Monday, December 21, 2009

ATCs from scraps

OK, I admit it. I'm an instigator. In a good way, that is. I don't ask my internet art friends to do something wrong, just something that reduces our carbon footprints. In that vein, I challenged the members of ABC, the Yahoo group where I hang out, to make art this week made from scraps. I was hoping either members had all their gifts made and had some free time on their hands, or they needed at least one more hand made gift. What better way to show you can than using your scraps? At least I think it's the way things should be. So here are my contributions.

A play on words to go with the image, I call this one "Original 18," which presupposes there are 17 other originals. Background is scrapbook paper from a Christmas card project, the body is the same as I used last week, but accidentally printed it over another image, and the bird and words are from Antiques magazine.

More paper I'm sure you've seen recently was the background. The image and wording again from Antiques magazine.

The background is scrapbook paper at top (I have used in my Hands AB) and a security envelope at the bottom. I used a bit of dye ink on a cotton swab to get the "shadow" I envisioned the image (again from Antiques magazine) was casting.

And finally, I messed up on this ATC background, made from old address labels, on the last row, and was about ready to trash it, when my 10 year old neighbor said she really loved it and wanted it, so I finished the last row and added the "cute" focal image, which she picked out.

For all these ATCs, only the glue was new. I feel like I have met the challenge AND made two Christmas gifts in the process!!

4 thoughtful remarks:

Marilyn Rock said...

These all come together so beautifully! Happy Holidays! Marilyn

Mar said...

they are ALL terrific cards!!!

happy holiday m'dear

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I am a big fan of giving paper and other items a new life!
Love your ATCs and keep instigating ... it's a good thing :)

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth, I think you did a great job with the challenge, and I love "original 18"! It's so cool!

Cindy :)