Paperartsy challenge … and for ATC’S sake … 38 – 43 !!!

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It’s been a while since I managed to do a Paperartsy challenge … but I kept seeing amazing art both on the blog and from my friend Hazel who has made three different projects already (all of which are stunning) so I had to join in. 

Last night was the night to get in the zone and do this! The first DT project by Corrie I loved and although my make was nothing like hers it still inspired me to get my colour going! 

The first challenge for 2017 is a colour scheme… pink and orange! Lovely and bright and zingy.  Of course in keeping with this year’s challenge I had to make some ATC’S.  

So I grabbed some paper which I got in the sale at M & S as part of a stationery kit… and went to town with abandoned coral and carved pumpkin distress stains. I didn’t bother going to the edges as I knew that on this 8 x 8 paper I wouldn’t be using it all.

Next I grabbed some neon pink paint. This is DoCrafts fabric paint but I use it quite often on my papercrafts and never on fabric! I grabbed a stencil and added some onto the background but the paint is translucent so barely visible. So then I got out some gesso and an open design stencil so I could provide a base for the pink paint. 

That’s better.. more stencilling and stamping with bottle tops and credit cards and all that remained was some speckles! For this I used the metallic paints from Finnabair to also add a bit of a sheen. 

So I then cut up the pieces into ATC size and added stickers that were included in the stationery kit.

Right onto the focal images.  I wanted to keep them all in one theme and happen to have very recently bought some stamps that I knew would work perfectly… these Tim Holtz Runway ones… stamped in archival onto white cardstock and loosely coloured with the distress stains… perfect. 

I cut them out with a reasonable border and then adhered them to the backgrounds.  They are slightly larger than the atcs so they did loose legs etc… and in one case the dog! 

Then I decided to trim them down and add them to a cardstock base that I cut out of the postcards from the same kit… they had cute postcard style cards and they were perfectly 2 atcs for each… so I did half on the kraft side and half on the white. Oh I and so edged each of the panels with ink before sticking it down. 

Next up… doodling. A bit of doodling and outlining and then some stickers for sentiments. 

And here they are… gorgeous even if I say so myself! I also added a little bit of enamel accents on each just to add a little more texture. 

And here they all are in close up…

So that’s another six atcs made towards my challenge… I am way ahead of schedule (16 ahead already) and really enjoying this challenge.  I also love joining in with the Paperartsy gang for the pink and orange challenge… I do realise that I didn’t use any PA products this time … but I have an idea for another project using these colours and PA products so if idea get a chance in the next couple of days I will be back with that one too.  

In the meantime check out the Paperartsy blog and all the fab inspiration.  

Happy crafting! 


  1. These are triple wowser with knobs on Catherine. Totally eclipsed any of my stuff! I got excited with your backgrounds and then when I saw your runway ladies I just wanted to squeal!! These are totes amazeballs!! Think that I rather like them!! Xx 😝

  2. These are gorgeous. I love the geometric backgounds, they compliment the sketchy style of the TH runway girls so well. Fabulous ATCs.

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