June 7th, 2016

artist trading card with winter picture This is an artist trading card (ATC) themed Winter Vacation.  I made it for a swap at the online art group called Art for the Creative Mind.  You anyone is interested in the group, the address is https://ca.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/artforthecreativemind/info

For the background, I went with the polished stone effect, made with alcohol inks on a glossy paper.

I used black ink and what I thought was an appropriately themed stamp called Clapboard Houses from The Old Island Stamp Company.

The ATC is mounted on sturdy green cardstock.

February 20th, 2016

artist trading card with cat and big red eyes This is an artist trading card (ATC) made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The ATC’s theme was to be “the eyes have it”.

I had a rubber stamp with the cat shape that is shown. I stamped the car on light card board and heat embossed with pewter colored embossing powder.

Next, I glued small seed beads along the edges of the cat. I added some glitter glue where I thought it might look good.

Finally, in keeping with the theme, I glued large red rhinestone beads to form the cats eyes.
The background of the ATC is a lovely velvet fabric, given to me by a friend who sews.

I had some red and gold mesh fabric that looked good with the purple velvet, and also matched the cat’s red eyes.

The ATC is on its way to its new owner.

February 18th, 2016

fat book page themed trivial This is a page for a fat book or a chunky book, designed for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

A “fat book” or “chunky book” is a mini book that is 4 x 4 inches square.

The theme for this one was “autumn”.

I used black card stock as the base. I stamped the image and heat embossed using a watermark ink and bronze embossing powder.

I added some colour with marking pencils.

Lastly, I used doubled sided tape to glue a selection of tiny beads around the border of the page. I used gold, red and clear colored beads.

 

August 7th, 2015

art postcard with raised letter V My online swap group, Art for the Creative Mind, is doing an ongoing postcard swap. Each month, we do a postcard with a raised letter of the alphabet. At the end of the year, we should have postcards that spell out CREATIVE MIND.

This particular postcard featured the letter V.

I stamped the lion face and colored it using stamps and markers from Local King Rubber Stamp Company.

Iblocked the lion and affixed it to a layered background comprised of card stock and scrapbook paper. I cut the purple label using a die and the Big Shot, and cut flowers from an extra scrap of scrapbook paper.

The letter V is a silver charm from my swap. I attached it using a silver brad.

I stamped the words VICTORY and glued them in place along the bottom edge of the postcard.

July 30th, 2015

art journal page with painting of orca whale This art journal page has a painting of an orca whale. The theme was DREAM. I made this for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, a Yahoo mixed media art group.

I started by doing some paper collaging, then painted over the collage with acrylic paints.

I drew and painted the whale free hand, then did some stenciling with stencil paste. I used a rubber stamp to apply some shapes that resemble seaweed, at least in my opinion.

I drew on some bubbles, and used a stamp to apply the word DREAM.

I printed the word BIG with a Sharpie.

I live in Vancouver, and we often see orcas in our coastal waters. They are always a thrill to witness, and this one was fun to paint.

February 13th, 2015

Artist trading card in silver colors This artist trading card (ATC) is called Silver Simplicity.

I made it for a monthly swap at Art Ventures. The challenge was to make a card using predominantly silver colours, and to depict how silver makes me feel.

I decided that Silver gives me a sense of simplicity, so I attempted to depict that feeling.

I have used two types of embossing on silver colored card stock.

The embossing to the left is dry embossing, done with an embossing folder and the Big Shot Universal Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.

The flower to the right is a stamped image heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

I added a little silver embossing powder around the edges of the card as well.

December 13th, 2014
stained glass 4x4
stained glass 4x4

A while back at the swap group called Art for the Creative Mind, we had a swap of a 4 x 4 chunky page or fat page. The theme was stained glass.

I used a rubber stamp and gold UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).

I stamped the image on acrylic page and heat embossed using the gold UTEE.

I backed the top one on plain paper and I backed the bottom one on glittery scrapbook paper. I trimmed the bottom one with a narrow strip of rickrack.

As for the top one, I colored it on the back of the acrylic using marking pencils.

 

Fat books or Chunky books are books that are 4 inches by 4 inches. When I get a collection of 4 x 4 pages, I will assemble them into a hand made book.

 

 

September 6th, 2014

ATC in bronze color tones This Artist Trading Card, or ATC, was made for a swap at Art Ventures, an email swap group through Yahoo!

The stated theme was to use the color bronze, and to make an ATC depicting how bronze makes us FEEL. I decided that bronze gives me a “poignant” feeling, so that is what I went for.

I used a Formica sample for my inner rectangle. I  covered it with Versamark, then stamped it with a rubber stamp. Next,  I heat embossed using bronze Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).

I had some bronze colored glittery card stock, and also some bronze colored scrapbook paper.

I wrinkled the scrapbook paper as shown, then smoothed it out and glued it on corrugated card stock.

I layered the Formica sample on glittery,bronze card stock, and affixed that in the middle of the other layers.  I cut small triangles from the glittery bronze card stock to make photo corners.

And that is it.

June 8th, 2014

gold colored ATC with treasure chest and gems This cold colored ATC is a swap at Art Ventures. The theme was to make a gold ATC, and it was to represent how the color gold makes you feel.

Gold makes me feel abundant.

I have a sheet of thin, gold colored metal. It is thin enough that I can cut it with scissors or a die cut, and emboss it using an embossing folder.

I used gold card stock for the background and for the forefront.  I embossed it using an embossing folder and the Sizzix Big Shot.

I ran it through an embossing folder to make the raised dots, then I cut photo corners as shown.

Using black Stazon ink and a rubber stamp, I stamped the treasure chest onto the gold metal. After cutting it out, I glued it to the front of the card as shown.

For embellishments, I used a gold circular paper clip and two amber colored rhinestone beads.  Gold beads would have been better but I didn’t have any.

Often, I believe in using what I have rather than buying yet more supplies. 🙂

April 15th, 2014

kids easter card This is one of the two Easter cards that I made for a kid this year.

The bunnies and chicks are stamped with an acrylic stamp and colored with Copic Markers.

The small photo corners are stickers.

I cut the borders and frames using Nestability dies from Spellbinders.

The yellow and red card stock is left over from some other project.