I chose “Elephant” because I really liked the image I found in my stash of ATC bits – a drawer I just had to expand this week into two drawers. My addiction is growing rather rapidly. I really liked the teal blue accents in the “elephant” image and rather than try to match the color, I decided to make the card rather monochromatic so that the teal really stood out. This ATC is pretty simple. I simply layered mica onto the background of the ATC and layered the “elephant” image on top securing all layers together with brads. The E and the corner embellishments were also from my drawer of bits. I like the antique result.
In addition to this card, I made another semi-related ATC that I kept for myself. My ATC started with left overs from the swap ATC. The background I watercolored with Twinkling H2Os in an attempt to match the teal blue in the vintage “elephant” block. It ended up being too bright and more blue than teal than the vintage block image for the swap ATC. While digging through my bits, I found the bright flower element. This flower’s exotic look, design, and colors (the contrast of the red, blue, and green) reminded me of India. Given the “elephant” theme, I pulled out a Ganesha image I cut out and stashed a while ago. Ganesha, is the Hindu “Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four).”
It’s kind of fun that my “E” project resulted in two very different ATCs. I’ve heard about swappers making one ATC for their partner and one for themselves and until now, I’ve never considered making extras for myself. My extra ATC was a very pleasant un-planned surprise.