Saturday 22 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: ATC Trio {by Claire Snowdon}

2017 Topic 9: Aqua

This gorgeous blue arrangement is simple to construct, very striking yet full of plenty of small details - like a splash gold flecks. Perfect for gift tags, and I think this idea would work really well for wintry Christmas cards too - anyone doing those yet?? LOL

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon with you today, and I'd like to share with you my trio of aqua artist trading cards (aka ATC's) created using stamps and stencils by Kim Dellow.

I enjoy making smaller pieces of art as they are quicker to make but create a great opportunity for trying out a variety of techniques, using different products or just practicing the basics.

I enjoyed creating the backgrounds for my three ATC's and used a smooshing type technique with Fresco Chalk Paint and a little water, then used negative stenciling on top.


I liked creating the backgrounds in this way as it gives and almost marbled watercolour effect.

I made the focal topper using Kim Dellow's stamps on each ATC a darker shade of aqua to give some contrast with the background - and just couldn't resist a little splatter of gold on them too :-)

I like to frame my ATC's using some doodling, distressing the edges and then mounting them on black card so they really pop.

Why not create some mini works of aqua artwork to try out those new products or a new technique you haven't used before?  Kim's stamps are ideal for mini art as there are loads of smaller elements that you can play with! 

Thanks for joining me tonight on the Paperartsy blog - be sure to come and visit me on my own blog or on Instagram.....Claire Xx

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Claire these are so effective! You have used the same tone throughout, yet managed to get contrast so effectively with those lovely gelli-printed backgrounds! Fabulous ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

wow, Claire, these are gorgeous! the aqua with the black is so striking.

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Claire, Kim's stencils are just perfect for these backgrounds and then using her stamps so beautifully produces just great Atc's. Love them. Just so cute! Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are really striking, Claire, you have made great use of Kim's gorgrous stencils,

Lucy x

Mac Mable said...

Love the marbling effect on the background. So pretty and thank you for the inspiration x

craftimamma said...

Fabulous ATCs Claire. Lots of interest in the gorgeous backgrounds but without looking in any way cluttered. The differing shades of aqua still allow the focal point of each one to draw the eye. Love them all.

Lesley Xx

Etsuko said...

These ATCs are stunning and really Kim's stamps and stencils are striking!! xx

geezercrafter said...

Smashing Atc's Claire. Love the use of black with the aqua.

Words and Pictures said...

Chic and pretty - great trio of ATCs!
Alison x

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous set of ATCs! Chrisx

Corrie Herriman said...

Gorgeous project ! x

Miriam said...

Great atcs Claire.