Sunday, 31 January 2016

Triplet of Valentine's ATCs

Less than 2 weeks to Valentine's Day and it's all hearts and red! Not my favourite, red, but an excellent accent colour to wake up underwhelming colour schemes. Paper Artsy want to see hearts and have shown some beautiful projects on the blog using special substrates such as glass and fabric.
But that seemed too challenging...

Did you hear about the Distress Crayons from Tim Holtz? These have had great publicity since their CHA debut and I wondered if they were the same as the Gelatos. (Until they land on this side of the pond we won't know for sure but the consensus is "pretty similar")

Which reminded me I must use them more... So I played with a Tando Creative stencil (Random Circles) and Gelatos on 3 ATCs using different colours but with one unifying theme (Hearts) and accent colour (red).

First I stamped the script stamp from the Paper Artsy ESN10 stamp set with Black Versafine ink, then I applied Vanilla Fresco paint through the stencil, coloured the ATC's with Gelatos and finally removed some of the colour with a wet wipe.

The large heart is a Tim Holtz die-cut, painted dark red, with a layer of crackle glaze and a bright red layer on top. The arrow is from the same steel rule die.

I find dealing with the small size of ATCs difficult but at the same time working on them is liberating as, when it doesn't work, there isn't much to lose, time wise of supplies wise!

Thanks for coming by,

Also entering That's Crafty, SSS Monday and Bunny Zoe and Craft Barn challenges.


  1. 3 lovely ATCs, the middle one is my favourite, the colours are just perfect together x

  2. A super Valentines creation with the Tando stencil Christine - might be one of those that just happened to slip into my basket at the Thetford show this morning.

    B x

  3. Oooh c'est assez rare de te voir oeuvrer sur des ATCs!... :)
    Le résultat est très réussi, ils sont vraiment superbes tous les 3 !!!
    Et merci pour ton avis sur les crayons Tim Holtz... je ne savais pas qu'ils étaient proches de Gelatos (je n'ai vu aucune video encore par manque de temps), je pensais que c'était plutôt des aquarellables style Derwent inktense..
    Bises, bonne semaine prochaine !

  4. Wow - love this ATC trio - such great colours - and a good nudge to get the Gelatos out more!
    Alison x

  5. These look fantastic. Real eye catchers.
    Flo x

  6. These ATCs are gorgeous. Great colors and embellishments. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  7. Fab set of ATC and the backgrounds look great. I have to get my Gelatos out again some time :)

  8. Just out trolling for inspiration...making a few Valentine's and just have no clue! I saw your ATC's and wow! Instant inspiration! Thank you for your lovely note on my blog regarding my Grungy Valentine's box. I just wanted to point out I stated my use of a specific stamp in my link to Vintage Stamping Challenges, because I knew there might be some concern. Please take another look and note my stamp in VSC at the bottom of my blog post. I used a Tim Holtz Boundless Flourish stamped and embossed on each of the 3 larger hearts. Thank you for taking another look, and I hope you will see that I should qualify as I used a stamp on my focal point. Thank you! Hugs!

  9. Three great atcs. I especially like the large heart and the paint effect you have achieved.

  10. These are super ATCs and look fab