Hi there friends x
Tis my Birthday today and I'm spending it crafting all day long - blissful.....
So a little light blogging is a must lol
Now with Halloween just around the corner I've created a little orange 'n' purple- ness to celebrate this fabulous spooky fun time.
They are my ATC swaps for the Stampotique 'Halloween ATC swap' - you can join the fb group HERE and I'm also entering them into the Stampotique designers challenge SDC168: BOOK TEXT - Corrie one of the DT has set a fabulous brief this week 'BOOK TEXT' which I adore and just couldn't resist.
I started by creating a tiny wreath with wire - The whole ATC measures 3.5" x 2.5" - so you can imagine just how small my wreath ring was!
Tie various strands of fabrics/ribbons/threads in knots around your ring.
Crop off all inner/outer loose ends.
How cute is Agatha - Stampotique have a whole selection of Agatha's HERE by the designer Magda Polakow - I adore them all lol.
I've coloured her in with Derwent water colour pencils and hi-lighted with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.
I created quite a few layers to build up this background.
- Gesso (white) your ATC - let it dry.
- Use Tim Holtz Distress Markers (oranges, reds, purples, yellows, greens respectively - apply with the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer - dry between colour applications - only a little of the white gesso shows thro' don't worry about the white as the next step sorts this out)
- let dry fully, then carefully/gently wipe off excess ink with baby wipe - leaves smudged/smoky/dreamy/ ghostly effect, all perfectly blended.
- Spritz your ATC lightly with water and drop tiny clumps of LuminArte Primary Elements powders (purples, oranges, pinks, golds, and a spot or 2 of green) - If your powders don't disperse just spritz again with the water, blot off to dry ( I did this with my 2nd ATC, meaning I only used my Primary Elements the once for 2 ATC,s)
- Now using black gesso/paint and a small bottle top add the rings - dry. Now turn the top upside down and using white gesso/paint add the white spots in the middle of the black rings - this works best with flat bottomed tops - lol you'll understand what this means if you start looking/using bottle tops in your art. Whilst the black /white paint is still out swipe the edges of a credit card in the paint and print/swipe it onto your ATC.
- Montana Acrylic florescent/neon pens are juicy enough to add splats with and are cool tools for the odd swipe around the edges - add black 'n' white hi-lights 'n' scribbles (Signo uni-ball are fabulous white pens)
- The old Singer sewing machine came out next.
- Sew random lines up alongside the gesso'd credit card lines
- Sew circles punched/cut from 'book pages' - I placed mine within the gesso'd circles (I punched slightly smaller circles than the gesso'd ring circles. Sew them from side to side so there is a little movement and the underside of the circles can peep thro'
- I also stamped Roc Nicholas's fabulous and oh sooo versatile scalloped lace border onto 'book page', cut out and sewed onto my ATC.
- To get the balance just right, in the top Right I added a scrap of the 'book page' with some scraps of the textiles leftover from the wreath - fixed down with the sewing machine again.
Agatha was oh so slightly and lovingly bent into a sitting position and glued (hot glue gun) onto the wreath ring. When dry attach the wreath to the ATC with black twine and again I stitched this onto the ATC with my Singer sewing machine!
Hope you have enjoyed my fun and colourful Halloween ATC's today.
Thanks for stopping by.