Today is the 1st December and at Our Creative Corner Alison is hosting a challenge!
Have Yourself A Merry LITTLE Christmas.
That's right, we want to see your festive ATCs here at Our Creative Corner.
Your little nuggets of creativity, Artists Trading Cards, need to be 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size, and have a Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or otherwise seasonal festive theme.
You can create just one ATC, or a series.
You can create a chunky ATC - on a thick block of wood, but the main creating surface front and back should still be 2.5 x 3.5.
You can even create ATBs - Artists Trading Blocks - little Christmas cubes which should be, for this challenge, 3 x 3 x 3 inches in size, please.
I really enjoyed making the chunky ATC for a spotlight at OCC recently and I decided it would be fun to make another - but with a twist
This one opens up........
.............to reveal a Christmas scene...........
............but before we take a peek inside - lets look at the outside of the chunky ATC first...
I made an ATC sized box - 2.5" x 3.5" x 1.5"...I made a lid for the box and after cutting a hole for the window I painted all of it with Stone Fresco Paint.
I marked diamond window panes in permanent black marker on acetate and painted one side with Gesso paint for snow.
I stuck the window in and began to decorate the box. I used card which had been inked with Vintage Photo and Fired Brick DI's and then cut into rectangles. I stuck each 'brick' on by hand and then stamped over some of the bricks with a text stamp using Gathered Twigs DI.
I made a vintage style shop sign by stamping with an alphabet stamp using Potting Soil Archival ink and blending Walnut Stain DI around the edge. Copper Liquid Pearls were dabbed in the corners of a piece of blasa wood that had been painted with Vintage Photo DP. Texture paste was dabbed onto the top of the sign and sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.
I covered some holly with Pine Needles DS and then dabbed some Mown Lawn DI over them. I then covered them with Rock Candy Distress stickles.
The holly berries were card that had been inked with Fired Brick DI and covered with Glossy Accents and topped with Diamond Stickles glue.The flourish is covered with Walnut Stain DI and there are two curled rusty wire pieces.
The additional sign was a clip art piece I found on Linda's blog when I was first blogging. I had wanted to find a use for it and I finally did!
Part of it was used as an additional advert above the sign and the other part was stuck to the side of the 'building' along with other adverts.
Inside the box I decorated the walls with some printed Christmas paper.
I made a tree from card that had been inked with Pine Needles, Mown Lawn and Walnut Stain DI. It was then dabbed with several colours of Stickles glue.
The candy canes are red and white striped cotton thread that was stuck onto the tree in a candy cane shape.
The clock was made using a clock stamp, stamped with Jet Black Archival ink and cut out and stuck into a metal pendant charm. Glossy Accents glue was applied to the image to form a glass effect.
The teddy bear was made from one brown pipe cleaner, twisted into the shape of a teddy bear. Tiny black beads for eyes and a black brad for it's nose. A tiny strip of red ribbon was tied into a bow.
Presents were made from wrapping balsa wood up in pattered paper and tying up with strands of wool or ribbon.
The window needed a curtain. So I got two strips of lace and a piece of dolls house bannister and constructed a lace curtain.
So there is my Christmas Chunky ATC! I do hope you like it!
Hope you will come along and join us this month at Our Creative Corner!
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