Silence is Golden

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Here’s an ATC I made for a springtime swap at Vintage Photo Images ATCs. The guidelines were to pick a silent film actor/actress and create an ATC using their image and one primary color (along with black and white). I found these images of Charlie Chaplin on the web and combined them with some digital elements from various Deviant Scrap kits. The ATC base was cut using a die from Papertrey Ink; it is 3.5 inches tall but just under 2.5 inches wide. I added the Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon to add some width to the ATC. It was a great swap and I got beautiful returns featuring many famous actors from that era. Thanks go out to Terri D. for hosting and coming up with this great theme!!

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Off We Go, into the Wild Blue Yonder!

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I hosted a swap with the Vintage Photo Image ATC group that I titled: Wild Blue Yonder. It gave me a chance to use some images from the Deviant Scrap kit of the same name, as well as an all-time favorite vintage image of a group of WASPs I found on the internet (linked from an NPR segment I heard some years back).

Hello, Operator?

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I made this ATC for a swap theme of “hard-working women”. When I saw these great vintage images of telephone operators, I knew that was the job I wanted to create my ATC around. I used a page of the phone book (not vintage) for my background and put a layer of Inkssentials ™ Glue n’ seal over the top to protect it from future yellowing. All the images were found on the internet. With the dreamy expression on the operator’s face, I couldn’t help but add the words to this ATC, which I printed from my computer.

Red Lead Valentine

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I have made a few things since my last post, but I have not been very good about sharing them on this blog! Now that Valentine’s Day is over, I will post this ATC I made using a Red Lead valentine stamp. I inked it and stamped it twice on each ATC, then colored it in with lots of different Ranger Distress inks. The text stamp is from a retired Stampin’ Up set. And if you go to the Red Lead blog now, you can leave a comment for a chance to win a fabulous prize package full of good things from their store. Here is the link:

Red Lead Giveaway for February 23, 2013

Retro Christmas #2 and #3

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Here are the other two ATC styles I made for the Kitschy Christmas swap I hosted at Vintage Photo Image ATCs. I have been wanting to make an ATC using a retro choir image for a while, and thanks to a wonderful source on Pinterest, I found the perfect image! I had so much fun making these kitschy Christmas ATCs, I hope I can host this theme again next year.

Retro Christmas No. 1

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I am hosting an ATC swap with my Vintage Photo Image ATCs group with the theme “kitschy Christmas”. It’s nice to have 7 people sign up so that each person’s set of 6 ATCs is replaced with 6 different ones from other swappers. This time only 5 have signed up, which led me to make 3 different styles so I wouldn’t have to return more than one ATC to its original swapper. This is the first style I made. I remember seeing ornament boxes similar to this when I was young (and no, that’s not me in the picture). When I think of retro Christmas, I think of green bottle-brush trees so I knew I had to put one on this ATC. I cut out the opening in the frame (image from Tumblefish Studios) and popped it up on foam tape. Then I pulled the wooden base off the tree and cut off the back side of the bristles so the tree would lay flat. A touch of glitter and it’s just like when I was little!

Stage Fright!

Here’s another ATC I made for Halloween this year for an “open” theme swap. The little witch on the pumpkin is an image from Lisa’s Altered Art that I’ve had for a few years. The other bits and pieces are from various digital kits from Deviant Scrap. The background paper is some really old stuff I found in my Halloween stash — finally found a use for it!