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EXPLORING ART is my thing - I love crafting - Altering things, Mixed-Media, Art Journalling and Card Making.

I would probably say my favourite styles of crafting are vintage, grunge, shabby chic and; Steam Punk.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014


I was invited to participate in an ATC swap with Jane who is Velocityvette08 on YouTube.
We had to each make 5 different ATC's which could be on any theme.
These are the 5 designs I came up with:-

The first one is a nice jokey card made using a Magazine Freebie Rubber Stamp by Acid Drops & What Nots. I stamped the design several times and then cut out several sections of each stamp to compose a decoupage of the bow on the swimming costume and  the hat. The background was painted with acrylic paint over Gesso. I added glitter to the wet paint for the sand and a Tim Holtz stamp for the birds. To finish it off I added a bit of rhinestone bling with a dolphin and some starfish. I then edged the piece with gold paint pen.

For my second piece I used Dreamweaver Crackle Paste through the Crafters Workshop Mini Cell Theory stencil. Once dry I dripped on Green, Blue, & Black Liquitex acrylic Ink and allowed it to flow into all of the cracks. On top of this I rubbed gold Inka Gold to pick out the high points and add some shine. The beetle is from a stamp set by Chocolate Baroque called Steampunkery. I painted it with alcohol markers and Lumiere paint in Halo Green Gold then added Ranger's Glossy Accents to the clock face and the beetles shell. I adhered this piece with foam tape for dimension and slightly curled up the edges of the wings. 

As I'm English I went patriotic for this card. I used the bus stamp from the DoCrafts Portabello Road set. I used a Union Jack flag napkin for the background and two ribbons from the set. I printed out a tiny London scene and fussy cut it around the edges. Because the design was too intricate to cut it all out, I coloured inside the design with alcohol marker pens to blend into the napkin design. I added flag design buttons for the headlights of the bus and Ranger's Glossy Accents to make the red paint shine. I then added a London Button to finish it off.

This ATC was fun to make and to have a little messy play. I used the stamp set by  the Dutch company Art Journey and fussy cut out all the pieces I wanted to use. For the paint colours I actually used melted wax crayon and allowed it to run down the card. I melted one colour at a time matching each line up with a stamped paintbrush. It's a very tactile card with a lovely feel to it..

For my last card I used the Punky Flowers stamp set by Chocolate Baroque onto a background of Acrylic Paint which was stamped with script and spattered with black Liquitex Ink. The poppies were stamped onto glossy card, coloured with alcohol ink markers and silver paint pen. I covered the light bulbs with Anita's 3-D Clear Gloss Finish and added my sentiment with Matt Medium. I drew a shadow around each poppy with a gray marker pen and added highlights to the bulbs with a white Faber Castelle PITT pen.

I was really happy with how they all turned out and I hope Jane likes them too.


  1. They are all really wicked (& the 1st is hilarious)! My favourites have to be the 2nd for it's steampunky vibe & 4th as I too enjoy melting crayons (it does give such a touchy feely thang going on) & in love with Art Journey right now (as u know) !! Great work & fabulous creativity on all 5. Makes me think I should try atcs, have shied away as they are so small? But yours have made me see how much detail is possible ~ luurvve yr creations!! C��

    1. Thanks Caroline. I'm glad you like them. You should definitely give them a try and it's a great way to trial techniques. :) - Lynn.

  2. Wow, love all your work, but especially the one with our Art Journey Stamps!!!!

    1. Thanks Louise. I have just placed an order for some more. I'm getting addicted ha ha. If you want to check it out, there is another piece on this blog in March 2014 called "Guest Designer for Craft Stamper Magazine" where I used the Pens & Pencil stamp again. :) Lynn