Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 15

Today I have some different types of ATCs for my Christmas card topper challenge. 

I wanted to create some full on textural 3d ATCs. I started with a sheet of cardstock and created a fun background using some rich coloured fresco finish paints… mahogany, chocolate pudding, Bourganvillia and guacamole. I also added some of the Art Alchemy Sparks paint which is a green gold colour (fairy wings). 

With layers of colour down I added some stencilling and some doodling and plenty of splats of the Sparks paint and some gesso too to add some more white.

I just love all the details… 

Then it was time to cut it up into the ATC panels…. it’s always a breath holding moment when I do this to a piece of background I love so much.

But now there are six beautiful bits of art to play with! 

I had a rummage through my Artful Days Goodie box supplies and hunted out a few things to play with… starting with the frames.

But although there are clearly two different types of frame going on I still wanted them all to look different so chose different ways of finishing them off. 

1. Frantage frame and Angel

I used lots of layers on the frame of frantage. I find it so annoying to use this stuff as it tends to blow away with the heat tool so creates a lot of mess on my desk… but I love the result. I added the gold Angel hair and then the Tim Holtz die cut (from a piece of card I wiped off the paints on whilst working on the background).  I added some gesso to the resin angel and then sprinkled some of the frantage on that too.  Finished off with edging it with brown ink.

2. Mahogany circle wreath

This one I decided to use the small circle frame and keep it simple so gave it a coat of the mahogany paint. I then die cut the deer and the little bits of greenery out of some cardstock I had wiped my brush off when creating the background. I edged the deer with brown ink though to give it a little more definition and then added the sentiment using a stamp.

3. Feathers and gems

The next one I wanted add a soft feather. I decided to jazz the circle frame up a little and added gold embossing to the dictionary print I had stamped on it once the initial coat of mahogany paint was dry. Then I added the feather and gems and the little Tim Holtz sticker to finish. 

4. Tree and glitz

For this frame I added lots and lots of the Sparks paint on top of a coat of mahogany and it is super sparkly. As a result I kept the rest of it fairly simple. I painted the tree die cut with a mix of the green patina paint, guacamole and the Sparks paint to provide a fun finish.  I edged the Tim Holtz sticker with Inktense pencil to add depth too.

5. Winter Friends squirrel

I had to dig out my favourite stamps of the year and add in a squirrel for this one. 

I rotated the ATC to make it landscape and added the angel hair along one edge and added the frame at an angle. The frame I added lots of layers of paint and sanded it back. This created a really mottled distressed finish. I coloured my squirrel with promarkers and gave him a generous coat of wink of Stella to finish.  Again I used Inktense to add depth and shadow round the sentiment sticker.

6. No frame star

For the last one I decided against using the last circle frame and instead chose to use a wooden star as the main element. I painted it with chalk paint and then lightly added the Sparks paint and stamped a timeless textures stamp in mahogany lightly. I then also embossed some tiny gold dots onto it. I layered it up with some Angel hair.

Then I decided to die cut some holly leaves from a scrap of card I had painted with the green patina and the Sparks paint. These worked perfectly to surround the sentiment. Again Inktense pencil added some shading.

Super happy with these very 3d ATCs. These are not likely to get posted but instead made into cards for people I can hand them to. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art and crafting styles, Promarkers, Letraset

Hello plate play… Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt7

Another set of ATCs for you today.  This time I had a bit of a gelli plate play… well whilst the paints were still out why not?
I used a few colours… blue oyster, blueberry, Jade and Bourganvillia and just a couple of stencils and the 3×5 gelli plate and the mini rectangle to create these four small panels and one large panel.  I also brayered off onto the text paper and used another piece of card to pull some of the stencil dots off the plate.

I then stamped lots of the cute little creatures in the freebie set that came with a magazine and coloured them using promarkers. I then cut them out and started deciding on some layouts for the four atcs. These little cute animals are just adorable. 

I decided sparkle was required though…. and maybe a snowflake or two?  I started with the four panels first… Nuvo glimmer paste and stencils… and two die cut snowflakes which I also stencilled over. I also added wink of stella to a few parts of the images … yes I decided you can never have too much sparkle!

And when these were dry I layered them up using pinflair glue gel so there was some dimension. 

Next I chose Tim Holtz stickers for the sentiments and added these panels to standard size ATC cards which are a lovely powder blue colour.

Next I needed to work on the larger panel I had created. I cut it down to two ATCs… 

I love how these look.

I added strips of the spotty card and the leftover bits of book print then chose the elements I wanted from the stamped images and how to add sparkle. 

On the first I chose the rabbits and the other snowflake.

And on the last one I chose to use the negative die cut to add the glimmer paste through. This provided a lovely little background for my little squirrel.

Hope you like these cute ATCs… and another six card toppers towards my Christmas card stash! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Badass Chick, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Trish Latimer

Three fairy ATCs _ UK stampers forum swap

Hi

Some ATCs to share with you today that aren’t Christmas ones. These are my Anything Goes swaps for UK stampers forum over on facebook. 

I started with three mini gelli prints using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and the gel press petite plate.  I loved these mini works of art already! 

Next I added glimmer paste through a script stencil and let it dry overnight.

Next up some stamping. I used the Badass artchick studio stamps with the paints to add more pattern. These stamps were bigger than the panels but that’s ok as the rectangles for the ATCs are bigger than the mini gelli plate.

Then to choose a focal feature. I decided to go with the Trish Latimer fairy and stamped the top section three times using the distress oxide and then coloured them in with the promarkers. Then I fussy cut them out and trimmed each of the ATCs to size.

I then decided which dairy went with each panel and started the process of adhering them.

Next i grabbed a sheet of printed words and phrases and chose ones I liked for each of them and glued them down and finished off by edging each atc with some seedless preserve distress oxide and adding some wink of Stella sparkle to their wings!

Love how these three came together and the mix of mixed media background style with the clean and whimsical image. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Promarkers, Letraset, Tim Holtz

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 5

Today I have a few cute ATCs I made as card toppers which are part of my Countdown to Christmas series. 

I created these from the bits and bobs on the desk and finished with stamped images from the cute Winter Friends stamp set I got with a magazine.  

I had stamped lots of the images and coloured them with promarkers so there will be plenty of these gorgeous images coming up in future projects I am sure.

Love these mini artworks and how easy it is to make something from only a few bits and bobs off the desk left over from other projects. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Gorjuss, Marbled, Promarkers, Letraset, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday Eleanor

My cousins little girl turned 5 earlier last month but I’ve only just managed to get the card and present to her. I really am rubbish at posting things out! Here is the card I made for her. 

She is a girly girl so it was nice to pull out the pretty colours and gorjuss girl stamp to make this. 

I used the fabulous Marbled stamp to create the background paper using Crisp cantaloupe. The embossed paper was gifted me in a swap and I just added a little of the ink with a blending tool to tone it in with the background. I added a stitched circle die cut too that I blended the ink onto lightly.

Then I coloured the girl in with promarkers and added some copper thread behind her. I then die cut the sentiment from the copper foil sheet.

Love how this came out. I chose three sequins to add the necessary bling! 

And a positive coming from the lateness of me passing over the cars is that this qualifies for the “lots of layers” challenge at Always fun challenges blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Trish Latimer

A play in my journal – make a wish and sparkle

Another play in my Dylusions journal last weekend led to this spread….

I used a mixture of distress stain spray and distress oxides to create the background using stamps and stencils. As the colour was added over gesso it gave it a lovely pale and creamy texture.

I added the stamping of the circles from #badassartchick stamps across the bottom and then added some of the Tim Holtz tissue wrap in the centre of the two pages. I then added the swirly sizzix die cut and then the cute Trish Latimer fairy. I had coloured her with promarkers and then added the Art Alchemy Sparks paint to her wings and the star. I also splashed some of the sparks over the page to add the sparkle. 

I absolutely love the sketchy nature of this focal image against the washy nature of the background so super happy with this page.

And yes another creation for the Paperartsy challenge over on their blog for using Hybrid inks.
Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art and crafting styles, Promarkers, Letraset

Golf Bugaboo card

Hi

I made this card a few weeks ago for part of the parents stash… a golf themed card! 

I used a Bugaboo digital image thay I’ve had for a while and coloured it with promarkers. 

I then distressed a piece of brown cardstock with Distress Oxides and some stencilling and added wax paper and some bakers twine. I then mounted it onto blue card to bring out the colours in the focal image.

Cute! 

The sentiment is a die cut from a pack I added the distress oxide to so it teamed up with the rest of the card. 

So even though this is not at all Paperartsy style… I did use my oxides in two different ways so going to add this to their challenge blog. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine