ATCs for August 2017

I can’t believe how quickly August has come… and now almost gone! I knew August was going to be a busy month for me at work, so I ended up doing most of my August ATCs before July was over. This month’s themes were  School Days, Monthly Celebrations, Music, and a category I chose, Mermaids and Other Mythical Sea Creatures. I ended up not doing the School Days category, as I don’t have kids and don’t have any school-related supplies.

Since my category of Mermaids was chosen this month, I decided to start with those, as I absolutely adore mermaids and have tons of stamps and dies. However, when I was looking through my stamps to decide which mermaids to use, I came across the Enjoy the Journey stamp set from Hero Arts that I had recently purchased, but hadn’t had a chance to use… and since my category also included “Other Mythical Sea Creatures,” I wanted to release the kraken.

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Oh, Ship!

First I stamped out the ship from the Enjoy the Journey stamp set, along with the “Oh, Ship!” sentiment. I colored the ship with my alcohol markers and die cut both the ship and sentiment with the coordinating dies. The tentacles of the kraken are from a wood-mounted stamp also by Hero Arts, appropriately called “Tentacles.” I stamped the tentacles onto my ATC base, and also onto a separate piece of cardstock. Colored all the tentacles with alcohol markers, adding details with my white gel pen, then cut out the ones on the separate piece of cardstock. This process took… a while. I was so sick of tentacles by the time I was done!

Next I cut out the waves using the Lawn Fawn Ocean Hillside Pop-up Add-On die. I inked them with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Inks and spritzed them with water to give it some texture. I glued one onto my ATC base and trimmed off the excess. I added the ship and sentiment to the ATC base with pop dots, then glued my cut-out tentacles on top of the ship before adding the second wave on top. I colored in the sky with a light blue alcohol marker and stamped the seagulls using a stamp from the Enjoy the Journey stamp set. For a final touch, I added some Wink of Stella to the tentacles to make them sparkly.

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Flippin’ Yer Fins

Finally, I got around to doing some actual mermaids! I knew I wanted to use my favorite mermaid stamps from the May 2017 My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts. I had already stamped, colored and cut a bunch of mermaids and fish when the kit arrived, so these didn’t take me long at all to assemble. For the background I used Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers and Broken China Distress Oxide inks, using the ‘smooshing’ technique. I pressed the ink pads to my craft mat, spritzed with water and ran the watercolor cardstock through the puddle, heat setting between layers to build up all that lovely color. I stamped some bubbles on top using archival black ink, then spritzed the entire background with a shimmer spray.

For the foreground, I die cut the opening using the Memory Box Seaweed Collage die into a piece of white cardstock. I colored the seaweed using Seedless Preserves and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks. I added it to the background using foam tape and tucked in some die cut seaweed and corals using the My Monthly Hero kit dies behind the opening. I then glued on the mermaids and fishes to the top, added a few sequins and my cards were done!

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Sing!

Taking a break from mermaids, I decided to tackle the music category next. I love music, having been involved in school marching and concert bands, mixed choir and musical theater during my school years. But I didn’t have a lot of music themed crafty items. So I had to be a bit creative.

I decided on simplicity. I took a “splotch” stamp from the MFT Stamps Distressed Patterns stamp set. Using rainbow colors of Distress Oxides, I overlaid the stamping onto the ATC card base. I love how the Distress Oxides can stamp over the top of one another!

Using a ruler and a black fineline marker, I drew in my musical staff. I did have a small treble clef die to use, but I wanted something different than musical notes, so I die cut some small birds using the Memory Box Resting Birds die set. I glued these onto my staff to act as the “notes” of my music.

On the bottom of the ATC, I stamped the word “Sing” using the Concord and 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set and added another splotch stamp. Finally I added a small sentiment using the Tim Holtz Clippings sticker set.

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Bee-lieve

For the monthly celebrations category (or as I liked to call it, Weird August Holidays), our swap boss gave us a link to all the celebrations in August from which we could choose. I had a hard time decided, and I ended up doing two for this theme.

For my first, I chose National Honey Bee Awareness Day, Aug. 19. I used the “smooshing” technique for the ATC base using Distress Oxides in Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber. I then added some splashes of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays in Mission Bell Brown and Yellow Rose of Texas to give it some shimmer.

I die cut the bees using the Itty Bitty Bumblebee die from Memory Box in both cardstock and vellum. I colored the card stock with the Yellow Rose of Texas spray for the under piece and Black Soot Distress ink for the overlay. I used the vellum for the bee wings.

I felt the background needed a little something, so I broke out my Stampendous Honeycomb Wishes stamp set and stamped a few honeycomb shapes as well as the bee image onto the background using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink.

I die cut the honeycomb from the Memory Box Honeycomb Corner die and glued it down. I added some glue to some of the shapes and sprinkled on some gold and copper micro beads for texture. I also added Glossy Accents to some of the blank honeycomb shapes, though it’s hard to see in the photos.

I then stamped on my sentiment from the Honeycomb Wishes stamp set and glued on my bees to finish the cards.

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Confidence.

When I saw that Aug. 5 was National Underwear Day, I knew I had the perfect stamp to use. This gorgeous stamp is called “Wear Confidence” by the Unity Stamp Company and is the perfect size for ATCs.

For the background, I cut a piece of paper from the Kaisercraft Boho Dreams paper pad into ATC sized cards. I stamped a floral flourish using the Inkadinkado Mod Flower Flourish stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using Ranger gold embossing powder. I did the same with the sentiment from the Wear Confidence stamp.

For the tulle shaker window, I partially die cut a flower using the Umbrella Crafts Nested Flowers die set into both the ATC base and a piece of ATC-sized white card stock. I used double sided tape all around the die cut shape and taped down one side of a piece of tulle. I added the sequins, folded the tulle over and sandwiched it in between the case and the white back board. There’s a wonderful Youtube tutorial here that shows this technique in detail.

I stamped my girls out on a piece of scrap cardstock and colored with alcohol markers before fussy cutting her out. Instead of coloring her flower crown, I glued down some flower-shaped sequins onto her hair before attaching her to the ATC base to finish.

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Under the Sea

I though I was done with my August ATCs after the last one, but I still wanted to play with my mermaid stamps. So I broke out my Little Mermaids stamp set by The Greeting Farm. I stamped the mermaids and fish onto cardstock and colored them with my markers before using the coordinating dies to cut them out. I used Broken China, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the ATC background, and flicked some water on top to create the bubbly effect. I also stamped a bubble stamp onto the background with VersaMark ink and heat embossed some iridescent embossing powder onto the base. You can’t see it in the photos, but it’s pretty in person. I also heat embossed the “sand” onto the bottom, using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside die. I then glued down my mermaids, seaweed and fish, using pop dots to raise some of them up.

I felt the cards still needed something, so I decided to turn them into shakers. I made the frame from the Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangle die set and taped some acetate to the back. I also used the same dies to cut a rectangle from craft foam to pop the acetate window up. I added some seed beads and sequins and a couple more fish to the frame to finish the cards off.

We’ve already got our categories for September and one of them is my very favorite… HALLOWEEN! Can’t wait to see what kind of cards I can come up with for next month. 🙂

If you’d like to join the ATC swap, head on over to the forums on Scrapbook.com! Sign-ups are taken through the 20th of each month and new folks are always welcome!

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Art Journal: Life is Good.

I’ve been having so much fun lately doing ATCs and tags, I haven’t had a moment to do an art journal layout just for me in a while. So yesterday I sat down and decided to just play.

Life is Good.

This layout was inspired by a tag I saw on Pinterest. (And I’ve found the creator! Visit Claudia’s amazing fan page or watch the tutorial on the tag that inspired my art journal layout!) I loved it so much, I wanted to do my own version in an art journal. I took pictures as I went along, so I could show you how I created this fun piece.
I’m using my Moleskin notebook. First I applied a layer of gesso to the top half of the spread. I knew the bottom half would be covered with die cuts, so I didn’t bother with the bottom of the pages.

I then used several gelatos in shades of blue: Elderberry, Cotton Candy, Blueberry and Boysenberry. I applied the gelatos to the page and used a wet baby wipe and my fingers to spread the colors until I was happy with it. I then covered the color with a layer of matte medium to protect it from whatever I wanted to do to the skyline.

I then cut several “sand dunes” using the Lawn Fawn Stitched HIllside Borders.

I then blended on some Distress Oxide inks in Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo. I inked the whole die cut because I wasn’t sure of my placement yet.

I fiddled with the placement then glued the dunes onto the page using Ranger’s Multi Matte Medium. I used an alcohol marker to color the edges under the dunes, because I thought there might be a chance some of the background page might show through my wave die cuts.

Next I cut my waves using the Frantic Stamper Frothy Wave Edger die. I inked the die cuts with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers, then flicked some water over the top for the bubbly look.

I had left the tops of the waves white, so I applied some Versamark embossing ink to the wave tops and sprinkled on some White Puff embossing powder. After heat setting, it puffs a little bit, giving it some texture.

I then stamped out some of the images from the Lawn Fawn Life is Good stamp set and also die cut the trees, coconuts and crab from the Lawn Fawn Palm Trees die set. I colored the stamped images with my mishmash set of alcohol markers (I use a combo of Blick, Spectrum Noir and Copics, so my colors wouldn’t be very helpful) and inked the trees with Distress Oxides Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint. I fussy cut the stamped images since I didn’t want the white border around them as my trees and girl wouldn’t have them.

Next, I stamped out one of my Julie Nutting doll stamps, Betsy. I knew her legs would be mostly hidden, so I didn’t bother with her feet. I used a darker piece of the Julie Nutting Skin Tone paper pad to stamp the doll on, then stamped out her swimsuit onto some pretty scraps I had in my stash, and pieced them onto the doll.

I glued down the two back waves, then placed my pieces where I wanted them before gluing them down with matte medium.

Before I glued down the final waves, I spritzed them with a silver shimmer spray to give it a bit of sparkle. I added some stamped birds and my sentiment as the final touches.

Hope you enjoyed a look into this process! Thank you for visiting! 🙂