Friday 5 January 2018

2018 #1 ATC's with EKC Sneak Peek {by Keren Baker}

2018 Topic 1: ATC's

Kay has a huge release coming up in a few weeks. Tonight Keren is sharing a little looksie at a few of Kay's new stamps. As ever, you can expect great things!

Hi everyone, it's Keren with you today, and I'd like to share with you some ATC pieces.
ATC's are a wonderful way of both exercising restraint and plugging into the creative side of you that doesn't worry so much about filling space as there's so little to fill. I've had the delight of using some of the brand new Kay Carley stamps and have combined them with some of the currently available ones. Eagle eyed KayCarlians (if that's a word!) will be able to spot which is which!

Creating on a mini canvas is the perfect opportunity to use the smaller (but perfectly formed sets!). I did dig out my craft knife for this one & wished I'd remembered where to put the spare blades!! Easier cutting= new blades!  The image isn't supposed to be a tree - but with ATC dimensions it takes on a new role!

I wanted a really clean design for this one and decided to combine the images with the EKC07 set.  Obviously this stamp set I can show you as its not new! See how this is working tonight??? We love to tease!

Using partial images around the edges gave me an unexpected frame and I love the light soft vibe it gives.

I went even simpler with this one- using a (shhh) stencil to trace around using a fineliner in black. It's a lovely delicate treatment with a stencil - and so simple that I'll be using it again. It also is a clean technique and perfect for that 'just before the school run' kinda crafting!

This ATC isn't strictly the correct dimensions- but then, rules are made to be broken sometimes. Truthfully, I needed the matt to hide all the messy back of the sewing and because the canvas is such a light colour, I thought it needed some sort of contrast. No difficult sewing techniques here, just French knots (& rather too many of them for my liking!!) and some back stitch! The cut out image of the mini dragonfly kept fraying, so I needed to add a fusible bonding to stop that. I used the Black Shadow Hybrid ink from Tonic that would have needed heat setting had I intended to wash the fabric.

Even if you don't end up using ATC's in the manner of which they were first invented for, they're a great starter for a card or would look gorgeous as the main image on a journal or a canvas filled with them. Either way; quick and accessible art is my idea of fun and I'd encourage you to have a go with one of the least scary forms !
Thanks for letting me share these projects!
Keren xx


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Kirsten said...

Lovely ATCs!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I love the idea of using the stamps for embroidery, so pretty. Thanks for the sneak peak too, I look forward to the start of the official releases on 18th January xx

I Card Everyone said...

LOve them all, Keren! Especially that stitched number ... can you ever have too many French knots? Me thinks NOT!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Fabulous ATCS. The stitched one looks amazing! Lx

ionabunny said...

Those houses are cute. Love how you framed your ATC with the partial stamping of the lupin/muscari flower. Very pretty. Hugz

Ellie Knol said...

LOve all of your ATC's Keren!

SewPaperPaint said...

What stunning needlework and how I love that fussy cut "tree". Brilliant!

Doudoulina said...

Those are so lovely, full of delicate details! And with a handfull of techniques to try, so inspirational! You really make the most of those beautiful stamps! Amazing!

Alexis said...

These are lovely ATC’s and really pretty stamps!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Brilliant ATCs- love the 'branch' but the sewn one is a real inspiration! Fabulous!

Craftyfield said...

Love the idea of embroidering the stamped images! And no they aren't too many french knots, just enough to show off the design!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh boy I am in heaven!! Marvellous makes & just look at all that stitchy goodness! Fabulous. Warm wishes Tracey x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous ATCs - I just love the embroidered images!

suzyb said...

Wonderful idea to put embroidery on stamped images! Lovely. Love ATC's too.

Miriam said...

So so these!

Unknown said...

Such pretty Acts. I especially like the embroidered image. I must try that! Thank you for the idea.
Looking forward to the new releases.

craftimamma said...

These are so pretty especially the embroidered one.

Lesley Xx said...

The variety of samples is wonderful. Kay's stamps are popular her in Australia.

Etsuko said...

Fantastic cards, especially embroidery card is beautiful. xx

Skylark said...

Some lovely inspiration with your ATC collection, especially the stitching ideas. Thanks. Stef x

Hazel Agnew said...

Wowser Keren, what versatility is here in all this wonderful splendour! Xx

Pink Bunkadoo said...

Wow! Your atcs are wildly different. That’s a lot of creativity.

Neet said...

Whoopee! I can do French Knots. About the only stitch I can do. Adore the way she has created on canvas like this.
Think the stamp set is a MUST. Oh heck!
Hugs, Neet xx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous projects, such a variety of techniques on these cards, Cathy x