Mixed media

Cheer, Mirth, Gaiety | ATC

[Challenge win: Top rocker at 613 Avenue Create challenge]
[Challenge win: Winner at Southern Girls challenge]
[Challenge win: Winner at 613 Avenue Create challenge]

I’m excited and honored to be a guest designer at Arty Divas today! You could even say I’m doubly excited since this is my first guest designer gig ever. 🙂 Thank you, Zowie and the lovely Arty Divas design team, for this opportunity and for the ever-so-fun challenges!

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For this session, I made an ATC trio as it’s been a while since I created an ATC.

Cheer, Mirth, Gaiety | ATC | Anita

I worked on the background for all three cards simultaneously. I started with stencils and acrylics, using the paint-lifting technique. This background turned out too dark so I applied a white acrylic wash on it, which lightened it too much, to the point of being indistinguishable. Sigh!

Making the best of the circumstances, I continued with the background in a slightly different direction. I stamped some circular shapes using black archival ink, stamping multiple times for a few denser areas. I then added acrylics splatters.

Cheer, Mirth, Gaiety | ATC | Anita

For the focal flowers, I used die-cuts, outlining them with a fineliner. To add to the chaos near the stamped areas of the background, I switched to squiggly lines near the heads of the flowers. I’m glad I had this idea, because I love how it looks!

The stems of the flowers were still too visually weak so I used watercolor pencils and a water brush pen to add a red highlight at one side of each stem. That seemed to strengthen them a little.

Cheer, Mirth, Gaiety | ATC | Anita

I used Copic markers and oil-based markers to make a lot of marks, and used watercolor pencils at the edges for a vignette. As for the quotes, I used a fineliner and a light Copic marker to hand-write them, and used watercolor pencils at their edges as well. That completed the ATCs. Ta da!

Thanks again to the Arty Divas team for the fun opportunity. Do check out the Arty Divas blog if you are in the mood for challenges!


With this project, I’m joining these challenges –

613 Avenue Create Challenge #235 - Anything Goes w/optional twist: The Sentiment As The Focal
613 Avenue Create Challenge #235 – Anything Goes w/optional twist: The Sentiment As The Focal
Creative Fingers Challenge #190 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #190 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations July Challenge - In The Garden!
Creative Inspirations July Challenge – In The Garden!
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Pastel
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Pastel
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For July, #7-2020
A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge For July, #7-2020
Pinkfresh Studio - July Challenge - Summer
Pinkfresh Studio – July Challenge – Summer
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Play with Paint
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Play with Paint
Southern Girls Challenge - July - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge – July – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge

22 thoughts on “Cheer, Mirth, Gaiety | ATC

    1. Thank you so much Ginny! There are times when stuff is plainly unsalvageable, but on the occasions when it does get rescued, it is extremely satisfying. 🙂

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  1. Such beautiful ATCs. Love the designs and the backgrounds are gorgeous. Thank you for playing along at Creative Inspirations, good luck.
    Hugs
    Gina xx

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  2. Yay! Congrats on your first GD gig!! And what fabulous pieces of ATCs too! I love the background full of circles and those flowers look awesome!! Absolutely love them!!

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  3. Congratulations on your first GD gig… you deserve it!!!
    “Looking fabulous”, this was my first thought when I saw your ATCs. Then I started reading the process you’ve gone through, until you were happy. You have a natural skill to turn not so satisfying works into beautiful pieces.
    Yay for layers… and loving what you do 🙂

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    1. Aw Cris, thank you so much for your kind words and invaluable encouragement! 😊 I find journaling / papercraft much easier to do over or enhance because of its natural support for layers, especially when I compare it to my polymer clay projects from earlier – I’m much happier with my projects now… 😉

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  4. Congratulations! You have been chosen as a TOP ROCKER at 613 Avenue Create for the week of July 5 – 11, 2020. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and inspiration with us and our players. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge!

    THE RESIDENT DESIGN TEAM

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  5. Congratulations! You were selected as a WINNER for Month of July 2020 at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks for accepting and responding so beautifully to our challenge. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge! ~~~Chana Malkah, Owner

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