Saturday, March 15, 2014

Playing with Teresa and Paper Artsy!

My friend, Teresa Abajo, posted a wonderful tutorial on Paper Artsy's blog where she used Grunge Paste, Fresco Finish paint, Distress inks, stencils, Treasure Gold, Lynne Perella stamps, ephemera, and Kraft cardstock to create a card and ATC. Here's a link to the tutorial!

I had some time and decided to try the technique she used.

Here's what I made!

I also started out with some scraps of Kraft cardstock which I cut down to ATC size. I taped the two ATCs together on the back and scraped some Grunge Paste over the Bamboo stencil by The Crafter's Workshop using a palette knife. I carefully lifted the stencil, untaped the ATCs, and put them aside. I grabbed another piece of Kraft cardstock, placed the stencil over it, and repeated the process. This was also set aside while I cleaned the palette knife and the stencil.

When I came back, the Grunge Paste was almost dry, but gave all three pieces a blast or two with my heat gun to make sure. Sage and Tinned Peas Fresco Finish acrylic paint was sponged over the pieces and heat set.

Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress inks and some water were added to a Mini-mister. This was sprayed over all three pieces and heat set. This was done several times. I also sanded the Grunge Paste a few times to reveal the core color of it. These pieces were again set aside.

Three images from the LPC023 stamp set by Lynne Perella for Paper Artsy were stamped onto more scraps of Kraft cardstock using Jet Black Archival ink. These pieces were edged with Tinned Peas Fresco Finish acrylic paint and with Vintage Photo Distress ink. A touch of Forest Moss Distress ink was added as well. Some brass coins and various other metal bits were added to the stamped images and Classic Gold was used to edge the stamped pieces that had the brass elements. Florentine Treasure Gold was used to edge the stamped ATC with the aged copper elements. A touch of the Florentine Treasure Gold was gently smoothed to the top of the copper elements to make 'em blend in a bit better.

The stamped pieces were adhered and the finished cards were edged with more Treasure Gold, which was also lightly brushed around the raised Grunge Paste area.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall be entering these three cards into the following challenges.
Paper Artsy Weekly Challenges: Teresa's Turn
Simon Says Monday Challenges: D is for Distress
Craftitude Challenge #60: Anything Goes or Add a Little Green
Inspiration Journal Challenge: A Splash of Color


  1. Fabulous ATCs. I love the bamboo background with the lovely LP Oriental images. What an inspirational friend you have in Teresa! Thanks for playing along with PaperArtsy this week. Julie Ann xxx

  2. Fabulous Kathi!!! Love the theme and stamps you chose also, you have made a really gorgeous set. Have a good week-end, bises!

  3. Great ATCs, I love your use of embossing paste with the bamboo stencil and the ways in which you've distressed them. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. Love the bamboo stencil and your colours look fab. Beautiful work!

  5. Great pieces, love the bamboo stencil, perfect for the stamped images.

  6. Love your triptych of ATCs, Kathi! Perfect green-ish colors, too. Off to make some!!

  7. Wow, your descriptions make me think that your craft room is like some kind of alchemist's dwelling!! You always put so much creative work into your fab pieces :)

  8. Very artsy-fartsy! (Was that politically incorrect?)
    Great use of the techniques to create three wonderful pieces! Especially love the added metal embellies! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  9. These are really really lovely! everything fits perfectly together. Thanks so much for joining us at Inspiration Journal. =)

  10. Amazing set of cards ! I love everything on them, their colors, their design ... Wow !
    Have a nice day :)