(Fair warning....this is a LONG post today!! So if you plan to stick around until the very end, you may wish to get comfy with a cup of your favourite bevy. Not only do I have my Kraftin' Kimmie card to share, but I also have some pics of the Halloween costumes that my mom and I have been busy sewing!)
Now, when I first saw Andrea's challenge topic I knew I would have to do a little paper shopping as I really didn't have much purple in my paper collection. Lucky for me, some of the Krafty Gals met up in early September at Scrappin' Great Deals to work on preparations for Krafty Day...we also managed to squeeze in a little retail therapy! lol I found this awesome paper from Graphic 45...it's from the "Halloween in Wonderland" collection. I'm quite fond of Alice in Wonderland, and I absolutely loved Johnny Depp's portrayal of the Mad Hatter...he's one of my favourite actors! Well, as soon as I saw this paper, the wheels started turning. I thought to myself that I knew of a particular Kraftin' Kimmie stamp that featured a gent just perfect for this paper...well, he would need a little "tweaking" first. :)
Soooo, I soon set to work on transforming"Chester" into my Mad Hatter. When I inked him up, I used a wipe to remove the ink from his hair. I stamped him onto Neenah smooth paper, and then started drawing him a new "do" a la Mad Hatter-style with my Copic multiliner. I drew in the little tag tucked into the band around his top hat, a few hat pins (the gems were coated in Stardust Stickles) and the iris around his eye. (gotta love the vivid green of those Mad Hatter eyes!!) Oh, and have you ever wondered what the 10/6 meant on the Hatter's tag? Curious and curiouser I was :)....so I googled it, and found out that it denotes the price of 10 shillings and a sixpence. Huh. Learn something new every day.
I also wanted to attempt to re-create the amazing make-up job that Johnny Depp sported in the movie, so I pulled out the DVD case for a bit of inspiration. I was a little annoyed with myself at one point...I wanted to add in some eyelashes, so I pulled out my white gel pen. Now, I'm not sure why I went ahead with this, because as I sat with pen in hand I questioned whether it was a good idea. (I actually do no like my white gel pen...I am NEVER happy with the results when I try to use it.) But, proceed I did and then immediately regretted it. The nib on the pen is way to thick...I really need something with an ultra-fine tip. Well, his eyelashes were now concealing a lot of that eye-makeup I had spent a while on, but I was certainly not about to start over after all that work! I also added a little Sakura glitter pen....should have probably left that out too, lol. Lesson learned??? Not everything is going to work out perfectly, but sometimes you just have to "go with the flow"...never be afraid to experiment!! (Alice says to believe in impossible things, right?? So go ahead, and try something new...sometimes it may be successful, and other times you can chalk it up to a learning experience. However, you never know what the outcome may be unless you try!) I also experimented a bit with some hat pins for the first time...I thought they were quite fitting for the Mad Hatter (I was inspired by my very talented friend Maria who has used some gorgeous hat pins on her cards. She was also kind enough to give me some advice on where to go shopping for them!). After printing out my Alice-inspired sentiment..."Never lose your "muchness"!... I used my oval Spellbinders for cutting and matting.
Here's their attempt at being "cute" and innocent...right. lol
Oh, and the boys won by a landslide for favourite costumes at school. I'm sure it's the highlight of their high school years, lol. Do you think they know that these pictures will definitely be making appearances at all their weddings??? mwahahaha (poor future wives)