Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter Holiday ATCs

The theme for my second ATC group was "Winter Holidays."  Well, that left things wide open for interpretation...  I thought of all sorts of snowy images (remember my obsession with snowflakes) but in the end I did make a "Christmas" card.

The actual image was done digitally.  I started with these gingerbread star cookies (once again made by my talented brother!) and took several photos on a plain background.  I then used my Creative Memories StoryBook Plus software to turn these into "digital stickers" or PNG files so I could use them in all sorts of projects.

Here is my final digital image.  I used paper from the Starry Night digital kit for the background.  The "Merry & Bright" is from the Everyday digital kit.  I matched the color of the text to the stars in the paper.  The cookie is the focal point and I applied shadows to the cookie and the words for a three dimensional quality.

I decided that I wanted the card to be something that could easily hang on a Christmas tree so I added a gold satin ribbon hanger.  This could be trimmed off if my swap partners do not want to use the hanger.  I usually do not print these images on glossy paper, but in this case I wanted the glossy paper to add the reflections from lights if the ATC hangs on a tree.   I inked the edges with a gold Martha Stewart glitter marker.  Additional sparkle comes from the two strips of gold bead stickers and a gold bow in the top left corner (these are "peel-offs" from a friend in Scotland).

I used a lot of adhesive with extra at the top to be sure that the ribbon would be held securely.  The backs are green textured cardstock that I cut using my ATC .cut file.

Since this group is smaller I hand wrote all of the information on the backs.

Here are all of the ATCS before I sent them for swapping.

More decorating today - this is the mantel in the living room.  The painting is always there - more of a harvest theme than a holiday image but I do like all the shades of gold.  The walls in the living room are a dark green and the sofas are deep red so this room is always in red, green and gold - traditional Christmas colors.

The crystal vases with the roses are also on the mantel year round, but the gold glitter churches are a new addition to the holiday decorations this year.  I found them at Pier 1 sometime last January and they were 90% off (can you guess what I paid? - I certainly couldn't make them for the price!).

The glass ornaments are heavy with a crackled effect.  They are often called "kugels" and can be very expensive.  They did not come home with us from Germany - they came from Costco after we moved back to the US (and were not so expensive).  There is also a garland of red and gold glass beads wound through the lights.

At the center of the mantel are two angels and a large crystal paperweight - I love the way they sparkle in the light.  Paperweights are yet another thing that I collect!

I'll try to do another video tomorrow.  Today I spent most of the day going up and downstairs to the attic as I continued with the decorating.  There is still a lot to do before I leave on Thursday!

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, thought I had posted to this already, guess not? If I did, please ignore this message! LOL

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your ATC's, they are sooo beautiful!!!

    Thanks again for sharing all your papercraft & home decor ideas!!!!

    Lisa Sturgill


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