ATCs for June 2017

I participate in a monthly ATC swap hosted on the forums of Scrapbook.com. Each month, I will be showcasing the cards I have made for the swap, describing products and techniques used to make them.

The four themes for June were Day of the Dead, Medicine, Outdoors/Camping and Nautical. I ended up doing the all the categories, including a second set for the Nautical category.

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The Great Outdoors

I didn’t have any camping-themed supplies, but I did have some great wildlife dies by Memory Box/Poppystamps. I used the same techniques I did with my Mother’s Day fairy card, only with the two smallest forest dies instead of using all four. I inked up two panels with Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks, flicked some water on them, then die cut the Wildwood and Thicket collage dies from Memory Box. For the back panel, I used Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides to give a sunrise feeling to the ATCs.

I die cut some Memory Box/Poppystamps animals and plants out of plain white cardstock. Foam tape was used to give the layers some dimension and the animals were glued onto the different panels. To give the cards a finishing touch, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Let’s Sail Away

For my first set of nauticals, I cut my ATC bases from a piece of paper from Prima’s St. Tropez collection. I distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool. I die cut the lighthouse, trees, birds and wave from dies by Memory Box/Poppystamps. The hill is from the Memory Box Country Hills Oval Frame, and just cut the frame off. They were colored with Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap distress inks.

For the lighthouse, I inked up a text stamp with some grey ink and tilted it diagonally. I shaded one side with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The wave die comes in two parts. I used Salty Ocean on the base, then spritzed it with a silver shimmer spray. I left the overlay white and just glued it on top. The sentiments were from the same Prima St. Tropez paper collection. I added just a bit of graphite pencil around the sentiments and inside the lighthouse windows. The edges of the cards were inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

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Explore.

For my second set of nauticals, I inked the ATC base with Tea Dye Distress Ink. I then taped it into a Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder and inked one side with brown Archival Ink. That gets ink down in the impressions but not on the rest of the paper.

I die cut the porthole using a die by Cottage Cutz. To give the shaker dimension, I then cut the porthole into craft foam three times per window and glued the layers together. The top paper layer I painted with bronze Distress Paint. The inner part of the window was inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I added a piece of acetate between the paper and foam layers for the window.

For the background of the window, I die cut some waves using a Simon Says Stamp wave die and inked it with Salty Ocean and drew waves on with a white gel pen.  I also spritzed it with a clear shimmer spray. The sky was done in Tumbled Glass. I glued a little wooden ship onto the ocean and added some seed beads before attaching the background to the layered porthole.

When I went to attach the porthole to the textured card base, I decided it was getting lost against the background, so I dry brushed a thin layer of white gesso onto the textured background to mute the color a little. I glued on the porthole shaker, a wooden sentiment I’d painted blue and some blue and green flowers to finish.

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A Spoonful of Sugar…

For the medicine-themed card, honestly, all I could think of was that song from Mary Poppins. I had these gorgeous little copper spoons I wanted to use. I squeezed some Sprinkled Sugar Stickles into the spoon and added some clear glass beads. And that was as far as I got for about a week. My first background was… a mess. Oh, they had potential for a different project, but not for this one. I finally ended up stamping a medicine bottle stamp from Lawn Fawn in Fired Brick Distress Ink over a background of Antique Linen. I glued on some Prima flowers and die cut the little label. Because the label was so small, I had my mother write the sentiment. She has such tiny handwriting! I added a piece of sheer ribbon and my problem cards were done.

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R.I.P.

I swear, I didn’t plan to do the Day of the Dead theme. I don’t know much about the holiday, except people call it “Mexican Halloween.” And I know that’s not really what it is. I wish I’d had time to really read up on Day of the Dead traditions.

What happened was… I sat down at my craft desk to tidy up from my weekend crafting. I was putting my Poppystamps tag dies back in their folder when I realized that one of the smaller ones was ATC sized… and kind of looked like a tombstone. So I cut a couple out to play with. I inked the card with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, then taped it into my Tim Holtz stonework embossing folder, inked with Hickory Smoke ink.

I then die cut some grass using a Lawn Fawn die, the R.I.P. letters from an Elizabeth Craft Designs alphabet die into pink glitter paper and some candles using a Cheery Lynn Halloween die set. I had a sheet of sugar skull stickers, so they became the focal point of my tombstones.

After adding the grass and candles, I still felt the cards needed a little something so I dug out some critter dies from Memory Box/Poppystamps. They turned out cuter than I was expecting.

And I never did tidy up my craft desk…

Can’t wait to see what next month’s themes are!

 


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Vintage Tag Swap

On the forum where I trade ATCs, a vintage tag swap was being organized. I had never made a tag before, and wasn’t going to join, but as I was reading the thread, I started to think, “Well, maybe….” And tossed my hat into the ring.

 
I was totally nervous about joining. I had never made a tag before, my style isn’t really “vintage” and I still feel like an untalented newbie when it comes to mixed media. But I’m glad I tried! Tag-making is lots of fun!

I started with a chipboard tag base I bought at Michael’s. Using matte medium, I glued down a piece of paper from Prima’s Rose Quartz collection, then added a piece of lace wide enough to cover the whole tag on top at that, also with matte medium. After letting it dry, I spritzed the lace with just a bit of Cotton Candy Pink starburst spry from Lindy’s. 

After gluing down two more strips of floral lace, I cut some strips of paper from Prima’s Wild & Free collection. I distressed the edges and layered them in the center (though this got mostly covered up). I sprayed a chipboard floral frame from Scrapiniec with a silver glitter spray to make it sparkle. It was then I decided the paper layers I had glued down were too dark, so I put another piece of lace in top. I glued the frame on top, then went to town with some moss and Prima flowers on the other side. 

The bottom of the tag still needed a little something so I fussy cut some feathers from the Prima paper, used a pen to give them a slight curve, and glued them underneath the flowers. I added the big butterfly with hot glue, and a quote sticker from one of the Tim Holtz collections. I still thought it needed a little something, so I die cute some tiny, tiny butterflies using a Memory Box die and added them as well. Added some ribbon at the top and my tag was done!


I really loved it in the end. I didn’t think I would when I first started, but it worked! I really hope my partner liked it as much as I liked the one she made for me! 🙂

Mother’s Day 2017

I thought, since Mother’s Day has just past, I’d share a couple of cards I made for my own mom.

The first was done for her 70th birthday, back in December. There is a tutorial out there I used to make this card, but since I made it months ago… *sigh* I can’t remember where I saw it. If I ever find it again, I will link it here. But I will do my best to describe how I made it…

It’s a standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 card base made from heavy white cardstock. I used a number stamps set from Simon Says Stamp to stamp the 70 on the front with VersaMark ink before adding white embossing powder on top. After heat setting, the powder, I took a piece of acetate and “smooshed” various shades of blue and green distress ink onto it, one color at a time. I sprayed the ink with a little water, then used the acetate to spread the ink onto the card in splotches.

I cut the tag out of the same cardstock and heat  embossed the “Happy” and “th” in white. I then inked it up using the same colors I’d used on the card base and brushed over it with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen. The 70 at the bottom was made using the same technique then cut out and adhered with some foam tape. A few gems and a bow made out of some twine completed the card.

For my Mother’s Day card, since my mom loves fairies, I wanted to make her a fairy-themed card, and found an amazing tutorial using Memory Box and Poppy Stamps dies. Unfortunately, my Poppy Stamps fairy dies were delayed in shipping, so I had to improvise with a different fairy die, but I think it turned out OK in the end.

The dies used in making this card included:

  • Memory Box Wildwood Collage
  • Memory Box Thicket Collage
  • Memory Box Grove Collage
  • Memory Box Timberland Collage
  • Poppy Stamps Mushrooms
  • Memory Box Playful Squirrels
  • Poppy Stamps Tiny Frogs
  • Memory Box Lucky Charms
  • Dovecraft Fairy

The four collage dies are different sizes were made to create this tunnel effect. I inked them using various distress inks, getting a little darker the further into the “tunnel” I went. The background was inked to mimic a sunrise. The other elements were inked with distress inks as well and some white dots were added to the mushrooms with a gel pen. The fairy I left white, but spritzed with with a silvery shimmer spray. The layers were put together using foam tape and the detail elements were glued on.

I can’t wait to try this card again with the Poppy Stamps fairies!

Mom loved her cards, especially the fairy. She’s trying to figure out how to frame it. XD

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

National Scrapbook Day 2017

I was super excited to participate in my first National Scrapbook Day, held this past Saturday, May 6. It’s been just over a year since I started crafting and every day I have new ideas.

I don’t actually scrapbook though. I used to, about 10 years ago, but I have trouble printing photos out so I just never seemed to get to work on pages. But card making and mixed media… that I can do without photos.

I completed three projects on Saturday. I’m only sharing two today, as the third was for my Round Robin art journal group, and I’m planning a large post on my entries when we finish, sometime next month.

The two projects I will be sharing today feature Memory Box dies. I have absolutely fallen in love with this company’s dies and can’t wait to add more to my stash!

Deep Blue

I started by blending three pieces of white cardstock with Distress inks… Tumbled Glass (background), Evergreen Bough (middle) and Peacock Feathers (front). I splashed some water drops onto the cards for the “bubble” effect. Next, I die cut the Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers cards with the Memory Box Underwater Collage craft dies.

For the inside composition, I die cut a rock and piece of seaweed from a Cottage Cutz die and a branch from a Tim Holtz die that could pass as underwater foliage. The rock I inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink. For the foliage, I “smooshed” Mustard Seed and Abandoned Coral inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and dragged the die cut through the ink.

I then die cut Memory Box’s Delicate Coral and Swimming Seahorses. I inked the coral with Worn Lipstick. The seahorses were colored with Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.  I used a texture stamp with orange ink for the details on the seahorses. Then it was just a matter of assembly, using foam tape. A couple of water droplet gems were glued on to complete the card.

As Deep as the Ocean

For the next card, I had been dying to use the Memory Box Ocean Swell craft die since I got it. I cut an 8 1/2 by 11″ piece of white cardstock in half, then scored it down the center to create my card base. I taped the die to the front of the card and ran it through my die-cutting machine. This die has intricate little details, so have a craft knife handy to help separate the design so you won’t tear it.

I then took another piece of cardstock and inked it using four shades of blue — Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. I also sprinkled water over the cardstock when I was done inking. Finally, I sprayed the entire inked panel with a silvery glitter mist. You can’t really see it in the photo, but the blue background absolutely shimmers.

I stamped my sentiment using a stamp from the Ocean Wisdom set from Stampendous in black Archival Ink, then taped in my blue panel to the inside of the card. A few sparkly sequins gave this card the perfect finishing touch.

I’ve just placed an order for some more die by Memory Box, and I can’t wait to try them all out!

ATCs for the January 2017 swap

Hello and happy new year! Of course, the first month of the New Year is almost over… I had hoped to make a post long before now, but my family has been getting ready to move into our new house and then I got the flu. Ugh… But in between everything, I managed to finish my Artist Trading Cards for the January 2017 swap on the Scrapbook.com forums.

"Be My Valentine"
“Be My Valentine”

There are always four themes or categories to choose from. I try to choose two or three for my contribution. The first theme was “Valentine’s Day.” I stamped the image of the Victorian lady from Deep Red Stamps onto some watercolor cardstock, then used the “smooshing” technique with Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry. I “smooshed” the ink pad on a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water, then flipped it over and “smooshed” the acetate onto my stamped image, which leaves these lovely splatter patterns.

I then glued down some tulle, lace and Prima wire thread on the side, then added a lacy flower accent. I stuck a rose bud into the little hole of a Tim Holtz token and glued that on top of the flower. For a finishing touch, I added three sequins to each card and a “loving” phrase from the Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions sticker pack. Though you can’t see in the photo, the card was also spritzed with a glitter spray, so it shines in the light.

Be Inspired
“Be Inspired”

The next theme I chose was “Corrugated.” I had some corrugated card stock I cut down to ATC size and painted with black gesso. I then sprayed each card with Lindy’s Starburst sprays (I don’t remember the colors… everything’s been topsy turvy getting ready for the move) in blue, pink and purple, as well as white for each card. I glued down some artist palette chipboard that I believe I got from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, painted them with black gesso and sprayed with Lindy’s sprays. The little holes in the palettes were the perfect size to drop in some gems for the colors.

The white flowers were spritzed with a glitter spray and some butterflies I had fussy cut from some paper were glued on top. Self-adhesive gems and sequins were added, as were some stickers from Tim Holtz’s Chitchat collection. I added some glitter glue to the tips of the paintbrushes and in some of the grooves of the corrugated cardstock for the final touch.

"Let It Snow"
“Let It Snow”

The final category I chose was “Winter.” Using watercolor cardstock, I inked the backgrounds with ColorBox Cat’s Eye Queue pigment inks. Though it’s hard to see in the photo, I layered a swirly stencil on top and inked through it with Versamark embossing ink. I embossed the swirls with Judikin’s iridescent embossing powder. The snowflake chippies were inked with white pigment ink, then embossed with white embossing powder from Ranger. I had some small snowflake stamps from Hero Arts with I scattered around with silver ink, also from HA. The title quotes were from Tim Holtz’s Holiday Talk collection, which I outlined with a white charcoal pencil. The edges were inked with chalk ink and some gems were added for the finishing touch.

This will probably be my last post for a little while until we get moved in and my supplies unpacked. But in our new house, I will finally have a hobby room! With space to do my little arts and craft projects, I’m hoping to be more productive and, fingers crossed, I may even be able to do a video every once in a while. I don’t know if anyone will watch, but it’ll be out there for other newbies to see how this newbie does things. ^_^

“Beach Break”

I made this canvas piece at the end of October, but I never got around to doing a blog post about it for several reasons. Halloween. The November 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Getting ready for Thanksgiving. Ending up in the emergency room…

More on that last bit in a bit, as this canvas was the cause. >_<

The inspiration for this piece started with some tissue paper I found in my stash…

Pretty, thin tissue paper!
Pretty, thin tissue paper!

I knew I wanted to use this as a background, so I tore a piece off and glued it down to an 8×10 inch canvas panel using Mod Podge, then painted a thin coat of gesso on top.

Urm... please excuse the shadows. I was having technical issues. XD
Urm… please excuse the shadows. I was having technical issues. XD

And… there it sat because I couldn’t really think of where to go from there. Finally, one weekend, I pulled out some of my favorite sprays — Lindy’s, Shimmerz and Prima Color Bloom — and created a beachy background. I dabbed some texture paste in places to make foamy waves as well.

I cannot even begin to express how much I love these colors together.
I cannot even begin to express how much I love these colors together.

I honestly almost left the panel as-is, because I loved how it came out so much. But it did have an unfinished feel to it, so I decided to use the background to make a little scene. I added chipboard, netting and seashells…

...and this is how it turned out.
…and this is how it turned out.
Green microbeads created the texture on the mermaid's tail.
Green microbeads created the texture on the mermaid’s tail.
Also added some real seashells and starfish.
Also added some real seashells and starfish.
Some fisherman's netting was the perfect touch...
Some fisherman’s netting was the perfect touch…

However, a word of caution about the netting. As I was cutting it up, tiny pieces of the fiber started floating around. I have asthma, and I must have inhaled some of the fibers. That evening, I was having trouble breathing and my medication wasn’t strong enough to pull me out of it. I started turning blue from lack of oxygen and had to be rushed to the emergency room in an ambulance. Was only there for a couple of hours, thank goodness, and they got my breathing under control quickly. So lesson learned. Wear a mask when working with this netting or anything similar, especially if you have compromised lungs like I do.

December is going to be a busy month, making several gifts for both Christmas and birthdays, so just in case this is my last post of the year, happy holidays and all the best for the new year!

More Artist Trading Cards…

I haven’t been feeling too creative lately. Probably just too busy with work and life stuff, as well as working on my Round Robin art journals and taking part in The Daily Marker 30-Day Challenge for November. There just hasn’t been a lot of time to just… play.

I have, however, managed to make several sets of ATCs for various swaps and two sets just for me. Thought I’d do a quick share…

Splatter Trees
Splatter Trees

These are just simple little cards that were stamped with an image of a bare tree, then masked and splattered with different colors of Distress Inks. I also made an autumn-colored tree, but my mother stole it, heh.

Beauty in the Rain
Beauty in the Rain

These were totally inspired by a YouTube tutorial. First I took a watercolor ATC and added Shimmerz sprays to the background. Then I took another ATC and glued on some pages from a Japanese-English dictionary, then added watercolor paints on top. I then cut out raindrop shapes before gluing the two ATCs together. Bead gel was applied to give it a shiny texture and painted chipboard clouds were added. Sequins were the final touch.

Silver Shine
Silver Shine

These were made for the “metallic” category for the November 2016 ATC swap on the Scrapbook.com forums. They were created mostly by layering coordinating Prima papers and stamped with silver ink. Silvery embellishments and flowers were also added. I think they turned out rather well.

A Little Inspiration
A Little Inspiration

These were an experiment. I stamped and heat embossed three watercolor ATCs with white embossing powder. I then added Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and magicals. The embossed images resisted the color and the effect was so cool. I planned to keep these for myself, but the daughter of a friend liked the pink one so much, I sent it to her. ^_^

Birthday Bling
Birthday Bling

I liked the effect of the previous ATCs so much, I decided to do the same for some birthday-themed ATCs made to be sent with my swap cards for folks in the swap having birthdays this month. The purple one is my favorite.

Christmas Mini Shakers
Christmas Mini Shakers

And finally, my contribution to the Christmas-themed ATCs for the SB.com forum swap. I made mini-shakers! I used a variety of stamps, sequins and bling to create these. I’m pleased with how they turned out.

That’s all for now! Close-ups of all individual cards can be found in my SB.com gallery. My next post will probably be about my latest canvas I made which inadvertently sent me to the emergency room. XD

Happy Thanksgiving!