Saturday, 21 February 2009

Acrylic Paint Backgrounds

These are some ATCs I've done with acrylic paint backgrounds. I was aiming for a slightly grungy look for these even though I've used pastel colours. They're for this month's swap on UK Stampers,
on the theme of Friends.
I started with an acrylic paint background and then added two layers of stamping with the printed images over the top.
Then I added a bit of ink around the edges and a few embellishments.

ATC Tags

These are some ATC sized tags I've made for a hosted swap. The whole of each ATC (except the ribbons/fibres) fits within the size of an ATC. They're all inked and rubber stamped with several layers.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Hearts and Flowers

These ATCs are for a hearts and flowers swap I've joined. They're probably not what most people who've joined the swap are expecting to receive, but I hope they'll like them anyway! I did think about doing a more traditional hearts and flowers type thing, but it's just not me, so I decided to go for a grungy look instead.

The backgrounds are inked in various colours, spritzed with water and stamped. I cut the hearts from mountboard, inked them, stamped them, covered them with UTEE and stamped into it.

A Bit of a Doodle

This is a doodled ATC I did. It's intended to represent contrasts, with one side all hot colours and sharp edges, the other side cool colours and soft lines. I used a black artist's pen and Sharpies.

Sunday, 8 February 2009


These are Smellis, named after their inventor Smellihelli (who needs to update her blog). They are made using a 10cm (4 inch) protractor as a template. These were done for a swap organised by Helli on the DoCrafts forum,

with the idea being that each person in the group chooses a theme and everyone makes them a Smelli on that theme and sends it to them. These are my Smellis on the themes of oriental, garden quotes, travel and buildings.

Feeling Silly

I was in a bit of a silly mood last night and decided to make some ATCs. These are the results.

They're all rubber stamped and collaged.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Make a Moo or Two: The Number 1

This week's theme at Make a Moo or Two is the number 1, to celebrate Make a Moo or Two's first anniversary. There must be a number 1 somewhere on each Moo.

I made my Moos firstly by brushing a thin layer of gesso over the background so that it only partly covered the card, then inked over it using two colours of inks and added some background stamps. I added hearts, wings and a crown to my main images which are cut from book pages and inked, as are the number 1s. I printed the words out from the computer and inked them in the same way, and finally added some tiny pink gems.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Think Monday Think ATC - Rock Music

This week's theme on Think Monday Think ATC is rock music. Despite the fact that I am a big rock fan, I have got no stamps, images or anything else in my ATC stash relating to rock music, so I had to improvise with this one!
I created the background using a leopard print stamp, first inking the card in bright colours, then stamping the background in Versamark and clear embossing it. I then painted over it in black acrylic, left it to dry, put a piece of paper over the top and ironed off the embossed image. I really wanted to use a silhouette for my main image but struggled to find one that was just right, so I found an image of a guitar player, coloured over it with a black Sharpie and cut it out. The word "rock" was typed in Word and printed out, then I inked it, cut out the letters and mounted them on black. I added a chipboard star which I inked to match the background and some bright coloured gems.