Monday 27 February 2023

Adventure Awaits You

Hello everyone, today I would like to show you an ATC I made specifically to swap with a lady in South Africa. This lady makes some amazing art work, and she agreed to swap two ATC's with me, but from my existing (admittedly very low) stock there was only one that she wanted ... but she loved the first ATC's I made back in April last year. I still have one of them but as it was the first ATC I ever made I can't bring myself to part with it .. it is what is known in the ATC jargon as "NFT" (Not For Trade). That being the case I agreed to make her another similar one, and here it is.

I stamped the dragonfly onto a large-ish snippet of white stamping card and heat embossed, then cut down to 3.25" x 2.25". I created the background by blending Distress Oxide inks in graduated shades, then applied dark grey DOX through a stencil to create some faded dots. I added a little background stamping in one corner in purple, and highlighted the dragonfly wings with my sparkle pen. When dry I added sentiment stickers, edged the panel with black marker pen, and matted onto a standard ATC size piece of orange card stock cut from another smaller snippet. 

Here is an angled view to show the sparkly wings.

Stamps: Visible Image Dragonfly Dreams, Where Flowers Bloom;
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Hickory Smoke); Versafine Clair (Nocturne); Versafine (Imperial Purple); Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen (clear);
Tools: Visible Image stencil - halftone;
Other: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk stickers.

Challenges I would like to enter:

As You Like It - Favourite Stencil or Freestyle Background (and why)
(I actually love both ... I can't pick a favourite, so this make incorporates a bit of both!)
Country View Challenges (February) - Be Sentimental (4th entry) - TOP 3 SPECIAL MENTION
Crafty Catz #626 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious #253 - Anything Goes with option Lots of Circles
Simon Says (Monday) - Things With Wings
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Stamping Sensations (February) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Try It On Tuesday - Let's Get Messy - TOP 5
Word Art Wednesday #583/584 - Anything Goes (4th entry)

Thanks very much for visiting my blog today - I appreciate your support and kind comments.


Sarn said...

A really beautiful and colourful ATC for your SA swap partner. I'm sure she will love it.

Thanks for coming to play in the SNIPPETS PLAYGROUND. Once you’ve finished playing on the swings, meet me and Di up in the Treehouse for a nice mug of hot chocolate! xxx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous ATC and background,love the Dragonfly.Thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations
Carol DT x

Elaine Stark said...

A lovely ATC, great colours and design. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

brenda said...

I'm not into the protocol of ATC's and had no idea people got to choose but can understand not wanting to part with your first. But sure she will love this one, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations February challenge.

B x

Jane said...

Such a stunning ATC Pauline, the VI dragonfly looks awesome there. I'm not surprised you have kept the original. I chose to keep one of all the ATCs I make! Thanks so much for joining our "Be sentimental" challenge over at Country View. Hugs, Jane x

Di said...

Lovely ATC Pauline - it always amazes me how much people can fit into such a small area - one day I really need to have a try!

Di xx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous colour combo! Thanks for playing with us again at Country View Challenges.

Pia S said...

This is gorgeous. Beautiful color blending and I also love the effect of the 'over the edge' stamping. Thanks for playing with us at Try it on Tuesday.

Aunty Sue said...

Fabulous ATC and thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz this week

tilly said...

what amazing colours and design on your work, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge, Tilly

tilly said...

what amazing colour and design on your work, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge, Tilly

Joan said...

Your atc is beautiful, lovely dragonfly and a beautiful background

Thanks for joining in at Try It On Tuesday challenge

pearshapedcrafting said...

This is so beautiful with great layering! Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday. It was lovely to see you on Sunday. I think I may have spent too much after watching Sarah though! Chrisxx