Friday, 31 March 2017

The Background Story

Today I'm sharing the 6 background ATCs made for the March UKATC swap.  This is additional to the partner and themed swaps and is a nice opportunity to be creative without having to think of the finished card.
For the top card I used Crafty Individuals' script stamp and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  The edges were then inked with DI Seedless Preserve.  This makes a nice background, perfect for vintage style finishes.
The middle card was cut from a larger background piece I created a while ago.  I used Daler Rowney watercolour paper and the side of a large squirrel mop watercolour brush, dipped into two different colours of paint.  I pushed the side of the brush onto the paper to create the fish, almost as a print. 
 As an artist it's always a great exercise to 'play' with brushes to see what sort of marks can be made by holding them at different angles to the paper.
The bottom card was white, sprayed and splattered with Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple before inking the edges with DI Vintage Photo.  Another versatile background suitable for any theme of card.
For the next one I started by letting yellow and orange watercolour mix together on white card.  Then using DI Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick I used a variety of stamps to create a riot of flowers, over-stamping some to give depth
For the middle card I used a music score stamp and DI Pumice Stone to create a faded background, before stamping the Eiffel Tower with DI Black Soot.  The image was stamped twice to give a faded look.
For the last card I used the music score stamp again in DI Seedless Preserve, stamped over a background sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist, Antique Rose.  I then inked the edges with DI Dusty Concord.
I hope my swap partner finds these useful and I look forward to possibly getting one or two back at some future date as a finished ATC.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Artist Trading Cards

Here we are today with the March partner ATCs for the UKATC swap group on YAHOO.
First up is this lovely butterfly image from Crafty Individuals, stamped using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  

Another Crafty Individuals' stamp using DI Black Soot.  The background uses part of the large stamp then the individual corsets have been cut out and matted onto a die cut frame from Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge.

Finally an ATC featuring an image from the Lily Elsie photo-ready stamp set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped the image onto paper first so that this impression would be slightly grainy. 

I used silver texture paste and made a free-hand frame around the image and matted this onto plain card wiped with DI Victorian Velvet and some of the silver paste.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Out and About

I'm sharing my page for this month's theme of 'Out and About' at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY  today, which reflects how I enjoy going out with my sketchbook and paints.  However, I don't take the opportunity to do this as often as I'd like so maybe now I'll make more time.

I started by using a piece of corrugated card  to create lines across the page with chalk paint in teal and antique white.  Then I stencilled the word 'Love' using white texture paste.

When this was dry I used Tim Holtz Circus Alphabet and Distress Ink Black Soot to stamp 'To Paint'.  The rest of the text was painted free-hand using chalk paint. When everything was dry I painted some of the text with watercolour paint.
The focal image was a little note sent with one of my ATC swaps (thanks to Janice for that), stamped using a free magazine stamp and DI Black Soot.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Hearts and Craft

Today I'm sharing the ATC cards made for the February theme of Hearts at UKATC

The first card used a piece from a Tim Holtz 12 x 12 card pack with the hearts punched from a mini punch to give the look of a playing card. The wooden hearts were sprayed with gold before adding splodges of bronze glitter glue.

For this background I used the side of the VersaMark watermark ink pad and Blonde Moments Midnight Blue heat embossing powder to create the stripes. 
The hearts are die cut from thick card using Cricut Cartridge Indie Art. The swirl pattern on the bottom heart was stamped and heat emboss in the same blue.  I used blue glitter glue to make the grid patter on the top heart which was added using 3D foam pads to height.

For the last card I stamped the Crafty Individuals' image using Distress Ink Broken China onto white card.  The hearts on the right are stencilled using silver texture paste.