Do you love the little art known as Artist Trading Cards (ATC) as much as I do? I have been participating in a monthly local trade for nearly 8 years now. Each month we have two themes to choose from (or for the ambitious they can do both themes). In January the theme I chose to sign up for was Make-Your-Own-Background. I *love* making backgrounds. I find it very therapeutic and calming as the mind wanders and the fingers do their magic. I had no real idea of what I was doing for my background although I thought I could use a copy of two masterboards I made using some Hero Arts stamps, crayons and Adirondack Color Washes a while back.
Here are the masterboards (it is a fun crayon resist):
That was when things got a bit crazy.
I sprayed some of my Studio Calico Mister Huey's on the copy to mute the vibrant greens, oranges and yellows a bit (and to just play with them because they are fun!). I added a strip of orange electrical tape bought at Home Depot last fall (with Halloween in mind). Then I thought why not pull out one of my old Scarlet Lime kits and play with some of the cool elements I had in it? So then I placed some alphabet stickers from Prima randomly all over each of the backgrounds. Then I added a glittery lacy sticker border in the middle over the electrical tape. Add some Glimmer Misted and stamped tickets (love, love my House of 3/Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology stamp set. My recommendation: if you find this stamp set, snap it up!) attached with Tim Holtz's Tiny Attacher, misted bird punch mixed in with patterned paper punched pieces, a bling eye from Prima and there's the card.
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Alphabet Soup ATCs
Stamps: tree, bird & flourish in masterboards from Tree, Birds & Messages set (CL182), Hero Arts and damask and postal cancellation from Parisian Anthology set, House of Three/Pink Paislee;
Ink: chipped sapphire, Tim Holtz's Distress Inks by Ranger
Cardstock: white, Georgia-Pacific; golden orange scraps
Patterned Paper: GCD Studios
Punch: bird & twig, Stampin' Up!
Sprays: Mister Huey's Calico White, Studio Calico; denium blue glimmer mist, Tattered Angels; lettuce, Tim Holtz's Adriondack Color Wash by Ranger
Other: yellow alphabet stickers, Prima; green glitter paper lace; orange electrical tape; tiny attacher, Tim Holtz; clear jewel, Prima; tickets; crayons, Crayola; Crop A Dile Corner Chomper, We R Memory Keepers