Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 #1 ATC's with EAB Sneak Peek {by Jennie Atkinson}

2018 Topic 1: ATC's

We are kicking off 2018 jumping in boots and all with a new Topic: ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), but our bloggers are also sharing sneak peeks of new stamps that you will be able to lay your crafty paws on towards the end of the month! So yes, we deliberately chose small format substrates so you only get to see tiny bits of stamps. Mwahahaha.

Tonight Jennie is using a few brand new Alison Bomber stamps...but she's not telling you what comes exactly from where...yet!!

~ Leandra 

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live the Dream) here with you today, the very first day of 2018! We may be in the depth of winter but I am sharing with you tonight some ATCs which have a glimmer of spring and more importantly give you a sneak peek of some new quotes from our fabulous designer Alison Bomber.  

I love ATCs for lots of reasons. Although they are great for swapping and make a lovely miniature front for a card, most importantly I find they are perfectly sized to enable me to experiment with different mediums and techniques both in terms of backgrounds and little collages.

This wonderful spring quote put me in mind of April skies which don't really have the deep blue of summer, but tend to be a more violet hue between showers.

In order to get a watery sky background I experimented with a palette of Violet Storms Infusions Dye Stain on a Chalk Fresco Chalk Paint background. Painting the Smoothy Heavyweight Card first provides a base for the dye to sit on and I like the resulting brighter colours. I mixed my dye and water on the craft mat and lay the card into it, before drying with a heat gun. Different pressures and amount of water will give different results. The last of the dye was mopped up with my ribbon and I added some colours to the text paper too.

I layered the quote over a little collage using one of my favourite PaperArtsy labels from Ephemera Plate 2  and used this glorious butterfly from Eclectica Scrapcosy 04. Initially I had stamped everything in a Vintage Brown, but this just didn't work well with the cool tones of the background (I should have been thinking of the colour wheel !) but did find that Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink toned in perfectly.

This background was more watery and more reminiscent of April skies so I tried not to hide the background too much - stamping lightly with the text stamp from Travel Plate 2. Being lighter I thought the ATC needed a little background edging so used cardstock which I had painted with the dye to get its fullest colour. I very lightly coloured the rose with the dye as well as I always try to use the same hues throughout a project in order to create a feeling of calmness. 

I decided to do some experiments mixing the Violet Storm Infusions dye with Fresco Chalk Paint. This is not something I have done before, but I absolutely adore the affect.

The cardstock was primed with Chalk Fresco Chalk Paint as before and I mixed Spanish Mulberry and Chalk Fresco Chalk Paint on my craft mat and shaking in the dye. I kept it as light as possible with plenty of water and mopping with kitchen towel whilst drying with the heat. gun. 

On these two I put more emphasis on the dye than the paint, but still love the effect.

Normally I use a lot of texture on my backgrounds but a good stamping surface was most important for this ATC. I used the lighter part of the background to stamp the quote directly onto the ATC. I also love being able to isolate individual words and Alison's quotes are just perfect for this.

As soon as I saw this wonderful quote I knew it would work with the lovely Roma lady from Travel 4. I just love the way the colours work so wonderfully on this background.

What I love about Alison's quotes is that they can be used for so many projects. I have chosen to keep this ATC feminine to match the others, but by exchanging the flower and lace for some hessian and string would make a front for a masculine card. 

It is also easy to isolate parts of the quote with dies as I have done here making two tags from the single quote to create a little cluster of tags.

I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek of these wonderful new stamps from Alison as much as I have enjoyed using them. I hope too that our ATC challenge will prompt you to try out new techniques and experiment with paints and dyes - I was delighted with the different backgrounds I managed to achieve and in a very short time had loads of backgrounds to play with (and plenty more left for another day!).

As always thank you for joining me and may I wish  you all a very Happy and Creative 2018.

Jennie x

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Helen said...

Gorgeous atc, Jennie - love the sneak peak of Alison's new quotes. Can't wait!

Lauren Hatwell said...

These are so beautiful Jennie. Gorgeous colours and textures. Lx

Keren Baker said...

What a beautiful collection- adore the soft colours and particularly love the design of the first one! x

Sue said...

These are really lovely Jennie, I love your delicate backgrounds xx

butterfly said...

Glorious tiny tasters of the words to come, Jennie... thank you so much for creating these ATC masterpieces from the quote inspiration. Simply gorgeous!
Alison x

laury55 said...
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laury55 said...

your ATCs are stunning, very delicate and classy

Ruth said...

Such delightful atc’s, soft colours and magical words...a treat! x

Julia said...

Love ATC's, and these soft delicate lavender colors are so refreshing. Beautiful.
Loving those stunning aprons too.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Fabulous effects using the infusions and chalk paints, they have created the foundations to magnificently adorned ATC's Jennie x

Margaret said...

Lovely ATCs!

Susan Battensby said...

Great ATC's. Looking forward to the new Paperartsy stamps, always a must have in my book.

Glennis said...

I love the entire look of these ATC's, the colours are just gorgeous and vintagey! (if that is a word)

Seth said...

Just beautiful. The colors and backgrounds are gorgeous. And I can see the stamps are as well.

Christine Alexander said...

love those quotes and the fun ATC's. I can't wait to see the new stamps :)

Nikki Acton said...

Beautiful Jennie! Wonderful paint / infusions backgrounds and elegant layers. Xx

Jane Castle said...

Beautiful colours and backgrounds Jenny. So looking forward to the new stamps X

ionabunny said...

Beautiful. Amazing what you can fit in a small space. Love these. Hugz

craftytrog said...

A beautiful set of ATCs Jennie!

Team Clark said...

Jennie, your projects always take my breath! This pair is no exception. The beautiful soft colors, the layering details and that grey stamping - a winning combination! Who knew one could pack such a punch on these tiny footprints?!

Vivian Foo said...

Love how the backgrounds are created, simply fabulous!

craftimamma said...

Argh! I need them now....while I have some Christmas money left, lol! Love your combination of frescos and Infusions for the backgrounds Jennie. Brilliant and so effective. That I love the quotes goes without saying and you have showcased these beautifully.

Lesley Xx

Karen said...

I really like these! I am a color junky but I have to say I love how soft these look. Also those aprons are fabulous- wow

Doudoulina said...

Love your results with dye and paint! Such soft tones yet intriging texture. And stamping in grey was inspired, really brings the aTC together! Fabulous!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful ATCs! Such gentle elegance portrayed in each one!

Kirsten said...

Woohoo, the start of sneak peeks!!! These ATCs are beautiful, I love the backgrounds.

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Absolutely beautiful ATCs Jennie. I love the soft colours too. xx

Jackie P Neal said...

Jennie, your atc's are gorgeous and such a perfect pairing with those quotes!!
I am so excited about your new releases PaperArtsy!!
Happy New Year to all and may your successes be many!
Jackie xo

Craftyfield said...

I love Jennie' soft colours! Gorgeous ATCs!

Lys Scrap said...

Delightful ATCs joining your art to Alison's one: a marvel!

Sara Barker said...

Breathtaking little works of art from Jennie! Those delicate backgrounds are perfect settings for Alison's new quote stamps. I love the paint/infusion combination, and I'm very grateful for the tutorial. Hugs!

Raquel Burillo said...

These are so beautiful and delicate! I really enjoy every single project of yours, Jennie! Looking forward to see Alison's quotes in full!!

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