Today I’d like to show you an ATC I made way back in 2011 for a Darkroom Door ATC swap – it seems so long ago! Rachel’s ATC swaps are still going and you can find all the details for them here. This year the theme for the December ATC swap is blue & silver. I could almost make these again and fit right in
I’ve often made a bunch of ATCs to give to the ladies in my craft group at Christmas – they are a perfect way of spreading a bit of Christmas cheer.
This is a pretty simple ATC – Santa comes from a Darkroom Door set called Dear Santa Vol 1 and he is stamped with Ranger Archival black over a marbled background created with alcohol inks. A word on a tiny tag finishes it off.
Just popping in to share a quick couple of cards today –
Both of these cards use Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous images and the 25 Dec is from Darkroom Door. The second card is almost iridescent with a sprinkling of glitter all over the image panel – it sparkles in the light.
This was going to be 30 days of Christmas Inspiration but ok, so I’m a day late in starting – call it best laid plans. My plan is to share 29 days of Christmas inspiration – cards, ATC’s and whatever takes my fancy.
I was searching through my photo archive a while ago and realised how many different Christmas cards that I have made over the years. As many have never been shared here I thought it the perfect reason for my first blog series. Some days I’ll share just a pic and others I’ll share instructions – but if you have any questions on how I did any of them, just ask!
Onto my first card – this one was created last Christmas for LuLu Art. I think it is an all-time favourite due to its shimmery coppery effect. I created it as part of a bunch of cards for my December DT post and you can find the rest of them here.
Stamp cardstock with Darkroom Door Music background stamp using Versamark clear ink and emboss with clear powder. Spritz stamped image with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise & Calypso Teal. Prepare a shimmery, sponging solution by adding a small amount of water to a few drops of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink (Birdwing Copper). Sponge this mixture very lightly all over the sprayed image and allow to dry well.
Diecut the cardstock, add a layered greeting plus matching ribbon and assemble. This technique will give the effect of a vintage copper patina, perfectly set of by the dark turquoise card base and ribbon.
Pop back tomorrow for the next one!
I have long been a follower of Seth Apter and his blog The Altered Page and was lucky to take a class with Seth when he visited Australia recently. Over the past few weeks Seth has been inviting his readers to take part in a celebration of the studio table – uncensored, unedited, uncut if you will. No prettying up for the camera, tidying beforehand or pushing that pile of UFO’s to the side!
I’d like to take you on a tour of my art room, it used to be our nursery when the boys were babies and years ago we extended our house to give hubby & I a lovely new bedroom. Each of our boys got double bedrooms and I got this room as a study/art room. Forward on a few years and it is still a nice space to work in, courtesy of air-con I can use it all year round. But I’ve run out of room – of course I have my eye on one of those lovely big double bedrooms but have to wait until one of our sons moves out!
Eagle eyes will spy two Ikea Raskog trolleys – one holds my Darkroom Door stamps and the other a variety of paint. I don’t think you can ever have enough paint? More boxes of paint/inks/sprays take up a bit of floor space.
On either side of my desk I have everything that I need – adhesives, inkpads, more stamps, Spellbinders dies, embossing folders, pens, pencils and all the stuff that goes into my projects.
The back of the room has two sets of Ikea drawers holding more stuff! Each drawer is mostly sorted but from the piles on the floor you can see they are overflowing. Think I need to destash a bit.
Of course I can’t share pics of my room without a shot of my constant companion, Zed. He is my art dog and loves hanging out with me. I have to be very careful what is left on the floor – he is rather partial to chewing things and loves to create beautiful paper art using carefully torn pieces of painty paper towel (actually he sneaks in to kill them dead and leaves the evidence all over the floor!)
Make sure you go and check out Seth’s post listing the links for everyone taking part, you will find it here.
Last week it was my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog and I’ve chosen to use a set of brand new Dina Wakley stamps to create an art journal page. I tend to love anything insect themed so these were perfect for the page I had in mind.
This page caused me to muse on the theme of transformation and what it can mean to each of us. It can be learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, making new friends or making a major life change. Often, we don’t realise how big the change is until it is well past.
Here is a list of the supplies I used, don’t forget that you can find them all online in the LuLu Art store.
- Dylusions – Creative Journal
- Watercolour Paper scraps, Strathmore
- Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Insects
- Dina Wakley Stencil – You Can
- Gelatos – various colours for butterflies
- Ranger Distress paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade
- Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic – Night, Ruby, Turquoise
- Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Monarch Orange
- Pearl Ex – Macro Pearl
- Non-stick craft mat
- White Sharpie
- Matte Medium
- Tissue paper
Thanks for joining me again today, I love inspiring you to create something different and to give you some ideas on interesting techniques to try. Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your blog if you try something similar or have a project you would like to share with me.