I love ATCs. I didn't always. The size scared me. They are only 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches (6cm x 9cm) and somehow that small space seemed impossible to fill. However now, whenever I have lost my mojo or want to really want to concentrate on making something with impact I turn to an ATC. The idea for this week's Creative Expressions DT project was to create a spring like scene as befits the fantastically spring-like stamp set Garden Chic by Eco Green. I must confess to making this on Sunday where the view from my window was a blanket of snow rather than a garden beginning to burst into life, but isn't that what our imaginations are for?!!! I cut and ATC from cream mount board and blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink over 3/4 of it. Over the top I added Broken China Distress Ink but tried to keep it to the top third of the ATC. It the bottom I used Peeled Paint Distress Ink, and I avoided blending the colours so that when I lightly spritzed the ATC with water, the colours naturally blended where they touched and wicked away in other areas, creating a natural 'horizon'. The background is now mottled where the water droplets touched it. Once you're happy with the effect don't forget to heat dry it otherwise the process will continue and you might 'bleach' away much of your ink! For the flowers I used Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress Inks on my stamp to give a more subtle colour way and the bees were stamped in Broken China Distress Ink.
The word was stamped in Broken China on to some card and then a little Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Inks were added to the edges. The Ornate Plate was too 'new' looking so I rubbed some white paint on to it and gently wiped away the excess so the paint highlighted the detail. before I attached the plate I edged the ATC in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then lightly sanded the edges. Thank you for popping by - people have very kindly begun to show me what they have made with the DT stamp set of the month - do let me see what you have made this month and don't forget to be brave and to link it to the Creative Expressions Facebook page so others can see it too!