If the Shoe Fits


Creative Crafty Friends has kept me plenty busy this month. Hahaha! I finished up four swaps yesterday – here is one! The Letter S. I interpreted that to mean shoes. Hahaha! You can never have too many shoes!

I began with a 2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor ATC base, a couple Tombow Fudenosuke Neon brush pens and some vinyl outline stickers from Krazy Kreations. I really like these vinyl stickers, you just peel and stick. Then fill with color or leave blank. You could even place these on patterned paper and trim around them. Hmmm. I may need to try that.

I began with an orange neon brush pen and filled in one petal. These brushes don’t really flex so you will notice the color is a little sketchy. Not totally filled in. Not to worry, though. Just watch.

Next I added some neon pink to the lower portion of the petal. Still a little sketchy looking.

Then I used a water brush and went over the whole petal, blending the colors together and left it to dry.

And I did the same with each petal. As the piece dried the petals blended a little more, making the colors not so separate but more of a cohesive unit. And apparently a little color seeped out under a couple of the petals. A work in progress here, hahaha!

I needed to make a shoe so I opted for the easy method. I have had this set of stamps for a long time. I purchased it to use in my Bible journaling – I don’t recall what specific scripture I had in mind – and I thought this would be perfect for this particular ATC.

The easiest thing to do was try every shoe or set of shoes and see what fit best. And I decided to go with the pink heel. Just a little note – I don’t wear heels any longer. When we moved to Maine, I kept the heels I wore at my wedding and one other pair. And I haven’t used them at all in the four years we have been here.

I stamped the shoe onto a piece of card stock and colored it using my Tombow Twintone Pastels. A little different type of pen than the earlier brush pens and these worked better for coverage.

Then I used a clear glitter gel pen to add some sparkle to that flower adornment. Cause a girl’s got to sparkle! Hahaha! And ran the whole piece through my sticker machine.

After trimming the shoe, I worked with placement. Deciding where the shoe fit best. You know . . . if the shoe fits. Hahahaha!

I also wanted to use some of those stamped words, so I thought this placement would be perfect.

I used an Archival jet black ink pad from Ranger to add the wording.

And a gothic purple ink pad from StazOn to ink the edges and grunge up the ATC a bit. I like grunge!

There was so much white space. Ugh. What to do. Dr. Ph. Martin to the rescue! I put a few drops of each color onto my trash plate and . . .

. . . made splatters with a fan brush. And I made highlights with a white gelly roll pen from Sakura. Kind of dark in this particular photo, much lighter and brighter in person. Letter S stands for shoe – don’t you know. Hahaha! Want to try some swaps of your own? We start brand new at the beginning of the month, so this is a good time to check it out at Creative Crafty Friends. Just click here. I promise it is fun and will stretch your artistic limbs.

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9 thoughts on “If the Shoe Fits

  1. That vinyl sticker flower shape echoes the flower decoration on the shoe pretty well, like that & how you made the shoe one glittery. Don’t wear heels either, not really my kind of thing. Prefer comfortable but elegant pumps or the ballet slipper style that I can move around in easily. You certainly did have your hands full with those swaps this month.

    • I like slip ons, too. so much easier 🙂 it’s almost time to start new swaps, the first of the month. I like them, they give me something different to do

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