Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2018 #1 ATC's with ESA Sneak Peek {by Dounia Large}

2018 Topic 1: ATC's

Dounia has a fascinating stick-it-remove-it technique for this post to create textured and very clever Backgrounds. To me, they almost look like a satellite map image, or perhaps a bird's eye view of nature. Swwoping over the landscape. She has cleverly secreted some new stamps from Seth Apter in the midst!

Hi everyone, it's Dounia from France. Happy New Year! All the best for 2018. Today I'd like to share with you a technique for great textured backgrounds using paper scraps. I was also lucky to be trusted with stamps from the 2018 collection of one of my favorite designers, Seth Apter... I gleefuly set to play with them so be on the look out for sneak peeks of these fabulous new stamps before their official release in a fortnight!

I'm a rather nit-picky crafter and tend to obsess over every small detail, which can make the realisation of ATC's long and stressful, especially if I want to make a bunch! I therefore love to use a technique that give me a busy and interesting motherboard, as most of the work is then done and I "only" need to worry about accents and focus images. This one also uses all your paper scraps from previous projects that you can't bear to throw away (it's not that small, I could need it!) so it's a win-win!

This way of making backgrounds is inspired by the artistique technique of décollage and particularly lacerated posters as practiced by Jacques Villegré, for example. Instead of adding layers as in collage, you take them off. For that you need base made of numerous layers. 

This is the moment to take out your paper scraps! Anything goes: cardstock, pattern paper, painted or inked pieces... Here I chose a color palette and glued layers of similar shade but you can mix random colors for crazier results! I ended up stacking 9 layers but you already get great texture with 5.

When the collage is perfectly dry, you can begin to tear off parts! It generally is very random, big pieces sometimes coming apart, or thin ribbons, one layers at a time or other times 3 together... I find the tearing very fun and satisfying, the difficulty is knowing when to stop! Most torn off pieces can also be reused, so there is little waste.

The resulting masterboard may look busy and random but when you cut it into ATC size pieces, it's another transformation! The lot is coherent but each piece has its own story to tell. You just need to listen, keep the best parts and add a few focus features to finish.

Seth's stamps are always full of versatile and inspirational words, they were easy to use to make the ATC's "speak".

I think staplers always make a statement. I love how their straight lines contrast with the more organic torn hedges while still complementing the mechanical elements from the stamps.

Clean cut shapes are another good contrast. They also help show off the dimension of the décollage layer. However you need strong punch/die to get through all these layers!

All in all a very easy technique with rewarding results. A great afternoon crafting project for a group: fun and hands on, with a tea break during drying and everybody can exchange ATC at the end. Of course, you can do bigger (or smaller) pieces and achieve very different atmospheres depending on your color palette, your layering and your tearing technique. I hope I inspired you to use your paper scraps and got you excited about Seth's new stamps! Stay curious!

Dounia x

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Miriam said...

oh wow - Dounia, these are stunning. I love what you have done!!

Helen said...

I love this idea, Dounia! How fantastic to see some sneak peaks of Seth's new stamps too.

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a cool idea! I love the results you got Dounia. Lx

geezercrafter said...

Love the technique and the results are stunning, looking forward to seeing the new stamps!!

Seth said...

What a sensational technique to create an organic, layered background. Adding the staples is like icing on the cake. Thank you Dounia for showing off my new stamps so well! Seth

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Really want to try this technique (although it does look addictive!) Great sneaky peek too!

sam21ski said...

Love the look of those stamps - great sneak peek x

Sandy A said...

Oh boy, a great way to use some of those collage elements lurking around that aren’t my favourites. Build it up then tear away! Can’t wait to see the new releases

craftytrog said...

Love these!!!

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh my gosh Dounia! These backgrounds are mesmerizing! I love how cleverly you embedded each stamped element and the staples are a favorite of mine too, so perfect in your designs. Bravo! Hugs, Autumn

Kirsten said...

I love this idea for backgrounds, it looks great!! The finished ATCS are fab and I already know that I'm going to love Seth's new stamps.

Unknown said...

Oh mon dieu Dounia mais t'es trop forte !!!! Super encore une fois pour tes Atc!!! Quel talent!!! said...

Cleanup your papers and make art with new stamps = CLEVER!

Etsuko said...

Great idea for these backgrounds and I love how you have used Seth's new stamps to making these fabulous ATCs. xx

Jackie PN said...

Wow what a way cool idea with those strips!!
Fabulous atc's!
Jackie xo

Unknown said...

Great backgrounds. Looking forward to trying this. Thank you.

ionabunny said...

Oh, what fun and what a rich masterboard you made. Love these and the staples. HUgz

Raquel Burillo said...

Oh my gosh! This is so inspiring Dounia! I'm craving to try it! And the masterboard without cutting anything looks already so beautiful!! Love it! And I love how you sneak peeked Seth's stamps, no clue what they are about but look fantastic! Great work!

Skylark said...

What lovely ATCs and an inspiring technique, will definitely have to have a go at that as I love creating masterboards. Thanks. Stef x

Pink Bunkadoo said...

Such tricky layers. Really amazing.

Neet said...

A fascinating insight into a different masterboard and its uses on the atc's. Love the fact that Seth (don't you just love that man) Apter stamps have been incorporated.
Hugs, Neet x

Chris said...

A marvellous idea Dounia and the ATCs are fantastic! x

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