I thought that I would give a mini artwork a try and make an ATC (Artist Trading Card). Generally I work much bigger than this so it was actually a challenge for me. I tried to be less planned and to free myself up a bit too and just ‘go for it’. I was quite pleased with my bright and cheery landscape.
I cut the ATC from a scrap of mount board and covered with white gesso to prime.
I cut the flowers from recycled packaging and a punch and edged them with black pen to enhance. I layered up the flowers and then dunked them into molten UTEE to create the glossy flower embellishments. Finished with a sparkly sequin.
I stamped the sun with StazOn and drew the abstract landscape with a marker. I coloured using watercolour pens and a damp brush.
I added some texture using paste through the stencil and plus a bit of acrylic paint. When dry I rubbed over some of the areas with Gilding Wax.
I edged the ATC with black marker to frame and added some sparkle over the sun and clouds.
I finished with some Glossy Accents over the sun and rays.
Decorative border die (Crafters Companion Die’sire)
How it was made:
The border panel was cut from hammered card and glued to the card front.
The pink card was trimmed to fit and the sentiment stamped with Versamark and embossed with white powder. Faux stitching and little dots in the background were added with white pen.
The poppies were stamped onto watercolour card, ‘inking’ the stamp with the pink and green watercolour pens. To get the lovely watercolour effect the card was spritzed with water to get the stamping colours to bleed slightly. Brusho crystals were then dropped onto the background.
After drying the image was overstamped using Versafine (Vintage Sepia) to bring back some definition. I used a black pen to enhance some of the stamped outlines. More colour was added using watercolour pens and a damp brush. The sentiment was stamped with black ink.
The image was trimmed and glue to the card front. Finished the card with a few PVA pearls and yes …. obligatory glitter glue. Just cannot help myself x.
The patterned paper was glued to the heart front, a sandpaper block was used to neaten the edges.
The tree was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Olive powder.
The sentiment was stamped using the moss green watercolour pen. Note: I used only parts of the larger sentiment stamp, colouring just those areas with the pen.
The leaves were stamped around the edge using green and brown watercolour pen.
A little blue mica spray was added to the right hand side. The left hand side was covered with Versamark and embossed with clear powder.
The leaves and autumnal embellishments were stamped onto pale orange card. A little more colour was added with watercolour pens. The images were cut out and shaping was added with a ball tool. Glossy accents added to the fruits. The Autumnal embellishments were attached with 3D glue gel.
Lose glitter and glitter glue were added for extra sparkle.
The quilling flower was cut from pale orange card and rolled up the create the flower. It was embellished with ready made stamens and a bit of glitter glue.
The background decorative heart was cut from copper pearl card and glued to the back. The hanging ribbon was glued between the front and back layers.
The poppies were stamped onto watercolour card and the stamps coloured with watercolour markers. I used a stamping press for this project – it is perfect for adding the different colours in layers and repeat stamping perfectly aligning with the previously stamped sections of the image. Similar can be done by applying all the colours needed over the stamp then huffing or very lightly spritzing to ensure that the watercolours are activated (otherwise some areas dry up a bit while working and don’t stamp well).
The card was very lightly spritzed with water to encourage a little bleeding of the stamped image giving a soft watercolour effect. More colour was applied to the foreground poppies, picking up colour and applying with a damp brush.
The sentiment and butterflies were stamped with Versafine. The butterflies were cut out, coloured and lightly shaped for added dimension.
I painted over the butterflies with clear sparkle pen, and added dots of glitter glue on the butterflies and stamens.
Finished with PVA pearls and added Glossy Accents to the butterfly bodies.
I used a ready made fold back card base (Crafters Companion) but it would be easy to make your own. Take an 8 X 8 inch card blank and draw a 6 X 6 panel into the centre to leave a 1 inch border all around. Cut the right hand edge of the inner panel and half way into the centre (i.e. 3 inches in). Score the outer border section only, vertically to meet the cut line from top and bottom, then fold the outer frame back to the left. Sorry it’s a bit tricky to describe but it really is easy. Try it with a piece of copy paper first.
Open the card out flat and emboss each of the four outer corners with the embossing folder. Gently rub over with Distress Ink using a sponge. Add some highlights onto the roses using the clear sparkle pen.
Stamp the image and sentiment onto the patterned paper using Versafine and heat emboss with the clear powder. Colour with the watercolour and sparkle pens, blending out with a damp brush. Add a little gouache to the colours if you need a little more coverage over the background pattern (gouache is more opaque). Edge with a little Distress Ink and the black marker to frame. Glue to the card front.
Oval die (Tattered Lace), Decorative frame die (Tonic) and harlequin embossing folder
How to make it:
Trim and emboss the black card with the harlequin embossing folder. Lightly rub over with gilding wax and glue to the card front. Add faux stitching with the fine tipped pen.
Stamp the Flora Musica onto patterned paper and heat emboss with gold powder. The embossing makes colouring really quick and easy. Colour with watercolour and sparkle pens and drag out colour with a damp brush. Use some white gouache to add highlights. Gouache paints are semi opaque so are great for covering over patterned or precoloured areas. Note: the watercolour beneath will dissolve and move when painted over with wet media and so will tint the white gouache.
Cut out the topper, edge with a little gilding wax, and mount onto decorative mat cut from metallic card. Glue to the card front using 3D foam for added depth.