Sunday, 7 November 2010

More ATC's - this could be addictive!

 Today I have had a fabulous time creating my ATC's for the next Stamp Man swap - which this month is 'Take a Letter'. I'm really enjoying taking part  and had some lovely swaps drop through the letter box, I'd never made ATC's before 2 months ago and can see it being very addictive. I have literally taken the A T C letters -

I've used a letter on each one so that they are linked as a set but also stand alone individually because I've used a theme connected to the individual letter  (does that make sense - it's getting late?). The colours were inspired by The Play Date Cafe challenge #54 which are gorgeous as always. Each background was made the same way, stamping and embossing an image in clear then using distress inks on a craft mat, spritzed with water and  'smooshed' on to the ATC. The clear EP resists the DI leaving a white image. I made each letter using the technique from Tim Holtz's compendium that Linda has chosen for this weeks challenge over at Studio L3 - it's page 54 and that's all I can tell you.  Not sure I'm really happy with how the letters came out, I didn't have the right tools so had to improvise and not sure it worked like it should - not 'scratchy' enough!.  I used shrink plastic to make wings for the A and a tiny clock for T. I had real fun with these just making it up as I went along with my stash of E-bay BargainTim Holtz stamps.
I'm also going to enter these into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge - Shabby. I must admit I get a little confused by the different styles sometimes because they seem to overlap - where does grunge stop and shabby start ? Anyway - my ATC's are Tim Holtz inspired which is what this challenge site is all about so hopefully I'm not too far out. Here they individually -

A - Artist

C - Creativity
Thanks for having a look - better get to bed or I'll be no good for anything tomorrow and there's a list of commissioned Christmas cards waiting !!  Esther xx 


  1. These are terrific ATCs Esther, the grunging looks great. Happy swapping. Annette x

  2. Esther, you've been a very busy artist! What gorgeous things you've created, and it's a treat to admire them all together here.

    I think your Industrial Grunge letters look fabulous! Just like they're supposed to, and they suit these wonderful cards perfectly! Your color scheme is so pretty, and I love how these pieces work individually as well as in a set. Very clever, and very, VERY beautiful!

    Honestly, I don't think there are any hard and fast rules regarding shabby vs. grunge, and I tend to use the terms interchangeably. I could be wrong, mind you, but until I hear differently, I'm sticking with my story! ;-)

  3. These are brilliant! They suit each challenge beautifully, and I absolutely love how each one has a theme all its own. The shrink plastic is such a clever addtion, too. Gorgeous work, very inspiring!!!!

  4. Very artsy take on this weeks challenge, wonderful use of color! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  5. Wonderful collage of images and details! A feast for the eyes! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

  6. oh hun these are all brilliant atcs,you have done those letters to perfection just love,them hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

  7. Wow! these are fabulous! You did a great job with the technique, I did not have the right tool either and it seems like a lot of people had to improvise but all the ones I have seen have turned out great.

  8. Gorgeous ATCs Esther, I love how you've collaged them. ATCs certainly are addictive, thanks so much for playing along with us at the play date cafe :)

  9. These are all very pretty Esther, I know what you mean about grunge and shabby, but I think it's all the same in the end. You have chosen some lovely colours and stamps x

  10. These are great ATC's!!

    Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge!

  11. Wonderful ATC's love how you mixed all the colors together. Beautiful designs. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC.

  12. These atc's are wonderful Esther, love the colours and your fabulous techniques!!!
    The Design Team and I are so pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week
    Thank you!
    HuGs Kim :)

  13. Your ATC's are beautiful. I love how you used the letters "ATC" and all the little details on each. I hope I get one in the swap. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. Angela

  14. These are just fabulous Esther and I love how you have linked them to some of my favourite challenges as well. They will be a fabulous addition to the Stamp Man ATC challenge. The people who receive them will be very lucky. Thanks for joining in.
    luv {brenda} xox


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