Yesterday I showed you my Giraffe ATC for the Letter G Swap in Creative Crafty Friends. Well, I needed to make a second ATC for the letter G and I decided on G. I. Jane. The term G. I. got its start during World War II and although it meant a lot of different things – the term G. I. Joe became a term used when talking about male U. S. soldiers. Female soldiers in the Women’s Army Corps were referred to as G. I. Janes. As I scrolled through my digital stamps I came across one of a female U. S. soldier and I thought G. I. Jane starts with G! And I went with it!
I began by printing out the image and coloring it with my Copic alcohol markers. Keep in mind this image is about 1″ wide in real life. I needed her to be small enough to fit on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC base. And yes, I see all those places I colored outside the lines. Hard not to when it’s this small but I was going to trim her out anyway.
I began by looking through my scrapbook paper scraps for something camouflage-y. And I had nothing. Yeah, I know! I couldn’t believe it either! Hahahaha! So I went back through again thinking American flag colors. I could have sworn I had some flag paper but this air mail postal paper was as close as I got and I thought it could work.
I took all the papers and lined them up underneath my Jane and found a configuration I liked. And I know the timing is bad with what is going on overseas right now but I really liked the sand paper from the beach. Much of our soldiering is done in those elements. A lot of it isn’t, but a lot is.
Then totally without thinking ahead I ran all the pieces through the sticker machine. You wouldn’t believe what all I cropped out of this photo. Hahahaha! I have Zen-untangled stuff everywhere! And ATC and art journaling stuff and I was getting ready for a nighttime online class. What a mess!
And I said ‘without thinking’ because once again I forgot I wanted to ink edges. I thought this cattail color would go well with my sand idea.
I peeled pieces off the sticker paper as I needed them, and I inked the edges as I went along. That blue paper is adhered to an ATC base to make the whole piece sturdier. Then I started stacking off-centered because I thought it might look cool. You never know for sure until it’s too late. So always say you meant it to be like that!
And I stacked all the papers in a pile. Ink and scuff marks on all of them. Cause I like it that way! About this time Mark says you know those are crooked? Hahahaha! I was like yes, I meant to do it that way! And I really did mean to.
Next I trimmed my G. I. Jane out. Remember yesterday I mentioned to run the elements through the sticker machine first? Then cut them out? That way you do not have sticky residue on the edges. Jane was a little tedious to cut out since she was so tiny.
But well worth the effort. Still it needed a little something else.
Doesn’t always have to be something great, and grand, and grandiose. Just some simple little finishing lines with a micron and this G. I. Jane was ready to mail out to her new home. Her and her giraffe. Hahahaha!
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