Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Colour Your World. . . . .

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Our Creative Corner. Your host this month is the wonderful Laurie. Here's what she has to say:

'Here in the United States we are coming into spring - the season when nature comes forth with new life. Soft green grasses grow in the fields and the trees bloom in glorious colors with the promise of fruit. Tulips and daffodils emerge from the soil after a long winter's nap. The colors of spring, the sights and sounds of nature at this time of the year renews my soul. In the spring time the colors of nature are different around the world.
For my challenge this month I want you to 'Color Your World'
For this challenge create a project with the colors of spring time where you live.
Show us what colors renew your soul.'

I love all the spring flowers around at the moment in the UK. People often represent spring with pastel shades and gentle tones. . . . I have chosen the bright bold yellow and orange of the daffodil along with the vibrant green of new foliage. Nothing gentle or pastel about these three ATC's: 

A co-ordinated set of ATC's using some of those wonderfully strong, vibrant Spring colours.
A Gelli Plate print was made as part of a previous post here.
The print was pulled on top of a previous print which didn't work.
The print was livened up initially with some stencils and distress ink.
Three ATC shapes are die cut and further enhancement starts to add layers to the background print. Here are some of the items used. Not all stamps, pens etc are shown.
An image for each ATC is stamped onto acetate using Stazon ink.Once dry each image is carefully cut out.
The stamped images are temporarily taped to the card ATC then machine stitched along some edges.
Each card ATC is stuck onto thick packaging (also cut as ATC's). The edges are then finished with a swipe of Krylon pen.

The following images show each ATC along with detail views:
Further layers have been added to each ATC as required.
Love how the background can be seen through the acetate.
I love the wing shape on this stamped image so had to keep it even though it extends just below the ATC bottom edge.
The stencilled white paint helps to brighten the facial area.
Stamping onto acetate and then applying to a background almost seems to give a 3D effect.
I didn't feel that these ATC's needed words but this stamp just happens to have a very appropriate one as part of the design.
I've used unenhanced pieces of the Gelli Print to punch out these little flowers. The centre of the flower is a little stick on gem - probably almost the only bling I ever use! The edges have been inked with some distress black soot ink.

I originally had an idea to add some little pieces of shrink plastic with the same images onto each ATC. However, once I'd made this first one, I couldn't get my head round what to do with it so didn't go any further. I will keep this little beauty though - she may come in handy later!
Don't forget to pop over to Our Creative Corner to see what my wonderfully talented Teamies have come up with! Keep visiting OCC throughout the month for Sponsor Spotlights from two of the team; the winners from our last challenge; Guest Designer Spot and Top Talent post - so much to see!

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  1. Gorgeous vibrant colours and wonderful layering Julia, all three ATCs are just beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Goodness sakes, that was an overload of AWESOME this morning! Unbelievable techniques and ideas and creativity all on ATC and the images and inks and textures had my head spinning, oh my!! Suffice it to say, I loved them all and thank you so much for the inspiration for this challenge. :)
    Lisa x

  3. WOW Julia, my mouth is watering, your use of these bright yellows and oranges has me thinking about lemons and oranges for some reason lol. Thank you for sharing the techniques you used to make your ATC's, there are so many that work together so beautifully. Wonderful inspiration as always :-) xxx

  4. Wow Julia, what a fantastic combination from colours and effects!! Hugs, Kerstin

  5. I love the bright colours and what a beautiful effect with the stamped acetate ! Lovely ATCs !

  6. Love how you used these brighter colours Julia, they are fantastic ATC's.
    Yvonne xx

  7. LOVE the acetate overlay...clever and so artsy looking! Gorgeous colors too!

  8. Hi Julia, beautiful colours, so bright and cheerful! The acetate works really well against the vibrant background. Hugs Jan x

  9. Julia these are stunning live them xx

  10. Stunning Julia! your colors are perfect and I adore that huge daisy stencil! xoxo

  11. Love the translucent look created by having the acetate stamped images over the vivid colours - fantastic!
    Alison xx

  12. Beautiful colours and images!

  13. Wow! Another fabulous project! Your attention to details is always amazing. I really enjoyed seeing how you made these. Happy Spring, xxxxLaurie

  14. Wow! These are incredible! Love those bright colours and such an amazing effect with the acetate! Fabulous-just fabulous!!!! Chrisx

  15. Love how you've overlayed the images on acetate with those bright, bold backgrounds. Fabulous Julia! Jenny x

  16. Oh my!! I LOVE these pieces - great colors, images, and details. So glad you kept that wing - it is an incredibly beautiful and unexpected detail. You've inspired me to start playing with the Gelli plate as well - your backgrounds are stunning. So glad I found your site! x Lynn


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax