I rarely join swaps because I don't seem to manage to stay the course very often and hate letting people down but I decided to join in one this year with a group of friends. The swap is for two ATCs and two Tags of any size. The theme for our first swap was faces and these are what I came up with.
First the ATCs
This one was lightly blended Distress Inks followed by stamping the image and then adding touches of extra DI's to enhance the colouring of the face. I stamped the butterfly a second time, coloured it with DI's and triple embossed with clear EP before shaping the wings and attaching just by the body.
This one had Pan Pastels blended softly over the background then Versamark applied through a clouple of stencils and more PPs patted onto it. I then stamped the image and removed some of the colour with an eraser to highlight the hair, eyes and teardrop. I love the way the Versamark acted as a resist under the stamped image.
Now for the Tags
For the first one I cut the tag from some Prima packaging (always too lovely to throw away). Roughly painted with watered down Fresco Finish and randomly stamped clock hands. I blended alcohol inks on acetate and when dry embossed in an embossing folder. I inked the edges of a paper doily. I painted a piece of card with Fresco Finish paints deliberately leaving it streaky then stamped the clock face and cut it out. Layered it with the doily ontop of the acetate and added metal embellishments & fibres.
My final tag was my favourite! I stamped the face with Black Archival ink and the flourishes with Aquamarine Archival. Blended Distress Inks over the whole tag removing the colour from the eye with a water moistened brush. I applied Grunge Paste through my new gorgeous stencil and when the GP was dry I replaced the stencil and added Archival ink to colour (the Aquamarine). I added extra stencilling using Distress Ink and also DIs to add colour to the lips and eye. Finally I die cut and embossed the butterfly and added some Treasure Gold.
Here's hoping I manage to keep up with this swap.....it'll make a change if I do, lol!
See you again soon.