HELLO HELLO HELLO!! I’m here today, with my fellow Artistic Outpost Design Teammies, on our monthly AO DT Blog Hop! This month, we’re featuring creations made using images from the Country Life category of stamps found at the Artistic Outpost Store. Come on and hop along with us–
Tracy * Terry * Shari (you’re here) * Lisa
Two of our Teammates are sitting this Blog Hop out, but you can always go over to see what Gerrie and Kate have been up to anyway! In the meantime, while you’re here, let me show you what I made for today’s Country Life Blog Hop–
I’ve created two rustic ATCs using our Home and The Outpost sets of stamps. Believe me, it took all of my willpower to not grab my favorite Country Life themed set of stamps-Kudzu Kafe!! 😉 🙂
This is the only ‘before’ picture of my ATCs that I took. I took two sheets of this wood grained paper from my ODBD Rustic Beauty paper pad, and covered both sides of the ATCs with it. I then whitewashed the surfaces with Picket Fence DP that I watered down and brushed on.
This image is found in The Outpost set-I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and adhered to the ATC with matte Decou-Page. I heat set, then brushed a coat of DA Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry. When the crackle was dry, I brushed on DA English Red Oxide Antiquing Cream and let air dry.
When the antiquing cream was dry, I gently wiped the ATC surface with a damp cotton cloth to expose all of those wonderful cracks!! I twisted a piece of rusty wire into a heart shape and glued into place on the windmill with matte Decou-Page.
I stamped the quote onto kraft glassine with Jet Black Archival and heat set. Then I crumpled the kraft glassine, smoothed out and fussy cut the words. I adhered the strips into place with little dots of matte Decou-Page and let air dry. When the words were dry, I outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.
This second ATC was made the same, with the same products and techniques, but on this one I used the weathervane image from the Home stamp set.
When both of the hearts on the ATCs were dry, I outlined them with the fine tip of my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen.
I love how the outline of Walnut Stain around the kraft glassine gave it an additional layer of vintagey worn-outedness (I just made that word up!)–Oh and the brads!! Those are brown brads from my stash that I treated with Rusting Powder, actually two layers of Rusting Powder. The first layer kind of drooped off the edges, so I applied another layer and it stayed in place during drying 🙂
I edged each ATC with Black Soot DP and attached a couple of lengths of wire for hangars. I’m new at using rusty wire in my creations, so the little twists I made at the ends, aren’t all that impressive–Well, neither are the wire hearts for that matter, but I’ll keep on incorporating it whenever I can so that I can get the practice in! 😉 🙂
Well, there you go with my Country Life Blog Hop ATCs–I hope you like ’em! Your next stop on today’s Hop is Lisa, if you’re hopping in order. Here’s our line-up again, just in case you like to free-style hop–
Tracy * Terry * Me (thanks for stopping by!) * Lisa
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Home & The Outpost (Artistic Outpost)
- ATCs (made with manila & chipboard); Rustic Beauty Paper Pack (ODBD); Kraft Glassine (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tissue Paper
- Archival Ink (Ranger); Crackle Glaze & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions UK); Distress Paint, Ink & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt)
- Rusty Wire; Brads