Friday, January 28, 2011

Winter ATC's

It's the last of the Seasonal themed ATC swaps I'm hosting for Alpha Stamps. Very sad that it's coming to an end but so thrilled that I got to be a part of it.

To create this piece I dusted the background paper with blue pearl ex powder (so it's shimmery) and then attached the image. The words say

I was a snowball,
I grew and grew,
Now I am a snowman
How do you do?

Winter is jolly
With ice and snow,
But when it gets warm
I have to go.

I enhanced the jolly snowman with mini buttons and real sticks for arms. Finishing touches are the German Scrap around the edge, diamond glaze on the word Winter, Silver glitter around the quote and a metal snowflake I tied on.

I find the image I used for this ATC simply stunning. It is an old advertisement, I cut the advertisement portion away.

The background was a trial technique from the
Shades of Alchemy Swatchbook by Michael deMeng. I wanted it to have tons of texture and look like ice/snow.

The snowflakes are chipboard that I painted silver and added some shimmer to.

As a finishing touch I added the word snow.

For my third ATC I wanted to add color. I hardly ever work with purple (it's my least favorite color) but I thought I'd give it a go.

To create the background I selected a coordinating purple paper and brushed it with white paint I mixed with a shimmery powder. I then stamped snowflakes using embossing ink and covered them with pearl ex powder, so they shimmer.

I trimmed the image and placed her on the prepared background which I had added the German scrap snowflakes to.

As a finishing touch I affixed some white crepe paper that I brushed pearl ex powder on. And then randomly dotted purple distress glitter all over.

I'm swapping out everyones ATC's this weekend. I hope everyone had as much fun with this project as I did. Enjoy!

All images, German Scrap and many of the charms used on these ATC's can be found at Alpha Stamps

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Have Fun & dare to Indulge

This week over at One Powerful Hour I've set the theme of Retro/Pop Art.

I have always been drawn to the bright bold colors and images of Pop Art and there are so many ways to interpret 'retro' that I thought the combo was a good one.

I decided to use an image from a 30's/40's magazine advertisement. I added some elements to her that don't show, her lips are all sparkly. As my backdrop I selected a bright decorative paper and then stamped the little star like things, which seem very retro to me, all over. At their points I added some glitter. To finish it off I added the words, Have Fun, Dare & Indulge, they have diamond glaze over them.

Hopefully everyone has as much fun with this theme as I did.