Monday, September 1, 2008

An ATC Matchbook Project

I am in a swap that requires using 1 stamp in 5 different ways. I am partnered with Sarah{loobylou}from the Stamp Shack for this swap. Sarah is a moderator at the Shack and helped me through many technical glitches which I created while doing work for the creative team. I am thankful that her schedule generally matched up with mine and she could solve my problems almost instantaneously. Sarah was my behind the scenes person who was there through every season! While I worked on the concept for these ATCs I was also inspired by the Hero Arts weekly challenge to create a book. I thought it would be added fun to combine these 2 projects since my 5 ATCs wouldn't fill the typical album page that Sarah stores them in. However she will have the option to lift the ATCs out if she so desires.

The front cover features the full image of the Hero Arts tree stamp from the Live Simply clear set. It is copper embossed and is colored with several inks to represent all the seasons. I used a fiskar's texture plate in my by cb for the background--many thanks to a RAK sent by Mary {swapin cards}!

This first ATC represents spring with a bird sitting in a hand drawn nest with 3 little sparkling gem eggs. The tree is colored with Tombow markers and the sky is stippled. A background stamp finishes with a tree bark look.

The summertime tree sparkles in the sunlight and is colored with spica pens. The background is created by putting dimensional pearls on the blending tool and twirling it in circles on the paper.

The fall ATC is a camouflaged look created with alcohol inks. A quail sits hidden in a pile of fall leaves.

An emboss resist technique was used to create the winter look with a fresh layer of snow on tree. The background is embossed with the cuttlebug.

The final ATC is the bird on the very top of the tree.
The background is lumiere paint tapped on black cs with a piece of a plastic shopping bag.
Thanks Sarah for all your wonderful help through all seasons! Hope you enjoy this little remembrance!


  1. OH WOW! Jan these are amazing! How beautiful!! The autumn and winter ones positively knocked my socks off. GORGEOUS work!

  2. These are all so really unique and pretty. TFS

  3. Jan..I've been enjoying your blog. All your projects are unique and I learn a lot from reading it..Mary J. Corey..graciez from SS.

  4. Oh you know I'm going to be haunting the postman this week, Jan. I can't wait to see these little treasures in person. It's been an honour working with you at the Shack. I hope you like mine too

  5. WOW! These are all wonderful Jan. Sarah is going to love them all. Such beauties they all are. Great job! Sherri

  6. These are all wonderful, Jan. I love that you did the seasons with the tree. You are so clever. Oh my and Stacy's box is amazing.

  7. I am thankful that her schedule generally matched up with mine and she could solve my problems almost instantaneously.

    Yes, you sure are a night owl Jan! These cards are fabulous as they always are.


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