post so you must have already fixed it!) - I love that the bug gets flash-eyes also! tee,hee.


Sue said...

Hi Curt
fabulous post, sorry im late again i don't know who keeps stealing my time!!!
Your cards are fabulous as always, i luv the halloween moon card, its gorgeous. Luv paper tearing, have lovely weekend,hugs sue,x

Cathy's Rubber Room said...

I love all of the cards. My fav is the first one. The moon is really awesome. I agree Tim Burton-ish. The second card is too cute. I think that one of those brooms may be mine LOL
The third card is beautiful. I love the colours (bright is my favorite) All 3 cards are great works of ART.
Hugs x

Linda said...

Curt I love all three card but that first one is my favorite. It does have a Tim Burton feel. I love the little kitten and that tree is so cool.
I love them all! I have the same trouble with putting stripes and plaids together but in paper art it some how works great. I love Gina's episodes. I don't live to far from her store. I haven't been there in a year. I do love her stamps.

Deb Neerman said...

These are FABulous, Curt! I love the Hallowe'en cards ... it's my favorite holiday and I'm partial to anything Halloween-y ...

Your flowers card is just lovely ... we are our own worst critics. It's in our nature, I guess. Rest assured, it's beautiful and will be appreciated very much!

Hope all is well with you and Jay ... and of course, the boys! Take care of yourself, Sweetie ... sending hugs!!

mudmaven said...

These are all just wonderful Curt! I love that cat in the moon - going to have to see about tracking down those stamps. I love your thank you card too but I can't stop laughing at your flower description! All the best to Jay and big hugs to those gorgeous boys. ~chris

Rita said...

These are all fantastic, my fav is the first one! Have a great day kiddo!