Don’t Judge Me


Losing track of the days and it is only the 5th of May. Hahaha! I am sure this never happens to you. Creative Crafty Friends‘ prompt for this ATC was animal. I am trying to use a piece of Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media for each of these prompts – all month long. Let me show you what I made for animal.

I began with this piece of Bamboo Mixed Media paper I had pre-colored using Tombow brush pens as watercolors. The heart is a fun piece my friend Rachel Foster sent me. The colors were perfect with my chosen background. And I love using this cat from a Joggles collage sheet whenever I can. It reminds me of our first cat Smokey. We had Smokey for 19 years. He was a good boy. A little crazy, but good.

These are the ink pads I chose to use. The black Archival ink is permanent. It won’t move when you use wet media over it. I wasn’t going to do that but I thought I’d take this moment to mention this. The Tahiti Dyestress ink is not permanent. It will move with wet media being used over it. I thought I’d use these to ink the edges of the ATC base and possibly some elements.

By way of adding texture, I brought out this Itty Bitty Stencil and a graphite ink pad and dabber. You know I have a bunch of stencils! I try to use one whenever I can as part of my Taking Back the Studio project!

I used that graphite ink to dab and stab some color using the Mini Woodcuts stencil. Then I used more of the black Archival to add some dots using a stencil Joggles no longer carries. Sorry. I also inked the edges with the Tahiti Dyestress. I was loving the texture and was especially thankful it didn’t cover up the beautiful color of my background.

I already had this laying on the countertop and it already had the sticker paper backing, so I added it. Yep!

Here you see the addition of Rachel’s heart piece and my Smokey. I trimmed up the excess and inked those edges with black. I like the balance of the Tahiti with the black.

The butterflies are part of a sticker sheet from Hot Off the Press. And I thought my little Smokey was eyeing that one butterfly a little too much so these words were perfect! Hahahahaha! From Tim Holtz’ snarky book.

And I was almost done. So you can see what it looks like . . . this is a Paint Over Pen from Jane Davenport.

And this is what it can do. It does a lot of other things, too, but I mostly use them to make dots and lines. Don’t judge me. I swear, Smokey used to look just like this little guy. Mostly just after he broke something, or knocked something off the mantelpiece over the fireplace, or knocked a picture off the wall. You know. Just being Smokey. Hahahahaha! He was a good boy! And I still miss him.

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Judge Me

  1. Great ATC, Alice! I love the colors you used & that cat’s face – so adorable! You have an amazing eye for composition & placing your elements!

  2. The colours in Smokey are superbly picked out in both the background piece & the heart element. And I just had to laugh when I saw Smokey had added his pawprints to the background for good measure – he looks like he’s climbing up the side of the ATC; absolutely brilliant positioning. HOW you spotted that the exact shade of pink in his nose is in the heart & the background paper is amazing, never mind the soft aqua of his eyes ditto.

    • I really like this one because of his resemblance to Smokey. Glad I get to keep it.

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