Monday, June 29, 2015

Free Frames: Steampunk or Regular

Free Diamond Encrusted Frames

Which do you prefer here, our Steampunk version, or the Diamond Frame on its own? 

I've said it before, that we here at PPS™ really enjoy pleasing our guests. We've had some of this stuff hanging around the Studio for quite some time, and only just now are getting around to bringing it out for you. Our cache of goodies isn't vast, yet it can be fun to search the Studio's archives for new free gifts for the public.

The base for this is an 18th century miniature portrait frame. We added a few touches here and there, and removed the king's portrait from it. In the upper righthand corner of our Steampunk version, you may see a gauge from Dezinaworld's June (see her button for Dezinaworld 15 to the left of this post--it is a truly fun place to find wonderful image sets). We here have been big fans of June's for years.

The lower left corner has the face of an antique stopwatch (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain and fixed to fit), while above that we have our own watch face from Plush Possum stock. 

Lower right is another form of face, one familiar to anyone into dirigibles, or airships. Whoever tells me first who he was will win a handshake from yours truly and top honors from this Possum affiliate.

The original antique frame is all hand tooled leather, and exquisitely made, with diamonds everywhere. It already had too much decoration as it was, and so of course, one step further became even more fun. We offer it here 3 ways, one in ATC size and in PNG as well as JPG formats (ATC size in PNG format only--sorry--yet these should print for you just fine).

The center portion is an irregular shape, and far from perfectly symmetrical. Other flaws are in the way in which a few of its diamonds are now no longer as intended. It's semi irregular in shape, obviously, and even a little bit crooked. All the same, it's a fascinating slice of the past, and I love it. 

For those of you with no interest in Steampunk, included here is the frame without any gadgets.

We hope you'll enjoy these frames in either style with your
Happy Creativity!

Diamond Studded Frame (Steampunked)
Download HERE

Digi PNG Version  HERE

Diamond Encrusted Leather Frame
Download HERE

Digi PNG Version HERE

ATC Size
Download PNG HERE

You are free to:
Use our frames in artwork for fun or profit.
You are not free to:
repackage them for sale in any way.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Free Bookplate Set

Books for Children!

We love books here at the Studio. It is sad to think that many books have disappeared from library shelves due to modern technology. The rustle of pages in a quiet library once allowed our minds to hush and study calmly. Nowadays, some libraries can be pretty loud places. Once upon a time, our libraries were a refuge from the noisiness of the world.

A book can expand minds. We may touch it, turn a page or two, and find our minds in far off places. The smell of the binding, the feel of paper, cloth, leather, and book board have all contributed to many people's new or expanded ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Electronic books may remove the viewer from this physical presence of BOOK as object. We here at Plush Possum think some books may have been destroyed unnecessarily in favor of electronic means, and are in favor of real books. After all, we do not have to electrify a book in order to make it either readable or interesting.

Summers found us Possums often in our public or household libraries. I myself have read literally hundreds of books over the years, some of which I can recall fondly, just as one would old friends. To sit quietly, observing someone else's ideas under a shady tree or in some secluded corner can be a wonderful thing to do.

In honor of our love of books, we've refashioned a 1902 illustration into a bookplate, specifically for children, although anyone may use it for their own books, etc.

We've cleaned it up somewhat and changed it, hopefully making its color work well for any modern printer. The borders of this 8.5 inch by 11 inch sheet are .5 inches in size. Each bookplate should fit the average sized book, although we imagine that they may be reduced in size at any copy center or by using one's own home computer.

So let's hear it for the good old fashioned summer read, and books for everyone!

And let's hear it for the giving of real books to children!

Children's Bookplate Set
Download HERE

You are free to:
use this bookplate design as intended or in your artwork, for either fun or profit.
You are not free to:
repackage it in any way for sale.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Free Decorative Frames

Plush Page Frames for SOC5!

Sorry to be so late to the party, but at last we have an entry for the SOC5 challenge for the week!

That challenge? Two Purples, One Yellow.

I LOVE purple, as anybody who knows me can tell you, so this was an extra fun challenge, even though there wasn't much time for it this week.

We went over the top this time by using more than was suggested, and hope that Kristin will not mind (are you kidding?--we know that this wouldn't bother any true lover of color!). We've taken her wonderful idea for us to use two purples and then made use of a few more as well. This was really fun! As for the yellow part of the prompt, we decided to play upon that theme by using a goldenrod color for the one frame and metallic yellowy gold for the two others that are not all purple in tone.

The basic "fabric" of the frames is all from scanned imagery by our Studio, being old fashioned end paper from an antique book. We've changed it and used some software which allows us to make frames, and then added a few touches to these frames to keep it a little more interesting for you.

I suppose, by choosing to go beyond the bounds of the rules, that we have cheated just a wee bit. You could call it "Several purples, two yellows" instead, if you care to.

We hope our guests will enjoy this little offering of purple and gold in good health along with their 
Happy Creativity!

Two Purples One Yellow Frame Set

Download HERE

You are free to:
use these frames in artwork for fun or for profit.
You are not free to:
repackage them in any way for sale.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Free Swimming Graphic

Let's go swimming today!

Here is an old swimming graphic from 1890's France. It's been altered somewhat in order to make it hopefully a little more usable than before. The original was a bit messy, and so needed cleaning up and freshening.

It may well be that this was considered a slightly bawdy cartoon in its day, but we will never know, as jokes do change through time.

I love to look at all of the fashions that they wore! But would we be comfortable wearing such outfits today? Believe it or not, they were mostly made of knitted worsted wool. That must have been an itchy and very warm experience indeed. I actually was once able to closely observe a man's swimming suit from the very early 1900's and, while it had been cleverly constructed, it looked very uncomfortable to my modern eyes. But then, most modern day clothing frees our bodies and most nineteenth century clothing was extremely confining.

I think that today we'd all much prefer our modern cottons with stretchy spandex or latex to those old "bathing costumes," don't you?

But no matter. Let's all enjoy today's swimming lesson with our
Happy Creativity!

1890's French Swimming Graphic
Download HERE

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flag Frame

For Independence Day

They say that it's a "grand old flag," and this new version offers a frame with it. 

We've tried to match the blue of the frame portion to the blue portion of the flag, and we do hope that this has worked out well for our guests. The image itself is small, being only 4.75 inches by 3.25 inches in size. It is hoped that it will be useful regardless of the smallness.

Happy Independence Day creativity!

Independence Day Flag
Download HERE

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let's Play Ball !

Women's Pro Baseball Blog Button

Recently, here at the Studio, a button was offered which reads, "Art is a manly sport." (which see in our left hand column)

The fact that it is, of course, is obvious to anybody with sense, as both women and men do enjoy getting creative with color or objects, etc.

Women, likewise, can enjoy playing or watching sports, just like men. To even the odds, or bring things into balance again, the new button is all about women playing pro sports.

In this country, from 1943 to 1954, a few rare women played a form of supported major league baseball that has yet to be repeated. For more information on the subject, you can go HERE and HERE. (I like the second link the best) Though they got called girls, and even were sometimes jeered at from the stands for not being male players, they were women playing hard and fast ballgames.

In honor of the feminine sport enthusiasts among us, the Studio is now prepared to offer you a new button. It is a sort of answer to the prior button about art being manly as well as being feminine.

The photo being used in the button, offered below, is of pro player, Dorothy "Dottie" Schroeder. You can find out more about her HERE, and a little bit in the video above.

Attribution for the Public Domain photo may be found beneath her photo HERE. According to her bio, she played for the full 12 seasons--and was singular in having done so.

So, let's do what Dottie was saying in her photograph and "Play Ball!" with our
Happy Creativity!

Dorothy "Dottie" Schroeder Baseball Blog Button
(It is best to use the "shrink to fit" portion of your blog button gadget window for this 96px PNG)

Download HERE

(below is our display copy)

You are free to:
use this button at your blog for the fun of it, or to celebrate the womanly art of sports.
You are not free to:
repackage it in any way, for sale or for your own offering elsewhere.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fan Card--Summer of Color 5: 2 Pinks 1 Orange

Pink and Orange Fan Invitation Card

Printables can really make playtime and party times more fun. We've created fans here before in different color ways, one of them in the Steampunk theme. 

This time around, we've used the SOC5 prompt of 2 Pinks 1 Orange. We do hope you'll really have fun and play around with adding details of your own by using rubber stamp letters, Glimmer Mist, glitter, gel pens, etc.

So cool off with our cute summer fans during this Summer of Color number 5!

Happy Creativity!

Display Copy
Summer of Color Party Fan

Download the Printable Set HERE

Digital Brushes by:
tiffcali06 and gvalkyrie over at
also at Brusheezy, Diana (Decorative Frames).
Everything else, Plush Possum Studio's creativity.

You are free to:
make art or fun with this fan, for  fun or profit.
You are not free to:
repackage it in any way for sale.
Please respect our gift for the public's use.
Thank you.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Summer of Color 5: Free ATC Backgrounds!

Two Blues, One Green

Having never tried the SOC challenge before, this began on a whim, but now is even more fun than previously expected. I mean, you simply can't go wrong when you are playing with color, can you?

This post is strictly digital, which still would qualify over at the SOC5 Challenge, where the ideas and the options are simply endless for fun! We thank Kristin for the fun opportunity to create using her Summer of Color 5 color prompts this time around!

ATC Backgrounds: 2 Blues + 1 Green

Download HERE

Resources used:
Brushes from Obsidian Dawn 
Brusheezy (could not credit the maker as they no longer were listed there)

You are free to:
use the above images in your artwork for fun.
ATCs were never meant to be sold, but only traded.
Please do not sell this set, or any part of it.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Thank you.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Victoria's Evening Wrap

Victoria Goes to the Theatre

During the Victorian era, ladies both young and beyond would seldom be without a wrap of some sort, whether for daytime use or evening wear.

For the opera and theatre (refined pastimes in Victoria's day), many ladies wore lovely outer garments just like this one.  Note the many frills and the embroidered details. It is difficult to imagine wearing something so ornate when nowadays we seldom bother over such fantastic attire.

This time, Victoria has gone to visit her Aunt Mathilda in London, where the two have spent an enjoyable evening among friends at a West End theatre production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. For this, our Victoria simply must wear her very best upon her arrival! Note her gloves and the pretty fan. Every detail mattered in Victoria's day and era!

For our previous post with the actual paper doll, you can go HERE.

From all of us here at PPS, Happy playtime creativity!

Display Model

Actual Outfit
Download HERE

Initial source: public domain (altered considerably by Plush Possum Studio).

You are free to:
use this in artwork (for fun or profit) or for playtime.
You are not free to:
repackage it in any way for sale.
Please respect our gift for the public's use.
Thank you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Free ATC Backgrounds!

Free ATC Backgrounds

We here at PPS love to have fun making digital art for others,  including ATC backgrounds.
Our theme for this 6 pack of ATC backgrounds is twofold: Victorian grunge and Steampunk.
We love both genres, and do hope that our guests will find plenty of uses for our designs.
Please be aware that we've used digital brushes by Obsidian Dawn in each design, along with imagery we've scanned ourselves as well as images from Wikimedia Commons and the New York Public Library. Therefore, we ask that you please won't use any of these for sale, as all of their copyrights would involve attribution (as do ours!) and without sale.
Thank you.
As an added note: our prior experience of ATCs in general had one rule beyond the actual size limitations of the genre: no selling of ATC art. Only trading was fostered between artists. That's what made it all so much fun!
Have fun using your 
Happy ATC Creativity!

Victorian Grunge/Steampunk ATC Backgrounds

Download HERE

Digital Brushes by
Also Hillams at Brusheezy (could no longer find link--sorry)
Images by Wikimedia Commons, New York Public Library, 
and Plush Possum Studio.
All digital artwork courtesy of Plush Possum Studio

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