I saw Redanne's post this afternoon of her lovely June 2015 tag and was inspired to use hers and Tim's as inspiration for an ATC. (Tim's tag and step-by-step are HERE.) I really did first think of doing a tag - it's been so long - but I do owe somebody an "under the sea" ATC so this project won out.
I tried to follow Tim's instructions, and if you use your imagination you'll see where he inspired me. I followed his lead with the background using Distress Stains followed by a stencil as a stamp. After that I distressed the edges with the side of my scissors and some Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I also used corrugated cardstock for the starfish and a bit of twine.
My 'sand' is actually old sandpaper and I cut the die cut seaweed and coral from cardstock covered in metal tape and then colored them with alcohol inks. "Discover" is from his remnant rubs.
Thanks for peeking. Maybe in July I'll actually make a tag. ;)
Ooo-wee, it's toasty in some parts of the country right now. Thankfully, here in the Pacific NW the temps are just right. Even so, in sympathy with those in warmer climes I was inspired to make this ATC for the Lost Coast Designs number challenge.
I started out with swirly background border stamp (that usually reminds me of water, but not today!) stamped with orange over a background of Distress Stains (Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber). The sun was going to be the numbers part of the challenge (I stenciled numbers over the paper before I cut it out), but you can't really tell so instead I stamped temperatures on the background 100-110 - that's hot!). A little crackly, dried texture paste finished it off.
The Stampotique Designers Challenge is celebrating its 200th challenge this week! A celebration is certainly in order. I decided to create a birthday card. Unfortunately The Muse was being a tad mischievous and risque.
You know those moments when the mental clouds part, beams of sunlight illuminate the room and a choir of angels bursts into song? Just had one of those moments and I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. No doubt some smart crafty person has thought of this already, but this was new to me.
I was arting up an envelope for a crafty friend and pulled out my little 5'x7' gelli plate. I happily went about my business and when finished stuffed my envie, which needed some extra sealing assistance from packing tape. Now typically I wipe off my craft mat as soon as I'm finished but I didn't this time so there was some dried paint left on it.
As I was sealing up the envie I was trying to avoid getting the packing tape on my craft mat because I didn't want it to pick up any of the dried paint. Say what??!! (Here is where the clouds parted and the angels sang.)
"What if", I said to myself, "I purposely cleaned up the mat with packing tape?" Oh, the glee and pure joy that filled my soul as I eagerly stuck and lifted. My gelli plate was still a little grungy too so I slapped some tape on there. It worked. Cool!
I always have blank ATC-sized papers sitting around so I stuck and lifted to my heart's content and then stuck the tape to my ATCs blanks. Backgrounds. All ready to go. For something.
Isn't that a fun, random discovery? It's going to be a good day...
Every time I see 'under the sea' I start humming "Under the sea. Under the sea. Darling it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me." from The Little Mermaid. Such a happy song.
Last week I went on a mermaid ATC-making binge. Yesterday and today I was inspired by seahorses. Seems I'm ready for summer and days at the beach. (We're still counting down until school's out. 12 more days.)
This one was made for a 'Make Me Happy' swap where the receiver asked for an 'Under the Sea' themed ATC. I was happy to oblige.
The seahorse on this one was intended for the original ATC but I got impatient waiting for the UTEE to get good and solid (I knew I wanted the crackled appearance). This morning when I came back to my desk and saw it laying there The Muse was quite demanding in suggesting that I use it.
I hope you're having a splendid day. Thanks for coming by!
Favorite stamp? That's like asking me to pick me favorite child - can't be done. Instead I blindly reached into my pile and grabbed one. She fit perfectly with some wonky tags that I gelli'd a few weeks ago and that I've been shuffling to and fro on my desk.
In addition to my gelli plated tag, I used some washi tape and old watch parts that have been in my stash for ages. The fibers are also dusted off from my stash. I love digging in and re-discovering my 'must-haves' that somehow got set aside and forgotten.
I am entering this in the SDC favorite stamp and Left of Center upcycle/recycle challenges (first time joining one of their challenges - woot woot!)