Hi - well after an exhausting but beautiful weekend at my nieces wedding I treated myself to an extra day off work today and have been catching up with some crafting. I have been thinking about having a go at ATC's and did have a stab at it recently but to be honest it was a bit halfhearted, so today I took the bull by the horns and inspired by The Stampmans ATC swaps theme 'The Look' I made a set of three using the freebie stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine.
I also had some other challenges in mind for inspiration - I've had great fun playing with all sorts of techniques trying to make each one different while still obviously a set.
ATC 1 - I made a rainbow background by brayering across an old book page using a Paintbox option pad (by Colourbox) and stamped a swirl in white round the top edge. I then stamped the image in black down the side and again on a spare piece of book page which I embossed in black, cut and mounted on 3D foam.strip of lace, a pearl buckle and stick on pearls finished off.
ATC 2 - I brayered another rainbow background then using versamark stamped a Penny Black harlequin border which I embossed in clear. I used Dusty Concorde DI over the top and wiped from the embossed areas and then stamped some script with Royal Purple stazon. I stamped the image again on some brayered book page, embossed in black and added a little colour to the eyes. I finished off with a Tim Holtz die cut flourish, flowers and some tiny gems.
ATC 3 - I started this off with another brayered background but painted over with a very thin layer of gesso, added some torn pieces of brayered book page, before adding another gesso layer. I stamped the image on acetate with four colours of Stazon and stuck this to the background. I coloured a piece of white ribbon with stazon (getting very messy in the process!), then stuck a piece of dictionary page in a Type Charm which I hung from a bow and added to the ribbon.
I have had a very enjoyable afternoon and am quite pleased with the result for a first attempt! Now I'm off to try and get the ink off my fingers!!