Sunday, August 25, 2019

Merry Christmas ATC Pair

Hello and welcome! I have a very short post to share a pair of ATC's I made to play along in Simon Says Stamp Artist Trading Card challenge. These little 2.5 x 3.5 inch cards are a blast to make and a great way to try new or re-visit old techniques and use up some of those leftovers.

I have a pile of backgrounds that I've binned for one reason or another, and this one happened to be a monoprint using Tim Holtz old Poinsettia stencil and Black Soot ink.  (I don't know why it shows as blue in the photos) Not your traditional Christmas color scheme. It was a real disaster, and the only reason I saved it was because there was a decent monoprint on the opposite side.

I colored in the poinsettias and leaves with Distress inks: Candied Apple, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I blended the background further with Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters and blended Peeled Paint through another Tim Holtz mini stencil from set 32.

I heat embossed the poinsettia centers (Winter Watercolor stamps) the edges, and Merry (Christmas Classic stamps) on a scrap from the original monoprint panel. I thought the centers looked off, so I dropped in Fossilized Amber oxide around the embossing.

To decorate the backs, I blended white card with Candied Apple ink, and placed the Merry Christmas stencil over it. On one card I blended with Peeled Paint ink and the other, I spritzed the stencil with water, let it sit for a minute and blotted with a paper towel to remove some of the color. The edges were blended with  Forest Moss ink. On the reverse side, I just inked the edges with Candy Apple, and I adhered the painted panel to this.

I think it would be fun to make a bunch of Christmas ATC's  and hand them out randomly to store clerks, include one in the envelope with a bill payment, or drop one in the bank drive through during the Christmas season to spread Christmas cheer. What do you think? Thank you for stopping by today! I really appreciate your support! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #452 Optional embossing-check!


  1. They're absolutely gorgeous!! I love the beautiful poinsettias and the touches of gold!! The colors are so stunning on both the front and back!! These are fabulous, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. These are fabulous. Even the back is lovely. I saw these at Crafty Hazel's and had to come over and tell you how pretty they are. And that I want them...........LOL. Because of the SSS challenge it's the first time I've ever made an ATC. [Bunny]```

  3. These ATCs are gorgeous! I love the poinsettias and the fabulous Merry Christmas stenciling, I love backs too!
    Tammy x

  4. Gorgeous ATCs Sara, I love how you coloured the poinsettias and I love the back of the ATCs as much as the front! I think your idea of handing them out to spread Christmas cheer is a brilliant one. Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. Beautiful ATCs, Sara Emily! The poinsettias look so pretty against the wonderful background. I think your idea of gifting ATCs to various places is a great way of spreading holiday cheer. After all, who wouldn't want to receive one of your awesome creations!

  6. So festive and lovely - your color choices are brilliant, as are the little touches of gold - and what a great idea to pass them along during the season! And like Patty says! (Though given your penchant for all things Halloween, I was surprised to see a later holiday on deck here, lol!) . xxx Lynn

  7. Delightfully bright and cheerful - with that lovely shimmer of festive gold. What a great way to use the print you were less than happy with and turn it into such a treat. Love the reverse sides too!
    Alison x

  8. A delightful pair of ATCs. Wonderful non-traditional Christmas colours and fabulous stencils.
    Thank you for joining in with our August challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  9. What a clever idea. I know it would brighten my day if I got something like that as a RAK. Thank you for joining in at CHNC with Anything Goes Challenge and optional twist of wet or dry embossing. Apologies for the late comment.


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