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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Little works of Art

 I make so many of these little works of art known as Artists' Trading Cards - ATCs.  I'm always forgetting to photograph them and upload them to my blog.  I've been trying various techniques with these and it is such fun!
     I first cut a large unfinished water color from my daughter's destashing efforts.  It was such great paper and I knew I'd be able to use it for dozens of ATCs.  The archway in the background was part of that unfinished work.  I used stencil paste to add the stars to the background.  After they dried, I added the red marker (Copic Real Red) to the arch.  I copied the photo of this soldier from a clip art site.  I cut him out and glued him in front of the arch.  I stamped the sentiment (Stampin' Up!) on a scrap of white paper and trimmed around it and attached it to the soldier.  Then I brushed Glossy Accents over the whole ATC to seal it.
          For the Autumn ATC I first punched the leaves from colorful papers and glued them to the unfinished water color ATC.  I brushed a coat of Glossy Accents' crackle finish over the leaves.  I stamped the little bird girl from Catherine Moore's Mad Tea Party (Character Constructions) rubber stamp collection onto white paper and used a colored pencil to color in the her dress.  I cut out the stamped image and glued it to a page from an old novel.  I love the discolored vintage pages.  I cut around the image leaving lots of text around her.  I cut a partial sentence from the page and glued it above the image.  Next I tore a 1/4" strip from a piece of white material and sprayed it  with Dylusions Tangerine Dream.  I have shallow cardboard boxes that I lay my items in when wanting to die them with my sprays.  I cut tiny pieces from the strip and tied them into bows and attached the bow to the image as shown.  These were the ATCs I shared with my art sisters this month.