Monday, August 21, 2017

My Cards and Tags: ATC's using Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts

Ah, ATC's!  These mini works of art, otherwise known as Artist Trading Cards, only have one official rule: they must be 2.5" x 3.5" in size.  They are a lot of fun to create and they're this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a trio of them featuring a heart image from Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts stamp set.

I started these cards using Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  I cut the card shapes, then added some lattice shapes for texture (Kaisercraft's Lattice die).

Next I smudged on some Distress Ink with a sponge.

I added some color splats by holding my Distress Stain bottles completely upside down, then smashing them straight down onto my cards.  The sponge dabber tops make great splats! 

Once the stain dried, I smeared some white paint on top to tone down the colors a bit.

Next I took some of the punched-out lattice shapes from my die and colored the edges with a black Sharpie.

I smeared some texture paste through a Tim Holtz bubble stencil for some white dimensional dots.  Next I added some Distress Paint (I let it drip down a bit, then spritzed it with water to complete the drip).  Then I glued the black lattice pieces onto the cards and smeared around their edges with black paint.

I stamped and cut out some hearts from Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts stamp set and glued them to my cards.  I sewed over them with my sewing machine.  I wanted to add one more text-type of element, so I punched some circles out of some Tim Holtz flashcards.  I love the classic retro look of the font.

I glued my circles on and these ATC's were done!

Here are the fine supplies I used from Simon Says Stamp:

I am excited to see your ATC's!  Upload them to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store. 

Also, be sure to check out the inspiring Simon Says Kids Only Summer Challenge!

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Other Creations: Mermaid Notebook Using Tim Holtz's Picture Wheel die

The theme over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is "nautical."  I just returned from a wonderful trip along the coast where the quaint little gift shops celebrated all things mermaid.  I decided to make a notebook/binder that an artsy mermaid might own.

I started with a Tim Holtz worn cover, which I painted and dripped Infusions Royal Blood and A Bit Jaded all over.  I was going for a drippy underwater look.

Next I took a color wheel and used the same technique- added paint, ink and Infusions.  On top of the color wheel, I attached a picture wheel die-cut that was colored with Distress Stain and texture paste that was smeared through a bubble stencil (see previous post here for more details).

I added some colored scraps and shapes (some cut with the Tim Holtz Trellis die) as I tried to channel Ariel (Disney's Little Mermaid) and her habit of treasuring little pieces of everything lovely.  I added sprays of green stars to the corners, which I thought sort of replicated the look of seaweed.  Then I added a sentiment from a WPlus9 stamp set called Stardust.  I also dyed a piece of crinkle ribbon using Distress Stain which I looped through the spine of the book.

Here are the supplies I used which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see what nautical treasures you whip up this week!  Upload your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.