Monday, 31 December 2007

Z to A ATCs - updated 15-1-08

I have been taking part in an alphabet swap on Inkyfunstampers ATC yahoo group, where we began with Z and worked our way to A...

Here are all but one of the ATCs I made for the swap.

Z is for zebra - the plaque was air dry clay,
painted black then rubbed with silver ink

Y is for yellow - inks direct to paper, a yellow skeleton leaf,
and a splatter of yellow Opals embossing powder,
stamped into while warm.

X is for a kiss - stamped lightly
into clear shrink plastic while warm

W is for woven wood background - plaque is fun foam,
heated and stamped into whilst hot, then patinated
(see end of this blog entry for information on patination)

V is copper embossing powder on a selection of patinated cardstocks

U is for Unscanned... (oops) and Unable to remember

T is for time tag

S is for siblings

R is for red hot - background
made with alcohol inks on roof repair tape

Q is for quaint

P is for Paris

O is for ocean - embossing powder resist
coloured with colorwashes - shells made
from black hot glue in moulds,
coloured with rub'n'buff

N is for nib - stamped into black air dry clay,
rubbed with copper acrylic paint

M is for marcasite mirror man - made with Stewart Gill
marcasite embossing powder on mirror card
shame the scan doesn't show the shine or contrast

L is for lily - gold embossing powder on patinated cardstock

K is for knight - background is solar gold Radiant Rain
spray on black glossy - spray lots on and it beads up
and dries to create an interesting background!

J is for jigsaw - background is black gesso applied thickly
with a paintbrush, stamped into with a bold stamp when wet,
and rubbed with rub'n'buff once dry

I is for inspire - all created using roof repair tape,
coloured with alcohol inks and stamped into with Stazon
then wiped off quickly which removes the alcohol inks where you stamp

H is for heart - stamped roof repair tape
on a rust patinated background

G is for (ghostly) gessoed green man - air dry clay
on a black gesso & rub'n'buff background
(terrible picture)

F is for fairy - stamped and embossed
on tissue paper and a dictionary page

E is for egg

D is for dream, discover, destiny - Stazon
& Brilliance inks on pearlescent cardstock

C is for Christmas

B is for blue button, beads & brads...

..and A is for Artichoke!!!! Background is a page from a
National Geographic magazine where every page
had been brushed with concentrated Citrasolv,
then the magazine closed and left to fester overnight.
Lovely patterned papers appear as if by magic,
but you have to do lots of pages or it doesn't work!

The patinated cardstock used in some of these ATCs was made using Modern Options patinating solutions - these can be used on plastics, metals, card - you paint the card with a base coat (copper, bronze, iron) and then a second coats which reacts with the first to produce a patina (rust, green verdigris, blue verdigris). Modern Options make a neat little starter pack of 8 small bottles, at a reasonable price (if you live in the USA)

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

ATC Art Doll 3

My 3rd Art Doll was done using an Art Doll stamp (Stampers Anonymous),
with a background made using a flourish stamp (Crafty Individuals).
Each doll has been very different from the last, and I enjoyed making these!

ATC Art Doll 2

For this doll, I combined various stamps I had, and decided she should have a tail rather than legs... working out how to fold her up into ATC size after I had stuck the bodice down was a bit of a challengs...

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Art Doll ATC 1

I hostessed an Art Doll ATC Swap on CC Swaps yahoo group, and signed up twice. Then somebody who had signed up dropped out, so I need to make 3 Art Doll ATCs. I have had a bit of a mental block about them, but finally invented this one today!!! Number 2 & 3 will be done and posted tomorrow...

Tuesday, 4 December 2007


I was playing with some Stampbord this week. I had made some ATCs from materials other than card a while ago, but they are in the cupboard behind the furniture mountain, and I decided it would be easier to make new ATCs than reach the ones I had already done.

The stampbord is coated with several colours of Brilliance ink, then stamped with Stewart Superior India Ink and 2 Invoke Arts stamps. I scraped some small areas to remove colour, then used a tool which has 4 or 5 wires sticking out of the handle to scrape away ink in the background, creating a sort of 'canvas' texture. Finally, I added some white dots with a Sharpie poster paint pen.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Winter mini ATCs


I still can't get at most of my stamps & supplies,
and needed to make wintry mini ATCs for a swap,
so I found some nice winter tree images,
and played around with them in photoshop for a while.

When I was happy, I printed them out,
then stamped and embossed some snowflakes.

A few touches of pearlescent medium,
some words, and they were done!



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