I made two different Valentine ATCs in February, wanting to try my hand at making these little thingies. Several of us at Pages In Time decided to give them a go. Don't ask me why, but I decided the best way to learn and get comfortable with making them was to sign up for two different swaps.
Here's the artistic journey: (All inks I list are Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I used 2 stamps in the Studio 490 Dimensional Rose Art set and the scrolls from the flower in the Art of Making Merry set.) After I decided to distress the background with Tea Dye and Broken China (cloudless sky), I used Fired Brick (the color of red tulips) to stamp the numbers background. This was comfortable as I used this idea on one of Tim's 12 Days of Christmas tags. Then I stamped the small flower with Coffee Archival Ink and inked it with Mustard Seed. I wanted it to look like the sun and bright spring daffodils and tulips. Ooops. Now I don't like how things are coordinating, so I go back over the Tea Dye with Mustard Seed. Much better. I stamp the scrolls with the new Pumice Stone and go over the dots with a clear Glaze pen.
Although I originally wanted to use a larger flower in the center (Wendy stamp, of course), in the end I went with the gypsy girl from the Graphics Fairy (on-line free images). I love the look on her face. She definitely is counting the days til spring. I used a computer generated sentiment, Think Spring. I edged the entire card with Broken China after I decided against trim. I'm happy with my design, especially since it's my 3rd ATC and first swap. Seven identical ATCs made, 6 mailed off. I can't wait to see what I get back.
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