Monday, March 1, 2010

Smeared and Smudged ATC Swap

Hey All! I just wanted to share my ATC's that I made for the February ATC Swap over at the Smeared and Smudged Network!!!

There are ALWAYS lots of swaps, challenges and ideas going on so come on over and check it out!!

These ATC's were made with mostly scraps - as that has been my Mantra since the beginning of the year. Use scraps first, use scraps first, use scraps first... =)
So I started out with my background - I had 10 of these to make. So when I do "mass" production - I consider anything over 1 "mass" production I try to do it all in steps so that my assembly is easy.

I started with my pre-cut ATC cards. I buy them in packs whenever I go to Maine. There is this tiny little store called The Art Guru that I frequent every time I head North for a weekend.
I started with my Thimble stamp. It's a vintage-"y" looking stamp that I picked up last year at one of my LSS. I inked it up in Coffee Colorbox ink and heat embossed it. I then stamped the tiny skull on it with my Glue Pad and hit it with black Doodlebug Glitter. I set those aside to dry before trimming them out.
My first layer on top of my ATC is an earthy DP (I cannot remember whose it is) and the blue strip of XO paper. I then stamped the 'fan mail' stamp from the SU! set Puns From The Past (love this set) and punched it out with my 1 3/8" circle punch which was then backed with some scrap DP punched with my 1 1/2" circle punch and added it to the ATC with foam 3D adhesive.

I then stitched my border with black thread in a loopy pattern. I then pulled out my old school label maker. The kind where you have to squeeze with all of your might in order to be able to make the impression of the letters in the sticky plastic strip. I did that 10 times! (ouch! lol) with the word 'altered'. And added it to the bottom right of my ATC.
My thimbles with skulls were now dry. So I trimmed them out and added them with 3-D foam adhesive.

Lastly I added a little 'owl' clip for a bit of extra texture.

I was really happy with how these came out but even happier with the gorgeous ones that I received in return!!

Thanks to all of the gals at S&S who participated in the January ATC swap! It was AWESOME!!

And thank you Terra for organizing!!!


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