Saturday, June 1, 2013

ATC's for WOYWW4 swap

As I didn't finish the ATC's for the WOYWW4 swap in time to post them on the day itself, I promised to show them when I finished them. I finished them on thursday and yesterday I put them in envelopes and sent them of to their recipients.

I also made some cardholders to go with them, to prevent them getting damaged in the mail.

First I will show you some progress shots, as I did remember to make a few.

I started out with glueing some pretty napkin paper to the ATC's with golden matt gel medium. I crinkled it first to get some texture and then patted it down, making sure some of the crinkles would show.
I took some fimo clay and made a sort of flattish piece, which I then put under one side of an embossing folder. To protect the embossing folder and the bottom plate, I put the clay between two baking sheets.

That didn't really do the trick, because the paper tore when I put the sandwich through my big shot.

After cleaning the embossing folder and trying to pick the paper pieces from my clay, I decided I would just go ahead and bake it. Before baking it I pressed 3 circles into the clay with a cookie cutter.

After baking, it was much easier to remove the remaining bits of baking sheet and the 3 circles could be removed from the piece. I then added some gold perfect pearls to the top of the clay pieces.

At first I wanted to use the circles, but I felt the remaining piece of clay was much more interesting to look at.

I cut and aranged the pieces of clay into some organic shapes that I liked. I think the last one looks a bit like a bird.

As I was supposed to put the WOYWW4 somewhere on the card I printed and distressed that.

Found some printed alphabet tiles that I liked and got some tiny dragon flies from my mother that she had die cut and embossed, to try out her new tools =). Aren't they cute?

By the end of all this my dinner tab;e looked like this, completely exploded crafting stuff.

I cut and folded some card board  and scrap papers to make the ATC folders. Distressed and stamped them and glued it all together. That didn't really wotk the way I wanted to, but I guess good enough for now. Next time I will attach the decorative paper in a different way to avoid warping of the paper when I the folders are closed. I put the whole lot under a stack of books to flatten them.

Embossed some gears and the edges of the folders with gold embossing.

So that's all of them done. I really like how they came out and I will try the embossing with the plates again. I just have to find the right way to do it, without wrecking my plates or having to pick pieces of paper from the clay...

I decorated the back with the ATC print and a tiny tag =).

I had a lot of fun making these and I hope the recipients will be pleased. I was going to wait untill everyone received their ATC, but as I wanted to link this to the Make My Monday: handmade embellishments challenge I had to post it now. Still they don't know which one is theirs, so it will still be a surprise.

Thank you for watching and I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

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  1. Oh Monique, your ATCs look gorgeous!
    I like the combination of colours you used and also that you didn't use the circles, but the leftovers of the clay. You are absolutely right, that is a lot more interesting!

    Also your ATC folders look wonderful and fit very well to the ATCs. I love it and the recipients can feel very lucky to receive one of those beautiful ATCs!

  2. Visiting from Our Creative Corner - Your ATC's are all so beautiful. What a lot of work went into them. Very impressive. Fortunate you're able to link into OCC's Recipe today :0)

  3. What fabulous ATCs. I really enjoyed the step by step, always great to see the work and time invested in the projects. Your WOYWW recipients are very lucky.
    Thanks for playing along at Make My Monday this week,
    Rosie x

  4. These are awesome, Monique!

    Love how you used the remains from the baked clay as I too find these shapes much more interesting ;)

    Your card holders are so beautiful and the tiny tags you attached to the backs of the ATCs make all of them perfect tiny pieces of art!

    Thank you so much for sharing them with us at FunwithATCs!

    Claudia xx

  5. These are so stunning, Monique - amazing design and texture. Thank you so much for playing along at Fun With ATCs and at Our Creative Corner with these beauties!
    Alison x

  6. Wow, these are wonderful ATC, great texture on them.

  7. Hi Monique, I really love the organic shapes you created with the clay and also the little folders you created are lovely too. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Anne x

  8. Thank you all for your kind comments. It was a lot of fun making them.

  9. These are fabulous Monique. Love the clay elements and the striking backgrounds, and wow aren't those holders super. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time, hugs Jenny x

  10. Monique your ATCs are wonderful and the little holders are beautiful! I love how you've used the clay scraps and yes, your Mum's dragonflies are really pretty. A great project.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for this challenge. Juliax

  11. Really beautiful set of atcs and love the contrast with the bright pink and silver.
    Thanks so much for taking part in my MMM handmade embellishment challenge and hope to see you again.
    Fliss x

  12. WOW! these ATC's are amazing - so gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner this month - Love from Laura xxx


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