I recently started creating ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) something i've not done before but wanted to try; mainly as a way of reminding myself of different designs, techniques and ideas. I hadn't really planned on using them as traditional ATC's but after putting them up on a facebook ATC group and receiving fantastic feedback i think i might start getting into the trading side. There are so many talented ATC creators out there it would be lovely to start collecting some in a little folder to treasure a selection of different art forms from round the world.
I am sharing the above ATC's as some of the first i created, i used a selection of Imagination Crafts products on these including sparkle medium, spray ink, and stamps. I thought i would share with you a step by step guide in how to create the ATC i call 'Dragonfly Meadow' the image i have done a close up of above.
Dragonfly Meadow ATC
Products and tools needed: Blank ATC, red & yellow imagination crafts mixed media inks, imagination crafts meadow stamp, stamping block, black ink, clear embossing powder and a heat gun.
Step 1: Place your blank ATC in a spray box (this can be an old cardboard box lined with tissue paper, it is used just to protect your workspace from being covering in ink spray) spray on red and yellow mixed media ink spray until you are happy with the coverage and mix. To create the background i used here i only needed two sprays of yellow and two of red. Leave to dry of carefully dry with a heat gun.
Step 2: Place your Imagination Crafts meadow stamp onto a stamping block, apply black ink to the stamp ensuring you give a good coverage. Place the ATC onto a piece of scrap paper as the stamp will be bigger than the ATC this will stop any of the extra ink getting onto your work space. Before stamping your image ensure you have prepared an extra piece of scrap paper and your clear embossing powder ready to apply straight after stamping. Firmly stamp the image onto your ATC.
Step 3: After stamping you image place your clean piece of scrap paper under the ATC and then cover the ATC with clear embossing powder. Lift and tap away any excess. Place to one side and pour your extra embossing powder back into your pot. Heat your ATC carefully with your heat tool, you want the embossing powder to set but not to burn so ensure once the powder turns you more around the heat tool to heat all areas.
You should now have a beautiful Dragonfly Meadow ATC, each one created will be unique as the spray backgrounds will always be different.
I hope you find this demo useful, If you have any questions please do contact me. All products used in this demo are available from Imagine Design Create in Seaton or you can order them by calling 01297 624246.
Love and glitter, Kerri.
Creative Expressions has landed at Imagine Design Create!!
We had a surprise delivery on Thursday of lots of fantastic goodies from Creative Expressions. We were not expecting it so soon but were very pleased when it arrived.
As you can see above the selection that arrived was very varied inside we found things like: gilding wax, stencils, distress markers, ink spray and pen set, watercolours, smoothies and ink applicator, gems and embellishments, pixie powder, gesso, colour cloud, gilding flakes and so much more.
The only dissapointing thing is that this fantastic craft haul wasn't for me, it was for the shop. Sulk sulk. All i need now though is an excuse to buy some of it for myself. So if you have spotted something you'd like me to do a you tube demo on please do let me know, any excuse to buy some of these goodies will help!
On another note i have also filmed a store tour video and put it up on you tube for anyone who hasn't yet visited Imagine Design Create in Seaton.
Love and glitter,
You are probably getting bored of my exciting news posts now but i have one last piece of news to share with you! I received confirmation this week that i have been selected to join Sarah Hurleys Community team.
I have been following Sarah Hurley for a while now and admire not only her work but her as a designer and entrepeneur too. She is an inspiration and i am really looking forward to working with her to help build her brand and share her products with you all. You will often see her on Hochanda TV showcasing products and sharing demonstrations. If you haven't seen Sarah Hurleys work before check out www.sarahhurley.com it is well worth a look.
Anyway, thats all my exciting news shared. I feel like i have had such a great start to 2016. My creative career goals are finally being realised and i am getting slowly to where i want to be. Working with a select range of quality creative brands, running demonstrations all over the South West and having my work published regularly in creative magazines. In part i wonder if this is to do with joining the fantastic CHA-UK as the support and advice received from them has been invaluable. I can't wait to attend the One Big Show and Creative Exchanges. A chance to meet face to face the people who can really make my creative career dreams come true! Please keep your fingers crossed for me everyone, i really to want to make my sons proud and build up a solid creative career.
Thank you for reading and following me on my creative journey, love and glitter, Kerri x
As you can see above, i have more exciting news to share!
I am now officially an accredited Spectrum Noir colourist, i've not been working with Spectrum Noir products long but i really do think they are fantastic. I've managed to create such fantastic effects colouring my stamped images, colouring my books and even creating backing papers.
My current favourite Specturm Noir products are the sparkle pens, they are amazing. If you haven't seen them in action yet check out my You Tube video which you should be able to see to the left of the screen.
I will be running some Spectrum Noir demonstrations at Imagine Design Create, Seaton over the coming months as well as workshops for those who would like to try them out.
Love and glitter,
I wanted to share with you today a card i recently made using Imagination Crafts products. As you will know if you follow my blog or social media accounts i recently became an Imagination Crafts demonstrator so i've been taking time to test a range of the different products, trying new techniques and creating samples to show just how amazing the products are.
The skater boy card above i created using two IC stencils, a skater stencil and a brick wall stencil. I used IC bronze alchemy wax through the brick wall stencil and then used black stars sparkle medium through the skater stencil. I mat and layered the image onto mirri board and then onto a classic decadence zig zag paper. I finished the card with die cut mirri stars.
I am so happy with this finished card, it really does show how diverse IC products are, cards for boys, teenagers and men can sometimes be a challenge but with these products you can make all sorts of cool cards.
Don't forget if you have any questions just get in touch, i'm always happy to help.
Love and glitter, Kerri x