I have to tell you right up front – I was really challenged with this letter E swap. Yesterday I showed you the letter P ATCs I made for Beth. She and I had agreed to swap P and E. And as much as I thought about the letter E – I had a really hard time deciding on things I could work with.
I began here with a paper pieced little girl I had from years ago, a dylusions ink spray background and a stamp. The little girl brought to my mind the word elegant. I thought she looked the tea party kind of elegant, so I decided to go with that word.
When we lived in Florida there was a tea room in the neighboring town. It had the most beautiful papered walls and this stamp reminded me of the Strawberry Tea Room. At least that’s what I think it was called. It’s been awhile. I used a comparable blue color and just stamped the design over the entire ATC. And I used the same ink pad to ink the edges of the card. I wanted to add that ink before I adhered my girl. I didn’t want to get ink on her.
Isn’t she adorable?
I used a thin strip of sparkly washi tape along the right hand side, then my small alphabet to wrap the word elegant around the corner there. I attached my elegant girl with a tape runner. And she was done. This one came together fast.
The second ATC really had me stumped. I thought about this one for literally a couple weeks. And I decided on envelope. Hahahaha! Not your normal ATC topic, I know. But – I wanted the ATC to actually be an envelope that opened up. And I didn’t have a whole lot of ideas after that. Hahahaha! I googled for an ATC envelope template. I was surprised and thankful when it printed out at the right size. And now I have a pattern to keep and use anytime I want. I have a lot of scrapbook papers in a 6″ square size. And that is perfect for this template! I put the template on the back side and traced it in pencil, then cut it out.
I got so excited about the possibility of this working and following the directions, I started glueing the flaps closed like it said to. Not remembering at all that I wanted this to BE the ATC and open up. Duh.
Isn’t it cute and stuff? But not at all what I wanted. So . . .
I filled it up with some ATC extras to send to Beth and started over. Hahahahaha!
And this time I remembered not to glue the envelope shut. In fact, I also made one for myself. So cute! And by using a double sided scrapbook paper I was able to have the inside of the envelope look nice without having to do anything to it.
My thought now was for Beth to be able to open up the envelope to find an ATC glued inside – making the envelope an actual ATC. I took another dylusions ink sprayed ATC piece and stamped this cute little mouse peeking out of an envelope and inked the edges and part of the surface.
I also inked some of this light pink across the surface. It gave some really nice contrast. The brush pens are a combination of Sketchbox brush pens and Jane Davenport’s mermaid markers. I used them to add a bit of color to the stamped area. Nothing fancy. I wanted the ‘envelope’ to be the highlight here.
I actually glued the mouse in place so that when Beth opened the envelope she would find the sweet message that she is indeed special to me! A valued friend. The paper I chose for this ATC had some pretty perfect writing on it already.
The folds were in just the right places! Any way you look at it, this was a special ATC for a special friend.
Here are the four ATCs all together in one shot. Fun swap! Thanks, Beth! What are we going to do next? Hahahahaha!