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For today’s blog post, I have created an ATC. Sometimes, I do not want to commit to making a card or a large art journal page, but still need a little bit of a creative release – these little dudes are fantastic for just such a time. For those who have not come across ATCs before, they are dinky – measuring only 2½ x 3½ inches and there are no rules about how they should be made – they just can’t exceed that size.
I have been spending some time rooting my way through a load of photos I took in Kenya a few years ago, as I am slowly getting around to creating a memory book for them to all go into. So, that is where the idea came from for a theme for the ATC for today. I am working on a piece of watercolour card stock by Ranger.
I started this by applying a mask from Clarity Stamps called “Moon Masks” to mask off an area which will become the sun later on and I used Distress Oxides (yes, I am still a little in love with these ink pads) in “Fired Brick”, “Worn Lipstick” and “Wild Honey” to create the sunset background, applying them with a mini blending tool. Using the “Wild Honey” and a crackle stamp from the “Textures” set by Creative Expressions, to add a bit more interest to the background.
Once these had dried, I removed the mask and added its counterpart so I could work on the sun itself. For this I simply applied what ink there was left on my yellow ink pad to take away the whiteness of the card.
I then stamped a selection of images from the Hunkydory stamp set called “Wild and Free” using VersaFine ink in the colour “Onyx Black”.
I added some clear Wink of Stella pen to the sun only – to add a subtle shimmer.
I finished the ATC by adding some “Vintage Photo” Distress Oxide around the edges, before taking the VersaFine black ink pad direct to the edges to darken them even more.
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Happy crafting, Gem x