I am participating in an ATC swap on the All Things Tim (as in Tim Holtz ) Yahoo Group called Meet The Artist. In addition to using Tim's products on each ATC we also have to include a photo of ourselves - at any age - altered or not. I thought this was a fun idea and signed up right away! After I signed up I realized that some of the swaps on this group could be quite large. The hostess indicated that the number of ATCs to make would be determined by the number of players. Uh Oh! What had I gotten myself into? I would have lost my mind if I had to make 30 ATCs! Well, the Art Gods were with me and the number of players was a very reasonable seven. PHEW!
To make my ATCs I started by cutting ATC bases from Manila cardstock, to which I marbled with Distress Paints in Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Antique Bronze. Once dry I used the Doily stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I took the Paper Distresser to the edges then inked with DI in Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain. Now that the background was done I went to work on the embellies.
I started by dicutting Grungeboard with the Mini Pocket-watch Die. I painted it with Burnished Brass Distress Paint, sanded it with the sanding grip then inked with Walnut Stain DI. I printed 7 VERY old pics of me (and the words) on heavy paper - anyone else remember those rotary dial Princess Phones!? I ran them through the Xyron machine and adhered to black cardstock to strengthen the images. I cut them out and glued in place after added a little bit of Vintage Photo DI around the edges. Next up I used Distress Stains and Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist to color the ribbon which I used to tie the pocket-watch to the ATC (along with a Charm Clip, jump-ring and small pearl bauble). I just used a hand punch to punch the holes through the ATC.
To finish each ATC I trimmed and inked the words before gluing into place. I wanted to add a few of my favorite things to each ATC so I added the metal flowers with jeweled brad, the pearl bauble and the bit of antique lace (which I trimmed to fit, raveled & inked the edges to make it look a bit more shabby).
This is my first swap with this group. I sure hope my ATCs are well received!
Thanks for visiting!