I have always wanted to make an ATC with Edgar Allen Poe’s image, so when my VPI ATCs group posted this swap, I came up with this one. I found an image of Poe on the web and printed it on a transparency (hence, the glare in the photo!). I could have added the famous opening line to the poem in Photoshop, but I have this great Red Lead stamp that I wanted to use. However, inking up just a portion of the stamp with the corner of my StazOn pad wasn’t working, so I came up with this plan of attack:
I simply used my StazOn reinker to douse the tip of a Tsukineko fantastix brush, and I was able to dab just the text of my stamp without touching any rubber from adjoining images. I used very little ink, so I didn’t care if it dried out. Even so, the ink stayed moist for a couple of days. I marked my tool so I can reuse it in the future.
The background paper (and crow) is from Digital Collage Sheets.Com. I used my Martha Stewart scary branch punch in the corners, and edged the whole thing with some Tim Holtz tissue tape (I promised myself I would not hoard this). The edges were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink (Ranger), and I added a strip of German scrap along with miscellaneous bling on the bird’s hat.