Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Monday, July 2, 2012

DragonFly ATC Swap

   Dragonflies are one of my favorite things. They bring back memories of summers past and hopes of summers to come. I love to watch them fluttering around the lake. I can still remember being told as a child that if a dragonfly lands on your fishing pole that you are going to have good luck. A fish is going to bite. Even as an adult I still hold onto that belief.

 For this card I first stamped a dragonfly on blue card stock. Then I used Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel  on top of my image. I had to do this twice to get it applied evenly. While it was still hot I carefully stamped a silver dragonfly into the UTEE . I left it in place until the UTEE cooled. Then I carefully removed the stamp. I then trimmed it to size. The UTEE changed the blue card stock to aqua. I used a corner punch to fit a piece of aqua card stock to use behind my dragonfly image. I then painted white card stock with platinum acrylic paint, and mounted my mounted dragonfly on it. This is called double mounting.

   A few weeks ago I attended a Mega Meet in Novi. Mi. There I met this talented lady that turns junk mail or scraps of paper into beautiful handmade paper. It was incredible. I watched her make the paper on this card right in front of my eyes. She asked my favorite color and then she went to work. I took her less than two minutes to make my beautiful paper. This picture sadly doesn't show the real sparkle or true color of this paper. I told her that if she would give it to me that I would make an ATC out of it and feature it on my blog. Being true to my word here it is, Paper Alice. You really should check out her website when you have a few minutes www.paperalice.com. You will be amazed!
   I started this card with a neutral piece of handmade paper. I then tore a square of purple handmade paper and wrapped it with gold organza ribbon and glued it in place behind the handmade purple paper. Then I centered that over the neutral handmade paper. I placed a fabric flower in the center. I hand cut a leaf from green vellum and embossed it by hand to add the leaf veining and tucked it behind the flower. For the dragonfly I punched a flower out of crinkly ribbon and cut the petal into sections and layered them using Gem Tack glue. I then cut the body shape out of transparent plastic. Using Gem Tack glue I attached the wings and then glued rhinestones in place. For the antenna I pulled apart a piece of gold elastic cord which curled as it came apart. I tucked it into place and glued it down.     

   This card started with a blue card stock. I then re-sized a scrapbook paper to use for the printed paper background. I trimmed around the edges with scalloped scissors. I folded a blue and yellow dotted ribbon and then put a dragonfly button on top of the folded ribbon. I then cut ribbon sentiments and glued them down. I finished the card by inking the outside edges with golden tan ink.

Take Care