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Artist Trading Card Daily – 32

Hello again :)

Today’s artist trading card is a bit of a “user-upper” of bits.

I really liked doing this card and think that using up lots of little bits will play a big part in making these over the coming months.

Anyway, here is today’s creation.

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This creation was a little bit of an experiment to be fair, but the outcome worked so well that I thought that I would include it as one of these little creations.

It started with me looking blankly at my craft desk awaiting the muse to descend and a creative flurry to ensue. This did not happen so I began rooting through a little box of embellishments that have sat on the desk for some time – I found a little wooden laser cut and etched frame.

I knew that I wanted to use it but thought that the plain wood could do with a bit of glam. I got out the gilding flakes and gilding glue and coated the little fella.

After brushing away the excess I thought that it had quite a baroque feel and thought that it would look good around something like the Mona Lisa so I needed a face …

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I remembered back a few ATCs to when I used the Lynne Perella stamp (the lady with the teacup on her head) and thought she would be perfect. So I rummaged and stamped (with an archival inkpad).

The white cardstock was a little to stark so I toned this down with some peach gentle blends and stuck her behind the frame. This worked.

I then had another nosey around the stash and found some stickles glitter glue and Diamond Glaze. I traced around the inside of the frame with the glitter glue and then flood filled the whole lot with Diamond Glaze.

Frame done and I needed the background. I rummaged the paper stash bit box for an offcut and found an aged floral design that looked like it could work so cut this to size and added a little more aging to the design with some brown gentle blend.

I put this altogether but then found that I wanted to pop a gem/brad/pearl in the corners but could not find anything in a colour that would work so cheated and popped coloured in some cream coloured pearls with a metallic pen and stuck those down with PVA.

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I left it at that although I was tempted to add some white or ivory coloured mini roses – which I didn’t have. So I didn’t :)

Thank you for visiting and I hope that you are enjoying this series of daily posts.

As always, if you have any comments or questions about this post then please feel free to use the comments section below. Also, If you know of anyone that would appreciate reading this post, there are handy sharing icons below.

Many thanks for taking the time to read about my little creations.

I’ll see you again tomorrow!

J :)

17 thoughts on “Artist Trading Card Daily – 32

  1. Brill make, really classy. Please can you tell me what ‘gentle blend ‘ is. Is it an ink pad like distress inks or like pan pastels?
    When will you be crafting on our screens again please love watching you craft on c&c you always have great ideas and are so inspirational. X


  2. So glamorous – it’s lovely to have a completely different design every day to look forward to, and this is fabulous John! I often find I haven’t got just the right colour embellishment to finish off a project so use the same technique as you did to make my own custom pearls/brads/buttons etc … you get the perfect match and it saves money too. Keep up the great work! x

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  3. I am a little late visiting your blog John. This one is a beauty. I am very impressed by the use of the stickles and glaze so I will give that a try in the future,
    Chris K

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  4. Wow!!! Love it!!! All your ATCs are so very different – you have an amazing range of skills. Just when I think you can’t top the last card, you do. There hasn’t been a disappointing one yet. Thanks again. X

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  5. Hi John

    A little bit of card with a big mixed media feel. Really cool. I think roses would have worked well.

    I’m also going to have a ‘use what you have’ year. This year I hope to have a de clutter, pop some bits on ebay, make those end of kit bits- you always have those bits where you don’t have the right person to make for and a different sentiment just isn’t working- up into cards to give to charity shop and try to slimline things a bit. I have a bits box and I use those with my cutting machines- when I remember. Box gets put on table before every new project now and I check that first. Hopefully I can start as I mean to go on!


    T x


  6. Love this one John – I too am going through a phase of trying to use things up this year. I’ve become a terrible hoarder collecting all sorts of little bits that might come in useful one day, so I decided 2015 was going to be the 365 one days, otherwise they will be decluttered! Thanks for sharing, Susan x

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  7. Looks as if there could be such sadness behind her face – I wonder what her story might be? If I was still teaching this is an image that I would use in an art class or PSHE. Very inspirational and prompts the imagination B :-) x

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