2019/12/07

Merry Christmas / Holiday Cheer

 
 
 
Hi Artsy Friends,
It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge again. The December Challenge Theme is Bling. For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog

  
I instantly thought about making a snowing Christmas theme with lots of bling bling might be a good idea. And boy, these ATCs turned out to be quite gorgeous, so shiny and sparkling! My bling is made out of Glitter Ritz (Transparent Micro Fine Glitter), Gold and Silver Embossing Pastes. Hope you like my interpretation. I'd like to thank and credit my artsy friend/mentor, Mandy, for this Mixed Media Tissue Paper Technique which I learnt from her during a Christmas Handmade Card Gathering in mid November.
Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead.

ATC Details

1. Apply three Acrylic Paints (Ocean, Sky, Lapis) on Gelli Plate and mix well with a brayer.
2. Lay snowflake stencil (Memory Box) on Gelli Plate.

3. Place a tissue paper and press with fingers. The tissue paper will get acrylic paints for the positive snowflake images.


4. Remove the stencil and place another tissue paper. Press with fingers. The tissue paper will get acrylic paints for the negative snowflake images.


5. Place two tissue papers together, one on top of the other.

 

6. Use bottle caps to apply Gold Metallic Embossing Paste on background tissue paper. Boy, this monochromatic mixed media tissue paper background is beautiful, isn’t it?


7. Cut background tissue paper into ATC size. Apple Silver Metallic Embossing Paste over Falling Snow Stencil on ATC background tissue paper.


8. Apply Be Creative Tape on white cardstock and die cut Country Landscape die (Memory Box) from it. Cover Country Landscape image with Glitter Ritz (Warm Highlight).


9. Assemble the ATC and affix text stickers (Tim Holtz) as shown.


 

Challenges to Enter

2019/11/07

Mixed Media ATC – Thank You

Edited on 12/7/2019
 
I'm thrilled that this set of ATCs was chosen as the Top 3 by ATC Around the World Challenge #59. Thanks, DT. You certainly made my day.
 

Hi Artsy Friends,

Time flies. It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge again. The November Challenge Theme is Die Cuts.

  
It’s super easy, right? I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog.

ATC Details
1. I cheated, I confess. I picked a mixed media background panel that I made before here and cut into ATC size.
2. Die cut Flickering Butterflies (Simon Says Stamp) from the MM ATC panel.
3. Stamp French Script background (Stampin’ Up).
4. Apply Distress Paste over stencils (Tim Holtz and TCW) on ATC panel.
5. Stamp Thank You text (Altenew) and heat embossed in black.
6. Mount the ATC panel to a black panel. Voila!

I like what I made very much. Hope you like it too. Thanks so much for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead.

2019/10/07

Be Amazing, Be Strong, Be Thankful

Edited on 10/24/2019
I’m thrilled that this set of ATCs was chosen as Designer Spotlight by Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, with the following comments:
I adore these colorful ATCs from Helen! The layered backgrounds are beautiful and I really love the complementary colors of the leaves and the inspiring messages.
Thanks so much, Cheiron Brandon. You made my day!
Edited on 12/6/2019
It's also a pleasure that this set of ATCs was chosen as Top 3 by ATCs Mit Herz #85 Challenge. Thanks, DT.

Hello Artsy Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge again. The October Challenge Theme is AnythingGoes with a Set of Three. It’s super easy, right? For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog.


I’m happy for what I've made and hope you like this set too. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead.

ATC Details
1. I picked two previously-made background papers from my stash and stamp my favorite collage text background stamp(Hero).


2. Cut Background Papers into ATC size. Apply Distress Oxide Inks and Embossing Paste, respectively, over stencils (Tim Holtz & The Crafter’s Workshop) on ATC panels.

3. Stamp texts (Simon Says Stamp) in black on ATC panels.

4. Die cut skeleton leaves (Tim Holtz) using watercolor paper.

5. Apple various Distress Oxide Inks on craft sheet, then spritz some water. Apply skeleton leaves with watered Distress Oxide Inks.

6. Attach skeleton leave on ATC panel. Voila. The closeup of each ATCs is as follows.




Challenges to Enter
  • Make My Monday Challenge #106 Autumn

  • Mix it Up Challenge #30 Anything Goes + Open Technique

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    2019/09/29

    I Smile When I Think of You


    Hi Artsy Friends,

    I’m happy AGAIN after I finished a card, especially right after the end of a Sunday! Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great week ahead.

    Card Details
    Focal stamps and dies are all by Altenew. Piercing frame die is by Simon Says Stamp.


    Challenges to Enter

      
      
       I was inspired by the Color Scheme as well as the water splashes/droplets.
      
    My take is Bling, Die Cut and Ink.
         
     
        I like to play with mixed media and layers while allowing some white space so that my eyes won’t feel too busy with overlapping colors. Maybe it could be called as Mixed Media CAS. Ha!

    2019/09/24

    Sending Lots of Love

    Edited on 9/30/2019
    It’s a delight that this card was chosen as an Outstanding Design by CAS Stencil September Challenge and a Top 5 by Allsorts Challenge. This is indeed double excitements.
     
    Edited on 10/24/2019
    I'm thrilled that this card was chosen as an Watercooler Rocker by Watercooler Wednesday Challenge with the following comments by DT Marsha Reed:
     
    I love the beautiful Autumn background Helen has created. The colors are perfect and I love the stenciled leaves. Lovely design.
     
    Thanks, Marsha, this is triple happiness.
     

    Hi Artsy Friends,

    I’m delighted to apply several Fall colors for this card. The warm and vivid colors just made me happy. Ha! Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.

    Card Details
    1. Leaves stencil is by Tim Holtz.
    2. Leave stamp/die and text stamp are by Altenew.

    Challenges to Enter


      

         

      

    2019/09/23

    Celebrate Everyday

    Edited on 9/28/2019
    I’m thrilled that this card was picked as a Top 3 by Crafty Sentiments Design Fall Colors Challenge. Thanks DTs for making my day!

    Hi Artsy Friends,

    I feel happy after I finished this card. The beautiful complimentary colors just made me happy. Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.


    Card Details
    1. Leaf collage stamp is by Stamp Anonymous/Tim Holtz and the text stamp is by Hero Arts.
    2. The blue/green background paper is from my previous stash here.
    3. The leaf is colored using Wrinkle Free Distress Technique and the text is heat embossed in black.


    Challenges to Enter
       

      

         My take is White, Stamp and Ink.
     

        



    2019/09/17

    Hello, How Are You


    Hi Artsy Friends,

    I’m glad to finish this CAS card out of my hectic work schedule, thanks to inspirations from some challenges. Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.

    Card Details
    Stencil and text die are by Altenew. Frame die is by Simon Says Stamp.


    Challenges to Enter


      
      
       I did not play with the twist.
       The text (how are you) is heat embossed in black.
      
       I was inspired by the Fall color scheme.
      
         I did not play with the Twist.

    2019/09/07

    I need Vitamin SEA


    Hi Artsy Friends,
    It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) ATC (Artist Trading Card/Coin) Challenge again. The September Challenge Theme is Ocean/Sea.
     
    For Challenge Rules and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog.

    Inspired by the Challenge Theme, I dug out a brand new old stamp set (you know what I mean!) and made the ATCs quickly. I’m happy about it and hope you like it too. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day ahead.


    ATC Details
    1. Apply various Distress Inks on cardstock.
    2. Place Wave stencil (Memory Box) over cardstock. Spray water over stencil to get faded effect as seen.

    3. Cut background panel into ATC size. Stamp text (Simon Says Stamp) in black. Apply Nuvo Glimmer Paste over dots stencils and let dry.


    4. Stamp sailboat in red, die cut and attach to ATC panel. Voila!

    Challenges to Enter
      
        My favorite way to add text is to use text stamps (either rubber stamps or clear stamps) to stamp with archival black ink on card stock.
          

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