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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ATC's For A Friend

   I hope that she is still my friend after she sees these. I have a friend that does watercolor painting. Like most paintings they are far too large to use for ATC's. Yesterday I pushed the clutter on my table aside so that I could make a couple of ATC's using her art. I hoped to show her some ways to incorporate her art into ATC's. The featured artist is Bonnie Ray.


   I started by making a photocopy of Bonnie's painting. Then I re-sized it making sure to leave a generous border so that my background collage would show. I gathered up scraps of scrapbook paper in shades of blue and one in brown. Then I tore them into strips. I tear the strips so that the white beneath the printed paper shows, it adds interest. Then using a glue stick I glued them into place. Be sloppy with the glue stick because the excess glue is going to hold your embossing powder in place. I picked Sapphire to give it a water splashed look. Then I poured the embossing powder over the collage and poured off the excess. I embossed it using a heat gun. I then mounted the picture on a couple layers of card stock to give it depth. I inked the outside edges with a dark blue ink pad and then glued it in place. I really like the way this turned out. I hope Bonnie does!

   Once again I started this ATC by photocopying one of Bonnie's paintings. Then I selected two pieces of scrap book paper. The first being the print. It made me think of a tablecloth. Then I picked the border paper. I trimmed the print leaving a small edge of the solid color paper showing, and glued them together. Then I found a ribbon that complimented my papers. I made a bow and then attached it by gluing  the ends behind the two scrap book papers. Then I glued it to card stock hiding the edge of the ribbon between them.Then I trimmed away the white background of the painting, leaving only the peppers. I used a cranberry ink pad on the edges. Then I mounted them using foam squares, to lift them from the card. I hope that it doesn't take Bonnie too long to recover from the shock of someone doing this to her art, and that she still thinks of me as a friend.

Take Care


  1. Beautiful paintings by your friend, just love the way you have used them to extend their beauty.

  2. Thanks so much. I hope that I have pleased her.

  3. I don't know what Bonnie will think, but I think they're great. I especially love the seascape!

  4. Kathy and others- I love them. I even took them to Columbus (about two & 1/2 hours from Akron where we live.) Saturday to show what you sent. Can't wait to hear what she says about being on the blog of someone so creative.
    I'm glad you mentioned your steps. I had guessed most, but it is always good to know how someone thinks and creates. By the way I like your ghost leaves but didn't realize there were people who don't see fall maples and oaks- right now the are absolutely beautiful from the Ohio River To Lake Erie. (We were just on vacation and saw many.)