Four travel themed postcards was the challenge… oh and an added element make sure they include one inchie!
Here was my attempt…
2 portrait, 2 landscape… all with parts of an atlas as a background!
I actually will confess that I originally forgot the inchie challenge and made some very flat and not as interesting postcards originally and that when I remembered the Inchies part and started chopping them up I was much happier with what I made! Lol!
I chose a few stamp sets from old Creative Stamping magazine sets to create the main images of different types of transport and created fun pieces that I chopped into panels and then added the inchie elements on top. I either added glossy accents of embossing to make those elements stand out and really had fun just creating.
I joined in with the silhouettes swap at Artful Atcs Facebook group this month.
The theme chosen was silhouettes and I used For the Love of Stamps for both… one under the sea and one jazz themed.
Both ATCs were cut from packaging and then gessoed and Distress Oxide for the background. I stencilled onto the background and then did heavy black stamping for the silhouettes using the stamp platform so I could ensure coverage.
I got around to making this months Artist Trading coins last weekend. Phew it was warm making these in the craft room, but I am pretty pleased with them!
The theme for the month was EMBOSS and I chose to get straight in there with embossing on the background as well as the die cut leaves and the stamped leaves… three different powders used and love how they turned out… albeit a little autumnal feeling!
Mixed together the Very Versailles and the Forever fern stamps for the coins, also different textures with the shimmer vellum and the bakers twine.
Today I’ve gone a bit mixed media in my approach but the challenge I gave myself was to do ATC based cards.
A few years ago I set myself an ATC challenge and made 365 + in the year, some of which I used on Christmas cards. So decided to grab some ATCs cut from packaging and made up some ATCs and then worked out how to use them in cards.
These were the ATCs I made…
Gesso background, then texture paste through a stencil, onto which I sprinked some pearl embossing powder onto some parts whilst it was wet.
Once dry I heat embossed the powder to create some resist shiny elements and then added distress oxides in Speckled Egg, blueprint sketch, worn lipstick and picked raspberry.
I let them dry thoughly and then wiped off the excess where the resist was.
Next to decide how to use them. We’ll I love this deer image so stamped it 6 times in different dark blue and purple colours and then fussy cut them out.
I added one to each ATC.
Next I grabbed some white cardstock and cut 3.5×5.5 inch panels and embossed them.
I then grabbed three different coordinating colour cardstocks and made my card blanks.
I added the panels and the ATCs.
Then I added sentiments and sequins to finish off!
Some modern, dimensional and pretty cards to add to the stash!
Not sure how many challenges I cam get through this month and whether I will get to the 12 I originally aimed for but will keep going as best I can.
This month I’ve used a mix of vintage images and the branch dies from Birds and More to create the main cluster. I then added the copper thread and the Butterfly as the main image.
The background panel i used basic white and stamped using the Artistically Inked stamp in So Saffron, then splattered with Daffodil Delight and the distress oxide in Speckled Egg.
I edged all the little vintage elements using the Vintage Photo distress ink and the Speckled Egg oxides too.
Really happy with the collection of little elements, the stamped background and the few die cut elements too. Also love the font of the sentiment and quite impressed with my fussy cutting if I do say so myself!
Inside the card I added a panel and repeated the idea of vintage elements and the Butterfly and white leaves.
So there you go… my contribution to the design team, and another card for the stash!
Challenge number 3 for my self imposed Christmas in July thing… and today it is all about the Masterboard!
So I actually have a little confession … I made the actual masterboard for this weeks ago when testing out some new stamps I had bought 2nd hand off a friend but never got the time to do anything with it… so it was perfect for incorporating into the challenge and get something done. It is A4 linen cardstock that has had lots of stamping and inking and stencilling and doodling on it.
I cut it up into panels… although the one tip right got trimmed again to make the tag and the strip adding to the 2nd card as an extra element so didn’t let any of it go to waste and made these 6 cards.
I love the Peace and Joy set from last years catalogue so much. Don’t think I will ever tire of using it!
I chose scraps of cardstock I had in the scraps pouch to cut all of the words out with their mounts.
I also used some scrap white cardstock to stamp and fussy cut out some more stars using the Jofy stamps and the Peace and Joy word stamps.
I added some tiny snowflakes as embellishments and on the tag card a scrap of sari ribbon.
The finishing touch was to add glossy accents to the top of most of the word die cut pieces to add both dimension and shine.
Love how this came together and how different it is from the other one I created.
They’ve both been received by the swap recipient and we have now been informed that we have to chop up one and make it into at least 4 different things… wonder what Dianne will choose to make and which she will use and send back to me. I’ve been busy cutting up and using one of hers this weekend which I will share with you what I do with it once I’ve sent the finished items back to Dianne.
Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….
Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!
Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!
Today I have two postcards to share with you because two separate groups had heart themed swaps this month… and I thought why not share them both at the same time! (Actually you will see this isn’t right … but read on to discover more!)
First up is the heart card I made for the Inchies, Twinchies and more group and I used the Darcy paperartsy stamp…
I embossed it onto a Gelli print and then added some colour to the cogs.
I decided to sew a border on the panel to add texture. I then embossed the title onto some card and added that too.
The base was some chipboard painted with black gesso. I added some doodling round the edge and called it finished!
Next up I made this postcard for the Hearts a Flutter challenge at Postcard Art Swap…
I used distress oxides and the smooshing technique with different shades of pink and purple. I also did a bit of subtle stamping in the background.
Then I used Indigo Blu stamp for the wings and then using the wipe up from the oxides onto glossy photo paper I stamped and embossed the heart stamp (another Darcy one) and stuck that down.
I doodled and chose a sentiment from the stash and embossed that before glueing the strip in place.
I finished it off with some enamel dots and some glossy accents on the heart.
So that was me thinking I was done with heart postcards but after I had posted them to the recipients I realised I had made a mistake and the swap for Inchies, Twinchies and More was actually for four postcards … doh!
So off I set again! I chose to use Darcy hearts and keep to the theme…
Card 1… a Gelli print using the mini Gelli plate and a heart stencil and lots of paint splatters and adding the panelled heart on top.
Card 2.. stencilled with distress oxides and gloss gel through an aall and create stencil. Then scrap of cardstock and the cog heart embossed and lightly watercoloured. I love peacock feathers.
I taped off the edge and then watercoloured using the metallic paints from a Rainbow Moon set I bought a while ago. Then when it was dry I stamped the funky hearts into the middle and coloured them with Inktense pencils. Then I added versamark and clear emboss over the whole postcard to give it a glossy finish.
Finally I used vellum and created a pocket for the heart confetti and then sewed around the edge. I added the dotty washi and the embossed heart I coloured with a red pen.
OK think I have now come to the end of heart postcards…. but probably got a few more heart projects to blog about before the month is out!