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Fabric ATCs



I have been playing with a few transfer techniques in order to get digital images onto fabric. The lady on the left (Mata Hara) was printed onto T shirt transfer paper then the image transferred to plain calico by heat transfer (craft iron). The lady to
the right (lady with rose) was printed onto inkjet printable acetate then the image transferred onto Gel medium which had been painted onto the plain calico. As I wanted both images to have a slightly worn look I added a grunge border (Jessica Prague’s) before printing. The T shirt transfer material can also be distressed a little if you tear (carefully) rather than cutting the image out and you can add a bit more distress by scraping bits away with your thumb nail. The acetate transfer came out very dark so in future I will remember to brighten the image before printing. Also the more pressure you use to burnish the image the more the ink smudges. The images used are from Art-e-zine

Mata Hara
Inks: Distress ink Bundles sage sponged on the edges of the fabric
Card/fabric: Green card, plain calico
Other: Decadry T shirt transfer paper, gems

Lady with rose                                                                                          Inks: Stampin up Not quite navy sponged on the edges
Card/fabric: beige card, plain calico
Other: seed beads, sequin flowers, Prima SIP embellishment, fluffy fibre, printable acetate

CBC June ATC swap – Shaker ATCs


Here are my two ATCs for the June swap over at CBC. As I am the host for this month it was my choice for the theme so I thought it would be a nice change to make shaker ATCs. The one on the left is using two little note-lets from the British Red Cross (the image is of a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse in a garden: artist Arthur J. Lyons). The inside has lavender flowers and a few TuTu bedazzles. The flower stems are covered in flower soft.
The seaside ATC was made using Sarah Lugg Beach Comber collage paper and has a mixture of sand and a little glitter inside. I added sand all around the edges too.

Mucha ATCs for CBC swap May

The ATC swap for May over at CBC is the letter ‘M’ so I have chosen Mucha. Here are topaz and amethyst (from his precious stones and flowers prints).

Note to self: it is very difficult to glue the acetate on top of something that you have put distress stickles on, even with diamond glaze!

Inks: Brilliance graphite black, Stazon black
Card: ivory card, acetate to overlay
Stamps: Mucha stamps (can’t remember who does them), Technique Tuesday Borderline – Bijou borders
Other: water colour pencils, Distress stickles Rock candy and antique linen, Diamond glaze, gems, Adirondack butterscotch colour wash, Glimmer mist cherry limeade, Cosmic shimmer mist angel mist

ATC swap Altered photos


My ATCs for this months CBC swap are altered via my PC rather than stamping so I made use of a couple of great tutorials I found over on Jessica Prague’s blog. I hardly ever do digital stuff so I never remember how I got the results. I press keys and add layers then every now and again I get some nice results that I can never emulate.
Harry took the photo of the Forth railway bridge and I added the grunge frame from Jessica’s site and altered the RGB balance. The edges were further distressed physically.
The poppy photo is a result of me playing around with the macro facility on my camera along with Jessica’s tutorial on how to get the text to look like it is behind a petal. This one has a small border and corners added digitally too.

CBC ATC swaps theme – Easter or spring


My two swaps for the CBC ATC swap for March are coloured using water colour pencils and soufflé pens with the addition of a few dabs of stickles.

Inks: black document ink
Card: white card, patterned paper for the vans
Stamps: Stampin up Loads of love and Pocket silhouettes, Woodware Nature fun
Other: pale blue brads, pale green tiny rik-rak, lucky rabbit stickers, diamond glaze

CBC swap ATCs – postal theme


Here are my two swaps for the CBC ATC swap for February. I picked the theme as I am hosting it so I chose ‘Postal’. I made the first one to look like a small bundle of manilla letters wrapped in string with a shrink plastic label saying urgent.
The second one is vellum with images of letters on it stamped with the phrase ‘spoken words fly away but written words last forever’. This was layered onto Basildon Bond paper which I had highlighted the watermark and tinted slightly. The addition of the feather (quill) also ties in with the words ‘fly away’.

Inks: black document ink, Distress ink Tea dye, Archival ink Coffee, Stazon Red
Card: brown paper, printed vellum, Basildon bond writing paper
Stamps: The Artistic Stamper Ephemera, Phrase stamp unknown origin
Other: stamp image, string, shrink plastic, feather (owl?)

ukstampers March ATC swap

We are doing the ukstampers March swap a little early and the theme this time is rip and tear (basically distressing) so for two of my ATCs I have used ripped tissue paper and ripped napkin and the 3rd one uses distressed embossing powder for the tiny frame. We also had to make an arch to swap. I have never made an arch before so this is my first attempt. I spent ages on it and am quite pleased with the result so I hope the recipient likes it as much as I do.


Inks: Distress inks shabby shutters, peeled paint and mustard seed, black document ink
Card: white card, tissue paper
Stamps: free memories stamps from craft stamper mag, Elusive images Diamond art, Stampers anonymous mini muse
Other: white rub-on Family, melted UTEE tinted green, mod podge, cut out text


Inks: black document ink, distress ink scattered straw
Card: white, napkin
Stamps: Stampin up Sanded background, StudioG small alphabet
Other: mod podge, glossy accents


Inks: Distress inks Frayed burlap, Scattered straw and vintage photo, black document ink, versamark with gold and distress vintage photo embossing powders
Card: white
Stamps: Paperartsy wings plate 4 and man of numbers plate 5, Llewelyn-Bowen Venaissance
Other: glossy accents, tiny flower sticker, red krylon shimmer leafing pen, water colour pencils, glitter pen

Inks: black document ink, Distress inks Frayed burlap, antique linen and vintage photo, versamark with gold embossing powder
Card: White, black
Stamps: Alice in wonderland (unknown), Autumn leaves On the edge (Katie Pertiet, Basic Grey flourish corners
Other: beads, copper chain, gold and copper brads, glossy accents, clear circle domes, zip pull, gold trim stained with copper alcohol ink, copics to colour, copper pen

ATC swap Moody Blues


The ukstampers ATC swap for this month is Moddy Blues theme so basically anything blue plus a twinchie with any theme. I have kept my twinchie to the same blue theme.
Inks: Alcohol inks Stream, stonewashed and sailboat blue
Card: silver mirror card
Other: glossy accents, nail art micro bits, cuttlebug embossing folder


Inks: Alcohol inks Stream, stonewashed and sail boat blue, black stazon
Card: silver mirror card, aluminium foil tape
Stamps: Inkadinkado Patterned pets
Other: black and blue acrylic paint, stickles, netting, glossy accents, cuttlebug embossing folders


Inks: Alcohol inks stream, stonewashed and sailboat blue, black document ink, distress inks broken china, black soot and faded jeans
Card: silver mirror card, black, white
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Patterned pets, Autumn leaves on the edge (Katie Pertiet)
Other: black netting as resist, glossy accents, pencils to colour, stickles and silver pen, cuttlebug embossing folders


Inks: Alcohol inks stream, stonewashed and sailboat blue, black stazon
Card: silver mirror card, black, acetate
Stamps: Celtic (unknown)
Other: black and blue acrylic paint, stickles, metal leaf flakes oxidising black, cuttlebug embossing folders

Black and White ATCs

Happy New Year!
I wish you all the very best for this coming year and I would like to thank you for all your comments you have been kind enough to leave over the past year. I get inspiration from visiting other crafter’s blogs so I hope in sharing my crafty work (and my mistakes) that my blog gives some inspiration and tips to others too.

This is the my first blog entry of 2010. It is soooo cold just now and my craft room is the coldest room in the house so I haven’t been doing much in it recently.

Here are my 3 ATCs for the ukstampers swap – this month’s theme is black and white with a twist: the twist being that we have to make a tag too. Now I have just kept to the black and white theme for my tag and there is also a floral thing going on in them all too (not intentional at all!). The doll ATC was inspired by Gail Milburn’s article in the Craft stamper mag Feb 2010 issue.



Inks: Black document ink, Versacolor white pigment ink, Distress ink black soot
Card: White card, black textured card, piece of black textured paper (from inside of chocolate box)
Stamps: Hero arts four dolls, Stampin up sense of time, The artistic stamper hound’s tooth, Tapestry stamps Yummy garden (plus others), Clarity stamps corner, Michael Strong Cloisonné vase
Other: brad, square button, paper rose, blossoms, pearls, black sequins, lace, crackle glaze, ribbon, black mesh, sparkle pens

ATC swap theme Distressed

Here are my three ATCs for the ukstampers November swap with the theme of Distressed. The first one is based around nature, the second ATC has an image of an Oriental vase which I distressed using crackle glaze and the third may look familiar to some of you as I used the same photo, of a rusty piece of metal, and same techniques that I used for a previous tag.

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Inks: Distress inks:Tea dye and walnut stain, Stazon Timber brown
Card: white card, cork sheet, piece of mica
Stamps: Aspects of design Rambling 1
Other: elephant button, linen thread, cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed stripes

vaseDistressedSmlVase distressed
Inks: Versacolor Royal blue and white, Distress ink Broken china (rubbed over the crackle)
Card: white stain card, Chinese paper
Stamps: Non sequitur Samurai and cranes for the vase and calligraphy
Other: piece form old earring, brads, distress crackle paint clear rock candy, copic pens to colour image
rustyDistressedSmlRusty distressed metal
Inks: Distress ink walnut stain
Card: glossy photo card
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Mini muse
Other: old bottle cap, Distress stickles walnut stain, Distress embossing powder Vintage photo, R stencil