I'd never even heard of Friendly Plastic before so eagerly searched the internet to see whether we could buy it anywhere in Australia. I found one site and promptly ordered the product and then when I wanted to buy more was told they were out of stock and would need to wait a few weeks before they get some more in ... well of course this wasn't going to work because I wanted it straight away so I could have a play. I then found a store in Brisbane who stocks Friendly Plastic and they were going to be at the Scrapbook and Papercraft Convention and were running classes with Myléne Hillam, so I booked in to get some first hand experience in creating with Friendly Plastic.
So here is my Friendly Plastic ATC ... I didn't make the whole card out of it as per Bernie Berlin's book, I just used the Friendly Plastic as an embellishment instead. The background is turquoise Basic Grey paper that I embossed through the Cuttlebug, I inked the raised bits in silver, added some German Scrap along the bottom. I created a design using various colours of Friendly Plastic that I melted together and ran a comb through to make the patterns, I then cut out two large wings and two small wings, stuck these to the card with a silicon glue and made the body with wire an beads.
I was completely stumped about what to do for this technique and then I did a google search on "Folded ATC" and I found a blog (http://hermaf.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/folded-atc/) with a template that was just perfect.
I started this ATC with black cardstock, scored all the fold lines then covered the card with a serviette. I felt the card was too "flat" with just the serviette, so I painted over the top with my brayer and 3 different colours : shopping bag (a beige colour), raw sienna and red oxide. I was really starting to love the background, so I then stamped over the top with black StazOn to tone it down some more. I added a diamond shaped picture from a Graphic 45 paper called Botanicabella Garden Suite, which fit perfectly in the centre after coating with crackle medium and some alcohol inks to highlight the cracks. I never feel like my ATCs are finished unless there is a border, so I used Gold, Patina and Spanish Copper rub 'n' buff around the edges.
HAND JOURNALLED ATC
I really had no idea what I was going to do for the hand journalled ATC and then I heard a song on the radio and a few lines stuck with me and my creativity was awakened. I was so excited and immediately started my search for a picture of a train, which I added to this card using a gel medium transfer technique and then I creatively hand wrote the words to go with the image.
After I'd finished and sent my ATCs off to Tammy in the USA (the hostess of this swap), I realised I hadn't written the artists name on the back of the card and actually didn't even know who sings the song ... so promptly searched the internet to see if I could find out who it was. I found a site with the words and a video clip of the song and lo-'n-behold, the word "train" doesn't appear anywhere in the song ... whooops ... a slight faux par ... it's meant to be "dream" (LOL)!!! Ah well, I'm sure that whoever gets this ATC in the swap, will get the gist of what I meant.
Here's a Behind The Scenes video of Natalie Bassingthwaighte singing Someday Soon ...
"Someday soon you're going to catch that DREAM you've been chasing."