Hello and welcome! I have been watching the great challenges over at Anything but Cute mixed media challenge blog for a while. Time to quit being such a wall flower! As I mentioned in a previous post I have recently taken the plunge into the world of ATCs (artist trading cards). This is a really nice art form, both because it involves other artists and because it is so small that its easy to complete multiples in minimal time (unless you are really slow like me). So this is challenge #4 over on ABC and the theme is Making Magic. Below is the inspiration board (perfect colors and ideas for me!).
My project for this is a triptych of ATCs with what I hope are very magical undertones. I’ll post the photos first and at the end I’ll explain a bit of the process for those who want it. As always, click photo to enlarge.
I started with three emboss-able aluminum tags and ran them through my Vagabond with three different Spellbinders folders before using Tim Holtz’s ATC die to cut them to size. Then I used acrylic paints to add depth to all the crevasses. The turquoise patina is guilder’s paste (great stuff). I added various images like the faces and the gem and used Glossy Essentials for the glass-look. For Cherlindrea’s wand on the ‘Ensorcelled’ panel I used UTEE to give it some dimension. The wings on ‘Winged’ were a whole project on there own and I may post a tutorial later since this was a great way to make faerie wings. Essentially they are transparency film, matte medium and DecoArt crackle glaze with paint and guilder’s paste. I really had to experiment for a while to get it to work since the crackle glaze wants to peel right off the film. In any case, if you know the trick its not too bad. The sparklies are Stickles – the best thing there is for sparkle. I know I’ve made something good if after it is done I can’t conceive of giving it away (or it might just be my personal neurosis at play). I loved the whole magical realm theme!
Thanks for visiting!
I’m also entering this in:
Monthly Challenge over at A Sprinkle of Imagination. Thanks to all the great folks on the DT over there!