I also made some cardholders to go with them, to prevent them getting damaged in the mail.
First I will show you some progress shots, as I did remember to make a few.
I started out with glueing some pretty napkin paper to the ATC's with golden matt gel medium. I crinkled it first to get some texture and then patted it down, making sure some of the crinkles would show.
I took some fimo clay and made a sort of flattish piece, which I then put under one side of an embossing folder. To protect the embossing folder and the bottom plate, I put the clay between two baking sheets.
That didn't really do the trick, because the paper tore when I put the sandwich through my big shot.
After cleaning the embossing folder and trying to pick the paper pieces from my clay, I decided I would just go ahead and bake it. Before baking it I pressed 3 circles into the clay with a cookie cutter.
After baking, it was much easier to remove the remaining bits of baking sheet and the 3 circles could be removed from the piece. I then added some gold perfect pearls to the top of the clay pieces.
At first I wanted to use the circles, but I felt the remaining piece of clay was much more interesting to look at.
I cut and aranged the pieces of clay into some organic shapes that I liked. I think the last one looks a bit like a bird.
As I was supposed to put the WOYWW4 somewhere on the card I printed and distressed that.
Found some printed alphabet tiles that I liked and got some tiny dragon flies from my mother that she had die cut and embossed, to try out her new tools =). Aren't they cute?
By the end of all this my dinner tab;e looked like this, completely exploded crafting stuff.
I cut and folded some card board and scrap papers to make the ATC folders. Distressed and stamped them and glued it all together. That didn't really wotk the way I wanted to, but I guess good enough for now. Next time I will attach the decorative paper in a different way to avoid warping of the paper when I the folders are closed. I put the whole lot under a stack of books to flatten them.
Embossed some gears and the edges of the folders with gold embossing.
So that's all of them done. I really like how they came out and I will try the embossing with the plates again. I just have to find the right way to do it, without wrecking my plates or having to pick pieces of paper from the clay...
I decorated the back with the ATC print and a tiny tag =).
I had a lot of fun making these and I hope the recipients will be pleased. I was going to wait untill everyone received their ATC, but as I wanted to link this to the Make My Monday: handmade embellishments challenge I had to post it now. Still they don't know which one is theirs, so it will still be a surprise.
Thank you for watching and I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
Linking this to:
- Make my monday: Handmade embellishments
- Our Creative Corner, june challenge: Recipe (As I used a fabric ribbon for the little tag on the back, Fimo clay for the embellishments and distress inks to distress it all)
- Fun with ATCs Challenge # 88 -Recycling (As I used cereal boxes for the cardboard to cut the ATC's and the cardholders. The papers were leftover scraps from a previous project. Also the letters I put on the ATC's were previously printed for another project, but never used)