Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Watercolor Poppies ATC

You know how much I love to use vintage text and papers in my art.  Well today I wanted to share an ATC card I'm making (for the swap) that incorporates some lovely old paper...

Watercolor Poppies...

I started off by gluing the papers to the back of a playing card using Creative Medium.  I have a bit of vintage 1880's ledger paper and some pages from a Greek (I think) book from the 1700's.

TIP: When working with vintage paper ephemera you will need to let  the paper/glue dry fully before you work with them or the paper could tear and or crumble since it's very old and fragile.

Once dry, trim the excess paper and sand the edges (optional).  I like to sand because it gives you a nice clean edge and the inks soak into these sanded areas better.

I then stamped and embossed the image using VersaFine ink and embossing powders.  Now you could color the image in any number of ways...from Copics/Spectrum Noir markers, colored pencils, watercolor paints, PanPastels, etc.  The list just goes on and on but today I decided to use Memento Inks and my waterbrush.  I love the look of the layers of ink/water on the images.

Once you're finished, let the ATC dry.

To spice it up a bit I inked the edges of the ATC with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink which adds a subtle shimmer and a warm golden glow.  And because I still felt like it was missing something I added a few spritzes of Bronze irRESISTible Texture Spray in the corners.

And here's how it turned out!!
I love's just so much fun.


Vintage Ephemera, Playing Card - my stash
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: Memento Dye Inks, VersaFine Ink, Embossing Powder, Delicata Golden Glitz, irRESISTible Texture Spray, Sponge Dauber
Unity Stamp Co - Poppies


  1. They are beautiful! And you make me want to play along in the swap! I've got to study my schedule in order to make sure I'd have time to create for a swap.... for some reason I'm busier this summer than normal.

  2. These came out sooo beautiful Roni!! I love them!!

  3. Awesome. I can't believe I've never used a playing card as an atc base. Where's my head? I'm always measuring (wrong half the time) and cutting.


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