The Paler Shade of White Challenge

In the (Artist’s Trading Cards) ATC  Swap Group this month, our theme was “A Paler Shade of White”.

Why, yes, its a spin off from the song, “A Whiter Shade of Pale“.   So Retro- Vintage here!  Check out the outfits in this video!

Our group seems to enjoy the color themes, many of us, including myself, liked the idea of white this time around and yet struggled to incorporate that idea into our art.

Considering that I’m one of the moderator’s and hosted this month’s idea, I think that’s kind of funny 🙂

What I had in my mind was that vintage white you get when its been around a while and started to yellow, and that pearl white of old shirt buttons.  I took me longer to gather materials than it took me to make the cards.

My mom gave some of her stash, and this card of old buttons became one of my favorites:

They were sewn onto the card, and I had to rip them off, which left these trailing bits of yellowing thread, perfect!  I used as they were, and liked the look.  What do you think?

In this one, I love that I was able to mirror the pearl button and tiny safety pin in the picture.

A Paler Shade of White was certainly a  fun challenge!   Next up, “Aubergine” which also reminds me of a song… by Bruce Cockburn?  I can’t remember…

Asian Themed ATC

The very latest for my ATC Swap group.
I wrote  Chinese proverbs and used  stamps, walnut distress ink, chalk inks, Basic Grey card stock, Carson paper, Bazzil card stock, corner rounder, Making Memories brads, foam pop ups, and a white jelly roll.

chinese proverb atc

Winter Time ATC’s

While Dexter snoozes away…I am busy making up a batch of Winter Time Themed ATC’s.

Since it is snowing like mad this week, I made a few snow themed ATC’s.
Oh, and I printed the “let it snow…” on my graphics program.

joy & celebrate atc's

Here is part of a batch I started at my friend Melissa’s, using her word stamps and embossing gun for the words “celebrate and joy”.  (Thanks, Melissa:)

After that, I added some more card stock, chalked and/or inked the edges and used 3-d glue dots to stick my Christmas inchies on there.  I spent some time preparing the Inchies in advance, so I could have a number of them ready to go.

make merry atc

Some of the Media used: Bazzil & Colormates cardstock, assorted scrapbook papers,  clear & satin pearl embossing powders, mixed snowflakes, snowflake brads,mini red brads,  mica bits, staz on black ink, silver color box ink, silver gel pen, alene glue, stamps, clear & antique glazes, Pearl-Ex pigments, watercolor pencils and crayons, chalks, fine glitter, ribbon,  winter themed stamp sets.

One Stamp Challenge

One stamp, different interpretations.

christmas stockings

Media used: White cardstock, Sepia, Raspberry & Pine Inks,  chalks, watercolor pencils & crayons, watercolor paints & brads.

What am I going to do with all these?  Good question, they will be cut up and used in Christmas Cards and Winter Time Themed ATC’s.

Not only have I had fun playing with mixed media, I have prepped some of my future cards:D

Your turn!  I challenge you to take the One Stamp Challenge and see what you can do:)

And Have a Holly Jolly Time!

Fairy Theme ATC’s

More of the November Theme Fairy cards.

STOP IT! Stop thinking that right now! (shakes head)

Ok, so as you can see, I painted these little fairies on a toadstool with a very fine brush.
My script brush, actually.  And I am just about ready to get me one of those magnify-ing light thingies. Man, I just can’t see little stuff like I used to.

Watercolor paints, red interference pearl-ex and antique silver pearl ex, stamps, ink, brush markers and clear glaze used on all these cards.

Fairy Theme ATC's

Fairy Bubbles ATC’s

The Theme for November’s ATC Swap was Fairies.
As in Fairy Tale Fairies, what were you thinking?
anyways, after I did about nine Fairy cards, I started hearing “Tiny Bubbles” song playing in my head…so there you go.

The background of the bubbles is courtesy of my five year old niece, Sarah, when I had out the watercolor paint and watercolor “crayons” for her to play with.   I cut up the water color paper and figured I would use it sometime….and I did.

Aside from using my watercolors, I was also trying the new-to-me Pearl Ex-Pigments to make the bubbles.  I have to say Pearl Ex-Pigments are very versatile, there are many ways to use them, and if you know me at all, you know that I love versatility!

Just on these two cards I used them in several different ways.  The antique silver pigment I mixed up with water and arabic gum powder which I keep in a small sealed container, this keeps it moist.

On the pinkish color (interference red) I did the same mix, but kept it in a shallow dish in the open air and allowed to dry as a cake of paint would.  I also tried mixing in different watercolors to add color, I added purple to the dish and blue directly to the paint already on the paper.

I’m just getting started!

(BTW: Don’t start a land war in Asia, brahaha!!;))

Christmas by the Inch

Chris picked this one as his favorite.

I was going for the “hanging the stockings with care”  look with this one and I like the sense of movement it has.

Last year I made magnet sets with that paper, I used my sisters 7/8″ punch and punched out several pages of these little stockings, trees, stars, hearts…I got a little carried away I guess.  But its all good, because I am putting all those little extras to good use now:)

A set of Christmas Inchies

Here’s four I finished in various ways.

Stamped, punched, painted, stickers, embellished or drawn by hand, I try to make each one different.

I think everyone would agree with me that cookies are a predominate feature of Christmas.  Say, that gives me an idea…

The Inchie Chris picked

I asked Chris to pick his favorite Inchie and this is the one he likes.
So, I am not mailing this one out.   It will be kept here for us to admire.

After all, I have extras! ( Hee hee )

Unless you want to swap ATC’s with me too?

An Inchie here, Inchie there…

Here an Inchie, there an Inchie, everywhere an Inchie inchie!
Inchie, Inchie, Inchie-O!

Next batch of Fall Inchies due to go out.  More playing with ways to arrange tiny little pieces of paper on a small piece of card stock.





(except to work on my red & white quilt blocks)


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