24 November 2012

Face Up To ATC's

Hello everyone and welcome to my world. Thanks for joining me. Does that post title make it sound like I find ATC's a real challenge? Well actually they take an immense amount of thought but are ideal 'play' pieces. In such a small space (2.5" x 3.5") it's the details that count. They don't have to take ages to complete and you can test out ideas for bigger projects. That's my theory anyway, and this morning I have suspended 'real life' in order to play with a purpose.


I have been asked to make a couple of birthday cards, the first of which is for a teen who loves/studies beauty. Inspired by challenges with the theme of 'Faces' at Sunday Stampers and Fun With ATC's (see below for links) I have roadtested an idea for said birthday card. If I remember, I'll do a step by step when it comes to doing the larger version for those of you who are interested.


The background has involved applying lots of layers of gesso, Versamagic and Distress Inks. The lady is part of a larger stamp from Indigo Blu. Massive hint here; I tried and failed to apply Archival Ink to the stamp and rub off the bits I didn't want (a tip from Butterfly who is part of the Fun With ATC's design team) so instead I used a Promarker (any alcohol marker will do) to colour the parts required before stamping. 


The 'mirror frame' was created with embossed modelling paste, gesso and white acrylic paint and was a deliberate attempt to recreate those antique frames you find that have been worn and repainted over many years. The sentiment seemed to need clear embossing to make it stand out. The whole colour scheme came from a bottle of handwash in my bathroom!! Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources:))

This is being entered into;
I'd love to hear what you think before further ink is committed to card for the larger version.
Hope you all have a great weekend, hugs Buttons x

28 comments:

  1. Hi Buttons
    This is a wonderful piece of art I love everything about it and the frame is stunning.
    WOW
    Ria

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  2. Love that colour scheme very much, Buttons, and the fact that you play along with us at FwATCs! Thank you for participating and showing!

    I will for sure come back to see the larger versions and the stepxstep! :)

    Hugs,
    die amelie x

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  3. The background is yummy , lve the textured frame...would love to see how to do that! Wonderful and will make a beautiful card, cannot wait to see it! Trace. X

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  4. Beautiful ATC, I like especially the background(-texture) and the image.
    Thanks for your entry for FwATC.
    Best, Suzanne

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  5. I for one love this and YES!! a big card would be fantastic, will be back to look for that.
    Would love to see how you do that effect on the frame.

    Patricia .

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  6. great ATC!! looks as if you had much fun playing around ... your card will be so beautiful! Thanks for taking part in our challenge at FwA!

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  7. Buttons, this is Wonderful. Of course we want to know more x. Hugs Rita xx

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  8. Great idea for a larger project although I have to admit, I do love making atc's.

    Sam xxx

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  9. Hi Buttons, the background colour is beautiful and your little frame is quite stunning against it. That lady stamp is so pretty and I love how she fits the frame. I would most definitely like to see a full card like this. Hugs, Anne x

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  10. Wow - I love that frame, and the painty/inky background is just gorgeous! Fantastic sentiment, and a very productive exploration for a larger card, I should say... And with my "official" hat on: it's so great to have you play along with us at Fun With ATCs - hope to see you as a regular!
    Alison xx

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  11. The frame is fabulous, and the green vintage color is a wonderful background! I love the lady you've used as well...gorgeous all around!

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  12. Lovely frame and colours! The stamp is lovely :-)

    Have a great weekend, Alie

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  13. Wow, this is really wonderful.

    Have a nice Sunday

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  14. The frame is wonderful Buttons and I adore your background. I'm going to love seeing how you made this frame and I'm thinking of paint and gold paste on and all kinds of things! Pure inspiration!!!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Hugs to you,
    Juliaxxx

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  15. I could easily see this in a shadowbox style frame and displayed prominently if anyone needed some words of affirmation to boost them.
    Beautiful use of the frame.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  16. Wonderful frame Buttons. Love the colour scheme (hurray for the handwash!). This will be perfect for intended recipient. Beautifully done. Nicola x

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  17. Love your ATC Buttons ( have to own up to never making one before, the diminutive size scares me LOL) the image is beautiful and the textured frame is superb. XX

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  18. Fabulous! thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  19. This is a wonderful ATC -a real work of art.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  20. A fabulous design Buttons, lots of technique and texture, particularly on the frame which pops beautifully. I look forward to seeing the card you make.
    I am away on a winter break, never done it before, but enjoying some sunshine. Thanks for all your lovely visits and comments.
    Take care.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  21. Looking good and love the texture effect on the frame. Have you tried masking off the unwanted portion of a stamp before inking,(low tack tape) then removing masking tape (or whatever used) before stamping. I forgot to remove said tape once and that makes a horrid mess - should pay closer attention!!

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  22. This looks gorgeous, I've not attempted anything that small but you have me tempted. xx Flora

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  23. wow, my kind of atc, I love the 3d and textures, I agree with you in that ATC's are the best place to try out new ideas and colours etc.
    Beautiful ATC. thanks for joining us at fun with ATC's

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  24. wow, my kind of atc, I love the 3d and textures, I agree with you in that ATC's are the best place to try out new ideas and colours etc.
    Beautiful ATC. thanks for joining us at fun with ATC's

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  25. Really beautiful - love the frame, & the image is stunning. You have got my creative juices flowing now. Thanks for the inspiration. Sx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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