Besides really great Mail Art swaps you can do via Swap-Bot, you can also do a whole bunch of ATC swaps there. At the group All Bout ATC's you can swap, well the title says it, ATC's mainly :) They often host fun technique swaps there and this one is for the "pop a color" series. The main design needs to be black and white with a dash of the mentioned color in the swap. For this swap, the color was Lavender. I'll show you how you can make a couple of these ATC's very easily in one go. All the stamps I used are from Lost Coast Designs. If you are in the EU you can order them from Inkadinkadutchies.
I took a sturdy piece of white paper and roughly measured the ATC size on it, three times. Stamped the Art Nouveau Woman's face with Archival black ink and then made a mask for them.
Then I chose a couple of fun ATC background stamps, got my versamark pad and black embossing powder. I cover the images next to it with the roll on post-its (also the material I used to make my masks with).
I stamped each section with a different back ground stamp using versamark and then put embossing powder on them and heat set with my heat tool.
The reveal (taking off the masks) is always a fun moment. I was quite happy with the results and took an ATC size card to cut the 3 pieces out on the right size.
When you have done that, you can easily make corrections to the piece if you're not totally satisfied with the looks. I added a bit more leafs to the design on the left to make it look "fuller". Out of these three, I chose the right to use for this color project.
As you might know by now, I also like to use fountain pen ink to color my work. I found a nice color that would do for this swap, Toucan Violet, and honestly it does look a bit more like a lavender to me. I placed a drop on water resistent paper and got to coloring.
I took my Kuratake water Brush and proceeded to color the flowers and her robe with this color. Making this lighter with water and if I wanted more shade, I just picked up more of the ink.
And this is the end result. I matted the piece on black card stock so it has a bit of a frame. I also added some pearl accents to the flowers and in her hair to give the ATC more of a shimmer. You can make these quite fast and easy. These did not take me longer than 30 minutes to make.
I did something different to the other two ATC's though which I will show you next week.
Hope this inspires you to "pop a color" on your projects :)
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