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Wednesday, 15 June 2016
The Making of the ATC's.
The actual backgrounds were done with a slightly unusual technique I'd watched in a video by Andy Skinner.
He calls it the Alcohol Ink Floating background, and this HERE is the link to his video, if you want to watch it.
We've all seen the marbling technique done with shaving foam, but this one uses just plain water and alcohol inks. You will need a tub for the water, and it needs to be deep enough to dip your sheet of card into, not lay it on top.
So, you need to cut your card accordingly, and I cut most of mine down to A5 & A6. I found the tub that washing capsules come in was a great size for this, but Ice Cream containers and similar would work just as well. What you do is pretty much fill your container with water, then drip some Alcohol inks onto the surface. You can swirl it a little if you want. Then take your card and dip it fully down into the water, then lift out. You will need a surface with paper towels/ handtowels on to absorb the water.
You can see I cut my pieces down to ATC size, then backed them onto ready cut ATC cards, as there is often a little curling in the wet cards, which you can get rid of most of by weighing them down when dry.You will get totally unrepeatable sheets of marbled card- and the best bit is that there is colour on both sides, so whilst one side may be poor, the other side can be amazing!
First image to stamp was the heart, and this was a new purchase from Honey-Doo crafts, when I went to Port Sunlight. I stamped it at an angle, and partly off the card to give me room for everything else.
Rather than doing each card entirely, I had a bit of a production line on the go- stamping each element on every card before going on to the next step.
Next stamp was 'Laugh' and this was part of a set from WOW embossing powders, and also contains the two other words I used, 'Love' & 'Live'.
Now I've added the number 7, and that comes from a Tim Holtz set, called Mini Worn Text, which has letters, numbers & punctuation.
Here I've added the WOYWW letters around the edge of the heart, and also drawn an outline around the heart, this time using a Distress Marker, in Faded Jeans.
Now I added a white line around them too, as a highlight.
I'm showing you a different ATC each time, so you can see the amazing range of colours you can get with this technique.
I've added some highlight to the '7'.
Adding some Faded Jeans around the edges with the round blending tool.
A final touch up with the white gel pen, as I thought it had faded too much.
Filling in the backs, having used a stamp from Lost Coast Designs.