Well, after yesterday’s rather masculine ATC, I thought it’d be fun to share a very feminine one today:

I first sponged the background using distress ink, stamped some background images and brushed purple perfect pearls onto the wet ink. Unfortunately you can’t see the shine. I added a silver heat embossed flourish in two of the corners. Then I stamped ‘Garnitures Fantaisies’ with white Stazon on acetate and I mounted the acetate on the background. I stamped and coloured the corset, cut it out and added the stitches before mounting it onto the acetate.

I’d like to enter this ATC in the following challenges:

Stamps used

  • Script background, purple flourish : Crafty Individuals
  • Damask background: Prima
  • Garniture fantaisies, silver swirls: Oxford Impressions
  • Torn paper: Scrolls Work
  • Corset: Hampton Art



Vintage man with moustache

This ATC featuring a vintage man with moustache is my entry for the following challenges:

Stamps used

  • Man & hat: Oxford Impressions
  • Compass: Cherry Pie
  • Antique map: Aspects of Design
  • Suitcase: Clear Choice
  • Sentiment: Tim Holtz

Fish anyone?

I’ve finally found time and inspiration to join the Stamp Man ATC Swaps again! This month’s theme is ‘The Ocean’ and these are the ATCs I sent in:

All stamps are Oxford Impressions. I’d also like to enter these ATCs to the ‘Fishy’ challenge over at the Order of the Opus Gluei.

And now let’s hope that these ATCs will reach the Stamp Man in time, for I did not only send them in fashionably late,  I also forgot to add an Air Mail sticker… so they might be shipped to the UK by boat instead …

The sky is the limit

The sky is the limit” is the current theme @ Try it on Tuesday. A couple of weeks ago I was creating Steampunk ATCs for the Stamp Man Swap and I didn’t feel like putting my stamps away, so I decided to create this  Steampunk themed journal page.

It was the first time I experimented with  aquarel pastels. Usually, my journal pages are very “clean” and I really must convince myself to get  messy sometimes. This was the first step in the direction of a messier type of art journaling (I know, I’ve still got a long way to go). Unfortunately, these  journal pages don’t support water very well. I also find that it’s more difficult to  stamp crisp images on an aquarel pastel background, but I’m in the process of getting to know this medium that’s totally new to me.

Stamps used

  • Flight of Frank & Tim and Tom Travel: Scrolls Work
  • Balloon, wings, airships: Oxford Impressions
  • City scape: Cherry Pie
  • Letter stamps: Fusion art

The Stamp Man ATC swaps wants to see Steampunk

The Stamp Man ATC Swaps wants to see cogs, gears, vintage gentlemen, hats, wings, airships, balloons, Zeppelins, steam engines and inventions of all kinds, for this month’s theme is ‘Steampunk’. It was a theme of my choice after winning the October swap. I’m aware it’s not an easy one, but I really hope that this won’t put you off from participating.

Here are my entries:

In this post I explained the making of the left and middle ATC. For the right ATC I embossed copper cardstock using Cuttlebug’s Clockworks embossing folder. I heat embossed the gentleman (Oxford Impressions) on a piece of CD that I painted with copper paint dabbers.

I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone’s steampunk creations!

Steampunk ATCs

Think Monday Think ATC chose “Steampunk” as a theme for this week’s challenge and weekend ATC wants to see ATCs that are not cute. Here are my entries:

To create the frame of the top ATC I used a leftover of brown and blue striped wrapping paper. The man was coloured with aqua pencils using Distress inks.

For the frame of the bottom ATC I used the “stamping on soot” technique (which I explain here).  For the man I used the reverse stamping on soot technique, i.e. I stamped him with versamark on glossy cardstock, held the card in the flame of a candle to create a layer of soot which I then removed with a soft cloth. The soot will only stick on the stamped versamark image.

All stamps are Oxford Impressions.

These two Steampunk fellows will be flying to the Stamp Man Swap soon, for I was chosen as the winner of their October challenge “Travel” and I was asked to provide the theme for February, which will be … Steampunk. I really hope there will be a lot of participants, as I’m aware it’s not an easy theme if one doesn’t have the right stuff in ones stash.  So, if you’re participating in the Stamp Man’s ATC swap of February, there’s a chance that one of these ATCs ends up in your home.