Happy Monday & Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the U.S. — Thanks for dropping in today!! I can’t believe how quickly May is going by, and I’m watching the crafting clock tick down for entering a few challenges before the end of the month. Today, I’m sharing a project I made for 3 different challenge themes–
I’m entering this mixed-media ATC triptych into Challenge #09-Triptychs at The Mirror Crack’d, I’m also playing over at Challenge #44-Raving Ravens at Quoth the Raven and I’m finishing off the challenge trifecta at Challenge #12-ATCs at Lost Coast Designs. Let me show you how this all started!
I made my own ATCs with two layers of manila stock sandwiched around a piece of chipboard–They are very sturdy. I’ve pulled out some of my Lost Coast Design stamps–Murder of Crows (I know, they aren’t ravens…), Early Stitch n’ Bitch, and one of my ATC Borders stamps.
I stained the ATCs with Dusty Concord & Brushed Pewter DSS. I spritzed the stains on my craft sheet, then smooshed each ATC into the pooled stained and heat set. I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape and although I didn’t take a picture of this–I thought the purple & silver background needed a little extra something, so I lightly spritzed Barn Door DSS over the ATCs and spritzed with water. You’ll see a close up of that soon…
I used 3 of the crow images from the Murder of Crows set, to create my shrink plastic ravens. They shrunk to the perfect size for the ATCs!
I heat embossed each ATC with one of the ATC Borders image, masked off the border, then stamped each woman inside the frame with Jet Black Archival. I then used water-downed bleach to create an aura around each woman. I came back in with a small paint brush and bleach solution when the ravens were adhered into place, and gave them a little aura, too.
The women in the Early Stitch n’ Bitch image sit rather closely together, so when I stamped each woman into their respective ATC places, I had masked off the stamp first, before inking. I also stamped the SnB image onto a separate piece of mixed-media stock so that I could have individually fussy cut ladies.
Oh, aren’t those little flecks of red stain eerily wonderful?! And how about their little hearts? After I punched each heart out, I inked with Black Soot DI, and before adhering the fussy cut ladies into place, I carefully cut little slits at their hands and slipped each heart into place and popped up with an itty bitty little foam dot.
Oh these three lovelies!! They are definitely stitching, but they are sharing their favorite stories with each other, too! And they all so happen, to have ravens with them to help enliven the story telling.
I did have to computer generate the EAP quote from The Raven. I printed it onto white card stock, and heat set. Then I pounced Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Black Soot DIs over the words and fussy cut to size. I treated each word band with matte multi-medium to seal and act as tooth for the DA Media Crackle Glaze that I coated each word band with. I love those little cracks!
Here is the what the back side of the triptych looks like. I didn’t let any of that Dusty Concord & Brushed Pewter stain go to waste and I picked up every last drop with the back side of each ATC. I used the Crow Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs and their Cats Background stamp to do a little random stamping–just for some fun interest.
Mesmerizing, aren’t they? I swear, the woman in the middle is looking right at me!! Spooooky!! But, FUN!! 🙂
Challenge #12-ATCs at Lost Coast Designs closes tonight at 11:55pm PDT, so just getting in under that proverbial wire there! WHEW! Challenge #44-Raving Ravens at Quoth the Raven closes on June 2nd and Challenge #09-Triptych at The Mirror Crack’d closes June 3rd. Still plenty of time to play in those two!
Thanks so much for starting your creative week with me! There are a few more monthly challenges that close on May 31st that I’d like to try to enter, so hopefully, I’ll be back with one or two more challenge makes before then 🙂
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Early Stitch n’ Bitch, ATC Borders Set, Murder of Crows, Crows Border & Cats Background (Lost Coast Designs)
- Surfaces: Manila Stock; Chipboard; Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); White Card Stock (PTI); Shrink Plastic (Inkssentials/Ranger)
- Distress Spray Stains, Markers, Paints & Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Wendy Vecchi EP (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
- Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Heart Punch (SU)
- Craft Sheet (Ranger); Embossing Heat Tool; Heat Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brush; Ink Blending Tools; Make-Up Sponge; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)