For my upcoming ATC live trade I made ATCs using methods and techniques I learned from Dave, Mr. Rubbernecker.
- Make a custom ink pad. I first saw this idea on the Carol Duvall show (I miss Carol!!) when Tim Holtz showed it with a snow man image. :o) Ink up image with permanent ink and stamp onto stamp pad felt. Allow to dry.
- Use re-inkers to place ink on image where you want that color. I used green on the stem and red and yellow on the leaves. It does not have to be exact. It will spread. When you ink up the image, the image will pick up the color in the right area. You can place your custom pad in a airtight bag and use over and over. Just re-ink when it gets dry.
- Prepare the ATC background. On a non-stick surface, lay down color direct from ink pads. Run them next to each other, being careful not to overlap.
- Spritz with water.
- Pick up color on the ATC by lightly swirling it around. Don't be concerned if do not cover every spot. Later you can fill it in when sponging.
- Heat set to dry.
- Ink up grid background image with yellow ink pad and stamp onto card(s). Note: This design does not cover the entire background with the background, so you can do a few ATCs at one time with large background stamp.
- Heat set. Before the next step of embossing, make sure card is completely dry.
- Ink up leaf image with your new customer ink pad and stamp onto ATC. Consider size of card and how much of the image you want on the card. Variations: Stamp on a couple of ATCs at one time, getting a different partial image on each card. Stamp more than one image on the same ATC.
- Sprinkle with clear emboss powder and heat set. The Distress inks stay wet longer than regular die inks allowing the embossing powder to stick - one of their great features!
- Ink up sentiment image and stamp. Allow to dry. You can use a heat gun to help it dry faster.
- Sponge around outside edge with ink pads. This is the time you can cover any bare spaces.
- Run each side of ATC in an ink pad.
- Spritz with Perfect Pearl glimmer mist to finish . See here for the Tim Holtz recipe on how to make the mist.
Paper: ATC Strathmore Bristol vellum surface pack
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress ink pads scattered straw, crushed olive, spiced marmalade,aged mahogany, re-inkers scattered straw, crushed olive, aged mahogany, Versafine onyx black ink pad, StazOn jet black ink pad
Accessories: Stampin' Up! clear embossing powder, Ranger cut-n-dry stamp pad felt, Mini Mister with Perfect Pearl mix, water spritz bottle, Tim Holtz ink blending tool
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!