Saturday, February 25, 2012

Metal ATCs


I belong to an ATC (Artist Trading Card) club, made up of nine fascinating and wildly different ladies who like to play with paper and ink.  Each month one of us chooses a theme and teaches a technique after the swap.  The only rule is that each piece of art must be 3½“ by 2 ½."  Some of us make nine different cards, and others make nine of the same design.  We’re in our fourth year, and I have four thick binders of amazing art to look through and be inspired by. We often go on hilarious roadtrips together to visit stamp stores or craft conventions.  In November, we skip the cards and do some sort of project; this year we are making centerpieces for a local nursing home.

This month’s theme was metal, and I thought I’d choose a few of mine to share with you, plus my favorite from the swap. Ann gave me permission to show it to you and generously shared the directions.

Ann embossed the gold foil with Tim Holtz's Patchwork embossing folder (from the Bingo and Patchwork set), colored it with alcohol inks, wiped the raised surfaces with Ranger's Archival Ink in sepia, and added the small clock charm.  She did an amazing job positioning the embossing folder to maximize the design onto a small canvas. Isn't it beautiful? 

Materials used in top three ATCs:
Diamond embossing plate Ten Seconds Studio small eraser tool set
Ranger Alcohol Inks

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