I fell in love with this little Kewpie doll image the minute I saw it. Something about Kewpie dolls is so kitschy-cool to me. I knew she had to go on an ATC (2.5″ x 3.5″ artist trading card) when I next got the chance to make one.
I started with a light weight chipboard that I covered with the top layer of a very pretty napkin in soft fall colors (after removing the white under layers) using Liquitex gel medium. I also included a gold lattice punched border that I made with my Martha Stewart border punch along one side to add some extra shimmer. I colored the edge of the Kewpie die cut with a black Sharpie so that you wouldn’t see the white edge of the paper. I then popped her up on foam adhesive so she would be raised up off the ATC base.
I fussy cut 4 small butterflies from a little scrap of patterned paper I had and glued them on the base doubled up (i.e., they formed 2 butterflies), raising the wings of the top butterfly so they would look like they were fluttering up.
Then to add a little movement to the ATC, I dangled a sweet bottle cap charm, which I topped with a multi-looped bow made from lime green yarn. To me, that lime green color (esp. in yarn) has a retro vibe that adds to the kitschy feeling I was going for.
Then, because I also associate lots of sparkle with kitsch, I went to town with my Wink of Stella, gold Stickles, cotton candy pink Stickles, irridescent Studio G glitter glue, and Glossy Accents. A girl can never have too much bling, right?! LOL
The following is a video share of the ATC:
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