Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stars and (Mr) Stripes



The latest theme over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is SDC #10 'Freedom' (could be based a patriotic/flag/July 4th type of theme or any form of freedom you like) hosted by our head DT member, Kim Howard.

I batted this theme around my head for quite a while and came up with this version, my Stampotique version of Stars and (Mr) Stripes, just taking the name of the American flag, reversing the colours and experimenting with shapes.
As I'm typing this ahead of the reveal of the collection of the teams artwork for this (the reveal is just as much a suprise for us as to what the other members have done), I'm slightly apprehensive thinking 'ohhhhhh heck, I'm so predictable, I bet everyones thought of this idea lol', so truth will out by the time you are reading this and hopefully there won't be an entire line up of these little arachnids wearing Uncle Sam hats (yes originally I drew a little top hat for Mr Stripes for this card) and waving flags...if so I apologise and I need to try harder :0)

The Mr Stripes stamp is by Stampotique, available direct from the USA or from Happy Daze here in the UK.
The starry background paper is by Magnolia Ink with a wild roughed up coat of white gesso around the edges. Stars and Stripes words printed from the PC. The stripes are just freehand lines of Copic and the text stars are drawn.

I hope you are able to join in with us this week using your Stampotique stamps (its a second challenge of the month so Stampotique only please this week) and in doing so stand a chance of winning a $15 gift cert to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals.

23 comments:

Helen said...

Well, Jo, I love it - and I am sure the rest of the DT will too. I love Mr Stripes!

Carmen said...

I don't think ANYONE could call you predictable Jo :P I love this card and like Helen - love Mr Stripes *g*

Willy said...

What a great interpretation of the theme, Jo!

Kaz said...

I love this Jo and I wondered how the thought didn't cross my mind and how I wished it had!! xx

mustavcoffee said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Jo, I love it, you are such an original, xxx

Lottie said...

Now that's what I call Stars and Stripes! Lateral thinking or what.

Just love that spider with attitude - Abraham Lincoln?

Could be - his forebears came from our village here

@lby said...

Hi Jo,

I really like the stars and the cute spider-stamp...

Hugs, Shake

joanne wardle said...

really cool and very clever, but I want to see the top hat!

Dotty Jo said...

Brilliant as always Jo... love Mr Stripes! We have a Zebra striped tarantula called 'Dot', so my hubby is bound to take a shine to MR Stripes! Jo x

Netty said...

Great stamp, love it. Annette

Katy said...

Fab Jo, but that spider gives me the heebie jeebies!!!

Piddawinkle said...

when did spiders get so cute!!

Moniqui said...

Mr Stripes is so cute! I would have loved seeing him in a top hat lol! Beautiful card!

Buttercup said...

I love your stars and Mr. Stripes! I especially love how the colors and muted, not your typical primary reds and blues!

Basement Stamper said...

Oh, I love the stripes going down with the stars and the spider! Perfect challenge card.

Shar said...

Very cool! I love this!

AngelaC said...

I love this Jo! You never fail to amaze me with your creativity and ideas - you always come up with something wonderfully different but appropriate!!

Carol said...

Jo, I LOVE your interpretation this time! When my eyes saw the card for the first time I laughed out loud at Mr. Stripes! He is the STRIPES in Stars and Stripes! How funny is that! What a sense of humor you have! Thanks for explaining the white around the edges. I was going to ask how you achieved that look. P.S. The true name of our American flag is OLD GLORY.

craftytrog said...

A brilliant & unique creation Jo! x

Karin said...

Fab interpretation of the theme!

Kathy said...

love the spider!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is such a fantastic card Jo! I love the composition and that spider is just the greatest touch! Thank you for your kind words on my blog! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Fiona said...

I love it ;)