Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Big Fat Catch-Up - Cards and ATCs!

I've gotten rather behind on posting up my projects to this blog so thought I'd get up to date in one humongous catch-up post! :lol:

I've been making a few ATCs lately and quite a few quick notecards to send out with ATCs/swaps and also a few occasion cards...

Let's start with the cards:

This was a card made for the DT call over at the Ribbon Reel blog. I didn't make the team (check out the cards of the lucky ladies selected - they're scrummy!!) but I was really pleased with my card. The photo inspiration provided was gorgeous - really delicate and vintage - and resulted in this pretty, lacy card. :)

This next card was one I put together fairly quickly to give to my DD1's physiotherapist who was retiring. I love this cute stamp from Penny Black.

I made this steampunk-themed birthday card for my uncle's 70th birthday. :) The background is done with alcohol inks and stamped over with Tim Holtz steampunk stamps. The 70 is chipboard numbers heat embossed first with copper embossing powder and then unevenly embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder.

And now some notecards:

The image on this one (a scrummy Sweet Pea stamps one) stamped a little unevenly, unfortunately. The greeting stamp is a Stampin' Up! one and, although it doesn't show very well in the photo, the "hi" is filled in with white pen.

This uses the same Stampin' Up! greeting stamp as above and the crown and butterfly wings stamps are from a HOTP set. They are coloured in with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Inks.

This card uses stamps from the Stampin' Up! Fresh Cuts set and a doodled border. The flower is coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Inks, as above.

This card used a lovely Penny Black stamp and I filled in all the blossom circles with cream and pink Pearl Drops.

The butterflies are cArtUs stamps and are coloured in with alcohol inks.

This is the card featured in my WOYWW post - I made it to send out with a parcel. The background stamp is a Timh Holtz steampunk one and the main image and greeting are from a set of Artmeio stamps. The main image is stamped onto a dictionary page which I'd coloured with Tea Dye Distress Ink and I stamped it again onto cream shimmer card and cut out the flowers and flourishes parts and layered them over the full image.

That's it for cards.. now for the ATCs:

This was one of a set (all the same design) that I made for a swap on UKS. The background is Distress Stains splashed with bleach and the main image is a PaperArtsy stamp which I then masked and stamped over with a Tim Holtz steampunk stamp.

This card was designed for a specific swap... I agreed to trade a lovely card with a lady on and offered to make her a Stargate-themed card in return (we'd gotten chatting and discovered a mutual love of Stargate! :D) and this was the result! I'd recently bought some Stickles in some lovely bluish and icey sort of shades and it occured to me that they'd be fabulous for trying to recreate the shimmer of an active gate. :) I made the background using Dylusions and Cosmic Shimmers spray inks and printed out a photo of a section of gate, glued to cardboard and cut it out. I then filled in the gate with the Stickles and added a few diamante "stars". :) I actually made a set of 3 of this design.

This Halloween-themed ATC was partly inspired by this gorgeous shimmery cobweb pattern fabric that I picked up at the market (the photo really doesn't do it justice!). The background behind the fabric (not really visible in this photo) is done with alcohol inks and the cute little skeleton is a download from the Graphics Fairy. :)

This set of ATCs are hand-drawn in fineliner and the background filled in with black marker pen. I've been getting quite into drawing lately (more about that later) and these were just a bit of a doodling experiment.

This is another doodled ATC. The flowers were doodled in fineliner pen and the background again filled in with marker pen. The flowers were coloured in with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Inks and I added dots around the edges with a white gel pen.

And finally... the background for this card was inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then I used the same ink to dab through a circle pattern mask and to stamp with a Tim Holtz steampunk stamp. The flourishes are another Tim Holtz stamp and the butterflies are cArtUs stamps and I've filled in the wings with Stickles.

Right. *Phew*. I think I'm up to date now! :D


vixen said...

Fab work Ali, your cards look stunning :) The butterfly Atc is my fave :)

salamanda said...

Some amazing cards, atcs and Atcs. Love all the embellishments

fatmonica said...

I've got a couple of these ATCs in my collection now and one of the quick cards and they're all stunning!The Stargate one is so sparkly in real life!

Claire said...

These are all lovely, you've been very busy.

Ali said...

wow, what a stunning collection. I can hardly choose my favourite. Love those vintagey ones and the tree especially, and your lacy one - so much goodness :)

Sue Jones said...

Gorgeous - I recognized the stargate card straight away as hubby is a big fan.

Alix said...

wow ali what a selection of different things!

Allycat x said...

All superb but really love the Stargate - very clever :)

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