I have been wanting to complete the acrylic ATCs that I started in my Clear Scraps ATC class that I took at the Scrapbook Expo a couple weeks ago. Finally, not only did I finish them all, but add them to a vintage style pocket letter for a special crafty friend (it’s a surprise; she doesn’t know it’s for her!).
I did some alcohol inking and stamping in aqua and silver, alcohol resist in RUST alcohol ink and Ranger Archival Ink, white Staz-On stamping, dry embossing and inking with black Staz-On ink, and stenciling with Viva Decor Modellier Creme in Champagne on the five acrylic bases (techniques listed in order of left to right, top to bottom). I then had loads of fun using Zip Dry solvent adhesive to glue on crochet trim, cork paper, remnant pearl strand snippet, scraps of inked papers and word cut outs, mulberry paper flowers, burlap snippets, and even a vintage image from an old magazine! I also enjoyed adding loads of METAL pieces like antique colored paper clips, label holders (as frames), and metal loops with different brads.
For the paper based cards, I used one 8″ x 8″ piece of gorgeous twisted harlequin patterned paper from the Marion Smith “Mad Tea Party” collection. I used snippets of other papers like the image of the lady in a TOP HAT from the Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells” collection, a tiny left-over burlap piece, twine and sequin trim, and lace to fill in where the 8″ x 8″ paper was not quite enough to make the cards for the 4 additional pockets.
Then again, I just went to town adding a METAL key hole, a compass coin, and a couple of ring fasteners, all from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. I also picked pieces from my stash, like the heart-shaped glass bottle that I filled with tiny star and heart confetti and the antique bronze sentiment embellishments that I thought went well with the images or colors in the papers I used.
To finish off the selvage, I used a bit of Tim Holtz tissue tape and then added metal framed charms that coordinated with the colors I had used in the pockets. To add a little softness and carry through the ocean blue colors that pops up throughout the pocket letter in the papers, flowers and background papers, I tied sheer teal bows at each of the holes where the charms were attached.
The following is a video share of this pocket letter:
This pocket letter is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp No Ordinary Paper Monday Challenge
SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Summer Special Challenge (top hat, metal, rust)
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge
Virginia’s View Embellishment Challenge
Craft-Dee Bowz Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful crafty day! WOOF
Beautiful set of ATC cards! Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ August Challenge, “Anything goes and include a handmade bow”.
Thanks so much for stopping by and another fun challenge at Craft-Dee Bowz! Hugs, Kristina
these are gorgeous, luv the style…so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
sparkle & shine *~*
Thanks so much Teresa! It was fun to play with acrylics, which were a new medium for me. 🙂
Beautiful pockets letter, your ATC are amazing.Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges
Aww thanks so much for stopping by Brigitte! It was really fun trying a whole bunch of new-to-me techniques. 🙂 Big hugs, Kristina
Very nice little cards in such an amazing Vintage Style, everyone of it a little artwork. I like them all.
Thanks so much Sabine! Yes, this pocket letter was more like a collection of ATCs. 🙂 I made it for a very special crafty friend who has taught me so much and been so kind to me. I wanted to make it very special for her. TF stopping by! Hugs, Kristina
So much wonderful detail to see! Wow!
I really enjoyed looking at your wonderful project closely! I love how the various pieces go together so well and form this brilliant collection of vintage goodness!
Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie’s Steampunk Challenges!
Thank you so much Claudia! I don’t know that I have the whole idea of whipping up pocket letters with left over bits and bobs–mine was more like a collection of individual ATCs, but I tried to make them coordinate together. Your comment really made me feel like my efforts may have worked so thank you so much! Big hugs, Kristina
Thank you for join in our challenge! Interesting ATC collection!
Thanks so much for stopping by! It was really fun to try some new-to-me techniques and play with some acrylics for this pocket letter. 🙂 Hugs, Kristina