Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some more ATCs

Here are a couple of ATCs I made recently. The first one "Dance" I made for a live swap a few months ago, but I hadn't finished one off for me, so now that I've done it I can show you how it turned out. You'll never believe what I used as the background ... I always use a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock as my backing sheet when I paint, glue, stamp or emboss, so I can keep my desk relatively clean. After 6 months of using the cardstock, it looked so awesome I decided to make it into ATCs ... I couldn't have gotten this effect if I tried. Every ATC had a slightly different background, of course, depending on what technique I was doing on that part of the sheet.

The next ATC I made for a swap hosted by the gorgeous Tanya (does beautiful work, but doesn't update her blog very often). A group of us met today at our local shopping centre and traded our cards over a nice old chat. I love that there is no theme for this swap, so I finally got a chance to try the Postage People technique that I learnt from Marion B via a You Tube video (see embedded video at the end of this post).

In the video, Marion B used a postage stamp over an image she stamped herself, but I don't have that many rubber stamps so ended up finding a drawing of two ladies, that I shrunk down so that the postage stamp would fit and then I printed it out on a laser printer onto watercolour paper. I then used my watercolour pencils, that I haven't used in a very long time and hand coloured the whole thing in. To finish off I used gold rub 'n' buff around the edges, some german scrap along the bottom, a Scrapware chipboard crown inked in gold, a journey circle stamp in gold over the edge of the postage stamp and finally I made the words "We are not amused ..." into a rub-on. I had so much fun making this 'postage people' ATC that I may have to do some more.

"You are not powerless about anything. When you get a vision and then find alignment with it, you ARE powerful. And then amazing things begin to happen around you..."


Barb said...

Diana...I love your postage people...and the dancer is divine!

bockel24 said...

Your queen is cool, Diana - and thanks for your kind comments!