Red, White, & Blue ATCs!

Red, White, & Blue ATCs

Putting these ATCs together was something else! I had an original idea in mind inspired by the July Challenge over at Creative Embellishments. I really loved the way the elements in the inspiration photo overlapped each other, and I really love how “shiny” the image seemed. Creative Embellishments July Challenge fit quite nicely with Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge of “Red, White, & Blue”, and I thought it would be a good idea to try and create a shiny, red, white & blue, element overlapping ATC for the challenges, and for MarciLB’s ATC Swap over at Things didn’t go quite according to plan.

My initial background was too embossed! I didn’t want it to be quite like that! But, if nothing else, I’m persistent, so I decided to see what I could do with it!

Initial Background. Thick watercolor paper, coated with white acrylic paint, embossed using Tim Holtz’s “Cracked,” striped with Tim Holtz’s “Stripes” stencil & Distress Oxide Fired Brick, and colored with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans for the blue.

I decided to get Mixed Media crazy! I added Candied Apple Distress Paint stripes, I threw down a layer of Mod Podge, which “intensified” the Distress Oxides underneath, I added some Prima Snowflake Paste for those rays using Tim Holtz’s “Ray” stencil, and colored them with Shimmerz Vibez “Glorious Day.” If that wasn’t enough, for the “stars” I used Shimmerz Dazzlerz “Spun Sugar” and Echo Park’s “Beach Towel” stencil. About now I was thinking I should give up and start over! But, as I said, I’m persistent (some may say overly stubborn, but they’re wrong! LOL). Anyhow, I decided that I should cover some of my “flag” with a firework (as so originally inspired by the July Challenge at Creative Embellishments) and I dug out my glitter. (I have a great dislike for glitter, but I was getting desperate!)

What better way to adhere that glitter than with some Transparent Gloss Texture Paste from Ranger “squished” through a temporary stencil I made with some scrap card stock and a “starburst” cut file from Silhouette? In hindsight, there probably are better ways! Oh. My. Gosh. Now I just have too much everything!

Well, that’s just too much … EVERYTHING!

I actually threw the ATCs in the trash at this point, I just didn’t know what else to do! But, as I was sitting there thinking about what items to keep out for the next try I saw an old Tim Holtz Mask “Flourish” just hanging around collecting dust, and I had an idea! At first I was going to use the mask, but I hadn’t worked out what I would use to cover the undesirable areas. Then, as I sat there staring at the mask over the ATC next to my pile of scrap pieces of Simple Stories “Stars & Stripes” a firework went off in my mind! And the following picture is what that firework sparked!

Using my hot glue gun I stuck the cuts to the ATCs, used the sanding block to distress the edges, and inked them up with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink! There was still a little too much “stuff” showing, and that’s when I decided to enlist the help of a little birdie!

Flourish cut file from the Silhouette Store!

Little Birdie (Tim Holtz’s Mini Bird Crazy & Things) to the rescue!
Persistence paid off!

Product List:

  • Silhouette Cameo: Used to cut the flourish which is from the Silhouette Store.
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Simple Stories: Stars & Stripes “Independence Day”
  • Tim Holtz: Mini Bird Crazy & Things Stamps & Dies
  • Tim Holtz Sanding Grip
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fired Brick
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Picket Fence, Ground Espresso, Candied Apple, & Carved Pumpkin
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Candied Apple
  • Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Crazing
  • Tim Holtz Stencils: Rays & Stripes
  • Echo Park Stencil: “Beach Towel”
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Spun Sugar
  • Shimmerz Vibez: Glorious Day
  • Mod Podge Paper: Gloss
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Ranger Texture Paste: Transparent Gloss; Black Archival Ink, Water Pen, & Glossy Accents
  • Martha Stewart Glitter: Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, & Tourmaline

12 thoughts on “Red, White, & Blue ATCs!

  1. Such pretty ATC's. Love the crazy bird with the tie and the flag. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra


  2. Hi CJ!!!! Thanks for joining in at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS-you did the challenge for both places ( too and I get to see them in real life! LOL!) Love the story! LOVE the cards…didn't realize that all that sparkle was inside the cards! COOL!


  3. Awesome layered ATC's! So unique and creative! Love the details on the base and those adorable stamped images! Thanks for playing along with the Creative Embellishments July Challenge! 😀


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