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Monday, February 8, 2016

Lavender And Lace

Hello, hope everyone had a great weekend.  I got a wonderful gift in the mail this weekend, I was lucky enough to win some of Wendy Vecchi's new background stamps in a giveaway on her blog and my hubby picked them up from the mailbox on Sunday.

I adore the Ticking stamp (I'm thinking it will make a fabulous plaid background too!) and love all the wonderful sentiments on the Just Say It stamp!  Wendy brilliantly suggested to cut the stamp apart so you end up with multiple sentiment stamps plus those fabulous ....... dividers and hearts, love it!  Thanks so much Wendy, I will put them to very good use very soon!

I worked on some ATC's for another swap at the Mixed Media Studio this weekend, the theme for the ATC's was to be 'Lavender and Lace'.

In thinking about the theme, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to make a masterboard that I could then cut apart and use for the ATC backgrounds.  I have seen many others make their own backgrounds but haven't really attempted it myself (other than doing some Distress ink colouring with some spritz and flick) so decided it was time to dive in and give it a try.

I started out with a piece of heavy weight white card dampened with some water and added  Distress inks in Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord with a brayer as demonstrated by Tracy Evans in her video here.  I then mixed Ranger texture paste with Seedless Preserves Distress stain and applied it randomly through Tim Holtz's Gothic stencil and applied Wendy Vecchi Crackle Embossing texture paste through Tim's Flourish stencil in other areas.

When the texture pastes had dried, I spritzed the card with Distress Stain sprays in Seedless Preserves and White along with some Heidi Swapp White Color Shine spray and Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist.  I had a few 'empty' spots so did some background stamping with Tim's Ledger Script stamp and brown pigment ink.

Not too bad for a first attempt!  Some areas turned out better than others of course but I love that I ended up with two very different potential backgrounds that were still related to each other.

I cut out two ATC's from the masterboard (2 1/2" x 3 1/2"), edged them with some Chestnut pigment ink and then gave them a top coat of DecoArt Satin varnish just to make sure that the embossing paste wouldn't flake off (as it is wont to do!).

Time to add the embellishments! I fussy cut a lace flower from a scrap of lace in my stash and brushed it with some Tea Dye Distress Ink.

After spritzing it with water, it became the perfect tea stained lace fragment!

I chose a dress form chipboard piece by Maya Road for my next embellishment and coloured it with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress inks.

Some fine script stamping was then added in Chestnut pigment ink to tie it in with the stamping on the ATC background.

I really wanted to use this gorgeous etching of a young woman that I got from Dover Publications but didn't want to cover up too much of the ATC background so I decided to print the image out onto some Avery clear cling film that I had in my stash.

Isn't she gorgeous?!

And then I wanted some elements to add to both of the ATC's to further tie them together, so I coloured some white ribbon roses (from Michaels) with Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and a touch of Vintage Photo Distress inks, a spritz of water blended the colours together perfectly.

I needed another lace element as well so took a strip of Jambo Lace tape and coloured it with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress inks blended with a spritz of water.

And as a final embellishment, I coloured some puffed scrolls and a candelabra from the $1 Store with gold Rub 'n Buff.

Time to assemble, I started with the lighter coloured background which I used to back that lovely etched image.

I added a border of Star Dust stickles around this ATC to finish it off.

The darker Gothic stenciled background was used for the chipboard dress form embellishment.

A border of Recollections Muse glitter glue was used to edge this ATC.

I love how these turned out, making the background and using different sections of it to back my ATC's really tied them together.

Hope my swap partner will like them, they have headed off in the mail today and are going to New York state, hope they make it before the next Nor'Easter hits!

I would like to link my ATC's with the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - February Make Your Own Background

Frilly And Funkie - Enjoy Your Embossing

Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope you have a great week, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Oh my, I love every bit of both of them. And most of all, the stickles! It just pulled it together so beautifully!

  2. Deb, these are gorgeous!! Love all of the details and your colors!! And thanks for the tip on the clear film - did not know about that - very effective here with your young lady! I've not tried a master board either - but am now inspired to do so!! xxx Lynn

  3. Always love to see your projects Deb. The clip art really is lovely, I wouldn't want to cover it too much either. You are so lucky at getting goodies. Like a Buddha, we'll all want to rub your belly for good luck....roflol...

  4. Wonderful ATC's so beautifully constructed Deb! And huge congrats on your Wendy win! Those backgrounds are a real go to. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie too! Jenny x

  5. Elegant ATC's! The embossed background is lovely and the acetate image a brilliant way to layer her image in. Beautiful designs! Thank you for joining us this week in the "Enjoy your Embossing" challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  6. These are gorgeous! Your background turned out amazing, and I really enjoyed your step out for that process. The colors are great, the details are perfect, and you did such a great job with all the layers! Thanks for sharing with us at Frilly & Funkie "Enjoy your Embossing" Challenge!

  7. Wow, gorgeous Lavender and Lace makes!! The gold accents are so beautiful, a perfect addition to soft and shabby pastel projects! What a lovely goodie package of stamps, that text one is going on my wish list for sure!! sending hugs :)

    1. Man, I did it again!! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Enjoy your Embossing' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  8. Beautiful ATCs Deb! It was fantastic reading your process. I love how you aged the lace piece. I love the image of the woman too. And WOW, lucky win that one! Love the sentiment stamps especially.

  9. Fabulous masterboard Deb, I bet you make lots more now! Your Lavender and Lace ATCs are beautiful, I just love the image of the lady, she is beautiful indeed. Great prize from Wendy too! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Love your master board Deb and what you did with your ATCs is so clever! The print out of the girl looks fantastic on that self cling stuff. I love how you embellished your ATCs they make for such a beautiful pair in that soft lavender colour way!

  11. Nice prize. I bet you'll be putting those to good use in no time.
    Love your ATC's

  12. Gorgeous backgrounds and layers!!! I LOVE those Wendy images, and all the new Tim goodies too! LOVE the color!!!

  13. Congratulations on your WV win Deb x love your creative ATC's and the stunning background you have created.
    The image of the lady is it a TH stamp?

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie x

  14. Great win Deb? I bet the wheels of your creative genius are already turning!
    I am so impressed with your creativity! The cards are amazing!
    Have a great week!

  15. Congrats on your win and I adore your ATCs, they are beautiful. Xxx

  16. Love the ATCs Deb, I'm going to have to go back to making them again. The stamps you won are brilliant. I love the sentiment one especially and will have to look out for that. Happy crafting, Angela x

  17. Congrats on your win of those lovely goodies - bet you couldn't wait to play. Your ATCs are so delicate and feminine - really great textures and lovely detailing.
    Alison xx

  18. really beautiful work deb - gorgeous background - Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel x


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