I seem to be having this problem in my studio lately. I can only work on small things. Tags, ATC's, cards. I have two canvases that are started but sit unfinished. I am weeks behind on my journal prompts and Lifebook lessons. But, I am just stuck. Whenever I try to work on any of those more weighty projects...I just sit and stare at them blankly... my mind in a completely different place. It is odd and rather worrisome. When will I snap out of it?? Or am I doomed to work smaller and smaller until there is nothing left?
On another strange note..the man ASKED me to make a couple cards! Now I know I am in a different universe. I have been making cards for at least 15 years and he has never asked me for one. Not to say that I have never made a card for him or his family occasions... But..he asked! Not for one card..but for two! Weird....
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So, you have come to my blog expecting a step out of a project...as this is what I always give you. Here are the artist trading cards I did for a summer swap I joined...
This swap has four months with four themes. The first is about your state. That is what these ATC's are about..I think obviously :) Next will be 'your growing zone'. Then 'your favorite Bible verse'. And finally 'half face' The nice thing about this swap is I can do them all at once and mail them..or parse them out each month. It is a easy going laid back swap :)
So to start my cards, I cut apart a piece of cardstock that had been Gelli printed at some point. The reason I chose it was the colors. Rusty browns and Turquoise remind me of the state where I live and the southwest in general. Next I made myself a stencil of mountains and ground using a scrap piece of cardboard and a xacto knife. I used a palette knife and copper crackle paste from Prima to scrape through the stencil creating raised copper mountains on my cards.
Then I added a sun. When you think of the Arizona desert...you can't help but think of our blazing sun! I used a circle stamp and some gold metallic paint from Pebeo. Applying the paint to the stamp using a cosmetic sponge.
Now I needed some more texture and dimension. I made myself some painted papers using my palette knife and some deli paper. (forgot to take a photo here) I used gesso and turquoise metallic Pebeo acrylic on one and brown acrylic and copper Pebeo metallic acrylic on another. Then I tore my paper into strips and applied them to the cards using liquid gloss medium from Liquitex. Some of you may be saying..."but Shel, you always use MATTE medium". This is so true..but if I had used matte then the shimmery-glimmery-ness of the paint and mediums would be dulled down. "Ah ha" you say :) I trimmed the excess and then mounted my cards onto shiny copper cardstock.
Next I needed the iconic plant that is everywhere where I live,,,the Saguaro. I love these majestic cactus soaring over me and standing tall like soldiers all over the hills. I used some Magicals powders from Lindy's Stamp Gang on some text paper but decided it was too dark. So I scraped some Pebeo metallic green acrylic over it. Then I made a stencil with some scrap cardboard and cut out my saguaros. I put them on my cards using liquid gloss medium.
To add some detail to my little scene. I used a white Posca pen on my cactus and a Gold Sharpie poster paint pen on my sun.
Now for the backs of the cards. I used my computer and Microsoft publisher to make the shape of Arizona. Then I typed a few facts over the top of the state shapes. I cut these into the right size and glued them onto the backs of the cards.
But then, I decided they were too darn white! White..ewwwwww! So I picked three colors of distress ink pads and smooshed them onto my craft mat. Then I spritzed it with water and then swooshed my cards through the ink. Smooshed and swooshed....Much better!
Oh, and for those who wondered about the cards I made for the man. He needed a 59th anniversary card for his parents and a graduation card for the child of his best friend. I decided to make pop up box cards. I have seen a lot of these but never made one before. It was fun! I ended up making one for my cousin for graduation as well. Then I modified the size to fit into a A2 envelope and made a baby one for a special Grandma who's daughter has just had twins! And a extra one for a birthday or something someone might have :) I used this tutorial SplitCoastStampers Pop Up Box Card. I thought I was soooo clever figuring out how to modify the size to fit into a standard A2 envelope. Then realised..there is the sizes for that in small print at the very bottom of this tutorial...sigh.
I hope you have enjoyed my post :) I would love to read your comments!