Tuesday, 22 February 2011

BF February ATCs

The topic for this month's BF forum ATC swap is 'stamping'. I love stamping and had a hard job choosing what to do.

Last night I had a play with one of the Tim Holtz eclectic collection: 'fairy garden, experimenting with inking up with various distress inks.

This morning I spritzed two A4 pieces of white card with a mixture of perfect pearls, water and a couple of drops of broken china distress re-inker. These then had to be dried with a heat gun.

I then inked up the stamp with shabby shutters, aged mahogany and a touch of spiced marmalade on the butterfly and stamped lots of them - I did more than the nine that was needed for the swap because I wasn't sure how the end results would be.

I then distressed the edges firstly with stormy sky DI and then very gently with aged mahogany (to hide where the stamp hadn't quite gone far enough to the edges).

I'm pleased with the results - I ended up with 14 ATCs, so I'll be able to use the spare ones on cards.

While making these this morning I had QVC on in the background, with Tim Holtz demonstrating. When I'd finished these they showed the eclectic set of stamps and things that had been made with this particular stamp.

It's difficult to get good photos because of the subtle sheen of the spray, but you can get some idea:

On this close up on an individual ATC, the spray looks more exaggerated than it really is:

I'm linking this for these challenges:

Little red wagon 68: use your mist
Moxie stamp it technique week: stamping with shimmer sprays
Delicious doodles 13: shimmer
There she goes 95: stamp simply - only lined art
Let's craft and create 13: anything but a card
Stamp insanity 47: the ABCs of an ABC - anything but a card
C.R.A.F..T. 90: not a card
Sunday stamper 142: route 66 - numbers
Creative inspirations 53: distress
Anything goes: distressing
Rubber cafe 5: no patterned paper
Frosted designs fabulous Friday: no patterned paper
City crafter 45: nothing to it - simple one dimensional
Crafts and me: time to spread your wings
Just for fun week 3: on the wings of a bug
4 crafty chicks 25: butterfly
Oldie but a goodie 13: spring is in the air - the Tim Holtz stamp is quite an oldie, but I still love it
ColourQ 73: I used the colours given (there is still a little white left in the middle of the backgrounds):

I am celebrating with some candy - you can read about it and sign up here


  1. Wow Hazel, your ATCs look fab!!

    Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft and Create.


  2. Hi Hazel, What a lot of beautiful ATCs. Thanks for playing the ColourQ challenge this week.

  3. Beautiful atc's

    Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie challenge this time and good luck!


  4. great atcs love them thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

  5. These are stunning, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  6. These look great Hazel, I'm sure the swapees will be delighted!

  7. lovely ATCs
    Thanks for playing along with Delicious Doodles this week

  8. Nice card, love the image and the colors! Thanks for playing with us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  9. These are great ATC's ... so sorry I missed QVC!
    Thanks for joining us this week at CCCB

  10. These are amazing Hazel your technical skills are first rate there will be some happy swappers about! Thanks for joining in at Oldie But Goodie this week
    Hugs Laurie x

  11. These are so pretty.
    Thanks for joining our challenge at OLDIE but a GOODIE, hope you’ll join us again
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  12. Oh these are georgeous thanks for sharing them with us at CRAFT Challenge this week.

    Kerry x

  13. cute ATC's, Hazel! Thanks for joining 4 Crafty Chicks again for our "winged" theme!

    Lori - 4 Crafty Chicks

  14. Gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspiration Challenge Blog


  15. Wonderful ACT, thanks for joining in at Anything Goes

  16. Gorgeous arcs. Thanks for playing along at Craft challenge. Sharon x

  17. Hazel these are cute and I love the sheen on them. It is wonderful to see them at 4 Crafty Chicks. Thanks

  18. Fabulous project. Thanks for joining our challenge Oldie But A Goodie with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  19. What great ATC's I love these thank u so much for sharing them with us at stampInsanity this week.

  20. Oh, wow - Hazel! Your work is always so classy and amazing! these are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing with us at StampInsanity, today and always! xx

  21. Hazel... these are amazing! I love the sheen and glimmer! thanks for sharing them with us at Frosted Designs!
    barb :)

  22. Very pretty! Love that shine! :)

  23. Oooh, that spray is perfect! thanks for joining in with the SUnday sTamper x

  24. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me. Hugs Tracy x

  25. Oh my goodness.. These are wonderful little pieces of ART.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

  26. Wow, gorgeous ATC's love the techniques you've used and the misting.

  27. Beautiful! What a gorgeous effect!
    Thank you so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  28. Hey Hazel! Thanks for entering the Stamping with Shimmer Sprays Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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