Saturday 11 May 2019

2019 #7: Turquoise with Urban Snapshots [By Alison Hall}

2019 Topic 7: Turquoise

Alison has a perfectly beautiful set of ATCs featuring a blast from the past product; Stampbord, which she's combined with some gorgeous gold edging on a by-product of a cup of tea! I reckon we'll all be saving and drying tea bags from now on! 

Hi everyone, it's Alison Hall with you today, and I'd like to share with you some Stampbord ATCs, on which I used the gorgeous PaperArtsy Urban Snapshots Nature stamps, together with some yummy teabag texture. Those of you that know my art, will know how much I love to use teabags in my art. My kitchen windowsill constantly has a few of them drying out on it. No bag goes to waste!

I never miss an opportunity to get out my Gelli Plate, and so I used the 3x5" one and my new PaperArtsy brayer to add some Captain Peacock PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic to my Stampbord ATCs.


Next I added some stencilling with Bora Bora Fresco Finish Acrylic and Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stencil 090. Although you can't see this very well on the finished ATCs, it adds a layer of texture and interest.

I emptied and opened out three used teabags, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped various images from Urban Snapshots Nature stamp sets 1, 3 and 4 on them. I love that delicious, sepia, tea colour!


I used Matte Medium to adhere the teabags to the ATCs, then once dry I trimmed off the excess.

To highlight some of the images, I tried stamping them again, first with Captain Peacock Fresco Finish Acrylic directly onto the ATCs, but this didn't show up enough, so I stamped them onto White Smoothy Cardstock, then cut them out and glued them in place. The white was a little bright, so I added water to some Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then water-coloured the images.

To finish the ATCs, I first tried edging them with black ink, but then decided on adding some aged gold embossing enamel. I couldn't resist a sprinkling of the gold embossing enamel on the ATCS, echoing the speckles on the bird's eggs.

I hope you like my nature ATCs. If you don't have Stampbord, you could use greyboard, chipboard, MDF, ATCs, or even PaperArtsy's Heavy Smoothy Cardstock. I hope you'll have a go at stamping onto teabags, it really is a fun surface to work with. I look forward to seeing your turquoise artwork for the challenge.

Alison x

Blog: Craftytrog's Arty Adventures
Facebook: Alison Hall
Instagram: @craftytrog


Helen said...

wow they really are stamps from the past! gorgeous atcs, Alison

Caty said...

Woowww those Atc´s are really gorgeous Alison !! Love them all, the colours are wonderful, and I love the little gold drops over them, Beautiful every detail.
I wish you a very nice weekend,
Big hugs, Caty

Miriam said...

Fabulous Atcs using some of my favourite sets!

whyducks said...

Fabulous Alison xx

A Pink said...

A terrific trio of Atc's , Alison and inspiring creativity x

froebelsternchen said...

Simply AMAZING Alison! They are UNIQUE - they are wonderful! Totally after my taste! You never cease to amaze with your projects here! Thank you!

Hugs, Susi

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are fabulous, Alison! X

Chris said...

These are gorgeous Alison!

Cocofolies said...

These are really gorgeous indeed Alison, I love them!!!
You show us a fabulous way to play with our old (but great to have of course) Stampbord stuff but also teabags! Coco xx

PaperArtsy said...

beautiful!! I really love how the tissue paper looks!

Lauren Hatwell said...


sheila 77 said...

Great work, Alison. I so enjoyed this post, something different for me. All the photos are so clear and explain how you made these perfectly. So interesting. I love all of these and especially like the tree.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your ATCs are stunning! I love how you used the cut outs on the tissue paper, it really makes the images pop - beautiful 😊. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy and creative wishes! J 😊 x