Last of the Valentine ATCs

One thing I can say for certain is that I have a great Valentine’s ATC collection started.  Here are the last few I completed for swaps but didn’t post yet:

This first ATC I made for a Retro ATC swap.  The goal was to use a retro valentine image.  The background of my ATC was embossed by my friend Kim (monteverde97).  Blue Alcohol ink was applied to the background and silver rub was applied to the edges after the card was assembled.  The hearts are large red metallic confetti hearts.  They look dark here unfortunately.  Rhinestones were applied to the top heart and the girl’s shirt.  I call this one appropriately, “You Spin Me ‘Round.”  As a child of the 80s, each time I read this card I think of that one hit wonder that goes “you spin me right round baby, right round.”

I recently started going to the ATC club at The Peddler’s Pack in Beaverton.  The club meets once a month on the first Tuesday night.  This month was naturally Valentine’s Day themed.  We meet and exchange ATCs based on a theme.  This one, called “True Love” was my contribution to the group.  I made 10 ATCs so the images vary slightly, but overall the card design was the same for all.  The background of this one was done using Dreamweaver Metallic Gold Embossing Paste with some awesome “holey tape” given to me by Kim (monteverde97).  You spread the paste over the stencil like frosting on a cake.  It starts a funky tan color, but dries to a bright metallic gold raised surface.  Cool stuff indeed.  I can’t wait to try the other colors, especially the translucent.

These next two ATCs were done for the “Non-Traditional” color Valentines swap.  This first one is my favorite.  I had so much fun making it.  The heart was cut out from the holey tape I used to create the “True Love” ATCs.  When I was done, the tape had a great gold sheen on it so I dyed it with blue alcohol ink.  When it was dry, I cut out the heart for this “Love Is” ATC.  The background was first rubber stamped with black ink.  Then a handmade transparency of the daisies was applied on top of the rubber stamped background.  Finally,  “Love” was stamped along the bottom of the card with black ink and the heart-shaped metal clip was added as a finishing touch. 

Finally this is the 2nd of the Non-Traditional color Valentines.  The card background was created by layering a piece of gridded drywall tape onto the white ATC blank.  Next Gold Rub was applied to the grid to cover its bright yellow color.  Lastly, a glaze of blue acrylic paint was applied .  The car and image were applied next with Mod Podge.  I hand wrote the title of this card, “Your Love Drives Me Wild,” on vellum and adhered it to the card with  Mod Podge. 

To all of my blog browsers and readers, a happiest Valentine’s Day.

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No Paper Allowed

For this swap, the goal was to not use ANY paper at all.  One of my partners sent me a textured piece of copper and another sent me a clear piece of plastic, stamped with an image and a sticker placed on top.  I thought of doing a fabric ATC until I went to the store and picked up some Alcohol Inks.  I’ve been trying to work up the courage to try these inks out and I have to tell you that it was worth the wait.  AND if you are thinking of trying them out too but are feeling tentative like I did, DON’T wait!  They are surprisingly easy to use and the effects are amazing.  Basically they work best on a smooth/glossy surface.  After playing with them for a few hours, I knew I wanted to use them in this swap. 

Several weeks ago, I purchased some really cool transparency sheets.  So I used these and dropped the ink onto them after I trimmed the sheets down to ATC size.  In addition to the ink, I purchased some of the blending solution and I have to warn you that it will “push” aside your ink if you drop this ink onto your piece.  It’s much more potent than the ink is and it spreads faster too.  If you love prismacolor pens, these liquid inks work the same way and will work in conjunction with prismacolor pens on your project.  Basically the ink is the same.  So you can do detail work with the prismacolor where the liquid ink is more for effect.

To preserve the alcohol ink on your projects long term, make sure you seal your work (or the area of your work where the ink is applied) with a water based sealer like Mod Podge.  There is a lot of cool techniques and uses for this ink and I’m just scratching the surface.  See Ranger Inks for more information and direction.

Here are the two ATCs I made for this project.   They’re actually two transparency pieces layered together with diamond glaze.  The ink is on the bottom piece.  I love the stained glass result.  In addition to these two ATCs, I’m in the process of making some awesome coasters and will post the set of those here when they are finished.