Some "re-purposing" for my ATC creations today - Paint Chip Samples!!
If you are anything like me you love going to the hardware store and searching for alternative items to craft with - and they don't cost anything!!! AND I'm showing you how to use stamps for something other than their intended use ie. I've used the new Mail Art Set by Rick St Dennis to create these ATC's!
Sin City Stamps: Sending Smiles Whimsical Mail Art Set
Paint Chip Samples - go with hubby and raid the hardware store!
Stencil - small designs work best
Black Archival Ink
White paper/card to stamp on
Embellishments ie. muslin cloth scraps, wording/phrases stickers or make your own computer generated wording
Tools ie. spatula, scissors, tape, glue, wipes for cleaning up!
First step is to raid the hardware/paint store - there are so many variations on how paint chip samples are provided so you can get all different "looks" depending on what you can find!!
They are great for all sorts of creations not just ATC's!
Cut your samples to ATC size 2.5 x 3.5 inches or if you have some pieces from other creations you can cut the samples slightly smaller and mount them on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch piece of co-coordinating colored card.
The samples shown below are 3 of each "method".
Next step is to add a bit of colored texture to the backgrounds.
These ATC's are really quite quick to make - we want the effect of the paint chip background to remain a main feature so the "added" bits are minimal.
Don't you just love a project that can be achieved in a short time??? For this step I have added a small amount of acrylic paint to the texture medium, mix with a spatula and using a small patterned stencil add to the ATC background. The stencil below had half a dozen designs on it and they are a perfect size for an ATC.
Set these aside to dry.
Cut some small pieces of muslin cloth for each ATC and ink spray in co-coordinating colors to your backgrounds and stenciled texture paste.
Set aside to dry - they don't take too long!
Stamp your images onto white card stock with Black Archival Ink and color with your favorite coloring medium - color pencils used here - then cut them out.
Next step is to grab your big Posca Paint Pens, again in co-coordinating colors - and edge the paint chip backgrounds - gives a nice bright finish to these cards. The colored paint border can also be added to you words/phrases in the same matching color to make them stand out on the ATC as well.
Finally it's time to place the wording, stamped images and cloth onto the backgrounds and adhere everything!