Monday, April 17, 2017

A chunky ATC featuring Mermaids!

With an AIRs theme challenge like "bigger is better" I had to really put on my thinking cap.  Who doesn't love ATCs?  I thought a "bigger/better" ATC would be a Chunky ATC.  In order to create this type of Artist Trading Card I used a block of wood that measures 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and is 1 1/2" wide.  When it's decorated and has tiny feet on it, it becomes the perfect little shelf decoration or paper weight.  Most of you know by now what a major art crush I have on Jane Davenport's supplies; this project demonstrates a fun use for her washi tape featuring, what else, mermaids!


ATCs, Artist Trading Cards, have been around for a few years now. They traditionally measure 2 ½” by    3 ½”, they can be collaged, stamped, matted, left plain, attached to greeting cards or put into albums. They’re quick and fun to make but you might wonder what other uses are there for this tiny work of art or are they only to trade with fellow artists? There are times when you love an ATC so much you can’t bear to trade it, you just want to look at it yourself and not share it with others. We don’t have to hide them away in an album, we can keep them on display by making them bigger and better, turning them into a free standing CHUNKY ATC. It’s very satisfying to create an ATC with whatever subject matter you choose; many times the subject matter is determined by a new set of stamps or paper. When you’re happy with the ATC mount it on a wooden block, add ephemera and four delicate feet. Now you can look at your favorite one on a shelf or turn it around to change the view with a second ATC.

Skill: All levels
Time: 2 hours or more, it depends on the artist


Step 1: Buy or cut a wooden block that measures 2 ½” by 3 ½” by 1 ½”.

Step 2: Decide the placement of the handle on top and the clock key on the side, make a hole to insert these items, remove, they will be glued on later.  Paint the wooden block any color desired; when dry apply a thin coat of white gesso, dry.

Step 3: Make two ATCs using stamps, ink, Washi tape, whatever scraps are on hand.  Make the ATCs on gessoed water color paper cut to measure 2 ½” by 3 ½”.  When the stamped images are dry, adhere to the wooden block. The faces on these ATCs are made from Washi Tape.  Ink the edges of the ATCs using a Jumbo Dauber.

Step 4: Glue feet onto the bottom of the block, these feet can be beads or small wooden embellishments.  Apply On Point Glue to the feet and then dip each one in glitter or micro beads.  Attach the knob on the top of the block, keys to the sides; decorate the ATC images with sequins and glitter.  Tie twine and baker’s twine to the handle/knob on the top.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
StazOn ink –St. Valentine, Jet Black and Midnight Blue
Memento Luxe – Bahama Blue, Nautical Blue
On Point Glue
Jumbo Dauber
Craft Mat

Other Supplies
Stamps – Diamond Pattern, Clam Shell design, Phrase and Mermaid tail ALL by Graphic 45
Prima - Foil, Glitter, Micro beads, Foil Glue Stick, Metal Ephemera
Idea-ology - handle
Michael’s - Baker’s twine, brown twine, sequins, white gesso, watercolor paper
Paper Trimmer
Strong adhesive
Jane Davenport Mermaid Washi Tape
G45 “Voyage beneath the Sea” Collection paper
Wooden block measuring 3 ½” by 2 ½”by 1 ½”
Dark blue acrylic paint by Americana
Paint brush

If you pop on over to the Imagine Blog you can find other great examples of projects by many different and unique artists.  We can all use a little inspiration from others, it keeps our work fresh when we discover new ways to use products that are languishing on the shelves of our studio spaces.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, April 14, 2017

Count your Blessings

This is an all occasion card created for the Imagine Crafts Design Team Challenge showcasing the color Lapis.  What a gorgeous color of blue that is.  We don't have an ink by that name at Tsukineko but by combining several shades of blue I managed to get the color I was looking for.

 Lapis blue is such a beautiful and rich color, it looks so royal! I made a quick but luxurious colored card using scrap paper, DCWV paper, and enhanced glue dots.  It’s a quick, simple design with some unexpected touches of bling, a great way to use up your craft supply stash.
Skill:  All levels
Time: 30 minutes or less


Step 1: Spray Fireworks! Craft Spray in several colors of blue and Lilac Posies on a scrap piece of watercolor paper.  Dry.

Step 2: Cut a square panel from sprayed paper to measure 3 ¾” by 3 ¾”.  Cut a piece of black card stock to measure 4” by 4”, this will be the mat for later. On the sprayed panel stamp circular stamp with text nine times in StazOn Paris Dusk ink. Stamp words a few times on the panel with StazOn Jet Black ink and dry. Apply glue stick randomly onto panel, adhere Prima silver foil in between the circles. Place glue dots around each circle, 16 in all, lay foil on top of dots and lift to have silver raised dots on panel. Mat panel onto the piece of black card stock.

Step 3: Cut Lapis blue colored panel to measure 4 ¾” by 6 3/4”, stamp word at the bottom with VersaMark ink, sprinkle on Silver Embossing Powder and melt with heat tool. Stamp design on panel using StazOn Midnight Blue ink, dry. Apply VersaMark ink on edges of panel, dip into Silver Embossing Powder, and melt with heat gun.

Step 4: Glue large panel to blank card, adhere pop glue dots to the back of the matted panel.  Attach the panel to the top portion of the card; it will be raised by the glue dots to add interest.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Fireworks! – Bahama Blue, Blue Danube, Summer Sky, Lilac Posies
VersaMark Ink
Silver Embossing Powder
StazOn – Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Paris Dusk
Craft Mat

Other Supplies
Stamps – texted circles -Dyan Reaveley, phrase- Hero Arts, All the Gals (words) – Dina Wakley, Background swirl – Invoke Arts
DCWV paper – Brights Textured, Lapis blue paper
Blank card
Watercolor paper
Black card stock
Paper trimmer
Pop dots
Prima Silver Foil
Prima glue stick

Swing by the Imagine Crafts blog if you get a chance and check out the wonderful, varied projects from the Artists in Residence.  I not only find inspiration from all these seasoned artists but also learn new ways to use products.  Thanks so much for stopping by, know that I always appreciate your visits and love to read your comments.  Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Thinking of You" card on the Imagine Crafts Blog today

This is an all occasion card I created for my Artists in Residence challenge using DCWV paper.  Beautiful papers that make mixing multiple papers for a project a breeze!  This is the card I created using Jane Davenport's mermaid washi tape along with the DCWV papers, even the envelope matches.

You can find the supply list and directions on the Imagine Blog site.  Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit and the comments!  hugs ~ Renee

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers are so fun!

I've been making faces with Jane's Mermaid Markers which I found at Michael's the other day.  I used a Stencil Girl face stencil designed by Andrea Matus DeMeng called "Eve, a modern woman".  I traced it with a pencil and then applied the markers sparingly, they are intense.  I used a water pen to drag color around and Gelatos to adjust the colors. A few parts were brightened with Imagine Crafts Fireworks! spray, also poured into an empty water pen for easy, precise application.  It will take me awhile to learn how to use the markers and not flood the paper with too much color.  A little goes a long way with these pens.

It takes some time to find Jane's supplies, they sell out quickly, but they are worth the wait.

Have a great weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just Because Cards ~ AIRs project using On Point Glue

Imagine Crafts released a really fun product on March 1, 2017, it's called On Point Glue.  This product is a clear glue that has a non-clog applicator to give super fine control for use on intricate projects and embellishments, like glitter and tiny flowers.  It is water based, dries clear and remains flexible, the dry time is moderate.  I liked the control it gave me when I was creating these cards.  To see the directions and supplies that I used please pay a visit to the Imagine site where I've given the complete breakdown.

The card on the left hand side is a stamped image by Prima on gessoed paper that has been colored in, foiled and had flowers added, the card on the right is a piece of Jane Davenport's new paper tablet trimmed out and embellished.  I love all of Jane's new products that can be found at Michael's stores here in the USA. The On Point Glue product makes it easy to put the small amounts of glitter in just the right places.

 Thanks so much for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WooHoo, I've been published!

It's always a thrill to see your craft work in a magazine...any magazine, digital, paper, whatever.  To be published in a Stampington magazine for me is like winning the lottery, I love their magazines so much and admire many of their featured artists from all over the world.  As most of you know, when your work is published you receive a free issue in the mail.  This time I received two different magazines on the same day, now that doesn't happen very often.  I had a card published in The Stampers' Sampler and an article on a journaling technique in Art Journaling magazine.

The Stampers’ Sampler Spring 2017 — Available April 1st

Susan Pagnucci's interview in the Stampers' Sampler is fabulous.  She carves so many of her own stamps.

Both magazines are loaded with great content and fun ideas for Spring.  If you get a chance to check them out or purchase them you won't be disappointed.  The article in AJ mag. about Dina Wakley is amazing with 10 pages of her work.  I could go on and on about all the artists in the Art Journaling magazine but I don't want to spoil it for you!  I hope you get an opportunity to see both of them.  And I would like to express my gratitude to the two editors Gracy Wilkins and Devon Warren for sharing my work.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A new AIRs Challenge: Greenery

The color challenge for Imagine's Artists in Residence for this month is:  Greenery.  I thought I like to show an old classic, Mona, green with envy.  Here's a sneak peek, the instructions can be found on Imagine's blog.

You can see the huge effect Prima has had on me recently, lots of flowers and glitter.  I used the new product "On Point Glue" to attach very tiny, fine elements.  More about that on the Imagine site.

Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee