I belong to a local ATC group where we meet once a month. I finished my ATCs for my monthly ATC group – just in the nick of time (we are meeting tomorrow morning). I try to not wait until the last minute to finish my ATCs, but because this week was so hectic (I was traveling and then my little dog was sick) I almost didn’t get them done. Luckily they went together pretty quickly.
I started with a piece of water color paper that I had played around with some Silks Glazes and Twinkling H20s on. Just making random marks and patterns. Nothing in particular, just playing with colors. I love the sparkle of the Silks and the Twinks.
I then added some melted crayons to the page. I grabbed several colors and held them at an angle on the paper, and then zapped them with the heat gun. The crayons started to melt and I kind of scribbled a bit with them so they moved around and dripped. Lots of fun. Although you do have to be careful to not get the heat gun to close to your fingers as it is VERY HOT!
Then I cut the paper up into ATC size – 2.5″ x 3.5″. I find it quite wonderful to see how a large piece of paper with random marks and colors on it can change when you cut it into smaller pieces. Each smaller piece looks so unique and incredible. I love working with the small size of the ATC.
After I had cut up the ATCs, I decided they needed something else. Since I always love using words, I stamped some words onto some deli paper and then used soft gel medium to adhere the words to the ATCs. Usually the deli paper just disappears into the background, however it seems that it doesn’t disappear completely when layered over melted crayons.
But I still liked how they looked. I just needed to add a bit of spray. I love using the sprays and this time I used the Perfect Pearls sprays and misted the ATCs. Just a little bit more sparkle. Hmmm. Maybe just one more thing. I used my Inka Gold in a couple of colors and stamped a circle around the words using the Inka Gold and a old toilet paper roll. How fun is that? Then I signed and dated the back of them. I love all the bright colors and patterns!
I’m sure the ATC trading group will be happy with them. And I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else brings this month. It is so much fun to be part of such a group. The inspiration and creativity is amazing. I highly recommend you finding your own group to be a part of. If there aren’t any groups where you are, then you should try to create your own group. I promise it will be a lot of fun!
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