So the artist trading coins swaps have all been posted off and I can now share the twinchies I made to accompany them! Last month I underestimated the number who would join in and had to make a few more last minute. This time I decided to go with 20! Spoiler alert it wasn’t enough!
I created a distress oxide panel and then cut it into 20 1.75inch squares. Then I used two Tim Holtz stamps to create the images.
I love that these stamps are the perfect size for this!
Once stamped I edged each one with the black soot ink to give it a finished appearance. Next I cut the twinchies from pink and blue cardstock so I could create 4 sets of 5.
I layered them up and then stamped the sentiment using alphas and cut each one out. I stuck them down and then edged the sentiment in black pen. Next I added black enamel dots on each one.
Love how these all look. And that they were quite simple to achieve.
I think using the different coloured cardstock also helped bring out the different colours of the ink in the background.
Now as I said above it turned out 20 was not enough…
… there were an amazing 25 artists joining me on the swap… the basket was full of lovely coins by the time I got to the end of the month…
… so another 5 twinchies had to be made …
I chose to use some scraps of backgrounds that were on my desk and the Badass artchick girl image to make the remaining 5 twinchies.
Today I have 6 atcs to share which I’ve made for a swap where the rule is to use mainly one colour. I chose purple as my colour and made 6 different cards based on the same background.
I started with a piece of mountboard and added colour to it using a dry brush and my fresco finish paints and also using the Seth Apter printing technique to get a few layers into the background. Then I cut out the 6 atcs.
I know they look a little pink here but in natural light they are more purple.
Then I treated each of them differently to create the individual ATCs.
This first one I added the Postscript background stamp with white heat embossing and then the feather with purple embossing. I then added distress ink to add more colour to the feather area and add more focus.
Next is the Tim Holtz Crazy Bird. I coloured the bird with Distress inks and a waterbrush (Kassa style) and then cut it out. I added a layer of vellum underneath the bird which I raised up on foam pads to give it some dimension. For the background I added some stamping using the handcarved stamp and distress oxide which I added clear embossing to. I finished it off with some glossy accents for the the eyes.
Card number three I added a diecut hot air balloon. I die cut this from card I had coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced the white elements. Then added some wink of Stella and a little bit of pink to the heart. I raised this up onto foam tabs for dimension. The background I added lots of shimmer using mica and then heat embossed it in clear before I added some stencilled letters using the same purple paint and a Dylusions stencil.
Card 4… I stencilled using a darker purple the flower stencil and when that was dry I replaced the stencil and added the glitter paste. Kept it simple for this one as that glitter really does the job on making an impact!
Card 5… I decided to make a posy jar. I found some cute jar tags in my Artful Days goodie box stash and cut the top off so I could add my posy and then gave the kraft tag lots of layers of distress oxides. I stamped and die cut the Petal Palette flowers from some inked card and added more colour to the actual flowers using the inks. I also added distress inks and oxides onto the background which gave it a more watery look and a little bit of washi tape to added a different texture. I finished with the wink of Stella all over the jar and some white paint pen.
Final card… I added more stamping using distress oxides and the handcarved stamp in the background. Then I stencilled the oxides and heat embossed the stars. I loved the subtle texture this gave.
Then I added a Trish Latimer girl which I had coloured using the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and promarkers for her skin. I cut her out and added with foam tabs for dimension and then added glossy accents to the star.
So that’s all 6 cards…
Super happy with all of them! Hopefully the recipient likes them too!
Time to make a start on the swaps for June… I had an ahead start on this as the background was done when I did a gelli printing session a few weeks ago… I printed onto book print which left a resist of the writing on the gelliplate that I then pulled off on the tag… although upside down! Lol!
Anyway I kept it pretty simple with the Tim Holtz wildflowers stamp and a Finnabair sentiment.
For finishing touches I added some enamel accents and bakers twine.
Love how simple this was but equally stunning with that gelli print happy accident as the background.
I made a new friend at work recently … but she’s upped and left me… for an opportunity she couldn’t pass up… so I guess I will forgive her!
Anyways I made her a card…
A painted background with some splatters of gold shimmer ink and then heat embossed the wildflower image on the top.
So wishing my friend all the best, knowing that of course she needs no luck as she will do just fine!
Entering this into the challenge of flowers at Patties creation challenge
When I got some new stash I had a play on camera and made this masterboard using the Seth Apter paints and embossing powders…
Well I finally got around to using some it.
I made a couple of cards using it and some other bits and pieces from the stash…
Card one features a butterfly stamped and embossed using the same Seth Apter embossing powders and a little tag and doily added for more texture and to make it very pretty!
Card 2 has a very very very embossed heart die cut on it and a black circle for contrast.
Absolutely adore the layers in the embossed heart. So scrummy!
So there is still some masterboard to use up but here are two of the finished pieces at least!
Today I have an art journal page to share that I made a few weeks ago…
I added some distress stain onto some mixed media cardstock and then added texture paste through a Claritystamps stencil. I then added plenty of stamping and more ink around the edges.
I then added the sentiment to some scraps of bookprint.
I love the depth to the layers.
Next I added a tag I made separately using distress stains onto a canvas tag and then added another layer of tag which I used distress oxides to add colour and then added the stamping.
I added this to black cardstock to frame it and then found a page in my journal to add it to. I added some blue paint to the background with a baby wipe to add it like a wash.
Really happy with how this came out. Love all the layers and the how the different colours combined. And for those interested… here is the video of how I made it.
Originally this was supposed to be for a swap but the swap didn’t happen so happy to have this artwork for myself.
Happy crafting !
I bought some shimmer watercolours a little while ago and the first thing I did was make a couple of backgrounds… and finally I got round to making them into cards.
The top one I used some Tim Holtz stamps and also flicked a bit of the art alchemy sparks paint on for dimension and added sparkle. I mounted it onto a blue textured card and with a purple organza ribbon.
The next one I used the Petal Palette leaves stamp and kept it quite simple with some string and a brown background.
Love these shimmery paints and can imagine using them a lot!
I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017!
Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art. I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot.
I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers. So my favourite artworks of the year…
I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…
Halloween pocket letter
Work of art
I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do.
So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps.
Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey.
Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.
So yes I’ve finished the 365 challenge … but I still have some ATCs up my sleeve so to speak!
Here are two Halloween ones which I am entering into the halloween challenge at alwaysfunchallenges.
Using Tim Holtz stamps and some fun different mediums I created these little ATCs … just because!
So whilst the challenge is over the ATCs keep on coming! Enjoy!
So today’s post is a about a postcard I made several weeks ago for a swap for halloween…
I started with a base on which I added lots of the seedless preserves distress ink. Then I took another piece of cardstock and added lots of orange and yellows. Then I added distress glaze through a stencil and then added the ground espresso distress stain over the top. The distress glaze provided some resist but it wasn’t very precise. But I didn’t mind I still like the effect.
Next I tore the piece to add onto the top of the seedless preserves piece and glued it down.
Then I started heat embossing… first the sentiment and spider in Black powder. Then I added the outline to the torn piece using the embossing pen and black powder. Then I added the stenxil back over the top and pressed versamark through and clear embossed… this provided some fab texture. I think you can see it best on this closeup.
So I loved creating this spooky postcard and I hope the recipient enjoyed it too!