accessories, New Artwork, pink toe press, Uncategorized

Back in Black! New Tote Bags Available Now

 

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Hand Printed Tote Bags with Golden Unicorn Design

JUST LISTED IN MY ETSY SHOP: NEW Black Tote Bags with GOLDEN designs. A fun new and stylish addition to my tote bags. Current designs available include Unicorn and Rocket Dog. More designs are in the works, so stay tuned.

 

Each bag is hand-printed by Yours Truly.

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etsy shop, Greeting Cards, New Artwork

New Paper Cut Cards!!

I’d like to wish a warm welcome to my newest addition to my card line: Paper Cut Cards. These cards are made with quality card stock and, in this case, golden printed craft cards.

Cards are hand- assembled and carefully glued together.

Cut card Thank You Circle

The cards are available in various colors including craft paper, white paper, and craft paper with gold. They are available in my Pink Toe Press Etsy Shop.

Cut card Thank You Circle

Stay tuned for more  cards!

etsy shop, New Artwork, Typography

2015 off to a GOOD START!

2015 is already well underway. The first day of the New Year and I am already trying hard to complete my resolutions. If you haven’t noticed, I gave my website (especially the blog feature) a complete overhaul! I decided it was time for a change and no better day than TODAY to get that done!

Yesterday I posted about my newest item available in my Etsy Shop. I created this poster as a way to encourage myself and others to stick to New Year’s Resolutions. If you are curious, here are mine:

Available in the Pink Toe Press Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/216788011/2015-new-years-resolution-printable
Here are my resolutions for 2015!
Available in the Pink Toe Press Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/216788011/2015-new-years-resolution-printable
I’ve got this pinned up in my office so as not to forget!

A great way to encourage yourself to stick with your goals is to put a reminder in a spot where you will see it every day. I designed this poster to be a piece of art that can live comfortably in your own home. The size of the printed image is 8 x 10 inches when trimmed, which will fit nicely in a variety of frames or you can even mat it! The possibilities are endless.

Available in the Pink Toe Press Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/216788011/2015-new-years-resolution-printable
Hung in a vintage white and cream frame.

Best of luck with your New Year’s Resolutions. I wish you many happy returns in this new year!

-P

DIY, Halloween, New Artwork

Tiny Hylian Shield Tutorial Part 3

If you need a to-scale example of the size of the shield I showed you how to make, here you go!

This shield is just the right size for my cat, Ferdinand. He is ready to go in to battle with the most ferocious of foes! Watch out!

Tiny Hylian Shield Tutorial  CATHi-yah!

DIY, Halloween, New Artwork

Tiny Hylian Shield Tutorial Part TWO: Steps 6 through 10

Yesterday I started showing you how to make your own tiny Hylian Shield from the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. Today I am back to finish up the tutorial.

Step 6: Detailing What would the Hylian Shield be without its fine detailing? A Deku Shield? There are a lot of options for adding details to the center of your shield. With this smaller shield, I chose to use a combination of materials. For the Triforce, I used some thin cardboard. For the bird motif, I used my hot glue gun to paint the design. If you are not very good at freehand-drawing, I would suggest cutting out the design from your template. This was a little tricky, but I am pleased with the results. I may try something different on the larger shield, though.

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The glue gun added a nice texture, but was difficult to control.

Step 7: Prime This is especially important if working with cardbard. The dark surface will be difficult to paint if you do not prime it.

Tiny Hylian Shield Tutorial 9The front after one coat of primer.

Be sure to get the front and the back. Let it dry completely between coats if a second coat is necessary.

Tiny Hylian Shield Tutorial 10The back of the shield after one coat of primer.

Step 8: Spray Paint Now it’s time for the fun part. Once you’ve let your coat of primer dry completely, you can add a coat of your Hammered Spray Paint. This paint is textured and does a great job of covering most surfaces evenly. I did not have any problems with my shield, but you may need to touch-up or add a second coat of paint. Be patient and let each coat dry before applying the next one.

Also, if you did cover the outside of the shield with masking tape, bear in mind that the paint will remain tacky there for a little while longer than it does on the cardboard. Be mindful of this when setting the shield down on surfaces while it dries.

Paint both sides of the shield.

Tiny Hylian Shield Tutorial 12Shield front after one coat of Hammered Silver paint.

Step 9: Paint and Detail. Once your silver paint has dried, it is time to add detail to the shield. I used a variety of small brushes and my acrylic paints to add the color to the front of the shield. I did the blue base first and then painted the red bird and Triforce, leaving the silver parts

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Carefully adding blue paint.

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Don’t forget to paint the back!

You may need to add several coats of paint. Depending on the type of paint you are using, you may also want to cover the shield in a clear gloss coat. As all of my paints were glossy, I did not do that for my shield. Once the paint has dried on the front and the back, it is time to add some hardware. On this small shield, I added a little loop to be used to hang or secure the shield. On a standard-size shield, it is even more important to add the correct hardware. This small loop will do for now, but if you make a larger shield in the future, be sure to make the straps and handle more secure.

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Brads have proven to be very useful for this project.

Step 10: Sit back and admire your handy-work. Even if you have never touched a tool in your life, this project can be easy enough for any skill level. While this shield may not be big enough to defend yourself from even the smallest of Deku Shrubs, it is cool enough to display in your home or office. Many materials are ones that you may have on-hand.

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With the leather loop on the back, you can easily hang this small shield somewhere where it can be seen!

I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you have any questions regarding the instructions or photographs please let me know. Share your finished projects too!!!

Want to see STEPS 1 – 5? Click here!

DIY, Halloween, New Artwork

Here is one more hint

Now, I suppose I should give you one more hint. I posted some of the supplies that I will be using for a project earlier today, but let’s give you all one more hint:shield pieces

These three pieces are cut from cardboard.

Here is a photograph of the DIY project I am working on in one of its earliest stages. Does this help? Keep the guesses coming! I will be sure to let you know what I am working on in the next couple days. I will be posting lots of step-by-step photographs and instructions so that you can follow along at home!

Artwork, buttons, New Artwork

For the Love of Buttons

You all know by now that I love pin-back buttons, right? I’ve been designing a zillion more 1-inch pin-back buttons for sale online in my Etsy Shop and for retailers that carry my Pink Toe Press items. I’ve been making most designs available as individual buttons and in fun designer packs. The packs are the best way to go because they group like buttons together. There are a bunch of new button packs available in my Etsy Shop! Check them out!

New Button Assortment
Assorted 1-inch pin-back buttons. Great new designs!!!

New Button Assortment
A close-up of the buttons. Ain’t nothin’ better than new buttons!

Stay tuned for more info on button packs and some NEW TOTE BAGS that I now have available!!! I can’t wait to start putting buttons on jackets, tote bags, etc. Now available in my Etsy Shop!

Graphic Design, New Artwork

New Graphic Design Project

I am someone who always seems to be creating and working on one project or another; I always try to keep busy and improve upon my skills. I thought it would be fun to challenge myself and try to design something new. I’ve been working on new greeting card and print ideas lately, but I thought it would be nice to get a change of pace. As I have moved recently, I thought it was time for me to update my resume in a creative way.  I had two conditions to meet as part of my challenge:

1: To showcase my design skills along with my employment history in one document? I already have a “standard” resume with all the information needed, How hard could it be?

2: Could I create this project using more than one software, perhaps one that I feel I should use more frequently?

The results:

Designed Resume
This is what I came up with: an cool updated resume! 

I created this project using Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator. The assorted clip art is sourced from vintage royalty-free printed materials. I’ve blurred out some personal information, but you can see that (even without that information) the piece is clear, concise, and informative. I job well done, if I do say so myself!