Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ICAD Round Up

Here are my latest index cards for Tammy's Index-Card-a-Day (ICAD) Challenge:
ICAD #35:  Fun.
I saw this picture of an eraser collection in a magazine, and suddenly wanted
a bunch of cute erasers for myself!  Aren't they fun?
ICAD #36:  Not All Who Wander Are Lost.
I love this Tolkien quotation:  "Not all who wander are lost."  It seemed perfectly
suited for a scrap of map showing the area of my latest Artist Date (yet to be blogged about!).
ICAD #37:  La fortaleza, or Strength. 
I used a favorite rubber stamp I haven't used in awhile, and one of my very favorite colors of pigment ink (Color Box in Cyan).  Other elements:  painter's tape, masking tape, Dymo tape, and graph paper.

ICAD #38:  The Useful Trouble of Rain.
Another favorite stamp, along with alphabet stamps to spell out a fragment of a Tennyson quotation.  Decorative tape around the edges.  The lined paper in the background came from a very vintage little notebook I got at an auction. 
ICAD #39:  Color grid with oil pastels.
Theme:  Draw lines with a ruler.
ICAD #40:  Hold On.
I used blue and green ink pads to smear color on the index card, then stamped the globe with black ink.  Then I wrote in song lyrics from K.T. Tunstall's "Hold On":

Hold on to what you've been given lately.
Hold on to what you know you've got.
Hold on to what you've been given lately.
Hold on 'cause the world will turn if you're ready or not.

I'm still really enjoying this challenge, taking my cards in a lot of different directions.  I know that some people have commented on losing steam or running out of ideas.  Here are some things that have worked for me to keep the ideas coming:
  • Go through magazine images you've clipped and make a collage. 
  • Pull out rubber stamps you haven't used in a while, then use pencils, pens, or paints to color them in.
  • Use that decorative tape, even if you just stretch different colors and patterns across the card.
  • Glue down ephemera from your life:  napkins from your lunch out, bags from your pastry, maps or brochures from your afternoon out, business cards from your shopping trip, etc.
  • Draw shapes or lines or boxes, then use an art supply you haven't used in awhile to fill them in.  (That's what I did when I pulled out my oil pastels, above in #39).
I hope that gives you some ideas if the well is starting to run dry!


Heather said...

This is an intriguing collection of ICADS, Andria. I can't pick a favourite, but each one seems to tell a story. Your card with the eraser collection reminds me of the eraser collection that I used to have back in elementary school! I love how you combine quotes with images and use such a diversity of supplies.

Carin Winkelman said...

More wonderful cards. You must be so proud!

scrapwordsmom said...

I am enjoying my ICAD challenge...I haven't posted many images on my blog but I am still doing it. Yesterday I was in my studio for a bit and created 2 cards. I really love it!! I think I will just make it a regular thing in my life...there are so many things you can do and I'm finding the index cards size perfect for trying new things.

Thanks for the great ideas. I love that last card...and anything you use maps with:)


OurHopeIsInTheLord said...

Very nice art work.

Natasha said...

You have some stunning stamps. Isn;t it a good feeling looking at our stack of finished cards we have amassed now! I am also going to dig out my label maker so it is easy to access for at least one of my cards this week!! :)

Karenann Young said...

Just love the variety and all your different ideas!!! They are all inspiring!!!

Karenann Young said...

Just love the variety and all your different ideas!!! They are all inspiring!!!

Unknown said...

I love the cards, they look fantastic!

Terrie said...

Fabulous variety of cards....you're right about using the ICAD as an opportunity - you're obviously maximizing your creativity! Lookin' good.

aprilmariecole.blogspot.com said...

Yes, yes, yes... these are "super"!
I agree, I would be so fun to have an eraser collection like that.
Wheels turning... now where to find the wooden shadow box, I think that is what it is in the picture?
Anyways, very inspiring post, Andria! ~xx

TaylorMaide said...

Digging up supplies I haven't used in a while has helped me get inspired too. Some great cards. Love the song lyrics.

Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I really like your creativity.

Dianne said...

Great post! the suggestions to keep us going are terrific, and your cards a super...now, where are those magazine clippings I've been hanging on to?

Anonymous said...

Hi Andria, could you tell me what alphabet you used in the Trouble with Rain card?