I started doing LTCs & Artist Trading Cards in August of 2008.

I hand carve rubber stamps and some of my cards will use images from those. I am a beginner in watercolor arts and some other media. All of my cards are handmade. They are not "prints".
My original watercolors are here at Art In Hand.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mistah Grave Diggah!

This is one of my favorite layered images :)
Mistah Grave Diggah is also planted in Asheville, NC as a traditional letterbox image. Yes...I guess showing this LTC is a spoiler for the box's image but the location is awesome and you get to stamp the layered image yourself. So even though you have seen this... still go find the box :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Poor, poor Charlie Brown!
Anyone who has ever pitched for any length of time...
probably has felt just like this at some point.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Hunka Burnin' Love

Hunka Burnin' Love is a MINI sized LTC.
It's a 2 layered hardcarved stamp image. I did this image in different colors...the shimmery reds worked best but i also have this in a cool green. :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Love Me Tender

I created 3 different Elvis stamps & images within a couple of days of each other. This one is not part of the Elvis swap....
but this one is a 2 layer handcarved stamp depicting Elvis...
during his 1968 Comeback Show singing Love Me Tender

Monday, November 30, 2009

7 Deadly Sins: LUST

This card is so much better in person... as always...
but that is an understatement this time.
This is handpainted, pearlized and glazed... all over a hand carved stamp image. Layers of paper & glaze makes this card this card thick & unique on both sides.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little Nothing Woman (art of Arthur Rackham)

There was an old woman called Nothing -At-All,
who rejoiced in a dwelling exceedingly small:
a man stretched his mouth to the fullest extent,
down at one gulp house and old woman went.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cold Mountain (Duo Card set)

This is a set of two cards that when placed side by side creates one larger image as seen below. The image is from a three layer hand carved stamp that was 2.5' x 7'. It is based on the movie Cold Mountain. The real Cold Mountain and the true story that inspired it is local here to my NC mountains.

Friday, September 18, 2009

And so Day Watches Over the Night

Shimmer & Shine: and so Day Watches Over the Night
September 2009

This card is hand painted. The card itself is made up of layers so to create a stiff, rigid card. All of the black areas of this card is the handcarved stamped image. It appears differently in person. The image was heat embossed with a sparkling embossing pwder. The sparkles in this card doesn't show in the scanned image. The colors of the moon and the sun also has a shimmering pearlescent effect.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Colors of an American Veteran

Zeb Thomas Brendle
The Colors of an American Veteran
Zeb Brendle was born and raised in the Alarka Mountains of western NC. He was the son of Thomas & Betty Brendle. Husband to Viola Bridges. He was stationed in Normandy in WWII. He was a logger, fisherman and beloved man of the Appalachias. He was my grandpa!

This image is from a 2 layer hand carved stamp.
The image was then shaded and colored for a limited edition.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Exotica has pearlescent shimmers & color changing effects that you can't see in this image. The blue and pinks change color and shine when you angle the card differently and light plays with the colors. The darkest color at the bottom looks purplish pink at one angle and blue another. There are some touches of green and gold shimmer also. This card was a first of the sort that I have done... It was FUN!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A crapper by any other name....

This time I chose to do something different.
This stamp is by Mama Fox (my buddy...my pal). She allowed me to make LTCs with the understanding that of course that....no matter how I decided to decorate the outhouse on the cards....she gets one of them. LOL
Well... I decided to do each one of them different. They are each painted and/or drawn on differently to give it a unique setting. One has a cornfield in the background... one a moonshine still.... mostly mountains and hills and trees.... but then I just knew I had to do something special for Mama Fox.... and then at about 2am.... I got it.... a FOX. Well, duh! Right? LOL So although each card is different here is "The Fox and the One Holer"

Sorrow (a collaboration)

This stamp was carved and donated by Sahalie.
The original image and artwork was by Vincent Van Gogh.

I absolutely fell IN LOVE with this stamp image. I am so grateful that she allowed me to have this stamp to make LTCs and to plant here in the mountains of NC. This card is done with blended colored pencils. I also have plans to do a watercolored Sorrow card in a completely different color scheme. I told ya i LOVE this image. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ancestry: Cohorts (5 layers)

This image is of my maternal grandpa William Jessero Ramsey or simply "Jess" and his cohort.
The image is 5 layers of hand carved stamps. Each color represents a different layer or stamp. The whitish streaks you see on or over the image is a reflection from the scanner lights reflecting on the glossy artist medium brushed over the entire image. I used the medium to leave deliberate brush marks and texture over the stamped image. Go to the listing at AQ to read a little about Jess the moonshiner...the man I will never stop missing... and my memories of him.