July's Postcard of the Month
Happy leaping froggies.
A couple of months ago, my friend/neighbor, Jessica,
(who's also our wonderful Town Clerk)
presented me with a bag of frogs. And toads.
Well, frog and toad stamps. :)
And I knew they'd make their way into one of the summer postcards.
Or SOME of them.
I wanted to use as many as I could,
but ended up just using these four for this month's postcard:
We don't actually see (real) frogs around our property,
but there are THOUSANDS of little toads -
most a fraction of this one's size!
We do, however, seem to have quite a few not-real frogs that pop up in our everyday life:
All made by my dear old friend Val.
Not to mention my See/Hear/Speak no evil Rainforest Alliance*
I perused frog images online, to see what might inspire, and found these:
4 FROGS (WATER LILIES NR. 8), by Ron Hurst.
And this cute, silly lily - and frog - cake:
Along with this more subtle Japanese print:
I'm always picking up on echoes/confirmations of my chosen monthly theme
as I work towards production.
There was this photo of a frog in Philly:
that Maddie, my dear friend, co-worker on Saturdays
at our beloved Richmond Food Shelf and Thrift Store - http://www.richmondfoodshelfvt.org/,
and recently married (to great dancer and swell fella, Sam)**
snapped during a recent PA trip.
And then sent me when I mentioned my theme during a recent Saturday shift lull. :)
And there were a few other echoes.***
I stopped by the local ReStore to drop off a bag o' no-longer-needed stuff, and, as I was about to walk out (having restrained my inevitable refilling of said bag to just a few picture frames...), what did I spy but:
Ah! More frog theme confirmation!
And, since my sole teapot from home migrated to the studio a few years back,
I could actually use another teapot, so... :)
I had this scrap of Christmas wrapping paper, that was very appealing:
that I wanted to include in the materials I used for this month's cards.
So, I threw together a prototype (left), and then revised a bit (the other one):
This bold, Egyptian-y fan paper
rather insistently demanded inclusion in some way. (see Steps 20, 29, and 44)
The Steps The Movie. :)
Step 4 - I had plenty of this great aqua rice paper, so...
Step 7 - I didn't have enough brown rice paper to do a 'square',
Step 8 - So I added this other nice handmade brown paper.
Step 9 - Cool, waxy marbled paper, that implies water rather nicely.
Step 10 - Here come the lily pads.
Step 18 - This is one of my favorite effects -
the punched holes revealing the bright greens.
Step 20 - Fan paper made it in!
Step 24 - And the Christmas wrap.
Step 31 - Leaping frogs!
Step 41- And now the dots.***
Step 48 - Just before wrapping up production, I made a birthday card for my friend, Margaret****, which inspired the addition of a couple more notes. Oh yeah. :)