Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ATC's For My New 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray

I saw this tray in the background when I watched a "How To" Video from Michael's Craft store.  The video was explaining a masking technique with rubber stamps. After the video was over it displayed other videos to watch and they had one showing this tray.  I watched it and the video explained that the tray was from 7 Gypsies.  Of course I had to have one because I thought it was a great way to display ATC's.  This also inspired me to make some new ATC's and try some new techniques with inking, layering, and collaging.  I managed to create eight ATC's and I have four more to do.

Even though the tray isn't complete, I am loving it.  I had so much fun and can't wait to finish it.

I collaged the background using various scrapbook papers.  The Marble Yard advertisement came from a bag that I had from an antique store.  I cut the  little girl from a vintage photo I found on Google.  I printed the saying from my computer and colored it with Butterscotch alcohol ink.  I used the Tim Holtz Distress tool to grunge up the edges of the card.  I then used distress inks over the edges of the card.  I added the ribbon, which was originally cream color and sprayed it with some walnut ink. I added the lace at the bottom to finish it off.

I used scrapbook paper and covered the whole card.  I stamped the background with a tea cup stamp using the masking technique that was in the Michael's video.  The stamp had three tea cups and it was too big to fit on the 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 card.  I inked one cup and covered two of the cups with scotch tape, then stamped it on the card.  I added Washi tape with music notes. Then I wrote the word "Tea" and filled it in with stripes using a fine point pen and colored it in with a Copic marker.  I found the Tea pot and the Tea cup through Google.  Again, I distressed the edges with "Tea Dye" Distress ink.

The idea for this came simply because I wanted to use one of the vintage keys in my stash.  I did a search on Google looking for antique doors and found this wonderful vintage lock.  I collaged the door lock and some scrapbook paper of old newspaper.  I stamped the top with a number stamp, distressed the edges with distress inks, added the key and the saying was printed from my computer that was inked with Alcohol ink.

This card just evolved.  I didn't have any idea what I wanted to make.  I started by using the resist technique with embossing.  First, I used a the flourish stamp with embossing ink. Then covered it with green embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool.  Then I repeated the process using blue embossing powder and heated it.  I added pictures of a bird nest, a bird and a butterfly from my stash and covered the card with walnut distress ink.  I added a the flower and leaf that was distressed  with Vintage Photo distress ink.

This card is very simple. I distressed the card with "Tea Dye" distress ink. I used a pumpkin stamp and a crow stamp.  The harvest moon is alcohol ink and outlined with a black marker.  I added the words from my computer and covered it with "Faded Blue Jean" ink.

I wanted to use one of my Marie Antoinette pictures and again kept it simple.  I added Washi Tape at the bottom, added some feathers and used a button after I cut the shank off.

The inspiration for this one came from a freebie sheet of dresses that was posted from Pinterest.  I searched Google images for a torquoise shoe.  I sprayed the card with dylusion ink sprays and added a strip of scrapbook paper of old newsprint and distressed the edges of the card.  I feel like this card needs more but I have no idea what.  Any ideas?

I love this one.  I collaged a paper background and was very messy with the glue (completely unintentional).  Then I distressed the card using "Tea Dye" distress ink.  The glue worked as a resist and added to the distressed look of the card.  It was a happy surprise.  You can really see it in the upper left corner.  The pictures were from my stash.  I added the quote and the bronze flower that was a necklace.

I can't wait to make more.  I wish I had more free time  to play.


  1. Good job. I love the bird with the bird nest embossed background. Your so crafty!! You'll need to post pictrues of your new craft room.

  2. I like how the bird one turned out too, considering I had no idea what I was going to do with the card once I did the background. Then I thought of adding the bird nest and bird and it turned out that the embossed flourish looks like the leaves of the tree. So I was happy.

    Did you notice that the card with the dress and shoes are from your pin on pinterest the other day? The card needs something more but I am at a loss for what that might be.... I couldn't even think of a quote that didn't sound really corny. Who knows one day I might look at it and come of with the perfect something.

    As for pictures of the room....I want DH to put up my white board and shelves before I take pictures.