I've been busy with the Ongoing ATC Swap the last couple of months, and since I'm very proud of many of the cards I made this round, I wanted to take the time to give them their own thread.
This first one depicts a scene from the Japanese folktale "Kaguya-hime" (also known as "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter"). The image is based on illustrations from the "World Masterpiece Fantasy" series edition -- kind of like the Japanese version of Golden Books (i.e., every Japanese I know under the age of 30 had them as a kid).
Also with a Japanese theme is this origami card. The front of the card has origami paper glued on, and an origami crane design has been cut out of the center. The cut-out actually goes all the way through, but I put a black card behind it to help the image stand out in the photo.
This is a Word Puzzle theme card -- the first letter of each mini-picture spells out the mystery seven-letter word. One can pull up the flap to get a peak of the answer. Which is...
Along a similar vein is this Harry Potter-themed card featuring a portrait of the Fat Lady (this is before I added the cut-out window panels):
Looks like some Gryffindors are trying to sneak out past curfew! (As soon as I saw that book of HP stamps at the post office, I envisioned this project in my head.)
The next card was for a "Hello Kitty as...." theme. I found an inspiration image on the recipient's Pinterest of a Dia de los Muertos-style Hello Kitty.
I also did a couple of needle-felted cards, both with a spring theme:
And now, on to my favorites. blupaisan
made an amazing Valentine's Day present for her daughter, which featured (as one of MANY elements) a Richard Scarry aspect. This immediately took me back to memories of my childhood: whenever my grandmother would come to visit us, the first thing my brother and I would do is sit down with her in the big recliner and have her read the same Richard Scarry book to us. I went on to make an ATC for blupaisan
featuring a scene of my grandmother reading to us, with all of us represented as Scarry characters. (I'm Lowly Worm!
I did a couple of yaoi-themed cards based on images from the recipient's Pinterest: to change your image viewing settings please click here
Last but not least is this Figure Study themed card.
In some ways, it is my very favorite of the whole batch. I have never been very strong at drawing, and when I first joined the ATC Swaps, I refused to freehand cards, instead tracing or using other mediums to do cards, because I feared that the recipients would be disappointed if they received a free-handed card from me. But over time, I have been slowly building up my confidence in my drawing, and I feel like I've come a long way. To think that I've gotten to the point where I can do black-and-white cards (in other words, I can't rely on color, etc. to "cover up" my drawing) is a big deal for me. In fact, the only cards in this post that were traced were the two yaoi ones, and the origami crane (for the sake of achieving straight lines). I am looking forward to continue improving my drawing skills in the coming months, especially once summer starts.
Thanks for looking!