Monday 1 December 2014

Have Yourselves A Very Merry LITTLE Christmas At Our Creative Corner. . . . . . . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Today sees a new  challenge starting at Our Creative Corner and our hugely talented host is Alison from Words and Pictures.

Alison would like you to make ATC's - or ATB's or Chunky ATC's with either a Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or other seasonal festive theme. Please check on the blog for the full details of the challenge.

I loved this challenge because I like working to this small size now. It's taken a bit of getting used to but it is fun and challenging to see what you can do in such a small space. My next goal should be to try an ATB or a chunky ATC but one step at a time!

As I'm going to be involved in an ATC swap, I thought it would be a good idea to make a small number of ATC's all along the same theme.

Here's what I made:

Four Christmas themed ATC's using non traditional colours!
Firstly, I made a background design using DecoArt Misters and a stencil on some card. Both background pieces were given a light coat of Media Fluid Acrylic in transparent yellow iron oxide after using the misters. (a must have colour in my opinion!).
Four ATC's were die cut - two from each background. They are glued to some chipboard atc's also die cut.
Each ATC was stamped using black archival ink on a Lynne Perrella festive stamp. One of the images was too large to fit the ATC so that was stamped onto spare card and cut out then applied to the ATC.
The 'Russian Doll' was stamped on scrap card and then painted before applying to the now crackled ATC background.
I didn't want to use traditional colours so opted for something more to my taste. I love this Transparent Yellow Oxide as you only need a thin coat to bring things alive.
A little touch of rusty wire and a tiny rusty bell to adorn the bottom edge.
A small Spellbinders snowflake as a headdress works fine for me! The snowflake was coloured using the same DecoArt Misters followed by more transparent yellow iron oxide.

The same lovely stamp but a different configuration for the snowflakes and more mister of one colour added.
Two snowflakes for the headdress this time.
More rusty wire and a little bell but twisted in a different way this time. Loving that crackle in the background.
The lighter background this time with another Lynne Perrella stamp and a Spellbinders snowflake which is predominately yellow. A little leftover flower crept onto this snowflake - I still have geraniums flowering in my garden so thought it'd be ok to add a little bloom here!
Love the word 'believe' on this stamp.
I had some hand coloured seam binding leftover from another project so it was pleated and added to the bottom of my ATC. Of course, some more rusty wire and a little bell!
This is my favourite stamp - I think it's that crown of Christmas trees that does it for me! 
I used the last little piece of my hand coloured seam binding here with a small twist of rusty wire.
Not sure what I'd do if I couldn't get any crackle glaze! I just love all the detail in this stamp.
More layered Spellbinders snowflakes with a good dose of transparent yellow oxide on the top flake!
All the products used for my series of ATC's.
I even remembered to stamp this onto card for the back of each one. The backs of any bits that stick out from the ATC's have been coloured with Krylon pen to avoid looking untidy. No date yet. . . . even I don't want to do Christmas this early!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made these small pieces of art. There's plenty more inspiration over at Our Creative Corner so why not click here and see what the rest of the DT has come up with - you won't be disappointed.

Our sponsor for the December challenge
Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative and if you are our lucky winner you will receive a prize from the lovely people there - another reason to enter! You might also be lucky enough to be chosen as the top three talent - it won't happen if you don't enter though! Don't forget that throughout the month some of the team will showcase products from Tando Creative - the first Sponsor Spotlight will be on the 4th December so remember to pop back and have a look.

Thank you so much for visiting today and having a look at my offerings.


  1. They're just wonderful, Julia, and so cool to see some non-traditional colours at work. The fabulous detail on the LP stamps is perfect for ATC sized work, and how brilliant they look over the crackle. Tree-crown woman looks like an ancient Roman mosaic! I think Believe is my favourite...
    Alison xx

  2. These are gobsmackingly beautiful, Julia!

    Whoever gets your ATCs is definitely in for a treat! Enjoy the swap! Haven't done any in a long time but it is great fun!

    Claudia x

  3. A stunning set Julia! Great work with those LP stamps and of course I adore all the crackle and other textural effectts, brilliant!

  4. Gorgeous details on these cards...great work Julia!
    Greetings, Alie :-)

  5. Fabulous and cool, love this very creative ATC's! Have a wonderful advent season! Hugs, Kerstin

  6. Wow Julia these are fabulous little works of art. I love the designs and non-traditional colours and lucky person whoever receives them.
    hugs Brenda xx

  7. Love, love, love that crackle! These are gorgeous Julia! xxx

  8. wow these ATC's look fabulous, gorgeous colors and I love those LP stamps!
    Groetjes Karin

  9. Very cool Atc's Julia!! I haven't tried those misters from DecoArt yet- how do you like them? Great layers !!

  10. So utterly unexpected and original!!! LOVE them...gorgeous!

  11. Love them... VERY nicely CREATED... what fun you must have had... Love it.. Keep them coming... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  12. Fabulous collection of ATC's! Love all the crackled detail and pretty snowflakes! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. These are gorgeous, Julia Love the backgrounds and all the sweet accents. Off to pin.

  14. Your hand are magical Julia..awesome!
    Hope i will find time to be here more often, this year..hugs


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