HAPPY, HAPPY MONDAY!! I’m here today wearing my Team Inspire crafty cap, for our mid-way reminder about our Pocket Letter Challenge going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity right now through February 25th. What’s a Pocket Letter you may ask? Don’t worry, I had to ask, too–
–This is a pocket letter. A collection of 9 ATC’s tucked neatly into a 9-pocket trading card sleeve that can be folded and mailed out in a business size envelope. Since there are always birthdays going on, I’ve made my pocket letter into a birthday greeting, with the help of our Party Dogs & Party Cats stamps. Let me show you a little bit of what I did….
There are those party animals, with that look in all of their eyes asking, Where’s The Party At?! I’m also going to be using our Misc Words stamp–again, a must have stamp because of all of the words that are available on it. I cut all of my ATCs out of mixed-media paper and slipped them into the ATC sleeve to make sure I cut them to the proper size–Yup! Got that part right!
I colored each ATC the same way by inking an acrylic block with a Distress Ink pad, then I spritzed the block with water, and pressed the block onto the ATC.
Let’s see if I can remember the DIs I used–Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover and Carved Pumpkin.
I stamped the Party Dogs & Party Cats onto another piece of mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP. I fussy cut all of these guys out and set aside for later party placement.
I stamped all of the party participants onto their respective ATCs and ran each one through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.
I added stenciling, paint lines, paint cap circles and paint splatters onto each ATC. Now, let me see if I remember which stencils I used–There’s the Harlequin LS and Wendy Vecchi’s Add a Stencil and her Polka Dotty stencil. I used Black Soot and Picket Fence DPs for the paint lines and paint caps respectively and I stenciled using the same colors of DI that I used to color each ATC with. To finish I splattered Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s over the surface and inked the edges with Black Soot DI.
I adhered each fussy cut party animal to their respective ATCs and added Happy Birthday word bands to two of the ATCs. I outlined the animals and words with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with white gel pen.
We’ve got some of the party animals behaving nicely-while others are finding themselves a little bit ‘tippy’.
Oh No! One of the dogs seems to have found himself on the ceiling, to the obvious dismay of this ‘orange’ party kitty!
I kept my pocket letter kind of simple and didn’t add any embellies that would bulk this letter up–a challenge in itself! And since I’m supposed to be able to mail this in a business size envelope-another challenge, I’m going to see if it will take only one postage stamp to mail it! LOL! We’ll see about that, as I’m accustomed to having to place those extra postage stamps on pretty much everything that I mail out!
I hope my very first pocket letter has inspired you to make your own, and join us for our Pocket Letter Challenge at The Portal!! The link is open until the 25th, so there’s still plenty of creation time! Hope to see you there!!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Party Dogs, Party Cats & Misc Words (Lost Coast Designs)
- Archival Ink & Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Pigment Ink (ColorBox); Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Twinkling H20s
- Stencils: Harlequin LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Add a Stencil & Polka Dotty (Wendy Vecchi)
- Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
- Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap; Water Brush; Ink Blending Tools