Monday, 25 May 2009

As easy as "ABCDE"

This is the ATC I made for my first swap over at The Artist Trading Club. I hope everyone has received theirs now that I am posting this............mine arrived Saturday :) The theme was to include "ABCDE"......some included this all on the one ATC whilst others obviously made 5 different ones with one letter on each.........I have to say I find it challenging enough to make one design and re-create it 5 times.......never mind make 5 different ones!!.......................... Congrats to those who can.
All boys can do equations?
I have included two shots as I wanted to try to convey the interference effect on the Paperartsy man..............this was stamped with black Versafine and then painted over with oyster H2O's...........I know this stuff will probably last ages but what happens when I run out?.....Panic! they are going ,or have gone, out of business!!.......The red background was stamped with cranberry Adirondack and painted out with water and the butterfly/moth (not sure which!) was a mixture of DI and chalk on the wings with Adirondack acrylic - cranberry for the body. The old fashioned "Time Book" paper was a free download from Tim Holtz a couple of years was available as a workshop project sheet........not that there was any possibility of me going as it was in America........but hey! It was a freebie!!! Came in useful at last for this and I added the computer generated wording..............distressed a bit round the edges with DI walnut Stain......By the way............I kept this one as I had got a stain right in the middle of his eyebrows!!!
Here are the four great ATC's I received on Saturday

Love the image and stamping that has all been done on glossy card. Chris explains more about it on her blog.
Denise Long (sorry Denise..........don't know your blog link)

Love the background......I am presuming alcohol inks but I might be wrong........and to me it looks as if the moon is peeping out from a cloudy/misty night sky. Perhaps Oliver Reed is about to make an appearance as the "Werewolf"? Sorry..........I do have vivid dreams. LOL

Super six pack!! Just a hint of sparkle and I love the quotation "I don't care much for reality... I prefer art."........How true.......reality sucks!

Fantastic background..........again with Alcohol inks and I love that eye.....I can imagine almost anything looking at that!........also love the little white dots......just adds to the whole effect.
I adore each and every one and now that I have a little collection started I am going to have to make something special to keep these in.


  1. just love your atc hun I also use paper artsy stamps I adore them and they are great for atcs take care love cheryl xxxx

  2. Those ATC's are fantastic - I love all the different colours - hope you enjoyed the swap.

  3. Great Image and technique. Well done. Sorry I haven't tried out the image enlargement yet. Hectic with school holidays. Any making is crammed into minutes. Away for a couple of days. Will try later in the week.
    Keep up the creative work.
    I also wanted to say thank you for being my only follower of my blog. I have learnt so much by it and most of the challenges out there that I now know about are because of you!

  4. fantastic ATC !!! you did a great job on those

  5. Hello Artyjen,

    Thank you for explaining how you got the finished look on your fab atc.... I was wondering and was going to ask you.

    Thanks also for showcasing the other swaps you received they do look great together.
    Denise doesn't have a blog but you can sometimes catch some of her work on
    the papergirls blog over here.

    I started making Twinchies for the 1st time and have posted them today on the papergirls.

    Have tried to do a catch up on your blog but Mr Blogger wouldnt let me go any further back than the 1st page...will have to come back.
    Thanks for joining in the swaps and look forward to your sewing ones.
    have a great weekend.
    chriss x

  6. Hi There,
    Thanks for visiting my blog, and thanks for the atcs I was lucky enough to get one of yours in my swaps too.
    Scrapbooking is taking up alot of my time right now but I do like making atcs very much. We must stay in touch and could maybe trade sometime. Thanks again Jaqi

  7. Hi Artyjen!
    I found your blog from Jaqi's blog. Don't worry about the twinkling H20's going out of production, a very similar product is available through UK online stores called Cosmic shimmer watercolour paints, I've got both and I prefer the cosmic shimmer colours over the H2O's in colours and I think they are a better texture and nicer to use.
    I love the ATC's you did :)


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