Focus: Figure Effects


Today we are focusing on Figure Effects

Design Inspiration: Stick figures are great for telling stories. Back in 2012 I used this concept for designing a Birthday card.

Ever since then, I knew that if I ever designed stamps, I would design a set with stick figures. Their various postures can covey so much!

Name Origin: Just as "sound effects" gives life to a scene, "figure effects" gives action to a message. :)

Creative Ideas:

The stick figures in this set are great for creating a scene. Here I masked part of the card base at an angle, then sponged so me green ink onto the unmasked area. Next I stamped the image, the sentiment and the hearts. I popped one heart on foam tape to give tiny bit of dimension to this card.

Here I created another scene using the two standing stick figures in action. First I stamped the branch of leaves from the Hennah Elements set using two shades of green. To create the grassy ground, I sponge on some ink using a sponge dauber. After stamping the stick figures in Black, I added some shadow lines using a green marker. The sentiment is embossed in white on a Terracota colored card stock.

On this card, I first stamped the flowers from the Painted Flowers set to create the impression of a Rose Garden foreground. I preferred to leave the scene incomplete by letting the Stick figures float in mid-air.

As you have seen so far, this set works well integrated with others. On this card, I used four shapes from the Simple shapes set to create the block for our stick people to rest upon. I did try several combination of colors before I was satisfied with the final result.

Jen created this gorgeously breathtaking scene with the aid of patterned papers. She stamped the stick people on a die cut circle, and layered some flowers behind it cut from patterned paper. She grounded the scene with a gradient patterned paper sentiment strip. The contrast between the bold zigzag pattern and the soft flowers directs the eyes right to our little scene, perfectly designed and executed!

I hope you found some inspiration here today! I can't wait to see what you make your set! Don't forget to add your projects to our flickr gallery.

Comment on this post (15 comments)

  • Broly says...

    lkthieat1202Possible insight or at least a new pecsterpive:So much of what was promiscuous to me I had to re-evaluate once moving from the U.S.ofA. to Europe.As I read this blog entry I was reminded of how views of sexuality and promiscuity are so subjective. So much of what I grew up thinking was slutty dirty etc is now what I think of as a Friday night out. What I love about your blog is how you raise the important question:Does the lack of equality the gay community faces have an impact on how the community behaves and views itself?I had not that of that before but now I’m obsessed with the idea. Would gay men be less promiscuous if they did have an end game? It would be interesting to know. I lean towards yes. I was raised to believe in marriage and have always thought about finding that one person. Even though in my home country it’s not legal, it’s always been a plan of mine. I do wholeheartedly believe this hope or dream effects how sexually active I am. I tend to move slower then a lot of my friends because I’m usually waiting to see if something long term is possible with the person. Another reason gay men may seem sex obsessed is because what else are we to talk and obsess about? That’s meant to be sarcastic btw. My point being, straight people have t.v. shows and movies displaying for them all the many possibilities life have. They have parents to look up to, they have sex education in school. Gays have porn. The world defines our lives as being sexual. The world doesn’t tell us we can be a mystery writer solving crimes ( ABC’s t.v. show Castle), it doesn’t tell us our plane might crash on a island (LOST), it doesn’t even tell us we can have coffee with our neighbors who happen to be our best friends (Friends). What it does tell us is we like to get naked and f**k each other up the ass.If that’s all you know, that’s all you’re going to talk about. That’s a sad reality we are faced with.I hate to be a person who only points out what’s wrong. So allow me to also throw out into the world and specifically the gay community some advice. Don’t wait for the world. The gay community has to take it upon themselves to make changes. The world is not going to educate a 15 year old gay boy about safe anal sex, so gay community make some safe sex websites targeted to gay men. Gay community, since the world is reluctant to tell your stories, tell them yourselves. Show the world that gay men are doctors, lawyers, students struggling to pay off loans, soldiers, etc If the gay community can’t change the world maybe it can at least look inside itself and make some changes for the better. And who knows, maybe the world will follow that example.Remember when African Americans were fighting for civil rights, they didn’t march down southern streets with fried chicken blasting soul music. The men marched in suits and ties and the woman in dresses. They gave the world no choice but to view them as equals. Different but equal. If they could changes things then the gay community can change things now.

    March 13, 2015

  • Mary-Anne V. says...

    such cute ways to create scenes!

    May 20, 2014

  • Marianne says...

    This set did not really speak to me since I had no idea how to incorporate the stick figures into my card making, but you did a great job showing us how it can be done. Also love how you’ve combined the set with some of the other sets, although I have to admit the first card is my favourite.

    May 20, 2014

  • Cornelia (fun stamping) says...

    Those are just so cute and whimsical!

    May 19, 2014

  • janet says...

    Yay!! I was waiting for this particular “focus” (which is a fabulous feature btw). Brilliant cards, they have definitely jump started my attempt at making something with this delightful set :)

    May 19, 2014

  • Cris G. says...

    This set is so cute. It reminds me of Peter Gabriel’s Book of Love :)… I can hear the song when I see stick people, its a kind of a behaviorist thing :). I think it is just perfect to “send” messages in gifts, for instance, even along with other stamps. Love the cards too.

    May 19, 2014

  • Sarah G says...

    Such a cool set – love the way you have combined it with other sets to make lovely scenes!

    May 19, 2014

  • donna mikasa says...

    so charming!

    May 19, 2014

  • Celeste Goff says...

    Omg…This stamp set is so whimsical and fun!

    May 19, 2014

  • Amante del Papel says...

    This stamps are really funny!

    May 19, 2014

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