I have had a good couple of days crafting and have spent the time finishing off two more sets of ATCs inspired by Catherine's online class.
Shadowbox ATCs: Aren't these just cute! The boxes were made from chipboard and then covered on the outside and painted inside and then "whimsical" pictures layered inside. Layering with foam pads just makes them "pop" out of the box.
Painted Sticky Back Canvas: I just love this set! The intention was to transfer pictures on to the canvas, but with only an inkjet printer this was not going to be possible (too much water!). So I printed the pictures directly onto the canvas and then painted various items with watered down distress inks. A really lovely effect and one I want to do alot more of.
This course has been tremendous and I have learnt so many new techniques. Catherine Scanlon-Matthews is a great tutor and has so many incredibly inspiring ideas. Enrolment for this class has now closed but it may run again in the summer.
Catherine teaches at the Creative Classroom
My Creative Classroom
Do have a look as the mixed media courses I have done have been fantastic.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
I am really loving these challenges - so many techniques I have not attempted before. However .............. I am not sure that my weathered grunge is as it should be!
With no wood embossing folder I used a rather busy Tim Holtz Sissix folder and although I used acrylic dabber paint (Aqua) my DI Walnut Stain Ink didn't stay on it very well. If you want to know about the technique just go to page 50 of the Compendium of Curiosities where there is also a rather swish picture of what it should like!
Do also click the link below to Linda's blog and see the other wonderful entries - so much inspiration.
Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 29
And thank you to Alison (Craftytrog) for the great tip on heating acrylic ribbon! I've got LOADS after doing wedding invitations last year and it shrivels and twists beautifully.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
Not shown in the photos are some lovely filter shaped tags which contain the story for each page.
If you want to see other creations for this challenge click on the link here:
Coffee Filter Challenge
................... but grab a cup of coffee first!
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Just posting some more ATCs I've been doing with Catherine. This was a great technique - stamping an image on dictionary or book paper and then over painting with watercolours mixed with gesso.
I used an Elusive Images poppy stamp which I just love and which has been used SO much ......
As part of the course, we also did an ATC swap - it was quite a challenge making nine similar ATCs! As all of mine were being posted to America they are not as 3d as my usual ATCs. In return I have so far received five FANTASTIC atcs for my collection.
You can find the technique on page 57 of the Tim Holtz book, but also click on the link to Linda's blog to see some fantastic ideas for this technique:
Studio L3 CCC 28
As my computer was out of action last week I didn't get to post to Challenge 27 which was Distress Misting Masks. So here's my tag:
This is one of my favourite techniques !
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
A very belated posting for the Gingersnap Creations Snow, Pine and Mahogany challenge. It was still the "Christmas" period when I made this hanging, hence the rather glittery Christmas feel. The flower and leaves were made by sticking calico onto grungepaper with Claudine Hellmuth matte medium and then putting the pieces through the Tattered Florals die. The outer petals are cut individually to give a bit more depth. Rock Candy Distress Stickles really give a lovely frosty feel. I have used White Acrylic Paint and Pine Needles and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.
I am entering this into the GC84 Colour Challenge over on Gingersnap Creations. Click the link here if you want to see how others have interpreted the colours - some of which are spectactular !
GC84 Colour Challenge
Another ATC prompted by Catherine's class. It should have been on wood, but I used corrugated card to get a similar thickness. However, the layers of paper and tissue work very well and I shall certainly be using this as a background for ATCs in future. The book page (cut carefully!) is mounted onto a miniature playing card - another good find.
I used Tattered Rose Distress Crackle on the butterfly wings and it turns a die cut piece of card into something quite wonderful!
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Basically the book is made up of three envelopes made from cardstock and paperstock which are decorated. Inside is a wallet which also takes photographs front and back. I couldn't do a book without tags so I didn't stick down the envelope decoration which then allows for a tag.
The book measures 6" x 5" so is really a nice size too. I just love making the flowers on the cover - just ordinary white copy paper, edged with Staz On or a waterproof ink, sprayed with water and scrunched up and left to dry. They go quite hard and so are really quite hardy. I hope everyone enjoys making this one.