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Artful ATC’S… weird and wonderful (87, 88, 89, 90)

Hello dear blog reader(s)

Today I have the swaps I made for February’s Artful ATC swap group… the theme was weird and wonderful. 

I don’t really have too many ‘weird’ things but then my lovely friend Darcy creates some pretty wonderful images to stamp with … so I turned to her designs. 

I actually started with the day of the dead stamp she created for Craft stamper magazine a while ago and I confess I hadn’t used it at all!  I created a background first using scratch paper and distress stain, gesso through a stencil and some strips of canvas. They reminded me of bandages which sort of goes with the dead thing! 

I then coloured the mask decorations and then glazed it with some opal magic paint. This gave it a lovely sheen and magical finish.  I then tore the background to add to an ATC base I had coated in black gesso. 

The final touches were some distressing with the black gesso, some splatters and white pen dots to frame. Then finally a Tim Holtz stickers quote which I thought worked perfectly. 

The next one had to be the steampunk snail! 

This time I used some tissue paper as the background onto card I had coated in black gesso. Once that was dry I added some spots using the Kim Dellow Paperartsy stamp and heat embossed them. Then I stamped the Darcy snail onto white cardstock and embossed that too. Then I added colour using distress stains and a paint brush. 

I tore the picture out and glued it to the background and then edged the picture with some watercolour pencils. Finally some Tim Holtz stickers to finish! 

Love how these turned out. Of course then I turned into a complete ditz! I sent them to the wrong person. Doh! 

Fortunately I did have two more ideas in progress that would work so I could send them to the correct person and these became RAK. 

OK… this critter was gifted in another swap as was the Seth Apter die cut which provides the bars for his cell! 
I thought he worked perfectly as a weird little critter.  

The next one was similarly a piece of scratch paper which I stamped and added some texture paste to through a stencil. I then added distress ink to it ad the wonderful Banksy image (my secret santa gift from a member of the group this swap is organised through).  I figured this counted for both weird and wonderful!

Love how these two came out too… hopefully the recipients of both sets likes them too! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine