I saw a video of a crafter called Justine Hovey mass-producing some ATCs with Distress Ink backgrounds, here. I quite liked them, so I thought I would do that as well for my next batch of cards, as well. I haven’t played around with my Distress Inks in a while, so I thought that would be fun.
It was pretty fun. Some of them turned out really well, and some, not so well, but none of them are terrible, so far.
Here they are:
I did ten, like Justine, a nice round number. The card bases on these are a mix of Bienfang and Strathmore Bristol paper, and Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. None were great — the Bristol paper didn’t blend so well, but the Specialty Stamping Paper, which is a matte clay-coated paper, really resisted the inks and stayed wet and smudgy for quite some time. I ended up with a lot of dirty thumbprints and off-color smudges, which I worked hard to blend out. I don’t think they’re all that visible, but I know they’re there! That kind of sloppiness really aggravates me. But the Distress ink just stayed so wet on the paper, it was hard to work with. I stamped the focal images with VersaFine Onyx Black, and that stayed wet for a long time too. In fact I had to lay them out to dry overnight and shut my office door to keep the cats from jumping up and smudging them. (My cat Isis likes to lay on my crafting desk, even though she knows full well she’s not supposed to.)
The little word stickers are from the Tim Holtz “Chit Chat” and “Small Talk” sets that I have been using lately. Chit Chat is individual words, Small Talk is brief sayings.
And since it’s me, I had to bling most of them up a bit. I can hardly let a card rest without some rhinestones, enamel dots or glitter glue.
Let me break it down for you, what is what, starting from the top left:
- Bristol Paper. The was the first one I made and I think it turned out quite well. Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks. The stamp is “Daisy Cluster” by Stampendous. Stamp and Cracked Pistachio are NBUS. This ATC is nice and simple and I had to force myself — force myself — not to bling it up and ruin it with overembellishment.
- Bristol paper. Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers inks. Stamp is the “Feathers” set from Hot Off the Press. NBUS. Again, I think this one is fine without bling.
- Bristol paper. Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar inks. The stamp is from the “Hearts” clear set from Inkadinkado. NBUS. Blinged with glitter glue.
- Bristol paper. Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Peacock Feathers inks. This is kind of an odd one. It’s a peacock feather, if you can’t tell. The stamp is a carved woodblock stamp from the “Boho” collection at Michaels. The kind of thing that comes from India. I stamped it first in VersaFine, and it didn’t come out so well. Then I stamped it again with my Calypso Teal Dylusions paint, which just happened to be sitting on my desk. Also did not turn out so well. I’ve read that these stamps work better with paint than ink. Or maybe fabric dye. Maybe it needs to be broken in, I don’t know. But I colored in the stamped image with my Marvy markers, to make it a little clearer what it was. Well, I do like the background. The stamp is brand new, so I can’t really say it’s NBUS.
- Bristol paper. Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet inks. The stamp is from the “Butterflies Cling” set by Inkadinkado. NBUS. Blinged with Wink of Stella. That may have been a mistake.
- Bristol Paper. Moved Lawn and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks. The image is from the same stamp set as in Number 3. The bling are some heart gems that were a gift from a fellow crafter.
- Specialty Stamping Paper. Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, and Mowed Lawn inks. You can see I tend to prefer the blues and greens. I have the most of those Distress colors. The stamp is from the Penny Black “Dazzlers” set. NBUS. Love those stamps! Glad to finally use one.
- Specialty Stamping Paper. Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, and Peeled Paint inks. I was displeased by the way this background came out, so I stamped a pattern all over it, to hide it. The pattern stamp is “Swirls” from Tim Holtz/Stamper’s Anonymous. NBUS. I like the way it turned out, but it took forever to dry. I then added a printed chipboard butterfly from K & Co. All in all I think it turned out pretty well.
- Bristol Paper. Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade inks. Stamps — “Flower Blocks” from Clearly Besotted. NBUS. Bling: Rhinestones.
- Bristol paper. Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, and Mowed Lawn inks. Quite like how this background turned out. Stamp — “Mod Flowers” from Inkadinkado. Colored it in with my Cobalt Green Stamper’s Big Brush pen and added an enamel dot.
So, obviously, some of these are more successful than others. But that is part of the point of ATCs — to experiment and try new techniques, materials, without fear of commitment to a major project. And also, I filled one-third of my quota for this project in one go. Not bad!
My favorites are 1, 2, 7, 8 and 10. Which is yours?