In the mean time I thought I would share a series of ATC's I made for the swap. Now I didn't originally set out to make a series like this, it just happened. I am in love with a book I bought this past summer at an estate sale. It was very worn ~ no front cover, the signatures falling out of the book, just pretty much in rough shape.... All that aside I was totally taken with it when I saw it. Why??? Well the book was printed in 1805 and is in Latin*! I have no idea what kind of paper it is printed on but each page is pretty thick for a book and its got a really interesting texture to it...it's not rough like watercolor paper but it's not smooth like you would normally associate with book pages either. It's very difficult to describe but it's wonderful!
*I did look the book up on several web-sites and it's not worth much...they only sell for about 15.00 in good condition so it's not a great masterpiece I'm using for art.
So I knew I wanted to use these book pages as the basis for my ATC's. Now, what to do with them? I didn't want to completely cover it up because the paper was the whole reason for starting the ATC's so collage images were out. Stamped images it is... No people because again I didn't want the image to detract too much from the background - objects, things - that's what I'd use. Now the image did need to stand out a bit so stamp and emboss with black.
They looked a bit boring in just black so I used Distress Stains to color them....why? Because you get color but can still read the text behind the image!
And here they are....
Finding Beauty in "Things"
I am so tickled with how they came out...each card has a gold leafing edge to it. Cool isn't it? It's actually there to cover up the margin at the side of the book page! The pages were just wide enough for me to position two ATC's side by side but I had an empty margin on one side of the card or the other. I needed something to fill it in - no words because I wanted the text to be more prevailant. So, cover it up but make it look classy like the book pages! A bit of glue, some gold leaf and ta-da!!!
I know, I'm crazy to get so excited about paper but hey,
that's how I roll, and stamp and glue ;)
So, an old book and it's pages inspired me...
what inspires you?