More ATC making… am I obsessed?

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We have just got home from a fabulous weekend away… will blog about that later tonight but here is the scheduled post I prepared….

I think I might be just a little obsessed with making little collage mixed media ATC’S using old scratch paper as the starting point. They are so darned easy to enjoy a bit of play and use up the bits and pieces I’ve had lying around for ages! 

I have about 25 more of the starting points already cut up … wonder how many I can make in the next few weeks? 

So these started life as the palette/scratch paper off my desk making something else… no idea what but I did use a pretty nice heavy weight linen textured cardstock so definitely not just for throwing away! 

There is a real mishaps mash of colours but mainly light pastel colours. 

I started by adding some more colour through a stencil using distress inks and a blending tool. I mainly used Weathered Wood and Picked Raspberry and the stencil is a Tim Holtz one I just got which came with the butterfly stamps I used in the last ATC set.

Next I added texture paste through the other part of the stencil over the top.

I didn’t tint the paste but it did draw some of the distress ink into it and slightly colored it … but otherwise a milky semi opaque white pattern.  Next I added a little bit of washi tape to all three.  It’s quite a cute ditsy floral print. 

Next I had a little rummage through the many embellishments I’ve had for ages and never use and found a selection I thought would work… some paper flower die cuts, Love tickets, a button, paper rose and a little cute bird house shape sticker that is so old it had lost its stick.

I layered them up and set them out how I wanted them and then started adding shading and definition using the Derwent Inktense pencils as I knew they would blend nicely and yet be permanent once dry. I chose pink, purple and blue colours for this and really happy with how they are looking. Of course I had to add some white paint pen doodling and some splashes of white paint on them (I covered the word Love though as I didn’t want that splashing).

The panels are all one quarter inch smaller than ATC size so now they need mounting. So I cut and mounted them onto white cards which I had already stamped the ATC label stamp onto. Then I added my current must have… glass beads gel. And here they are all drying …. 

I just love the way it adds a bit of something shiny and extra texture to a project and in such a simple way.  It also makes me step away from a project for a while as it needs to dry all by itself…. no point in hurrying it along as you may end up ruining it… so it’s usually at this point I end up giving up on crafting for an evening and going to bed! 

Roll on the next day… time for the finishing touches and jobs a good’un! 

So the next day I added  little bit more sparkle in the way of stickles and some shimmery acrylic ink. Then I added to two of them some additional stickers for titles.

So these are my latest three ATC’S which are for an impromptu swap organised by a friend in the ATC swap group.  

Love this set of love ATC’S. 

Happy crafting! 


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