Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Beautiful You, Claritystamps, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Gorjuss, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Big ATC swap! (259-270)

So today I have a mammoth 12 ATCs to share that I made for a swap with the theme of Mixed Media! Of course I can’t make 12 all the same so I decided instead to go with six pairs. 

So I cut some mixed media cardstock into six panels of 5 x 3.5 inches and then added either tissue paper, sewing pattern paper or wallpaper to each of them and added some gesso too. 

This gave me the following six panels to work with…

I then worked on each of them at a time adding colour and texture. 

This first one was the floral tissue paper that had come on an artful days goodie box and I added distress crayons over the gesso. 

I then added some stamping using the badass chick stamps and a piece of the textured wallpaper in the centre. I then mixed some modelling paste with distress crayon and added it to the card through a stencil.

I left that to dry and moved onto the next card. This one had the sewing pattern paper on it. I added some book print and then distress stains. I love the different vibrancy as a result of the gesso and non gesso papers.  I then got out the sewing machine to add some stitching for extra texture.

The next one was tissue paper from a shoe box which had some pattern and some numbers on it.  I added blue gelatos to colour and then heat embossed the stars with white powder. Then I added pieces of a blue doily and some sequin waste using some blue staples. Finally I added some book print it had added colour to using distress oxides.

Right onto the next one… 

This was some floral vintage style tissue paper. I added some red card that I had impressed a brickwork die onto but by the time I had added gesso over the top and Matte medium this had pretty mich disappeared. I then added some more colour using gelatos and then through a stencil I added some of the art alchemy paint in a pale pink colour.  Finally I added two strips of wax paper that I used the sewing machine to adhere to the panel. 

Next I had a bit of a heat him issue with! But still I love it! 

I used some spotty tissue paper on this and after a very light coat of gesso I added some transparent glossy texture paste through a circles stencil. 

This once dry added a lovely resist so then I added distress stain in blues and greens but when impatient for them to dry I took my heat tool to speed things up forgetting that the texture paste doesn’t play with heat so ended up making a bit of a mess of the circles which meant the ink did seem into them. Ah Well! Never mind. To add to the circle theme I wiped some of the ink away through another stencil and then added the Finnabair circle stamps.

Final one… I had added the textured wallpaper to this one in torn strips. I used the Paperartsy fresco finish paints to add the colour and then used the Art alchemy sparks paint to paint a piece of watercolour paper that I then die cut using a Tim Holtz die. After adhering this I added some text stamping using the Gummipan stamp.

So these were my six panels ready to make into ATCs.  I took each panel and trimmed it to size and then started adding the rest of the pieces on to turn them into mini artworks. I used a mixture of stamps and embellishments to do this.  And this is where they all got organised and adhered. Particularly like the Craft stamper Magazine star that Kim Dellow designed. And I hadn’t used the Clarity tangled heart in a long time! 

Then it was time to finish each piece off.

The first panel I added the Badass chicks girl head stamp and gave her a body from book print. I coloured her with distress crayons and then added stickles to one set of the flowers and glossy accents to the other.  I then chose some sentiments for the titles.

The next one I added some diecuts from craft foam and one of the stamped girls from the Stampin Up Beautiful You set.  I also added a sentiment for each. Then on one I chose to add the glitter flakes and the other got a button.

I think this next set might be my favourite. I added some navy thread behind the stars that I stamped in distress oxide and heat embossed with clear powder. I then added some spots of glitter and on one of them I also added some tiny star sequins. I then added the sentiments.

I didn’t add much to these except two Gorjuss girls and Tim Holtz sentiment stickers.

I ended up adding some netting to these next ones and some more sewing. Then I added the star stamp which again was stamped with distress oxide and heat embossed.  I then added the gems from the artful days goodie box.  Then on the one on the left I added some of the blue stars and some glitter glue. 

And the final set… I heat embossed the heart and then added distress oxides.

So happy with all of these and how I managed to make them all different! 

Happy crafting 

Catherine 

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Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, YouTube video

UK stampers ATCs … gorjuss girls (236-238)

I made three ATCs using some scrap cardstock as the base and then the main focus of the Gorjuss Girl stamps. 

I filmed the whole process which actually took place over a few days.  Here is the link to the video.

I am sending these as my contribution to a swap with UK stampers forum… Hope that whoever receives them enjoys them. I loved making them. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Brushos, Foiling, Gorjuss

ATC 234 Gorjuss mermaid

Hello there 

I’ve got a single ATC I made to share with you today. 

It features one of the lovely Gorjuss Girl stamps… this time a mermaid design. 

The background was a brushos mop up piece from another project. I then added two cut off pieces of acrylic painted card and a strip of foiling using tape. 

I painted the girl using brushos to paint with. 

I love how this came out although my painting could have been neater.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Gorjuss, Mediterranean Moments, Tim Holtz

Long time no see… three ATCs to share today! 176-179

I’ve been away for a few days so no blog posts from me. I’ve been to York for a few days with the princess… including a trip to the beautiful York Minster….

Where we made it up the 273 steps to the top of the central tower.

We also managed to get to Jorvik viking museum 

And the railway museum …

And the theatre and shoe shopping and icecream eating and yummy food eating… Oh and to York Dungeon to be scared silly too!

We came home on Friday and then after one night back in our beds we set off for an overnight jaunt to New Brighton with the hubby and princess to see Remembering Fred and then today a lovely walk at Hoylake, and lunch and an ice cream at Parkgate.  Lovely! 

But glad to be home now and I got a bit of creative time in the craft room this afternoon. 

I had dumped everything after Tuesday’s class in the room and so it took a bit of clearing and tidying during which I managed to unearth what I had made during the class and turn them into atcs! 

This was using distress oxides to watercolour the Mediterranean Moments stamped image. It was originally on a circular card but I decided to cut it down to make an ATC instead. 

Again instead of keeping this as a card identical to the sample I cut it down and the background card too to make the ATC and then added the stamped sentiment. 

And finally the ATC I made in the class… 

I chose a different sentiment and colour scheme from the sample. Very grungey!  I love it. 

Looking forward to staying at home for the next couple of nights in my own bed … just a shame it’s back to school for the princess and work for me. Ah well… happy memories made! 

Maybe I will scrap some of the pictures at some point too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Ghoulish Grunge, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Tape it

Postcard Art exchange… monochrome¬†

I joined in the postcard art exchange again this month. The theme was Monochrome and I must admit I struggled to think of what to do at first but then I saw the Gorjuss stamp I bought sitting on my desk begging to be used! 

So this was masking and over stamping and paper piecing and fun stencil play! 

At this point the texture paste (iridescent medium mixed with black gesso) needed to dry so it was a good time to take a picture. I used the lovely Ghoulish Grunge and Tape it stamps to add the background stamping and then the creative impressions mini stencil for the hearts. 

I finished it off with a silver pen… and a little quote. 

Love how this turns out and enjoyed playing with the limited colour scheme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Gorgeous Grunge, Gorjuss, Promarkers, Letraset, Roald Dahl, World Map

November Artful ATC swap …. books and literature

Another month… another ATC swap! 

This month the theme is books and literature so I dug out the Gorjuss girl stamp I’ve used before and used the same quote I’ve also used before.  I did however add some little extra splashes of gorgeous sparkle. 

Couldn’t resist making this as loved it so much last time I made this … so cute and love the vintage look! 

Next I decided to dig into the Roald Dahl stash that I’ve had for ages and rarely use. I take it out, look at it and stroke it and put it back! Time to use it… well a piece of 2.25inch x 3.25inch piece of paper and a couple of stamps…. plenty of the stash left after that excessive use I can tell you! Ha ha ha.

So  added watercolour to the edge of the papers to give them a vintage look and coloured in the stamped BFG and Sophie using the watercolour pencils. Then once I’d constructed the ATC layout and stuck everything down I added more of the watercolour as shading and to add dimension to the quote.

I also used ink to edge the piece and the same of the ATC blank I mounted it on. When I had adhered them together I then took a damp finger and wiped round the edge to smear the ink a little and make the base card less clean. 

Really love how this came out and so pleased I am using this Roald Dahl for such a cool use instead of only stroking it and leaving it in the cupboard.

Looking forward to seeing the ATC’S I get in return. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Dictionary, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Timeless Textures

July’s ATC swap! Books a plenty

It is time for another Lindsay Mason ATC Swap.   This month’s theme is books which is one I have done before.  I used the same stamp as the focal image then but did a different interpretation this time.

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This was all the prep stages… I did one long strip of cardstock for the background with fresco paints and a finnabair stencil and Timeless Textures stamp.

I then cut the strip into four.

The Gorjuss girl I stamped and coloured using different medium for each and then cut them out and adhered them using matt medium. 

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The finishing touches were the title and some doodling… although I made a little oops on the bottom one… so went very black for that.  But it’s ok… This one I will keep and the other three to the swap… and this is why I always make an extra one just in case.

Happy crafting!

Catherine