Artful ATC Halloween swap

This month the Artful ATC swap theme is Halloween.  I managed to find one specific Halloween stamp in my collection so made stuff up instead! (Yes then bought some Tim Holtz halloween stamps … he he he! Well I did spot a gap in my supplies!)

I started with these two pieces of thin card I had used for wiping paint and textute paste off on from other projects. 

It was when I tidied my desk last month and cut all the pieces of scrap into ATC size so I could have some pieces started. And I have already made a significant number of ATC’S from this little stash! 

I trimmed both down a little so that they could sit on a card with a frame, then started with the one on the right.   I added distress stains in carved pumpkin and Fossilised amber which resisted the paint but coloured the rest of the card. 

Then I used the Tim Holtz stencil called crackle and added versamark ink which I then clear embossed. Once this was heat set I added some more distress stains, this time in ground espresso which only went into the gaps in the embossing. I added some archival round the edge and then wrapped some orange and black trim round the piece. 

I then stamped the ticket stamp from That’s the Ticket SU set in versamark and embossed with black detail powder. 

I finished it off with black around the edge of the Base card too. 

The other piece I took the same stencil and added black gesso over the top. This left the cracks as the colourful sections. But I wanted a Halloween image for the main feature for this.  I then spotted the crazy bird set my friend has left at my house and this particular bird reminded me of dracula… so a few little additions drawn on and there is my vampire bird.   

I coloured the bird with distress stains as watercolours and then cut him out. I decided he needed to be upside down like a bat and once I stuck him down on the background I also wanted to heat emboss the whole panel …. once embossing powder is out on my desk it gets used for everything! 

Then I chose the sentiment from my Dylusions stamps and added that and the blank ATC as the Base.  

Cute and fun … not exactly scary for my Halloween ATC swap! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

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