I just made some new art trading cards. These are fun and bright! They also have a hint of metallic shine, which I had a hard time capturing in the photos. (Unfortunately the photos really don’t do them justice.)
I once remember a classmate telling me that “orange and green don’t match”. Hmmph. I love taking colors that “don’t match” and using them together. Orange and green…orange and blue…purple and yellow…you can make any two colors match, if you are really determined to.
Paper: Hand painted Strathmore Bristol Board.
Paints and Dyes: Lumiere Metallic Paints by Jacquard Products, and Jacquard Fiber Reactive Dyes. Yes, you read that correctly; I really did paint these papers with fiber reactive fabric dyes. I hand dye a lot of fabrics, and when I am finished dyeing fabrics then I move on to dyeing papers with fabric dye. I can’t stand the idea of pouring dyes down the drain, so I like to use them up if I can. It takes a hefty paper to withstand being dyed. Heavy weight Bristol board is one of my preferred papers for this process, but sometimes I settle for lighter weight bristol board if that is what I happen to have around at the time my dyeing spree commences.
Metal Letters: Making Memories.
The art trading card is mounted on heavy mat board.
The edges of the matboard were inked with green dye ink by Rubber Stampede.
The circle “frame” in the center was a leftover that was created by hand painting a spin art spiral on the paper using Lumiere metallic paint, then cutting the spiral out using the Fiskars Shape X-press Circle Template.I used the spiral in a completely different project, but the little “frame” shaped scrap was perfect for framing the word “art” and the ribbon.
Here’s another mixed media collage art ATC I made. This one has a multicolored spin-art spiral as the background and a hand-stamped image as the focal point. The spin art was created using shimmery metallic paints, which I attempted to show in the photos, but I really don’t know if the “shimmer” comes across well. I suspect it does not- the metallic silver looks kind of white on the computer screen. Ack. Wish you could see these in person, because on the monitor they just don’t look the same.
I used mostly the same supplies as above with a couple of additions. The stamped image is from the Retro Shapes stamp set by Inque Boutique. The Retro Shapes stamp was stamped onto yellow cardstock. There is a tiny “crystal gem” in the center of one of the flowers on the stamped image. I got the crystal in a swap and I’m not sure who manufactures it.