My Favorite Tiny Treasure

IMG_3343

Hello everyone, Erena here.

I hope you are enjoying the summer.

I wanted to share my favorite type of tiny treasure…Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).  These can be so quick and fun to make.  The best part is that you get to trade them with other artists, creating a truly meaningful experience.  It has added so much to my life and is essential to my self-care.

Supplies:

Sheet of paper (I like watercolor paper)

Gelli plate

Craft glue stick

Scissors

Craft paint

Sponge dauber or make up sponge

Punchinella

Favorite stencil

Favorite stamp and archival ink

The Gauche Alchemy SHOP has some great items to get you started– punchinella is a favorite!

Step 1:  Using your gelli plate, create a gelli print using your favorite colors and stencils. Cut the sheet once the paint dries to ATC size (3.5 x 2.5).

FullSizeRender-13

Step 2: Stamp on your cards. I used 2 types of stamps here.  No overthinking.

IMG_3301

Step 3:  Take your stencil and black paint. I try not to overthink it, just fill in blank space.

IMG_3302

Step 4:  I used a bold paint color to make some circles using the same stencil.

IMG_3303

Step 5: Rather than wasting extra paint, I took my punchinella and decorated envelopes.  This is a nice touch when trading ATCs. I always put paper goodies and a handwritten note in my happy mail.

IMG_3337

Step 6: Finishing touches.  I used a white pen and doodled on the pink circles.

IMG_3304

 

There are so many different ways to make ATCs.  I like to make several at a time and save the extras.  That way you can still participate in a swap when you are busy.

 

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or if you would like to trade ATCs.

 

Until next time :)

Erena

Mixed Media Postcards

One of my favorite things to do is to send out and receive letters and postcards.  It’s a leftover habit from the 90’s when I was an exchange student and this was a way to communicate and keep in touch with friends across the ocean.

Nowadays emails, blogs and social media have replaced most of the snail mail.  Letters and postcards are few and far between.  So whenever I get a chance, I don’t waste it.

When I looked through the kits I got from Gauche Alchemy, I couldn’t help but feel a little overwhelmed.  So much good stuff!  What to choose, what to use first?!  I had to calm my senses first.  I don’t overthink it, I just pick what I am drawn to.  Keep it simple. No more than a handful of items, and go!

So I picked a yearbook page (with all male class, wink!), the bubblegum pink delusions spray ink, a little bit of punchinella, and a few words.

I did use a couple of my own supplies (stamps, ink, Bristol smooth surface paper).

image

Start by cutting your paper into postcard size (4×6 is a good start).  Spray the center with water, then use a brush to dip in the ink and spread the color around.

image

image

Cut out a few individuals from the yearbook page.  This is the fun part. Audition your person, your words, your bits of paper/punchinella.

image

image

image

Once you decide on your design, use gel medium to adhere it to the paper.  Use a brush and cover the back with gel medium, position it on your postcard, then brush the front and around.  Do the same with the word, the punchinella, or whatever ephemera you use to embellish.image

As a final touch, I like to add a few stitches to my project.  So I stitched the the edges of the word.

image

Have fun playing!

image

Supplies used:

Punchinella

Undressed Mixed Media Kit (words and vintage yearbook pages)

Rolodex Magic or I Love Office Supplies!

 

image-13-07-16-09-43-11

Hi there friends!!! Alchemist Rebecca here sharing some Art Journal Rolodex Cards!!! I LOVE old Rolodexes and have been lucky enough to score TWO of them from Goodwill (and both under $2!) So they have been sitting pretty up on my shelf for forever… you know that project you hope you will get to eventually…. well, I finally decided to put them to good use and make some art journal prompt cards!

image-13-07-16-09-43

 

So far I have eight, and I can’t wait to flip through them when I am feeling stuck or just want to be a bit spontaneous!

image-13-07-16-09-43-5

image-13-07-16-09-43-2

image-13-07-16-09-43-4

image-13-07-16-09-43-3

They have all sorts of random prompts– from how many colors to use on a page, to having me dig in my purse for random papers (we all know our bags are full of random junk… I mean ephemera!)  I hope this inspires you to go make some fun prompt cards, or even just make some Rolodex cards look pretty!!! Happy creating!!!

image-13-07-16-09-43-10

image-13-07-16-09-43-9

image-13-07-16-09-43-8

image-13-07-16-09-43-7

image-13-07-16-09-43-6

image-13-07-16-09-43-1

 

Coloring your own cards

Hello,everyone! I’m Viktiriya and would like to share my cute idea with you.You all know about adult coloring books. It’s in trend now and you can find so many different pictures on open spaces of Internet.Do you like it? I have a good idea how to use it!

Print a picture, color it ,add some words and make your own spesial card for friends!

IMAG4998I chose these cute animals and colored them by bright liners

IMAG5000The Fox

IMAG5001

And the Owl

IMAG5006Do you see mice in her tummy?))

And two cards together

IMAG5011I like it and I would like to make more! What do you think about it?

Patterns Ad Infinitum

April Greetings, fellow creative souls! Scraps, here, with a spring-influenced pattern-on-pattern card inspired by this month’s challenge board.

10927864_10204892090813874_8093940369629842207_o

There’s a lot going on in that collage, but what jumped out at me (after I put on my sunglasses to cut the neon glare), was the way the figures in the larger image (that famous V-J Day photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt) were rendered in overlapping, loud patterns without confusing the image itself.

I wanted to challenge myself to do something similar.

jvanderbeek_spring_card_spell_the_flowers

Patterns are not something I’m super-comfortable with, and I’m certainly not adept at mixing them! If you look in my closet you’ll see mostly solids, a few subdued stripes, and a smattering of florals and small-scale geometrics. And back when scrapbooking was my main paper craft, I was more the clean & simple, colorblocking sort.

jvanderbeek_washitape_chipboard_stencil_craftknife

In the case of this card, I used the negative from a chipboard embellishment, covered with a grid-patterned washi tape, and layered it over a piece of striped paper (Tim Coffey for K&Co, I’m pretty sure, if anyone’s curious). Keeping the colors in the same saturation range seems to make the patterns blend instead of clash, assuaging my pattern-mixing fear.

jvanderbeek_sticker_stripes_card

The chipboard flower is also covered in washi tape (thank goodness their patterns line up so nicely!), an a little more patterny goodness came in the form of sticker stripes and the small stripe on the photo corners.

It was a gentle foray into pattern-mixing, but it felt like a pretty big step for me. And now I have a sweet little card to send to a friend, which makes it even better.

Wishing you creative days,

Jennifer “Scraps” Vanderbeek