Saturday 6 January 2018

2018 #1 ATCs with ETS Sneak Peek {by Anneke de Clerck}

2018 Topic 1: ATC's

We are killing 2 birds with 1 stone here on the PA blog this week...not only have we kicked off a new topic (ATC's) but we have given our bloggers some BRAND NEW stamps to make ATC's with. We are not sharing the stamps in full (that happens when we get to Creativation in just over 2 weeks) but as we do love to tease you, at least you can pin your faves, and enjoy a small taste of what is to come from us with our 2018 new products! Here's some new stamps from Tract Scott made by the lovely Anneke, who as you know, adores bright and cheerful colours - a match made in heaven!

Hi everyone Anneke here.

Great to be here on the PA blog tonight with a post about ATC's. I'm one of the lucky design team members who already could work with some of the brand new (and not yet released!) stamp sets (ETS14 & ETS15) and stencils (PS087 & PS089) designed by Tracy Scott. Both stamp sets and stencils are gorgeous, they're fitting my style perfectly! 

I'm allowed to give you a little sneak peek tonight, how cool is that! 
To create the ATC's I worked on various backgrounds: dark  blue cardstock, kraft paper and white cardstock. Love the different outcome!

Last year I was inspired by a mini workshop by Rae Missigman to create my own tiny pocket journal. I also took part in Rae's artmarks30daychallenge. There I learned it's perfectly possible to create beautiful artwork on very small pages. This experience came in handy while creating these ATC's, as I'm usually working on bigger surfaces such as cards or art journal pages.

For the first ATC I used one of my favorite techniques: layering.

I worked on a kraft base and started by stamping scribbles on the kraft paper and on blank paper tape with Archival Ink Jet Black.

I created pink flowers using Bubble Gum Fresco Chalk Paint and the PM008 mini mask. On the photo you can see a glimpse of one of the new stencils designed by Tracy Scott (PS089). I only used the centre of that large stencil. For easy sponging I masked off the area around the centre (I used the blue spotty tape you can see on the centre of the stencil)

As I worked on a brown surface and wanted the colors to be vivid I did all the stencilling with Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint first. This white layer made a perfect undercoat for the colors such as the Limelight Fresco Chalk Paint.

I continued adding layers with stencils (Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Linen & Dina Wakley Media Paint Comb - Circles) using Caribbean Sea and Bougainvillea Fresco Chalk Paint.

Before stamping the main flower in black I added strips of the stamped tape to bring back a few of the scribbles of the first layer.

To create the next ATC I first made a background using a technique inspired by Kim Dellow. I created  stripes with a plastic card using Limelight, Caribbean Sea, Captain Peacock, Pea Coat, Bubble Gum and Candy Floss Fresco Chalk Paint.

I used one of Tracy's new stamps from the ETS14 set as a frame. I stamped it on a painted ATC, cut away the centre and attached this ATC to the striped background using 3D tape. I finished the tag off with a heart from the ETS15 set.

A lot of layers on this ATC as well. 

Here I worked on a white background. I applied a coat of Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint to start with. This layer takes away the porousness of the paper and mistakes can easily be wiped away with a baby wipe. 

I applied a small amount of Caribbean Sea and Limelight Fresco Chalk Paint through the PM007 mini mask using a baby wipe. I repeated this step using Bubble Gum and Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint. The use of the baby wipe in combination with very little paint provides a soft, watercolor look.

I added three strips of stamped tape to the ATC. Next I've put one of Tracy's new stencils (PS087) on top and sponged Pea Coat Fresco Chalk Paint through it. I added dots to the right by stamping with the end of a paint brush using Bougainvillea Fresco Chalk Paint. After drying I made marks with a white penI decorated this ATC with a beautiful flower. I'm totally in love with this flower stamp from the  ETS15 stamp set.

I did the stamping of the flower using my MISTI stamping tool. I left the stamped image and the stamp in place on my MISTI while painting the flower. This allowed me to stamp again on top of the painted layer. That way I didn't have to bother about losing stamped details while painting, as you can easily re-print the flower image once the paint is dry.

For this final ATC I worked on dark blue textured cardstock. Love how the texture remains visible, even after adding a lot of layers.

I started by rubbing a wash of Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint on top of the dark blue cardstock using my fingers (my favorite tools :)). I applied a small amount of Limelight and Captain Peacock Fresco Chalk Paint, sprayed water on top and let the paint drip.

I stamped scribbles on tissue paper and adhered torn strips of that tissue paper randomly. I continued adding layers with parts of Tracy's new stencil PS089 using Candy Floss Fresco Chalk Paint. I stamped dots using the end of a pencil using Bubble Gum Fresco Chalk Paint. I stamped the flowers twice, once with Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint and once with Versamark Ink Jet Black. I finished the ATC off by making marks with a white pen. I painted ribbon in matching colors to create tabs. 

I hope you'll agree with me the PaperArtsy stamps designed by Tracy Scott are gorgeous. I love every stamp of the sets I worked with. I'm sure I will use them a lot more in the future! 

Stay tuned for Tracy's new products release later this month. 

In the meantime I hope you'll grab your stamps, stencils and paints and join the ATC challenge. You'll be surprised what you can accomplish on such a small surface.
I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Note: New PaperArtsy stamp releases start here on the PA blog, Jan 18th

Our creative team love to read your comments so much, so please take time to let them know you've been inspired!  

You must complete step 1 AND 2 to be entered into the draw. 

To join our challenge:
1. Leave a comment on the Topic Introduction Post and go in the draw to win a PaperArtsy Apron. 
2. Make something arty relevant to the topic, and link your creation from any social URL (eg. Instagram, Pinterest, Blog Post etc) sharing your original make to this challenge page.

The current topic link Topic 1: ATC's will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, 4th February 2018, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00. (Please note the challenge is 1 month long due to significant new Product news during January)

All links go in the draw to win a PaperArtsy creative apron. Please make sure we can contact you as a prize winner - it helps if you share your contact info from the platform you opt to use.

Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!


Kirsten said...

Gorgeous ATCs, I love the bright colours and all the different layers look great.

Helen said...

some fabulous atcs, and I love the hint of the new stamps - think they're going to be some must haves!

Miriam said...

Gorgeous atcs...I absolutely love them. And so so excited about the new products!

ionabunny said...

These are so pretty. Love the brights and all the layers. Hugz

Unknown said...

Love the bright colours you’ve used - fab!! x

heARTistry said...

Fabulous ATC's Anneke. Love them all ❤️❤️❤️

Artmadnana said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques Anneke. I'm loving the glimpses of new stamps and stencils!

Seth said...

I do so love these bright colors together.

Unknown said...

Love the bright colours. And the glimpses of happiness to come!

Keren Baker said...

Absolutely love these samples! Gorgeous! x

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Gorgeous ATC's, colours are so cheery. The stamps look like they will have to go on the wish list 👍 X said...

Sweet Aussie Summer colour! Gorgeous.

Lin said...

I love love love mini art atc's playing cards the one with the stripes from credit cards...looking forward to the new releases

Clare said...

Your ATC’s are stunning. I love the bright colours, they are stunning. I can’t wait to see the rest of the new release stamps, from what I have seen today I think I’m going to start saving! Hugs, Clare x

froebelsternchen said...

I love those cheerful multy layered Mixed Media ATCs! Brilliant!

Corrie Herriman said...

These are fantastic. love the colours !
Corrie x

Etsuko said...

These are stunning ATCs, I love the colours. xx

SewPaperPaint said...

I absolutely adore these ATCs! What inspiring, beautiful work!

Skylark said...

Love your bright and colourful ATCs! Thanks for the MISTI restamping tip after painting an image - great idea! Stef x

Hazel Agnew said...

These colours sing to me Anneke and make me very happy! Love them all. Xx

Pink Bunkadoo said...

This is classic PaperArtsy to me. Happy colors and images married to serious techniques. Love.

Neet said...

Love the Kim Dellow technique especially but like everything on here. You know I am a Tracy fan, looking forward to her new release!
Hugs, Neet xx

Cathy said...

Love these gorgeous colours and the layers that you've built up look amazing, Cathy x

Chris said...

Fabulous ATCs Anneke, I love the zingy colours! x

rachel said...

gorgeous colours - these are brilliant - loving the stamps xx