Thursday 17 June 2010

Green grows the ivy

This card is for the sketch on Annabelle 23:

The background paper is Crafty creations and the ivy stamps are whispers, coloured by bwater rushing with a hint of brushed corduroy and shabber shutters distress inks. The sentiment is actually greener than it looks here.

It's also for these challenges:

Theme Thursday: 'the colour green'
Alphabet: 'G is for green'
ECP 14: 'green'
Charisma cardz 24: 'all about bling'
Paperplay 24: 'something old' - the stamps are some of the first I ever bought
Twisted Thursday 61: 'use something old' - the stamps
Hand full of stamps 32: 'nothing like a little H2O' - I used a water brush with the distress inks
Alota 37: 'birthday'
Donna's den of crafts 1: 'happy birthday'
Party time Tuesday 3: 'anyhing goes birthday'
Clearlyistamp 14: 'birthdays''

Much more fun with the melting pot

The theme for this month's ATCs for the swap on BF forum is 'texture'. Having recently got my melting pot out from the back of a drawer, I decided that I would make my ATCs with UTEE with the help of my pot.

I cut pieces of mountboard into ATC sized pieces and one by one I swiped with versamark, put in the melting pot and sprinkled with gold, bronze and pearl UTEE.

When it was 'cooked' the ATC was quickly taken out of the pot and as quickly as possible the stamp was applied to the molten powder. I used this Tim Holtz stamp from the eclectic palette CMS 055:

The whole process of making them all took all afternoon - and I made a couple of spares so I have plenty to choose from for the swap. The most difficult thing was that the stamp was exactly an ATC size so it had to be placed exactly on to each mountboard piece - it's much easier if the stamp is bigger giving more margin for error. I went very wrong with one of them, so I just put it back into the pot to melt again - no wastage.

I'm linking these for:

Caardvarks June challenge: 'Create a *new* card using stamps and wet and/or dry embossing.'
Flourish timeless 71: 'embossing'
Artful inkables 22: 'Use a new technique, go out of your comfort zone, make something completely different than you normally would make' - I've never made any ATCs like this before, using the melting pot and stamping into the molten UTEE.
Wednesday stamper: 'I love' .... playing with my melting pot

Today's challenge on Treehouse 54 is 'tool time by Katie Tate' - use your favourite tool - for a long time I didn't use my melting pot much, but recently it has become one of my favourite crafting tools.

The mountboard I used was free from a framing shop that was going to throw it out (got a big bag ages ago), so this is recycled, which is good for ECP 14: 'green'.