Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall Stamping ATC's

These ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) were made for a swap and the theme was stamping. The picture below shows the background /basg for the ATC. I stamped border stamps by The Paper Co side by side with these three colors.

These are close ups of each background. You can see there are a few mistakes in the stamping but they will get covered up.

I did a class at church and had to punch a bunch (over 100) of 1 1/2 inch squares in fall colors, which I used my Creative Memories punch. I like to use small pieces for projects like that and I noticed that these four negative pieces were very similar in the size of the left over scrap. It was a small scrap to begin with and I couldn't get another square out of the piece of paper.

I backed the negative square with patterned paper by Studio Calico. The other part of the card for church, we stamped fall like images on these 1 1/4 inch white squares and layered the small square on top of the larger square. I had these left overs white square and adhered them to the center of the negative.

Close ups of each piece.

This is the finished product. I adhered a piece of glittery chipboard by Colorbok underneath the negative square piece and each chipboard is a different shape. I adhered that whole piece to the lovely background from above. Then I embellished the front with some cardboard corrugated circles that I found in my stash and along with a circle epoxy sticker by Studio 112.

Here are some close ups of each one.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Vintage ATC's

I have some vintage ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) using Deep Red Stamps to share today. 

The first one uses the Grunge Stars and Stripes stamp. I colored the back of the stamp with blue and red distress markers and sprayed it with water before stamping it onto this ATC base from Ranger Industries. I decided not to use that ATC base for my base and instead cut the piece down to the size of the flag. The red cardstock that I did use for the base is from Stampin Up and it has been heavily sprayed with Krylon gold glitter spray.

The Victorian alphabet playing card embellishment is a sticker by Melissa Frances. The words (USA and the other says Freedom) were a digital freebie from Memory Works with Simple Stories. The star is a button that I sanded the top with an emery board. I inked it and all the other pieces with Vintage photo distress ink. 

This next one is very involved. Here's what it looks like all finished.

To get there I first had to experiment with what colors of ink will show my stamping best on a sewing pattern. Here are my results:

1.) Stamp - Crochet Background 

2.) Left stamp is Esprit Parfumerie and to the right is Damask Background

4.) Stamp - Esprit Parfumerie

5.) Stamp - Damask Background

7.) Stamp - Crochet Background  

I used #5 & #6 on the ATC to the left and #2 along with some Crochet backgrounds stamped in Chocolate Chip for the ATC on the right. 

To make the background of the ATC I need to start by saying this, I have a container of Mod Podge gloss by Plaid that I've never really known what to do with it. I went online and Googled it for ideas on what it's used for none of which seemed to appeal to my project.

 So I took the sewing pattern paper that had been stamped and ripped them into small pieces. I painted the base paper, which was a piece packaging, with the Mod Podge using a sponge brush. I crumpled up the paper and layered them onto the base randomly but with the edges of the pattern sticking up. On top of that layer of messy sewing pattern paper, I put down another layer of Mod Podge and layered more paper until I was out of that color. I finished with one more layer of Mod Podge before putting them to the side to dry over night. I wish I would have taken a picture of the bases before adding all the other things on top of it but was exhausted by the whole process that it slipped my mind.

The woman stamp is called Victorian Evening Dress that I stamped with black ink by Hero Arts on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored her in with distress inks and a water pen and hand cut her out. I added an oval journal and the clock die cut by The Girls' Paperie. The words are stickers by Pebbles and Creative Imaginations. The metal corners are unknown.

Last one. The music paper is pretty but I wanted to do a little bit more with it. I used a stencil by Tim Holtz that reminded me of music gauges on older tape players. I added the distress inks with a blending tool in random areas. I cut the piece down to the size of an ATC and inked the edges with more distress ink.

 I stamped the Vintage 45 Record stamp onto similar colored cardstock with Hero Arts Charcoal colored ink and cut them out with the Creative Memories circle cutting system.  I colored in the word Sun and the rays on the record with SU watercolor colored pencils. I inked the edges with distress ink. The tickets are die cuts by Maya Road. The words on the left ATC are stickers by Stickibilities and Crayola. On the right ATC, the word Play is die cut by K and Co and the sticker (on) is by Creative Imaginations.

After I put the ATC together, I stepped back and thought that it looked too clean. I took out my fancy sanding tool (an emery board) and sanded everything down so it didn't look so clean.

That's all for right now. Coming up I do have a bunch of stuff to share with you. My absence from blogging was taken for me to do a little soul searching as to why I blog the things I make. I won't bore you with my thoughts but I will say I am back.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sketches in Thyme Project Life

It's my day to post on the Sketches in Thyme Project Life blog with this weeks sketch.

I followed the sketch almost exactly with some circles that have been stamped with various Tim Holtz, The Paper Company and Inkadinkado stamps. The green ink is by Tsukineko and the blue by Stampin Up.

The layout consists of patterned paper by Making Memories, Little Yellow Bicycle and Die Cuts with a View. The border punch is by EK Success and brown cardstock by Coredinations.

The squares above and below the center picture were made like this:

I pulled out some old CM stickers where the color on the outside square matched my patterned paper but the center did not. There are two sets of squares in the pictures below. One where the dark center comes out as an individual sticker and the other is one whole sticker.

 I cut the square in half

I stamped the blue cardstock 

Punched out a circle 

Covered up the dark orange square with the stamped circles 

And here it is from left to right how I changed something that I had on hand to fit my colors/layout 

Here's a close up the final product on my layout

Thanks for looking

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thanks Card

This is an older card I made and thought it was appropriate for the upcoming fall season. The flower diecut is by K and Company. The background paper is by My mind's eye  I inked the edges with distress ink as well as the frame diecut. The frame and square diecuts are from my Cricut. The thanks die cut is by clearly besotted. 

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