I finished my ATCs for the Artella Holiday Memories ATC swap. Overall I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. This is the first time I have made ATCs. Each one is 2.5″ by 3.5″. Here they are (the tree background paper is by Basic Grey – I love everything Basic Grey!):
As usual the crystals did not scan well. It’s a shame, because they add just the right touch of sparkle to the cards, but you can’t tell from these pictures.
I made these using the watercolor paper ATC blanks I ordered from ArtChix. I direct-applied red ink around the edges, front and back. I used scrapbook paper for the backgrounds. I used pictures from the Memories of a Lifetime – Christmas book, resized them and toned down the color a bit in Photoshop, and printed them onto white cardstock that I first treated with the coffee technique.
I originally wanted to use ivory cardstock, but found that I had none, so decided to try out the coffee technique on white cardstock. It turned out pretty cool. I only did light splatters, because I wanted the pictures to be clear.
I ended up having to trim quite a bit off the pictures after I printed them out. I did measure them pre-printing, but I misjudged how they would look, and they were simply way too big. I wasn’t happy about that situation but most of them turned out well anyway.
I used German scrap paper and Swarovski crystals for embellishment. The larger crystals are topaz and the smaller ones are garnet.
The only card I’m not thrilled with is the one with the man and woman by the tree, with Merry Christmas along the side. Why I thought putting the Merry Christmas along the side was a good idea I don’t know. There is so much space at the bottom under the picture, and it just doesn’t look quite right. oh well.
Not sure if I previously mentioned this, but I took a class at AC Moore today on tatting. Bead & Button occasionally has articles featuring tatted jewelry, with beads of course, and I always thought it looked neat. Then I was at AC Moore a few weeks ago (well, I’m there every week. I wish they would stop giving me those 50% off coupons!) and I just happened to pick up the November class schedule, which I never do, and saw a bunch of tatting classes. Most were during the week in the daytime when I’m at work, but one was today, and seeing how I had requested the day off from work, I thought surely this is a sign that I must take this class! Plus it was only $15.
So here is my half-finished, first attempt at tatting. It’s hard to see the stitches because of course I had to use black thread (this is size 10 cotton crochet thread). I know very well when you’re first learning anything that involves thread or yarn you should always use a light color so you can see your stitches easily. But I knew that I would use black again, whereas I doubt I would use white.
The teacher, Leigh Ann, was kind enough to give me her finished sample, so that when I work on it at home I can see what it should look like.
Isn’t that pretty? She used a thinner thread and needle. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy. And quick, which I’m all into these days. It’s relaxing too – there’s something about wrapping the thread around my finger and bringing it onto the needle that I find very soothing.
Obviously from the looks of my sample I need a bit more practice, but I’ve already ordered a set of needles and a book from Handy Hands Tatting, so in about a week I should be good to go. I plan on making this my portable creative endeavor.
And I also ordered a bunch of punches that I need for my Polyshrink jewelry. So I’ll be able to work on that soon too.
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