Thursday 12 April 2018

I is for Imagination: I needed it for this challenge!

The prompt for the latest ATC swap over on Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art (JJAMMMA) is 'I'.  As I only ever use Clarity stamps for my ATC swaps and I don't have their Ice Skater stamps,  I had to dig deep to come up with ideas using the ones that I do have.  As you will see,  I managed it in the end.  All the stamping on the first two ATCs was done using Onyx Black Versafine ink and heat embossed in detail clear EP.
I is for infant.  For this ATC I masked off the wording from one of the Twas the Night stamps (#3 Crib) before inking up the stamp, then removed the post it notes before stamping and heat embossing.
The image was coloured in using Ecoline pens, scribbled on my glass mat and picked up with a water brush.
The background was added in the same way.
Finally the lettering was added;  the letter 'I' was stamped and heat embossed and the rest added with a micron pen.
For the second ATC 'I is for intellectual interest',  I started by adding Faded Jeans distress oxide through part of the Birch mini stencil by Tim Holtz (THMS069), removing the stencil then blending colour over the rest of the ATC.  It was lightly spritzed with water then dried.
The outline of the birch tree was drawn in with a micron pen, then Ecoline pens used to add colouring to the tree trunk in places, blended out with a water brush.
Next, the little boy reading from the Wee Folk 2 set, and the teeny weenie moon from the Stag Outline set, were stamped and heat embossed.  The centre of the moon was lightened using water and a paper towel to remove the colour.
Finally, the lettering was added as before.
For the final ATC 'I is for Intricate'  I used some of the latest fine line stamps which Clarity have recently added to their range.  I started by blending Peacock Feathers, Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon distress oxides over the ATC, spritzing and drying.
I then stamped the tiny peacock feathers from Linda's stamp set of the same name, using various colours of Archival ink (Garden Patina, Paradise Teal, Forget-Me-Not and Cobalt).
Over the top of that I used sections of one of the Journaling stamps held in my hand in Fern Green Archival ink.
One of the larger peacock feathers was then added using Versamark ink and heat embossing in Gold EP.
Finally the lettering was also added in gold.  Unfortunately I do not have a fine liner in gold and I am not very pleased with the heaviness of the writing; it doesn't really match the idea of 'intricate'.

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