Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Substrate for ATC's

 Working outside has become a favorite past time! I have the space up north on the deck. I love to make substrate for ATC cards and 5X7 cards (I need to think of a zippy name for those). My latest fun has been recycling diet coke boxes. For those who know me, I love diet coke. I prefer it over sweets even! So I always have a stash of boxes in the recycling bin. So I save up for a few weeks and had two of the bigger ones. I primed them with gesso. Next came paint, and then more paint.

 I then used images from my ephemera collection and decoupaged them like crazy. Just random images everywhere. Then I stamped with wild abandon.  I then added crackle paint and paint with larger stamps. Bubble wrap is a favorite. I used old corks, toilet paper rolls, and crystal light containers to get some nifty shapes.  Finally, I pulled out the secret weapon. Rub ons!  I am not sure if anyone has used these before but these take you back to childhood faster than oreos and milk. Pop-sickle stick in hand you adhere these on in a random order. Seven Gypsies makes some fabulous ones!  Voila, substrates done and ready to go!

1 comment:

  1. Wow - super fun! I think my girls would enjoy doing this one day instead of always just doing one journal page....thanks for the inspiration!