It will be two years next month that I started this blog. I just noticed in my stats that this post will be number 100. Blogging has been so rewarding. My posts are not noteworthy, but what I treasure is the friends I've made through this media. I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I've found in visiting each of your blogs and the many things I have been learning along the way. So thank you for all you bring with your blogs and thank you for continuing to visit mine.
Now, on to a first for me--ATCs. As you know, I've mentioned before how much I love tags. A close second are ATCs, so I thought I would finally give this a whirl. Reading through many blogs and books, I figured I knew what to do. Well, we learn by our mistakes! It started with a manila ATC. I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Kasha Gray (Mandy Zimmerman). She sent me a sheet of vintage slides which I decoupaged one onto the card. (I never decoupaged before). The card and slide were inked in several shades of Distress Inks from forest moss to tea dye. I wanted to try a crackle finish (again, a first for me), so I coated the card with picket fence crackle. Little did I realize that it gave a whitewashed coat to the paper hence making it difficult to see the slide. I tried to bring it back a bit by stamping it with some music paper and text stamps from 7 Gypsies. Really did not make much difference. Then began the layering of embellishments to try to save this ATC. Here it is.
A piece of trim from Mandy was inked and placed down the middle of the card. The large fabric flower is also from Mandy and the burlap leaves are from Recollections. I really love this flower. A metal corner bracket from my stash was placed in the upper left side. A flocked Prima butterfly rub-on was placed on the lower left and accented with a Recollections pearl. The clockpiece is also Recollections. Not enough, I said. The two wooden butterflies from Recollections were given many shades of Distress Ink along with a coat of crackle paint in Shabby Shutters from Mandy. I tried to paint a design on them but was not happy with how it looked, so I placed two vintage buttons on their centers and gave them a coat of Glossy Accents. In my jar of buttons, I found the zipper pull. What a mess I made there with various shades of alcohol inks. It took me two solid days to get the purple/green/blue color off two of my fingers and nailbeds! The little word pieces are from Tim Holtz. I just cut a notch on the side of each to make them into a banner. Finally, I finished it with a touch of purple Liquid Pearls on the trim.
A bit warped but it is flattening out some. I think it may have looked better if I hadn't added the leaves and not used the picket fence crackle paint. I need to get some clear crackle paint. Live and learn! I see the benefit of taking classes. What will I do with this? I have no idea. I don't know that anyone would want it. lol But, I will continue to try to improve. I so love the small size of tags and ATCs.
There it is, post 100. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!