Wicked!

Wicked!
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Last week I was blessed enough to see the Broadway musical Wicked for the first time… twice!  I’d wanted to see it since it debuted ages ago and I’m so happy I finally got to see it.  Wicked was EXCELLENT!!  The sets, wigs, costumes, songs, acting – it was all incredible.  I’m so happy I watched “The Wizard of Oz” (for the first time in probably 25 years) the night before seeing Wicked for the first time because it help set the stage for the musical.

My fiance bought front row center seats for his daughter, himself and me and then his daughter and I went again a few days later and also had incredible seats.  We only planned on going once, but Dale donated $20 to Broadway Cares and tossed his name in for the raffle for the grand prize. At the end of each run of a musical in a particular city, one solo winner’s name is pulled from a bucket. That winner gets to have a walk-on role on stage in Wicked!  Well, after Wednesday night’s show, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), drew my fiance’s name from the bucket and he won the grand prize!! He got to be on stage three times; Elphaba mentioned his name twice after the show and he got to take a bow with the cast!! His daughter and I got to watch from our seats and afterwards we were treated to a set tour; dressing room and costume & wig room tours; any questions we had about the production were answered by the friendly stage manager; we got to take some photos; and Elphaba (Mamie Parris) signed a glossy photo of herself for Dale’s daughter!! It was a very special evening – one that none of us will ever forget.

Dale Chumbley in Wicked Broadway Portland

Dale Backstage in "Wicked" Broadway Across America in Portland

To commemorate his very special Broadway debut, I made Dale a card that resembled the program and promotional poster for the musical.  I started with a white cardstock base and added a piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ black card stock to cover the front.  Then I created the illusion of Elphaba and Glinda by adding shapes from green, pink and white cardstock I cut by hand.  I used some pens and colored pencils to fill in the faces and add shading to Glinda’s hand and face, and it came together more quickly than I expected.  I was so excited to give him this card and he loved it!

My WICKED Card

My WICKED Card

 

My Wicked Card - card detail

My Wicked Card - showing the paper layers

Here’s a picture of Dale with Elphaba and Glinda (played by the hilarious & lovely Alli Mauzey) right after the show!  Sorry for the zombie eyes – the set was really dark back there.  That’s The Great Oz behind them.

Dale Chumbley with Elphaba and Glinda from Wicked Broadway Portland

Dale with Elphaba and Glinda from Wicked Broadway Portland

Comparison between my card and the Wicked program

Comparison between my card and the Wicked program

Thanks for reading my blog, and have a Wicked good day!

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. I love how clearly you described the sequence of events and how the excitement built up to the moment when Dale got to be in the show….love how creatively you created the WICKED cards!! Oh, Stephanie, you are so talented and you are such a lovely person.

    • Thank you so much, Ai Lin!! <3 Just looking at the simple program made up of shapes, my eye immediately saw it as something to create with paper rather than sketching. It was a fun and challenging card to make. 🙂 By the way, I miss you, my friend!

  2. A very exciting experience! Wow, you just watched Oz for the first time? You did have a fun week. Awesome card!

    • Hi Brenda! I fixed the wording in that sentence because I see how it looked like I said I saw that movie for the first time last week. 🙂 I grew up with the movie but hadn’t watched it in 25+ years, so I re-watched it so I could remember the story better before seeing Wicked for the first time. It was a wonderful week!

  3. So jealous! I’ve read the entire Wicked series and I’m still waiting for my opportunity to see the musical! Lovely card as well! Looks amazing and just like the program 🙂

  4. Stephanie, you are so talented and artistic! What a blessing you have 🙂 Good for you for taking the time to enjoy what you love. XOXO

  5. Stephanie, that Wicked card is gorgeous! I hope to surprise my best friend with tickets to Wicked in May and I was wondering if I could commission a Wicked card from you? It would be the most perfect thing to put the tickets in. Let me know!!! – Another Stephanie

    • I’m so flattered, Stephanie! This card took a lot of time to hand cut the template (which I threw away) and the shapes for the card. I’m leaning toward yes, but I’ll need to think about a price and I will send you an email this week. Thank you for your contacting me- it would be fun to make this for your friend’s surprise Wicked tickets. Did anyone ever tell you what a great friend you are? 🙂

      • Okay wonderful! Thank you for even considering it 🙂 Yeah Wicked is her favourite show and it means a lot to her so I’m hoping!! 🙂

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  7. Stephanie…I’m going mad trying to get hold of a birthday card for my daughter as we have seen wicked 10 times…do you take orders, I’m more than willing to pay you for it x

    • Hi Yvette! I’d love to make the card for you and your daughter, if you still need it. Sorry, but I was sick for the last two weeks and I couldn’t reply. I have made a replica of this card and I would be happy to give you a quote to make it. Would it be going to the UK from where I live in the USA? I will email you.

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