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Another ribbon challenge…

Leslie just doesn’t give up with encouraging me to use ribbon on cards. She has set this further challenge on her blog and there are some lovely cards there from Leslie, Shelly and Linda.

So this is my ‘take’ on Leslie’s challenge:

dangly birds

The background has been stamped in various coloured inks and using a feather stamp. The birds were stamped onto shrink plastic and then heated to shrink. There is also a ‘button’ made from shrink plastic on the title/sentiment. It has been a while since I last used shrink plastic and I’d forgotten what fun it is; while hunting for something else I came across a part used sheet and gave it another try out. When those bits of plastic start to curl and twist there is always a moment of panic wondering if that is all that is going to be – a curled and twisted bit of unrecognizable plastic! If you have never tried this then give it a go.

Over on UK Stampers there are various swaps and challenges going on and two that I entered this month were the monthly postcard swap and an ATC swap. There is also an altered tin swap in progress.

For the ATCs Stitcheramagirl set the theme as Alice in Wonderland; I have to say that this isn’t my favourite imagery and there are no Alice stamps in my collection as I intensely dislike the illustrations however I signed up for the swap as, foolish me, I like to push my boundaries and see if I can come up with different variations on the theme. These are the three ATCs I created:

Alice in Wonderland ATCs

For the first ATC (going from left to right) I downloaded a digi image of the white rabbit except that I coloured him various shades of brown and grey pencils! The background of the card has been inked with VersaMagic Aloe VeraΒ  and then the pocket watch stamped over the top in the same colour; after colouring the rabbit I cut around his head/ears and adhered it to the background and then added Aloe Vera to blend the image n with the background, stamped the pocket watch in Versafine Onyx Black ink and added the charms.

The middle ATC consists of the Queen of Hearts playing card mounted on greyboard to give extra strength, the top edges were sanded to tone the card down a little. A scrap of paper was adhered across the bottom portion of the playing card and inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen. The jam tarts image came from the internet! Some white ribbon roses were coloured with a red felt pen and glued into place with Glossy Accents, the cat and toadstool images were stamped on with Versafine Smokey Grey and charms added.

For the last ATC I was running out of ideas! Then recalled the caterpillar on the toadstool/mushroom so raided the children’s stamp collection for the images here but there is no hubble bubble pipe! What I have since come to realise though is that I could have made all three the same so I made this swap more challenging for myself!

Sam set the post card theme for this month as ‘Numbers’ and there are some brilliant interpretations of this one over on the forum. Again I used a digi image for the main part and this ‘Counting Sheeple’s’ image really tickled me:

Numbers theme post card

I wonder what the postman will make of it when he/she has to deliver it:)

Well that’s the lot for now folks!

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4 thoughts on “Another ribbon challenge…

  1. I simply love, love, love what you’ve done with the Ribbon Challenge πŸ˜€ Coolest idea I’ve ever seen. Dangling birds. Reminds me of the mobile you made before Thanksgiving. Thank you for giving this a shot. The shrink plastic items are really awesome. I haven’t tried shrink plastic yet….I’ll have to try that soon.

    I am totally enjoying your ATC cards. I think you’ve done the Alice In Wonderland theme justice. You have all the strange story elements covered. The rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts AND her tarts, and lest I forget the caterpillar on the mushroom. Great job.

    Your post card is Adorable! Yep, that ought to make the postal person trip on a step or two gawping at the imagery you’ve stamped πŸ˜€ So much fun you have in stamping.

    Love you – Leslie

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments Leslie. The bird stamp I used for the mobile is the same one that I used for the shrink plastic; it is a largish stamp so wouldn’t need a magnifying glass once shrunk down πŸ™‚ If you already own shrink plastic then don’t forget to lightly sand one side of the sheet – first in one direction and then in other to cross hatch it, this is to give some tooth for the stamped image to cling to.
    Those Alice ATCs were giving me a headache πŸ™‚ Glad they are done and in the post now.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

  3. Oh I just LOVE your bird card! It’s wonderful! I, too, really enjoy working with shrink film!

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