Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Your Style" Stick Pins and ATCs

The theme for the June Swaps at The Scrap Cafe is "Your Style." We had the choice of stick pins and/or ATCs to swap. I almost always do the stick pin swap. (My husband says I'm a stick pin hoarder!!!) This month I also decided to try out the ATC swap. I have never made them before, but they were kind of fun.

I'm not real sure what my style is, but right now it's HOT HOT HOT in South Carolina, so I'm thinking about the beach. My Lone Wolf Designs Design Team Project for June was a beach themed canvas and I loved the colors that I used, so I decided to carry them over into these swaps as well. I used my favorite distressing technique, Tim Holtz's Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique, to color my #8 tags. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Evergreen Bough.

I used Studio 490 Wendi Vecchi Embossing Paste and the Polka Dotty Stencil to add some texture to the tag. After the paste dried, I rubbed Salty Ocean ink over the top. I used a Prima flower (Giselle-Mermaid) to anchor my stick pins.  To keep with the ocean theme, I used blue, green, and turquoise beads.

In this photo, you can see a bit more of the texture. I used a plastic knife to spread the paste. Instead of spreading it smooth, I used the teeth of the knife to add extra texture.

I used the same technique and ink colors to create the background for the Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I used watercolor paper for the card base. I used the embossing paste and Lovely Leaves stencil to create some texture on the card. After the paste dried, I put the stencil back on top of the card and used Evergreen Bough to color the leaves. I finished the card off with some May Arts pleated ribbon and a Prima flower (Avante-Teal). I really am trying to use up my stick pins and added one to each card. (I did not make any of these stick pins. I have received them in swaps.)

Instead of smoothing the embossing paste flat, I used my finger and "lifted" the paste on each of the leaves.

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