I'm participating in an Easter Blog Hop so I thought I'd do a little tutorial on creating an ATC that has sort of a faux encaustic look. This began as an experiment, but I'm please with the results.
I started with the image of the angel and egg on the sheet music. I found this lovely image on Pamela's wonderful Vintage Digi-stamp blog. I opened it up in Photoshop Elements and selected and used some of the colours to create a second coordinating image by using a photo of a collection of gears, over which I put a texture layer at a light opacity to get that coordinating aqua colour while still letting the gears subtly show through. Wait, don't panic! If you aren't comfortable using Photoshop or other photo editing software you can easily make an ATC like this with any scrapbooking paper or printed image you may wish to use. The background piece needs to be 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" (standard ATC dimensions) and the accent piece is a little smaller to allow some of the background to 'frame' it.
The next step is to melt some wax (I used soy wax because I had it) in an old electric skillet. I found this little electric skillet at a thrift store for $3.50. Once the wax was melted (I set the skillet at 300 degrees F) dip the paper in the wax just to wet it. I then just held it up to let the excess wax drip off and let the wax dry for a about a minute before I set it down on a piece of parchment paper. I'd like to try using bees wax next time because I suspect it may give a nicer, warmer look because of the subtle colour of the wax.
At this stage I decided to use an old credit card to scrap off some of the wax (front and back) because I wasn't happy with how thick and uneven the wax surface was. I kept the scrapings to reuse them for another time.
Once the fixative was dry I cut the pieces out and then it was on to the sewing machine. If you prefer, you could use glue at this stage, but I like adding a bit of stitch. I used a zig-zag stitch to secure the background to a 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" piece of Fast2Fuse. I like the structure that it gives the finished ATC while still having some flexibility. I also add a piece of printed card-stock that has my name, etc. on the back of the ATC.
I then used a straight stitch to layer the angel piece over top of the background.
The final step was to use some copper coloured acrylic paint to 'guild' the edges.
I always make a small series of ATCs. In this case, one is for a swap with my GOE fibre arts friends, I always keep one for myself, and this time round, one is for YOU! That's right, one will be part of the give-away for the blog hop (more about that in a moment).
And here's a closer image of one of the ATCs.
And now for the details of the giveaway...
Don't forget to check out the other blogs on the blog hop.
Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring!