Sunday, November 13, 2011

CHAPTER 9: Autumn Colors in Wonderland Week 2

"`Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.
Nobody moved. `Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) `You're nothing but a pack of cards!'
At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face."
-- Chapter 12, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I wonder if the Wonderland story took place in the Fall of the year? Autumn has arrived in the northern hemisphere.  Just as Alice recognized the court characters as playing cards, the trees are losing their cloak of green chlorophyll and showing their true colors of gold, burgundy, scarlet, chartreuse and orange are emerging. Your challenge is to show us a project drenched in fall colors!
Our prize this month is an A5 sized unmounted stamp set from IndigoBlu (a £13 value), or an equivalent amount of A6 stamps. IndigoBlu is a fantastic new British stamp company that makes "Quintessentially English Rubber Stamps" right there in England.
The design team will be working with these two fantastic Alice stamp sets, titled appropriately "Alice I" and "Alice II". Most Americans don't know what A5 and A6 mean so I'll just tell you, these sets are really big!
 
I encourage you to go visit IndigoBlu.com. All stamps are on sale right now with their introductory pricing, but that won't last forever, and the designs are all wonderful! In addition to the introductory discount, the Head Honcho Alfie says
"The Altered Alice readers can take an extra 10% OFF during the challenge; just use coupon code AlteredAlice in the voucher code box at checkout!"
Thanks Alfie!
Enter by Friday, November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving); our randomly drawn winner and the honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday, November 27. Multiple entries are encouraged, but each must be on a separate post. As always, entries that feature Wonderland in some way will get two chances in the drawing instead of one.
Here's my project for this challenge.


For this month's challenge I created three vintage postcards. The first is a collage of many of the images from the IndigoBlue stamp sheets. It's highlighted with shades of yellow, brown, and rust distress inks. Oops, there seems to be cup rings and spots over the card is tea color. Do you suppose that the Mad Hatter decided to move down while reading this card and had a little spill?
The second card features the two different images of the Mad Hatter. I just love the image of the pensive Hatter. Here the colors include greens, red, rust, brown, and just a tinge of blue like the trees against the sky in autumn.
On the third postcard I stamped the tea party image in distress ink and covered it  Perfect Pearls. When I spritzed it with water, the effect is a kind of muted watercolor. It's quite shimmery. (The technique is Tim Holtz's Perfect Distress) Here the colors are the darker colors of burgundy with a mix of gold andbrown.
And to verify that these are postcards, here are the reverse sides.
Have a great month. Hope you join us in this challenge.


2 comments:

DonnaMundinger said...

Love the fab vintage feel to these and the wonderful distressing! So cool that you added the quotes on the reverse, too. xxD

Erin said...

How fun, love the crackle and the cup ring back grounds.