Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 12

Playing with Brushos time! And some more Christmas card ATC toppers.

You may be forgiven for thinking that I only play with Distress Oxides but today I was determined to play with another much loved medium… brushos! 

I mean just look at this… simple background made with water and sprinkling the black brusho onto it. I just adore it! 

I chose to tear my backgrounds into two panels to work on top of another ATC card.  Then layered them up with the images.

I coloured in the Rudolph using inks and a waterbrush and gave him a red stickles nose. I also added the gold Angel hair to add texture.

This cute fox I had coloured with promarkers and I added the stamping in the background as well as for the top sentinent. Then added the glittery gems to finish off. 

Love love love brusho backgrounds they always make me happy when I watch them develop. 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy - Ellen Vargo stamps, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey

Paperartsy playing

I decided after the Lynne Perella play I shared the other day to make some more Paperartsy themed birthday cards.

This time I chose to play with Distress Oxides and the fun Ellen Vargo carved flowers.  I love the linocut appearance of these. 

I started with making two backgrounds… both different to each other but both fun to make. Then on a separate panel of cardstock I made the tags. The top one was a scrap of cardstock I had already painted with a layer of fresco finish paints and I decided to heat emboss the tag and the flower. The bottom one I did a watery layer of distress oxide using the same colours as the background.

I raised the tags on foam tape to give dimension and added some scraps of ribbon to the tags. 

Both sentiment and the tag shape are Emma Godfrey stamps. 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Stitched framelits, Word Window

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 10

Another post in my Christmas card topper stack of ATCs….

Today I have two bright pink and purple ones to contrast the last couple of posts where it has been more vintage in cokour and style.

Plenty of yummy distress oxides, stencilling and the cute Winter Friends stamps coloured with promarkers.  I also added some punchinella with a couple of coloured staples. 

I love that the sentiment I chose from the Emma Godfrey Paperartsy set fits in the word window punch too!

Happy crafting! 


Dasher, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 9

Some more for my Christmas card topper stack… 

Just like yesterday I wanted a more vintage feel… but a different colour scheme today…

I went for peeled paint with frayed burlap and walnut stain.

I did two different pieces of cardstock as I went along so I could make three in total! 

I decided to go for a ripped panel and heat embossed the fabulous Dasher stamp in a dark emerald green.

I also added heat embossing round the edge before adding all the layers. I added some copper thread to one of them.

The other one I added the heat embossed trim stamp across the panel and then added the cute Winter friend fox and a sentiment.

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting!


Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt8


Two more for the Christmas card topper stash! 

This time I went back to distress oxides but changed the colour scheme. I’ve done a lot of fresh colours so far so wanted more of a vintage look. 

I started with this background using frayed burlap, fired brick and walnut stain.

Then I added stencilling using a Tim Holtz stencil. 

I then added a little stamping with some dots and cut it into the two atc panels. 

Next to choose the feature image. I decided on altenew stamps that had been free with a magazine. I chose the stamp and heat embossed it in a dark burgundy that I thought worked with the colours in the background. I then flicked some shimmery ink onto the card and added the sentiment.

Love how different these are from my previous ones. ATCs are such fun to make. They don’t take long and each one can take on its own individual personality. Love it. Might have to continue this series for quite some time as it is inspiring me time and time again. Hope you are enjoying it too! 

Happy crafting!