Sunday, June 23, 2019

June ATC’s

Back again with the next set for this month! Had fun doing these even through pain! Still somewhat hindered by a wrist and fingers semi-locked into the cast position. (I really can’t complain though as this will all heal eventually, worse things could have happened and the injury was a good wake up call to lose weight... which, yeah, I’ve already lost 15 lbs! Kudos to MyFitnessPal!)

With the 100 degree days we experienced, my thoughts immediately turned to a water theme. For this ATC, I used the She Mermaid Unity Kit! I also used 3 different stencils, an acrylic paint, an oxide ink and a couple spray paints. After creating the background, I white powder embossed the jellyfish and sentiment. I then added black and white pens and darkened areas around the jellyfish using Gamsai Tambi watercolors. I added bubbles using another stencil with white textured paste and added Sugar Cookie BoBunny paste over bubbles and jellyfish.

The second ATC is my tribute to the 4th of July, using the red, white and blue colors of the holiday! I used pieces from both the June and May SMAK kits. I first created a crude mask for the Ferris Wheel (love that wheel). I then stamped the stripes using a bright red oxide ink around the cards. I embossed the wheel using a glittery blue Stampendous embossing powder (which I love)! I then stamped purposely messily the blank ticket image using the red ink! I fussy cut those and then used another darker blue embossing powder from the same kit for the sentiment. I finished these with sequins.

Hope you like these additions! Happy crafting till next time!

May ATC’s

So, even though I was in a cast, I did try to create some ATC’s over the 6 weeks in a cast after falling backwards and breaking my wrist. My hand felt like a painful stiff Barbie doll hand, in that, I had very limited movement and could only hold things down with the back of my fourth finger... painfully. Amazing how much you need your other hand for anything... holding paper down, coloring, cutting, ripping off Washi tape. Wow, never knew!

Anywho, I did try to design easy to create ATC’s, but it’s just not possible for me to do. So, I managed to finish the first ATC over several days... sitting down and elevating my hand when the pain was too much. I used sprays first to get the color I wanted. I then pulled out my new Vicki Boutin crayons and directly colored the dragonfly stamp, from the Bold Insight Unity Kit, sprayed it with water and stamped the image. I did this several times using different colors. I then stamped the sentiment. Once dried, I added a Vicki Boutin glaze and a texture paste to the wings. The second adds chunks of iridescent pieces to the wings and the first adds a shiny sheen. To complete the ATC’s I added Washi tape. The Vicki Boutin products were all newly purchased, deeply discounted at Tuesday morning (unfortunately, shopping is not a problem with one hand ;-) )!

The second ATC’s design, stamping and first completed ATC were all completed before the cast was off, but I couldn’t face finishing them till the pain was reduced. I used a few kits for this one, the 4/19 KOTM (for the sentiment and the magnifying glass), 1/18 Uniquely Unity kit (for the magnified flower) and a flower cluster stamp I received in a Unity grab bag (not sure what kit it is from)! I think a variety of Unity stamps could be used for this technique! You can tell the quality of this one is not up to par as after stamping a bunch of clusters all over an 8 1/2”x11” paper and then stamping the magnifying glass and sentiment on the cut up ATC’s , I had to “white out” the flower clusters around the words with a Posca pen to make them stand out. I hurt too much to redo! I then used a Spectrum Noir glitter pen to add a little blue to the clusters. I tested and then decided to use Brea Reese metallic pens to color the magnifying glass. I then stamped out the large cluster on separate paper and stamped the glass again over the largest flowers and fussy cut out the circle. I colored those with a combo of pens and watercolor paints and finished those up with a clear glitter ink. I then added brown crystals to the center to match the brown centers of the background clusters.

Hope you at least enjoyed the concepts of these! Next up, June ATCS!

Friday, June 21, 2019

I’m back! Somewhat... using Hello Sunshine Girl kit

Oh my, it’s been rough few months! Broke my wrist in April, cast is off... using splint now and still recovering. I’ve done a few things, but took forever as my wrist is still swollen, stiff and very sore; surprising how much you need your non-dominant hand! It’s funny, my son broke his same bone at 7 yrs old and after the cast was removed, you’d never know it... aging certainly impacts you in many ways! Anyways, I’m pushing through the pain to get some carding done! And to start removing the rust from my skills! This one is for my sister!

I used a pretty colored Bo Bunny patterned paper and pieced this card together using this Unity Kit and some other kits. I did white emboss the shirt as I wanted the details! I used sentiments from the ... hugs, kisses & birthday wishes kit and the Hannah Girl kit. 

Well, glad to be back... hope you enjoy this rusty take on this beautiful Angie girl! Will be posting May and June ATCS soon! Take care and happy crafting!