Experimenting with paper, inks, stamps, paints, fabrics, stitches, metal..........

Experimenting with paper, inks, stamps, paints, fabrics, stitches, metal..........

Monday, 20 October 2014

At the Bottom of My Garden - ATCs

Here are some ATCs from a swap a couple of months ago.  It took a while to come up with something for 'At the Bottom of My Garden'.  Lots of different images, colours and combinations were tried, before I settled on these.  My favourite is the sunflower one.

Cards were cut from white card stock and brick image was stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with Distress Embossing powder.  Once cooled the embossed images were rubbed, activating the 'release crystals' in the powder - distressing the images.   Any particles were removed with a soft brush, allowing colouration of the card with distress ink in brown tones using a foam applicator.  Further illusion of bricks were added roughly with coloured pencil.

On some of the cards heat embossing was used again, over the little yellow flowers (clear powder over yellow ink) and blooms in pink (pale pink powder) on the card with the watering can.  All the soil detail, dark green leaves and shoots were stamped directly on the cards with dark green archival ink.  The bird and ladybird, were also stamped directly on the card, the ladybird and shoots were coloured with felt tip pens.

The rest of the stamped images were stamped onto white card and cut out, colour was applied from watercolour pencils, waterbased dye ink and watercolour pens.  Some of the images were stuck flat to the cards with PVA others were applied with dimensional glue.

The lettering was printed from Word and matted onto lilac painted card.  The words were applied to the cards using foam pads.