Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Mixed Media ATC

I recently joined an ATC swap group with nine talented ladies.  I love ATC's but I have to admit I don't make them as often as I wish.  An Artist Trading Card made to share and collect talent and art from others is a great idea.  I also think ATC's are versatile because if you don't want to collect them, just reuse them.  Yes, reuse them in a card, as a journaling card, as embellishment in a home decor piece or a scrapbooking page... as part of a tag... you name it.  You can use it as part of another project or just collect them and get inspired.

I made this one for the group and I'm very pleased.

My friends from the ATC group should have received them already so that's why I'm already sharing.

I started spraying some paint and creating sort of a sunrise with reds and yellows...  and then applied modeling paste with a stencil to which I applied purple mica powder that I spread with water.  Love Mica Powder!

The butterfly was stamped over an sprayed watercolor sheet and some of its parts were embossed to add some interest.  Then fussy cut and placed with dimensional adhesives.   Sentiment was stamped in vellum.

I ended up making 11 instead of 10 because I made what I call an Artist Proof first and then made some changes... so it counts.  I also ended up having two with the sentiment on the upper side of card instead of lower.

I will share this with Mixed Media Place friends.  The colors in the current March challenge inspired me somehow to this creation.  

I will also share with Take It Make It challenge from Craft Stamper Magazine.  Love this team and all their creations.  Hope they like this too.

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for you comments.  Hope you liked my ATC.  I will show you another one in my next post.  :)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Vellum Angel

Today I am sharing a beautiful card I enjoyed making a couple of weeks ago.

I used watercolor paper and painted blue clouds.  I know the sky is blue and the clouds are generally white or beige or even gray...  but love the opposite contrast of colors.  

I stamped the sentiment and parts of a hearts stamp tactically placed.... but the angel and main image is stamped in vellum and then placed on the watercolor painting...so the clouds can be seen through it.  I then used blue cardstock and put over white card base so the scenery can be well framed.

I really enjoyed creating this card and hope you like it.  I will share with my friends at Craft Stamper Magazine and it’s monthly challenge Take It Make It.  Link:  http://craftstamper.blogspot.com/2018/03/take-it-make-it-challenge-march.html?m=1

Friday, March 16, 2018

Funny Personalized Birthday Card

Two days ago I shared a card for a special lady.   Did you see it?  I promised then to show another card I also made for her.  This one's more on the funny side.

This lovely lady likes to get liquor shots... and believe me she does it with grace and can handle more than you think.  When she gets the shots she enjoys saying out loud...  "Up, Down, To the Center, Inside"...  Well this is a very bad translation of the Spanish phrases ... but what I did was to print these as instructions for a happy birthday...  The fifth step is to repeat from 1 to 4 ...

On the design side I still kept the flowery, colorful and delicate side of this woman so I used several layers of papers, over a painted piece of cardstock, a piece of doily, a mini clothespin, chipboard, sequins and more.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Card for a Special Lady

A friend asked me for a card for her mother's birthday.  This fabulous lady is turning 80, and she's stronger than lots of younger women I know.  Her daughter asked for a simple, happy card with flowers and pink...

So, I used these dies from Latina Crafter for the phrase "Feliz cumpleaños" and cut them twice in two different papers so I can layer them and have dimension.

I used pink...  pink cardstock, pink vellum, pink flowers, pink pearls and pink ink...  I think I pleased my friend using pink... right?  And then I added some purple, green, white and beige.

The layers start with the pink card base, then a pink swirl vellum, purple spellbinders cut, then vellum slightly smaller, and then a doily.

I think the card will be liked by my friend's mother... I really hope so.   

This woman is happy, active, and she likes to have her liquor shots you know...  so I confess I made her another card on the funny side just in case she wants to use it too.   Come back in a couple of days and I will show it to you. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pretty Girls...

Well I love to make crazy things too.  I've made this before and it's not completely my idea.  I saw something similar to this in a souvenir shop a while ago and I've made some.  This is a photo stand using a clothespin.

For the front I stamped this beautiful image in cardstock and colored with watercolors.  Also stamped a sentiment in vellum and attached.
I glued this to chipboard to make stronger, and then also glued to a piece of wood.  If you don't have wood, you can use any other piece of material just to add weight.

In the back I glued the clothespin slightly above the edge so the piece can have certain inclination and can stand by itself.  

You use it to display pictures...  This was made for someone and not intended to this picture, even though the sentiment goes perfect... LOL...  but here's an example displaying a photo.  I don't know if it should better say "crazy girls are the prettiest"... but ok.  LOL!

Hope you like it and get inspired.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Card

Today's is one of my best friend's birthday.  It's also International Day of Working Women and she is a hard worker...

Made this very simple card using patterned paper as background and stamping image directly on it.  It is perfectly imperfect since the image gets all the design from paper in places you don't necessarily
want them but that's the whole idea of this fun technique.

I colored just special areas I wanted to "liberate" from the patterned paper, such as her hair, bow, skin and shoes...  Also colored some of the balloons.  The rest is the same paper doing its job.


The sentiment is a wood veneer... I needed some dimension.  And that's why I also added some rubber circles to add some more happy colors to the birthday card.

Hope she likes it... and hope you like it too.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Another Jar...

Do you remember a jar for rainy days I recently made?  Well... click HERE if you didn't see it.

A friend asked me for a similar one for her little daughter.   She wanted to give it to her just because.  So in this case, I embellished the mason jar with young girly colors and used a general sentiment about enjoying simple things in life.

Messages are combining stamped sentiments in English and Spanish. Also left some pieces in blank so their parents can write something to her.

Her mom says the intention is that when she is frustrated or mad about not achieving something or any situation, she can grab this and open the jar to read some messages to calm her down.

So my jars are getting famous and are bringing good to others.   Love it.