Made these ATCs for some of my scrapbooking friends for V-Day. (Shhh, don’t tell them.) Warning: lots of photos!
I was inspired by the October 2009 Art Journal Challenge over at the Mixed Media & Arts forum over at Blue Bazaar. (Click on Message Board.)
I have had these chipboard letters and elements ever since I started scrapping in 2006. I think it’s time to finally use them up. So I sanded the ones with a glossy surface.
Then I got some random cardstock and cardboard and cut them into ATC size (2.5″ x 3.5″) and adhered my chipboard with gel medium. Let dry.
Painted over with Gesso. Let dry again.
Painted over with red acrylic paint. Let dry.
Smudge with brown acrylic paint. It’s much easier just to use your fingers. Let dry.
Smudge with turquoise acrylic paint.
Paint dots with orange acrylic paint. Let dry.
Apply a thick layer of crackle paint and wait the full 4 hours to see the effect. (Yup, the waiting kinda gets you crazy. But it gives you time to eat or do chores in between.)
Almost there. Swipe a Black Staz-On ink pad on top. Then spray with an acrylic paint fixative. Let dry because that stuff is stinky.
If you want to try this for yourself, you can totally skip a step or two. I wasn’t crazy about the orange dots but I figured it’d give an extra layer of interest. And I just wanted to share the step-by-step because it looked so cool unfolding before my eyes.
Thanks for reading!