Sunday 26 August 2007

A few ATC's from me
This section will be undated regularly with new ATC's using different idea's and products.

The first cards (on the left) have been created using a pigment ink refill bottle - sometimes you like the ink but do not have the actual matching ink-pad, do not let this put you off using the refill ink. I applied ink directly from the bottle to the card, then spread the ink unevenly to cover the card using a sponge (allow some thick blobs of ink to remain). As the ink was a pigment ink I was able to cover the card with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder), and emboss. I added bronze stars to the 1st layer of molten powder, then added two more layers of powder. As the ink was applied unevenly it bubbled in places, which gives a fantastic effect, this is the card which is pictured at the back, and I left it waiting to be decorated so you could see the full effect.

The card in the foreground has been made using a rubber stamp (one of Dawns own Acrylic stamps). I applied the ink to a sponge, which I then used to apply it to the stamp, and stamped away as usual. I then used the excess ink on the sponge to edge the ATC card, which I think finishes the card. Colour the stamped images lightly using Le Plumes or Whispers pens, then finish using a clear sticker, so you can still see your image clearly.
The second card on the right has been made using a Gatefold (obviously reducted to ATC size). I stamped the inside using Dawns Acrylic stamps, coloured using Le Plumes and tinted the edges of all the card using VersMagic Niagara Mist ink pad. My favourite element of this card is the Ice Accent, these are acrylic embellishments which you can colour using acrylic paint or, embossing powder or Alcohol Inks. They are really well made and look great. For this card I have actually left them plain, and just attached them to the card using silver brads. Use them to loop ribbon through (I used two pieces of ribbon, one for each side of the card, and glued them together using strong glue, allow them to dry).

If you would like any information on the techniques or products used please do not hesitate to contact me. The original cards have been sent up to Topaz Crafts (please see my link at the bottom of the blog), where you should be able to purchase the majority of the products I use.

Saturday 11 August 2007

Good News

I'm off on my holiday today, hooray. What perfect timing, after our busy Craft day. A big thank you to Paula who was a great help and wonderful company as ever. It was a really good day, Amy and I did the early shows, which helped Dawn recover from the late night launch. We were all in really good spirits so the day went swimmingly.

I'm only away for a week, so when I get back I'll be fully re-fueled and be able to get my backlog of ATC new members sorted. The other good news is I have finally been able to get my Newsletter and the Welcome letter for my new members printed professionally, so that will really speed things up (no more swearing at the printer for me!), and the quality is superior to my little printer.

Thank you to my members who have already responded to the Newsletter, and started sending in their Themed trades, especially the ones for Postpals, it really is worth it and is really appreciated by the children and the parents.