Sunday, October 24, 2010

ATC Club

On the second Friday of every month, I now meet with an ATC Club through a shop called Scraploot.  The teacher extraordinaire is Linda Baldock who is fantastic.  Here are the ATCs I finally finished for the very first ATC Club swap.  The next theme was Vintage Dancer, but because I was in Queensland and missed the second ATC Club meet I didn't actually know the theme.


The third ATC Club meet had us make a box to hold ATCs.  I absolutely love how this box turned out ... it was made using a faux rust technique ... and is all Linda's creation.  Start with a box template and put it through the cuttlebug ... it'll have to be folded to fit in the embossing template but it doesn't matter that some of the pattern is embossed and other parts are debossed (not sure if that's a word).  Paint the whole thing in black acrylic paint.  Dab orange paint in spots and dry ... you won't be able to see the orange very well on the black, but it adds depth to the technique.  Rub over the whole thing with Gold Gedeo Gilders Paste, making sure to have light and dark areas that show through some of the underneath colour.  Dab orange paint in parts again and buff when you have thicker gold area.  Rubb black paint over the edges, especially if you can see cracks in the paint.  Decorate the inside of the box if you want to before sticking it together.  Add fancy clasp to the front and decorate with black german scrap rubbed with the gilders paste ... pretty neat huh!



"Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
~Albert Einstein~

Monday, October 4, 2010

Knave of Hearts

The July theme in the Alice Challenge through the PaperArts Yahoo Group is the Knave of Hearts and here is my take on the theme.

It's Spring down under and it's quite a pleasure walking around Hunters Hill with gardens blooming and birds tweeting.  Every day our garden has some new colour ...



"A weed is but an unloved flower."
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919, American Poet and Journalist~