Still making ATCs here while the cold is chilling outside. It got down to 2° F last night. Downright cold it was. Hahaha! Just as you would expect it to be. So I am staying indoors and playing. Let me show you this simple ATC I put together for a swap in Creative Crafty Friends.
I began the way I usually do – with a scrap from a gelli plate pull. I am running out of these and need to spend a day just playing with gelli plates. Sounds fun, right? The swap was for Letter B items and I went with butterfly because I love them. This Darkroom Door stamp is twelve inches long. That makes it pretty much perfect for all types of art! Maybe a little overkill for an ATC that is 2.5″ x 3.5″ so I just inked part of it.
Parts of it didn’t ink the way I wanted it to but I figured I could just work around those areas. Plus, I was planning on slapping a big ol’ butterfly on this ATC and that would take care of the rest of the part that didn’t stamp well.
This is what I had after I trimmed this down to the correct ATC size.
I pulled out a bunch of butterfly items to pick from. And I actually only used 3 pieces – I kept it minimal. For me.
You know by now what I did first. I learned this the hard way. Sometimes it is harder to come back and ink the edges after you are done making the ATC. You may not want ink on some of the embellishments. Been there, done that, so I learned. Ink the edges first.
I thought this Salty Ocean color would be perfect and it was!
I had this sheet of rub-on words from a long time ago and honestly I didn’t know how they would work after all this time. Rub-ons come on a clear piece of paper and you just cut out the part you want to use. In this photo you can see the paper – the letters are stuck on the underside. You just use a popsicle stick or a bone folder and rub over those letters till they turn almost clear, then gently lift the paper away.
When you lift the paper away – peek and make sure the letters are sticking to the page underneath. I had trouble with the t’s in this piece and went over and over and over them with the popsicle stick. They never did work right and I had to fill in the top parts with a fineliner pen.
Next was to select one of those butterfly dimensional stickers to cover up some of that not so lovely stamping I did. Hahaha! It’s all good! And these butterflies are retired from eight years ago. So no link, sorry.
Wow! That’s really dark. These gems are a really pretty teal/ blue and they look great on the ATC. A staple from Walmart. Pre-stickified – you just put them where you want and they stay there.
And that’s pretty much it. I kept this ATC pretty basic so it wouldn’t detract from those beautiful butterflies. This particular gelly roll pen is clear with sparkles. I use it a lot!
Sparkles just don’t photograph well, so I shot from an angle to give you an idea.
This is a really stunning ATC in real-life. I went over those leaf lines with the sparkle pen also. This completed my set of two Letter B ATCs – the other was the beach ATC I showed you a couple days ago. These will be headed to Mumbai, India tomorrow. To find a new home.
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