Monday, November 5, 2018

My Cards and Tags: Christmas Tree ATC's

This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we're being challenged to make our own backgrounds!  And we're using fabulous Carabelle Studio products.  I made a Christmas tree ATC trio.
I started with Strathmore Mixed Media paper cut into ATC size.  I stamped circles with Carabelle Studio's "Ronds" texture printing plate.  It's meant to be used with gelli printing, but I use these as stamps.  I heat-embossed the image with white embossing powder.  I then sprayed Marabu acrylic art spray and Distress Ink Sprays onto the paper, spritzed with water and added some Infusions color stain.

Next I used Carabelle's huge "Stitched Mixed Media" background stamp.  This came as one big stamp, but I cut it into sections.  I know!  It was scary to cut up a stamp, but I say if you can make your stamps more versatile and suited to YOU, then go for it!

I stamped some images onto my cards with Distress Embossing Ink, then heat-embossed them with black embossing powder.

I had a collage sheet leftover from another project I made that is filled with washi tape and color.  I cut that into circular frames and scalloped sections, which I glued onto my cards.

The colors were looking a bit too crazy and these cards lacked a focal area, so I toned them back down a bit with white and added trees and sentiments.

I also added some snow made with white paint and a Simon stencil.

The sentiments are from a couple of Flora and Fauna stamp sets and another one by Hello Bluebird.

I won't say that I'll get ahead of the holiday game this year, but at least this post is proof that I was thinking about Christmas when it was still early in November!

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see you create your own fantastic backgrounds this week!  Be sure to upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp!

10 comments:

  1. Such beautiful ATCs! The backgrounds that you created are stunning and you got a lovely image by stamping with the texture plate 😀. The Carabelle Studio stamps are fabulous too and you are very brave cutting them up - eek! ... lol 😉. It's wonderful to be able to join you in the Designer Spotlight this month, thanks so much! J 😊 x

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  2. Gorgeous ATC's Andrea :-) the colours and textures are fabulous! :-)

    hope you have a great week!
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  3. Hey, good start on the holidays, Andrea, and like you said, here is the proof, LOL! Love your bright and happy tree ATC's - very cool! You are such a "brave girl" cutting your stamp apart - love that about you, ready to take a chance. Great layers of image and color. hugs, Maura

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  4. OMG, these ATC are fabulous; love the colors and those amazing backgrounds!!

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  5. This is such a "your style" set. I couldn't be wrong if I see it one day on internet without knowing it was made by you. Your style is absolutelu unique. Love this craziness of colors, patterns, stamping, embossing, cutting. Have a nice week!. Hugs, Macarena

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  6. This is one fab Christmas party of colors, and so you Andrea-love it!!! And I have been known to cut apart a few stamps too;)

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  7. In love with this project! I adore the way you created layers and layers and layers! Fabulous as always and so inspirational! Barbara

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  8. Love these fabulous ATCs, Andrea. The colors and texture you created are so beautiful! b:)

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  9. These Christmas ATCs are stunning Andrea! I love all the layers in the background and the trees are so cute.

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  10. love the gorgeous pastel colours on your beautiful Christmas ATC's and welcome to the cutting up stamps club, hugs kath xxx

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