Archive for February, 2007

Beauty out of Boredom


Last night I was exhausted and bored…so I decided to sit in my tiny studio and attempt to create “something, anything.”   I went from one medium to another, to another and yet to another. I had no interest in any one thing…… until I looked to my right and viewed my box of cheap-o crayons staring at me. “Hmmmmmmmm…… what to do, what to do.”   My soldering iron was sitting on the desk so I set it up…. and started melting my crayons….. a little drip here, a lot of drip there…….and soon my paper was covered with melted wax. I stood back to see if I could “see” anything in my creation…..and leaves kept peeking out at me. I grabbed for my scribe and started scribing into the wax….. I came away loving my new creation.  Let me know what you think!!!


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Just a few more ATC’s from this week…..  I find that when I’m stressed out, they are a nice little project to sit and do until completion.  A bit of a satisfaction knowing you can start something and by the time you’re done, you have a nice piece of art as well as calmed nervous.

 This is Rose, she’s not an attractive lady but there is something I enjoy about her.

I’ll let you know when I figure it out. haha!!  To me, she looks like a man in drag.


These 2 were made using “foil tape” and embossing them freehand.



This one here I named “Circular Elements” but I think it should be renamed:


I had so much going on around me when I started this one. The phone kept ringing, the dog was barking, I wanted some queit time and it just didn’t happen.




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2 More ATC’s

daisy1.jpg  delight.jpg

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SUPPLIES:     Heat Tool, Foam Craft Sheet, Small Spirit Doll Stamp, Japenese Screw Hole Punch, Gel Medium or Glue, Art, Life & Beauty Stamp, Small Face Stamp, Golden Acrylics, Snips of Marabou Feathers, Deli Paper, Color Mists, Stazon Ink, Aluminum Metal Tape, Pinata Ink, Permanent Marker and a 2.5″ x 3.5″ card.

Art Spirit Doll

  • Heat your foam sheet with your heat tool and impress your spirit doll stamp into it.  Cut out each section carefully on the lines.
  • Punch out the holes for the arms and legs.
  • Heat the individual body parts and stamp each with the Art, Life and Beauty Stamp.
  • Heat the “head” and make the impression with the miniture face stamp.
  • Finger paint lightly over all body parts using Golden Interference Acrylics
  • Connect body parts using small brads
  • Apply a dab of glue to the back of head and adhere snips of Marabou Feathers


  • Take your Deli paper and wad it up in a tight ball, smooth it out and lay it down on an absorbent stack of paper.
  • Using “COLOR MISTS” spray the deli paper until you like the look. Dry it with your heat tool. Wad it up into a ball and smooth it out again.
  • Using Golden Intereference Acrylics, hit the high spots, dry with heat tool.  (It is not necessary to use Goldens as Color Mists are beautiful alone)  Wad it up again and smooth out for the last time.
  • Using your Stazon Black ink pad, tip the high spots.

Aluminum Metal Tape:

  • Cut desired size for your ATC
  • Turn over to the wrong side and emboss a design or word making sure to reverse your letters.
  • Turn your foil over (right side facing you) and trace around where you already embossed. (Notice your letters are beginning to rise now)
  • Scratch a design around your letters with your stylus to give more texture.
  • Put your Metal Aluminum Tape on freezer paper to protect your work surface, add a few drops of Pinata Ink of various colors and blend them with a brush or makeup sponge. Set aside to dry or use your heat tool.
  • With your permanent marker (Sharpie) color the raised letters you embossed.  Set aside.


  • Place your 2.5 x 3.5 card stock on a clean surface. Apply an even coverage of glue or gel medium to entire top of card stock.
  • Place your background paper (face up) on top of card stock and press it firmly to make contact all over.
  • Turn both the cardstock and background paper over, apply glue or your gel medium to the backside, wrap the remainder of the deli paper to the back and press down firmly.  Set aside to dry completely.
  • Once dried, trim excess around the cardstock.
  • Peel the backing from the Aluminum Metal tape and adhere it to the top of the card.
  • Apply glue or gel medium to the back of your foam doll and arrange it on your card.
  • Set aside to dry……..stand back and admire your work of art!!

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OK, here “IT” is……  I could use some help naming it.

ART DOLL ATC just seems too plain..

You can peek under the techniques to see how I created this ATC.

I used 2 techniques out of the Bernie Berlin Book

Metal Tape

Fun Foam


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I am working on a piece to enter into consideration for “Somerset Studio” magazine and created this background using primarily “COLOR MISTS”

I know I love to create, I know deep down that I’m pretty good at what I do and I know my jaw dropped when I was finaly done with this background piece.

I think it is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!!!

You can find out how I made this via the TECHNIQUES link.


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These two atc’s are complete opposites. One being bright and shiny, the other being very earthy in tone.  The “Vintage Flower” was created using alcohol inks, punchinella, aluminum tape and a foam flower. You will find I added a vintage piece of jewelry which dates back to the early 40’s to embellish the flower even further.

  The Egyptian atc was created using Distressed ink from Ranger, pouring UTEE and stamping on it. I added more color to the piece with interference bronze from Golden.

vintageflower.jpg  egypt1.jpg

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