Sunday, April 16, 2017

Paris in the Springtime ATC Swap

At the artisttradingcards yahoo group, I'm hosting a Paris in the Springtime ATC swap.  The background is scrapbook paper.  I used images from collage sheets purchased from Mischief Circus and Collage Stuff.  The rub-ons are from Tim Holtz.  Text from an old French language book is at the bottom of each ATC.  I used a Distress Crayon around the edges of the ATC.  The Eiffel tower charm is available at Collage Stuff.  Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yellow Pages ATC Swap

At the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group, the May swap is a "Yellow Pages" ATC swap meaning use the phone book yellow pages in the art.  The background is a portion of the yellow pages stenciled with yellow paint.  Victorian scrap flowers are also in the background.  The stamped images are from Dina Wakley.  They are colored with distress inks/distress crayons and a water brush.  The women images and sides of the ATC are outlined with a black Stabilio pencil.  Little dots were also made with this pencil.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Favorite Holiday ATC Swap

At the artisttradingcards yahoo group, I'm hosting a Favorite Holidays ATC swap.  My favorite holiday is Halloween.  I used scrapbook papers and Tim Holtz Halloween ephemera for the backgrounds.  The witch image is from Hidden Vintage Studios.  Mirrored stars, typed tokens and small talk stickers are all from Tim Holtz. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

July Remarkable Women Tag Swap

I am ahead of the game for the July swap at the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group.  It's a Remarkable Women tag swap.  I've always been fascinated by the art and life of Frida Kahlo. I used inventory tags from Collage Stuff and stenciled the background with Stencil Girl Stencils and acrylic paint.  The "Frida" image is a stencil from the Crafter's Workshop.  I made adjustments to the stenciled image, closing in some lines, adding white dots to the eyes, etc.  I decided to color in the "Frida" image with Titan Buff acrylic paint and then went on to experiment with Distress Crayons on one of the images.  The majority of the acrylics paints are from the Dylusions line.  I added some Stickles glitter glue to the "necklaces."  The paper flowers were colored to match using the Dylusions paints.  I added sayings from Tim Holtz that I believe reflect on Frida's life.  I had fun making these tags and experimenting!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

More Letter C ATC's


More letter C ATCs.  I colored the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats images with acrylic paints, Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and pearlescent watercolors.  The backgrounds are geli prints.  I outlined the cats and the edges of the ATCs with a Fude Ball Pen.  Meow!

Letter C ATC Swap

The April swap at the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group is a Letter C themed swap.  I used a gelli plate, stencil, black and white gel pens to create these ATC's.  I printed the letter C and the word creative on my PC.  Be creative and thank you!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Quote ATC's

A few more favorite quote ATC's.



Favorite Quote ATC

At the artisttradingcards yahoo group, I'm hosting a Favorite Quote ATC swap.  I created the background using a gelli print. Some of the prints show a bit of a Tim Holtz background stamp. I used a punch to punch out the holes.  The checked paper and vintage text were applied to an ATC base with the hole punched background applied next.  I printed out the quote on my computer printer.  I used a Fude ball pen to highlight the circles and the text as well apply dots here and there. Thanks for coming by the blog today!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Frida Greeting Card

I just received my set of the new Dina Wakley "Homage to Frida" stamps.  I am a big fan of Frida Kahlo's work.  I had previously prepared the card background using a gelli print.  I stamped the flower stamp with Ranger magenta hue archival ink on the background and added white accents with a white Signo pen.  I stamped Frida on watercolor paper with the magenta hue ink and colored her in with various Distress Inks and a water brush.  White accents were added with the white Signo pen.  The words are Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.  Thanks for stopping by to view my new Frida greeting card.

Monday, February 20, 2017

March Easter Tag Swap

At the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group, the March swap is an Easter tag swap.  I used the following items available at Collage Stuff:  inventory tags, white lace, burlap string, Victorian scrap, vintage sheet music and small dragonfly brass charms.  I started out making a background using acrylic paints and Stencil Girl stencils.  The honeycomb  in the background is from Tim Holtz.  I added vintage sheet music and an image of Easter sheet music.  The Easter Victorian scrap was applied next, some vintage sheet music at the bottom, and added the dragonfly charms.  "Easter Greetings" was printed and aged with Antique Linen Distress Stain. White lace and burlap string in natural and red finish off the tags.  Thanks for coming by to see my Easter tags!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Letter B ATC Swap

The February ATC swap at the Collage Stuff Yahoo Group has the theme of the letter "B".  I started out with an inventory tag (available at Collage Stuff) and over stamped it with a Tim Holtz background stamp.  I clear embossed the black stamped image.  Next the teal color in the corners with a Stencil Girl stencil and Dylusions paint.  I used Distress Inks with Tim Holtz stencils in the lighter part of the background.  I stamped the bird image on watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Inks.  The bird is standing on black washi tape.  I edged the ATC with black washi tape.  Thanks for taking a peek at my letter B ATC.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Artist Choice ATC's

At the artisttradingcards yahoo group, I'm hosting an artist choice ATC swap.  I used a vintage ledger page for the base overstamping with a butterfly text stamp.  I used the "matching" stencil with blue paint.  I stamped the butterfly on the same vintage ledger page coloring it with various markers.  The
word cards are by Tim Holtz.  I used a white gel pen to highlight the images.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

2017 Valentine's Day Cards

I watched a video tutorial over at Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog about masking and gelli plates.  Here's the link.  http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2017/01/blogiversary-tutorial-redo-double-masked-gelatin-prints.html  I have done a similar technique before. I  added some very light stenciling on the blue portion.  I used a white Signo pen to make the dots around the heart and the lines on the sides of the blue background. Since I love the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamps so much I decided to make a doggie Valentine's Day card!  I stamped the doggie on watercolor paper with black ink and clear embossed the image.  I used the matching dies to cut out the image.  I watercolored the image with Gelatos and Distress Crayons. The sticker is from the Tim Holtz Big Chat stickers.  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Hearts and Flowers ATC Swap

At the artisttradingcards yahoo group, I'm hosting a hearts and flowers ATC swap. My art for the swap has two very different styles!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.