A Digital Valentine for Tom

Among the blogs that I follow, one of them,  Tom, of Beyond the Sphere, talks of Valentines day as Vampyres Day.  He doesn’t really like Valentines Day – as you might have guessed from the title he gives the day.

He recently said on his blog (and I quote):

The reason why I do these posts each year, every year, year after year, is because, well, to be honest, I prefer Hallowe’en to Valentine’s. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s. Never liked it in fact. Not because (sob) I’ve never been anyone’s Valentine, or (sniffle) nobody has ever been my Valentine, or (Bwaaaahoo boohoohoooooo boohoooooo) I’m a permanent singleton or anything (pull yourself together!), I just think it is a pointless celebration when everyday should be celebrated that way.

I commented on his post, saying:

“I’ll make you a Valentine Card, Tom… and it will be from all the girls who love you. Watch out for it appearing. 😊
Cobs. 🙂 “

So here I am with a Valentines card for Tom … from all the girls in Blogland.  Only … it’s a card with a difference.  I know that everyone is used to me actually making cards out of papers and pretties, flowers, die cuts and ribbons – among other things.  But I have been known to play with digital manipulations.  In fact some of my on-line friends only know me for making digital manipulations and don’t even know that I make actual cards!

Although Tom can actually paint pictures and create  – he’s someone who loves to make digital art – so I thought I would honour his craft and make him a digital Valentines card – which you see at the head of this post.

But I’m aware that not everyone knows what digital art is, or how to go about playing around with things on the computer, so I thought I’d combine the card, with a little bit of show and tell so that you could see how I got to the end result.

It all began with this heart which I found on the internet…

Basic Heart 1

Firstly I darkened the line of the heart  . . .

Heart line darkend

Then I coloured the heart . . .

Heart Coloured 3

I tipped the heart upside down . . .

Heart Turned upside down

…  can you see it beginning to ‘work’ now?

Next I needed to cut off the tip . . .

Heart with tip removed 4

Then I did a little bit of ‘liquifying’ . . .  ‘liquifying’ – or rather ‘Liquify’ is a bit of magic inbuilt into Photoshop.  It helps you to manipulate things in a way that helps you to achieve what you have in mind.  In my case, it was making a heart look like a bottom, with hips and  a missing torso.   Using the ‘Liquify’ helped me to push the upside down heart (with the tip cut off), in at the waist and bring the one side of the heart down a little so it would look like it was about to turn into a leg.

(I have a very ooold copy of Photoshop – but you don’t need this nowadays.  Computers will normally come with a programme that allows you to do some magic on photographs – and that’s all you need to do a little digital artwork yourself!)

 

From there it gets a little more involved  … you have to add all the shading, and the highlights from wherever the [imagined] light-source is coming from and then making the lines of the whole thing far smoother and flowing.  Finally …  I added the swimsuit bottoms – which I just ‘drew’ on and added the bows on the side for decoration, and then gave the bottoms some polka dots.  (Well I had to – in honour of the famous song – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – it would have been rude not to!)

Finished Valentine for Tom

And that’s all there is to it.  🙂

BUT …  now I have a huuuuge favour to ask …  I wonder if you would make Tom blush from his toes to the tips of his hair by popping over to his blog (click here: Beyond the Sphere – it will open in a new tab for you) and leaving him a Valentine message – something like:

Cobs sent me.  Happy Valentines Day Tom!  😀

. . . you could even simply copy that and then paste it into the comment section of his latest post on his blog – just to spread a little joy around on Valentines Day.

It won’t cost even a penny and it will make someone smile really broadly.   Imagine that I’d done this for you.  You’d be now smiling from ear to ear!   Now I ask you … is that a great thing or is that a great thing?

In anticipation I thank you, sincerely, for sharing our love of fun here, with Tom, there on his blog.

All that’s left for me now is to wish you a Happy Valentines Day.  May love touch your life today in ways that perhaps you didn’t expect.  Be it from me, from your loved one, or even from a dog or cat or … well whatever or whoever you choose.

Much love from me, to you,  ❤  and a bucket of squidges too!  

Sig coffee copy

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53 thoughts on “A Digital Valentine for Tom

  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh A Game.. How exciting!!!.. I most definitely will do it!! haha. I LOVE your card btw!!! You always amaze me with your creativeness. I am in Aweeeeee =) I was smiling like mad reading this post … and feeling quite mischevious!!!! =) TY my dear friend for this fun filled valentines card!! xoxoxoxoxo and Happy Valentines not only to TOM but you as well =) ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Hello Tam! 😊
      Ohhhh I’m just thrilled to bits that you’re going to join in the spreading of the joy and love, by visiting Toms blog and leaving him a Valentines comment.

      It does feel kind of mischievous doesn’t it. But lots of ticklish fun. LOL.

      I’m so tickled pink by your comment and willingness to join in the fun, that I’m practically glowing with fun!

      Thank you for coming Tam, and for the fabulous comment.
      Happy Valentines day to you, my lovely friend
      heaps of love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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    1. Hello Chicken!
      Aww, thank you, thank you, thank you.
      I wasn’t sure if anyone would join in the love of fun, and the joy of making someone else smile via a comment on a blog that they hadn’t visited before – so I thought it might be a ‘big ask’ – but I hoped. And you’re here telling me that you’re going to pop over and leave him a message wishing him a wonderful valentines day. Ohhh .. I’m practically skipping with joy!

      Sending you Valentines wishes, and lots of love – and a bucket of squidges of course – Cobs. xxx ❤

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    1. Hello lovely Ruthie!
      Aww… Happy Valentines Day to you too, my wonderful blogging friend!
      I’m all giggly, like a school girl, that you’re joining in the fun and spreading the joy. Thank you.
      Have a beautiful day, Ruthie.
      Love ❤ ❤ ❤ and many squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Hello Pendantry – lovely to ‘meet’ you. 🙂
      Tickled pink that you like the ‘card’, and that you enjoyed the mini explanation about how I made the ‘body part’. lol

      Thank you so much for coming, and for taking the time to leave a message.
      Have a blessed rest of your day, and a very happy Valentines Day ❤ ~ Cobs.

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    1. ❤ Happy Valentines Day to you too Salpal. ❤
      Aw thrilled to bits that you've left him a Valentine greeting.
      A bit of harmless fun to make someone else smile is so good for the soul. I join in anything like that. It has an all round feel good factor. So tickled and thankful that you joined in.
      Sending BIG hugs for Valentines day ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. LOL… I’m just hoping that they give him a bit of a smile for Valentines Day Bev. (because that ‘Vampyre’ stuff is bone chilling! Eeeek! lol)

      Aw, just spreading the joy about … it does the soul good to make someone else smile, and everyone who joins in will find their own ticklish fun happen when they do it.

      Sending you oooodles of love and some squishy stuff too ~ Cobs xxx ❤

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  2. Aw, Cobs… I love it!
    All this attention has made me blush – I’m way too shy you see. And me, that colour, with my hair – well, you can imagine!
    And now I’m flushed as well, trying to reply to all of the comments, which have been dotted about all over my blog, and get here to see your wonderful post before the stroke of midnight. I loved all of the comments from fine folk who I’ve seen ‘in passing’. Just fabulous!
    I really love that you’ve made a digital card, with a little hint of Summer to boot – which is always fab. And you made it look so easy.
    Would you mind if I re-blogged this on my site? I hope not (mind, I mean!), as I would love to share what you have done here.
    You may have slightly veered me in the direction of liking Valentine’s Day – just for the fun side, mind! – but I’m really too dark and dusty to allow it to replace Vampyre’s Day for the time being.
    Hope you’ve had and are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day… and thank you and your friends once again for taking the time to do this. I really do appreciate it.
    Squidges to all! 😀

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    1. Firstly …. of course you can re-blog, Tom. 🙂
      ok… on to the fun stuff…

      Aww, I’m over-joyed that you like the card and even more happy (if that were possible) that you received some lovely Valentine messages from my fellow blogging gal pals. I can promise you that every single one of them is a fine, upstanding woman of fun and they all find joy in spreading smiles around dark corners of the interwebby.

      I’m so chuffed that you’ve had a lovely time reading and replying to the messages … even if it did make you miss tonights Mock the Week! LOL.

      I had a fabulous Valentines Day. I sent a digital valentines card to a chap I’ve never met, from some wonderful gals that I love to pieces. I padded about in my jammies all morning and … best bit of all …. I didn’t fall over! Not even once!

      That makes FOUR DAYS IN A ROW that I haven’t ended up on the floor, and because of that I haven’t added anything to the already bruised knees and bruised arm which looks flipping awful … and bruised toes too!

      I wish I could blame it on the demon drink – sadly it was the demon known as The Throw – on the end of the bed. I walked around the bed and The Demon Throw grabbed hold of my right foot and threw me to the floor – meaning that I banged my arm on the dressing table, and landed hard on my knees, bent my toes back, and hurt my spine (more than it’s already damaged. grrrr). tsk tsk.

      Gotta watch out for those pesky throws. They’re out to getcha!

      I hope that this Valentines day has given you a few reasons to smile.
      You aren’t as dark and dusty as you’d like to think you are. You’re just really guarded – and you have your reasons for that, and I totally get it.
      Hence the reason that I wanted to do something to give you that ticklish feeling and make you laugh – even if it was just internal laughing.

      You can run, but you can’t hide from me and ma crew! We were on a mission and we got our man!

      Sending warm, friendly, Valentine wishes, from me…. and all my gal pals.
      ~ Cobs. xxx 🙂

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  3. Thank you, thank you, once again, Cobs. There. It’s re-blogged. I can’t say it’s formatted very well… but it’s been a while since I’ve reblogged anything and I wasn’t sure exactly what was going to happen!

    But ouch! That Demon Throw needs sending to bed without any supper! I know a few vampires I can send round if you’d like, Cobs… they’ll sort it out good and proper!

    Speaking of throws… I’m about to get myself wrapped up in mine and enjoy a midnight feast. I, as yet, haven’t been attacked by mine, but there’s time.

    And yes. I’ve had many a smile this evening. I normally do have lots of smiles, but the ones this evening have been just a little more special.

    It’s been fun.

    Thank you, thank you one more time, Cobs!

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    1. aw Tom, you are more than welcome. As a friend, it’s my job to make friends laugh, smile, giggle, guffaw and blush. It’s also my job to give you an alibi if ever you shoot someone – but we won’t talk about that incident. At least, not in public. [lol],

      As for the formatting …. if you want to go in there and change the colours so that they’re suited to your blog, please feel free. I’m not precious about these things. 😉
      Squidges ~ C. x

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    1. Aw, a bit battered and bruised, but I’ll live, Bev. 😉
      I’m very much aware of making sure that I move any part of the throw which might be dangling on the floor, well out of the way so that it doesn’t happen again.
      I’ll admit that it really frightened me though!
      love you Bev. Cobs. xxx

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                  1. I got distracted by said little one or I would have added more. Yup, think I would need a considerably bigger bikini although I can’t think why (she says whilst planning on eating cheese and chocolate at some point in the next half hour!) Hxx

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  4. Awesome ~ I’ve only just got round to reading this post ~ trust me to be tooooo late to the party
    PS Hope you are getting the better of that throw ~ nasty piece of work that it is attacking you like that LOL

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    1. Aw …that throw!! – nasty little bu&&er. grrrr!
      Furniture has been moved around (Mr.Cobs didn’t feel he could take the strain of another fall – and we’re both convinced that the dressing table is haunted and wants to kill me. Twice I’ve come into contact with it and it causes me such amazing bruises! Third time might be the charm – so Mr.Cobs said he was taking no chances – he moved the dressing table to a different place!)

      Glad you found this post. I felt it might appeal to you and possibly make you smile (and join in). I’m so happy you got here in the end.

      Love you oodles, my fabulous playmate ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. For me it was the coffee table that was out to finish me off … every darn day it would lurch & try to sever my legs ~ it has been removed to Beloveds study where it now behaves impeccably and I have to just face the fact the coffee table hated me … a hard truth to handle LOL

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        1. Coo, that coffee table sounds like a right old beach! Watch her … she’s after putting her feet under the table and making off with your man! I do believe that she was making an attempt at doing away with you!!!

          Just you be careful when you go into Beloveds study. She may try to trip you up! Wicked old lump of wood that she is!! Grrr.

          Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  5. Love did touch my heart today along with a laugh and a glowing appreciation of your skill and your special touch at making g just the right card for others. This one for Tom is so perfect! You have an original, creative, thoughtful way of designing perfect cards for individuals. No running to the Hallmark store for you, sweet and funny lady.

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    1. Ohhh, Aunt Beulah, what an incredible comment. Thank you, for your kind and generous words. I am humbled.
      May God bless you, for being exactly who you are, because I love who you are.

      I cannot thank you enough Aunt Beulah. Bless you. You have filled my heart, and made my soul sing.
      Sending you my love ~ Cobs. xxx

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