This ATC swap was called Book Page. I knew that this would be a challenge for me. I can't really see anything made from a printed page from a book as being pretty. I like pretty. I have never been one for "Grunge". Surprisingly after I learned that I didn't have to focus on the print on the page I found it a lot easier than I thought it would be. Yet I tried real hard to make it invisible.
Looking though a magazine I found a picture of an owl perched on a sign. I made a transfer from it by putting clear shipping tape over the image. I soaked it in water and then rubbed the paper off the back. While it was drying I used thinned acrylic paint in a shade of pearlized blue and lightly painted the background page. I ran my dry tape transfer through a sticker maker and then put it in place. I finished it off with two white feathers. I used a wooden stick to press one of the feathers into a black StazOn ink pad giving it the same stripes as the owl. I glued them in place and then glued a blue plastic leaf charm on one end of the feathers.
I found this image of a young woman reading beneath a tree. I re-sized it, printed it and then trimmed it away from it's background. I once again thinned acrylic paint in a shade of pearlized champagne and painted lightly over the book page background. It really does show more than in this picture. I used some gold acrylic letters to write the word "Read" and placed them down the side. I glued some artificial flowers on it and then finished it off with a tiny hand tied bow.
By the time that I got to this ATC I was feeling a little more comfortable with using book pages as a background. Once again I started by thinning down pearlized acrylic paints in two shades of pink. I painted two pages with each color. Then I cut one into strips and gently eased them into a ruffle, gluing them in place along the outside edge of the card as I went. Then I went to my old stand-by a glittered gift bag, and cut very narrow strips from it and glued them in place on the inside edge of the ruffle. Next I punched out two flowers from the second color book page background and layered one over the other. I punched the center from the same gift bag and glued it in place. Before gluing the flower down I hand cut two leaves from some scraps of Angelina fibers. I glued them in place and then glued the flower over them.
THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I RECEIVED
These artists done a wonderful job on these ATC's. I like these so much more than I ever expected to. In fact I love them! I really never thought I would find them attractive let alone beautiful! Thank you ladies.