Thursday, 23 February 2012

First ATC's

Hi People,
Well as promised, better late than never!
My first ever ATC's. For those not in the know, ATC's are Artist Trading Cards (although I am no artist, just a crafter).

Here's my first ATC (too nice to swap). Inspired by Beyonce's song, thought I'd make it a little modern.

I used the resist technique, by stamping with one of Tim Holtz's stamps with pink ink and embossing with clear embossing powder. I then took the green ink and distressed over the top. The words are stamped on bits of clear perspex packing material. The pink textured material is a scrap of sinamay from my hat making. The butterfly is simply a piece of plain white copy paper distressed in blue ink and then punched with the Martha Stewart butterfly large punch. I didn't realise at first that ATC's are one sided, so I stamped the back with the Martha Stewart stamp around the page stamp. I also used stickles and a pink tag with girls stamped on and then distressed.

After I took this photo I attached a ticket cut out with Tim Holtz's Sizzix die and added the details normally added to an ATC, which I didn't know at first.

You can copy, paste and print your own from below;

ATC title:

The next ATC's I created;

This was using some packing material from a 'me to you' present my best friend gave me for Christmas. I simply used one of my fiskar's boarder punches on the bottom, distressed with pink ink, added ribbon and some more sinamay for a little pocket for a tag with a Tim Holtz stamp.

Quick Product Review - Fiskar's Vs Martha Stewart punches

I cannot rate fiskar boarder punches highly enough! They punch through even card, like a dream. They give a clean crisp edge, unlike other punches I've used.

Now here comes my controversial comment . . . I'm not a fan of Martha Stewart punches.

I have used other peoples and have the large butterfly which I used above and I have two punch anywhere punches.

Don't get me wrong I love her designs and concepts, however the punches are sticky and don't leave clean crisp lines. They only cut through thin paper and they also jam.

I was at a crop borrowing someone's beautiful punch, and I though I had broken it, I was absolutely horrified, luckily it wasn't broken. Also the lady was so lovely about the whole thing.

So rounding up - Fiskar's rule quality, Martha's designs are beautiful.

The next ATC was again using recycled materials.

You do not need to spend lots when making ATC's.

This was one of the ATCs I have swapped. I used the technique of crumpling the paper and then inking it. I stuck the perspex packing material to the card after die cutting the skull shape, using the movers and shapers dies by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I also stamped the perspex using a scrap piece of paper as a mask. I then attached the scrap sinamay over the top with eyelets, cutting the holes and setting the eyelets with the big bite crop-a-dile (awesome tool!).
I'll have to put my 5 ATCs for the monthly crop in the next post.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Learning to blog is a challenge!

Hi People,
Learning to blog is more challenging than I thought, but I'm sure I'll get there in the end!

At the moment I'm attempting to research and teach myself to improve my blog with banners, links and flashing icons. Something I did a bit of years ago when I was in high school, but unfortunately my brain has decided to dump this information.

I would welcome any suggestions :)

The first projects I will be uploading will be, my very first ATCs, including a new challenge I will be completing tomorrow. Its a swap through UKS (UK scrappers) make 5 ATCs and swap, so you receive 5 different back. I will also be completing a matchbox shrine, which is another swap on UKS.

Lastly I will be completing a You tube video regarding alerted ATG guns (scotch's tape dispenser). Which I am really looking forward to as I have actually finished the project ready. Although this may be completed more towards the end of the week depending on how much time I have left.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

A new day, a new blog

Well I've been reading blogs for a while now, enjoying what others have put out there into the world. I thought it was about time I started to record what I am creating and to challenge myself to learn something new.

I have lots of projects lined up, some finished, some to do, and some actually complete, ready to add to this new blog shortly . . . hopefully.
I will also complete tutorials on different techniques and projects, as I do them, or learn them myself.
I will also do product reviews as I'm using the products on projects, and not just haul reviews.

I welcome comments, suggestions,questions, but please make them clean and kind.

(First recommendation - check out new products and demos showing techniques, by searching on You tube for CHA 2012)

 As on Amy Tan's T-shirt at CHA 2012 -
"Be Kind. Be crafty."