We are off to Perth tomorrow for a friend's wedding on Saturday so this weekend is going to be pretty blog-free. We'll be back on Sunday afternoon so I can go to work on Monday :(( So I thought I had better post some pictures of the ATCs and postcards I have been working on and the lovely ATCS I have I have been receiving.
To start off the postcard at the top is a replacement floral themed one that I have made for Carole Brungar as my first-ever "naked" one didn't make it through the post to her last month. I am a bit sad about that as I really liked that original postcard. This time I made a different sort using painted lutradur type textile into which I melted holes. This month we are exchanging vintage themed ATCs and this is the one I have made. Mine is paper/cardstock based and includes a vintage pen nib and a stamped background.
Carole's has already arrived this end and she made a lovely collaged and stitched fabric ATC.
I have been participating in the Surface Design Yahoo Group's second technique based ATC exchange. I decided to make a large piece that I would then cut into ATCs. Firstly I created a patchwork fabric background using two strong colours (and of course for me they were hot pink and orange!), then I squirted small squares of puffy paint onto the fabric. The one I wanted to use up just happened to be purple!
Next step was to puff the paint using an iron on the reverse and then to paint the lumpy little squares with gold paint. I layered the fabric to a piece of felt and then used gold thread to free motion machine stitch over the painted areas. This flattens the paint a little and unifies it more with the fabric background.
I rubbed some permanent black ink lightly on the painted squares to tone down the gold. I finished it off by adding some simple decorative hand-stitching around the painted stitched squares in a few bright colours. To make the ATCs I ironed on a piece of Pelmet Vilene Plus and then cut it into ATC sized pieces.
And then I also received this lovely Valentine cross-stitch ATC from the prolific Anne Lugherini.