Saturday, May 30, 2009

Shrink Plastic Class & Tissue Paper Background...again!

Today I had the first of my 3 Shrink Plastic Classses and I was thrilled to see how many of the ladies had never used this product before. It can be a thoroughly addictive little addition to atc's as quotes and small embellishment stamps created on shrink plastic are the perfect size for your atc's. I tend to use more of the white and frosted (ruff'n'ready) shrink plastic though it is also available in black, brown, clear and almond. Though the almond is tailor-made for any face stamps as the colour is perfect for "skin". Some samples...

"What you see"... (The Vision stamp is Stampers Anonymous, the eye-glasses stamp is one I'm not sure of....may also be Stampers Anonymous???) This shrink piece is mounted onto a piece of coloured gauze, which is in turn mounted onto a piece of foil tape adhered to a chipboard piece. It actually looks very mirror-like, which I thought was appropriate for the quote and stamps used in this piece.

"Live in the moment"... (Quote from one of Tim Holtz unmounted stamp sets - I think it's Nature's Moments)

"No distance"... (Hero Arts Vintage Map stamp - unfortunately discontinued)...PLUS black texture paste around the shrink piece.

"Odd"... (girl stamp on the shrink piece is Teesha Moore Zettiology, staples stamp is Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous) I must also tell you I bought one of Tim's new Tiny Attachers with the mini staples. You can see that I've used them on this piece below to attach the watercolour background to the black surround. I like to colour them to match what I'm doing....I simply break one of the refill staples in half, then colour the whole thing with a coloured sharpie before inserting it into the stapler. Voila.....coloured staples!!!


Below are a couple more from my previous class on Tissue Paper Background, these are the ones that ended up in my book. For each class I make 2 atc's that go into my Technique Book with the instructions on the opposite page, also 1 atc for each of the classes I teach to be given away as a raffle, as well as some other samples. As I tend to do one-off original atc's rather than multiples, this can be rather time-consuming as I also type out the instructions for everyone so they can all make their own book. It means that in 6 months time (or 2 years!!!) they can dig the Technique Book out, flick through and repeat any technique they have learnt from the my classes and they will also have a couple of their own samples in their book.

"The purpose of life"...


"Closely lie"...I do have one more tissue paper background atc to show but I'll save that for my next post. It's entitled "Steampunk" and is basically black, grey and silver......with little cogs!!! My current favourite atc!!!

Time for some shut-eye....alarm is set for 4am to take Jarred & Elice to the airport for their trip back home to Newcastle. I'm sorry to see them go as it has been wonderful to have them here but they will be back for good in a short 6 months. I'm sure it'll seem like a long time to them....5-1/2 years down, 6 months to go....not too shabby an effort I must say for a boy who left home at 18 and will return home at 24, most certainly a man! Do I hear "engagement" sounds in the background for next year?????

11 comments:

Sherry Goodloe said...

Love everything you've shared with us here Kelsey! Love your technique for colored staples - that's really cool.

Stop by and vote this weekend when you get a chance for the "Show me Your Tatts" giveaway. :)

lisa_crofts said...

And live in the moment is mine, mine all mine. Yay. I will keep practising shrink plastic it is an awesome technique. Thanks Kelsey
lisa

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear youve had some time with your family !
Looking forward to learning Shrink Plastic, bring on another addiction !
Samples look fantastic Kelsey !

Denise

Linda Cain said...

Amazing!!!!!!

Linda Cain

Sam Marshall said...

Beautiful ATCs! I love shrink plastic,very cool.

Jenxo said...

gosh i wished you did classes down here! fantastic atcs and i havent tried shrinky dink plastic either, must get some! jenxo

Lindart said...

So cool! I LOVE shrink plastic but always forget to use it. I need to make a bunch of shrink plastic pieces and have them on hand. I love what you did with yours-excellent!!

Natalie B said...

I have been such a slacker not leaving comments on people's blogs these days. I have bloglines, so tend to check what everyone is up to in one place. So hence my excuse for slackness :-) As always your work is awesome Kelsey. And so glad to hear your boy is returning soon.

Svetlana said...

I know it looks like I'm slack but I'm still new to this blogging stuff. On the other hand I'm on your blog at least once a day plus in the shop at least once a week. I love your art and I look up to you.
Well the new shrink plastic ATC's are great.I can't decide which one I like better: the combination of microscope slide and gauze or my favorite stamp (antique map)and texture paste.

Chris said...

Love the tissue paper effect/texture, and that stapled card is so cool!

Julie H said...

I can't pick a favourite, but I always appreciate that you make individual cards and you know I am hanging out to see 'the' card.