Hi There Everyone! Happy Labor Day weekend to my friends in the U.S.! I’m using this weekend to try to catch myself up on making birthday cards (belated & future) and look in on one of my favorite challenge blogs that I’ve been neglecting of late-A Vintage Journey. I haven’t created anything for their challenge in weeks, so I couldn’t let their challenge of A Little Touch of Tim-‘ATC’s Only’ go by.
This will also be my very first time making an ATC! Yes–it’s true!! Now, don’t get me wrong–I’ve incorporated 2.5″x3.5″ pieces in my card making over the years, but specifically using the small space ONLY as your entire surface to create upon–Nope! This was something new to me :)
I not only made one ATC, but two! Why not? I’m already ATC challenged to begin with, I may as well work it out!
The only definite things I knew going into making these ATC’s were; the size I had to work with/on, I wanted to use the ‘angry girl’ image from the Kudzu Kafe plate from Artistic Outpost and I want to use some of Tim’s Eclectic Elements fabric as my background. I’m flying by the seat of my creative pants for the rest!
One of my favorite Tim Tags is his ‘Art is good for the soul’ creation. He made this tag using one of his fabrics as the background and it’s beautiful! I think my first ATC’s would be perfect with Tim’s fabrics! I cut batting & Tim’s EE fabrics to fit over the manila ATC base.
I adhered the batting and fabrics to the ATC card base with double-back tape, then ran through my sewing machine.
I frayed the edges of the fabric with my craft scratcher and roughed up a bit of the batting underneath, too.
I inked the edges of the fabric and the card base with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.
My Kudzu gals got stamped onto cold-press water color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink & water colored with my DM’s in Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey & Vintage Photo and my detail water brush.
I fussy cut these gals out and distressed the edges of the images just a bit with my paper distresser. I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.
I wanted something more on my fabric backgrounds, so I’m grabbing the Latticework & Burlap (not pictured) layering stencils.
I used Vintage Photo DI and Picket Fence DPs to color through the stencils with. I love what the stencil designs did on the fabrics!
I’ve added bronze & espresso PPP sequins to the front of (what will be angry girl’s) ATC and I splattered Picket Fence DP onto the blue flower ATC (it’s hard to see and the paint soaked into the fabric a bit).
OH! I can’t forget about the back panels!! Now, I don’t know if I’m breaking any ATC rules by adding a back panel, but it serves a couple of purposes; to hide the work that’s going on with the front panel and it’s now an empty space to write a message on–But, it’s still thin!
I’m just working with some placement here and getting ready to attach the back panels. Behind the scenes, I added alcohol inks to a couple of mirrored stars and a brass heart and I stamped and glazed a party hat for angry girl.
I ran the back panels through my sewing machine before adhering to the ATC’s. The words are also from the Kudzu Kafe plate that I had stamped onto a spare piece of paint marbled background.
Well, I seem to be on a party hat kick! I can’t help but put a hat on this girl! She’s one of my all-time fav images and of course I paired her with the ‘be silly’ sentiment :) I added some white gel pen highlights and Walnut Stain DM outlines all over the place and rubbed Picket Fence DP to the surface of the number brad. Everything was adhered down with multi-medium.
I call this image ‘auntie’ and she’s a loving lady with a big heart! The butterflies flock around her because she’s so sweet! :) I added an antique brad to the center of the flower and layered the die cut butterflies with a little machine stitching. I used multi-medium to glue everything down and when dry, I used my Walnut Stain DM and white gel pen to add highlights and outlines here and there.
OK–I can handle working on ATC’s! These were really fun to make and I’m not intimidated by their size any longer!!
These gals are headed over to A Vintage Journey (ATC challenge ends Sept3 ) and to Artistic Outpost (AO art challenge ends 8/31). They’re going to hang out there and I’m going to go make my lists of upcoming occasions and get my creative mojo on for the rest of the weekend (but yard work will be thrown in the mix, too!) :)
Thanks so much for stopping by this weekend–Now, get out there and have some fun!! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Manila Stock; TH Eclectic Elements Fabric (Coates); Water Color Paper; Vellum; Chocolate Box Core’dinations
- Kudzu Kafe Plate (Artistic Outpost); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
- Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gel Pen
- Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Mirrored Stars & Number Brad (TH/Idea-ology); Antique Brad (SU); Layering Stencils (TH/Stampers Anonymous); Embosslits-Beautiful Wings (SU/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Rotary Cutter (Fiskars); Air Tool (Artworx)
- Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Double-Back Tape (3M); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Hole Punch; Round Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tool; Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Craft Sheet; Self-Healing Mat; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)