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Monday, 11 February 2013

with an artful heart..

well a happy Monday to everyone, I am still on nurse duty, James still poorly and Oliver now has a sore throat and headache so both home, makes little Lucy happy though! Well my make to day is an ATC, wanted to make one for ages and finally had some time while Dad was on duty at the
weekend ,so Mum could play!
So here is my make:

Having dabbled with the whole colour thing, I am now firmly back in my neutral phase..for now anyway and loving using neutral colours to layer and create texture in soft tones..

So I started by sticking my ATC onto some corrugated card to give it some body, then I added strips of tissue tape, love this stuff..don't play with it for ages the find it and wonder why I haven't! So then I applied picket fence distress stain ( two layers ) to soften design.

Then to create texture i mixed some nougat fresco with texture paste and applied through some sequin waste ( thanks Mum!) . When dry I added a wash of nougat and then applied a couple of splats ( technical term!) of antique linen distress stain..haven't done this for ages! Then I added some frayed burlap and walnut stain to the edges....oh and then some white fire treasure gold.

I added parts of a corrugated flourish, which had been painted, inked and then had treasure gold brushed over.

The heart was torn from an old book page ( did feel a bit guilty!) , I added a piece of card behind to make it more sturdy, and used crackle medium and then rubbed distress ink into crackle and then brushed with treasure gold.

Finally a chit chat sticker, some wire and some wings to finish!

I am really pleased with this make, sometimes things you make seem to go how you want and other times..well destination BIN!!.

I am entering this for the following competitions:

ATC with flourish @ http://funwithatcs.blogspot.co.uk/
have a heart @ http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
share the love @ http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.ca/2013/02/anything-but-card-challenge-week-2.html

have a fun and inky one!


  1. You have given nougat new meaning lol...this is so beautiful Trace! I love these colours and you work them so magically.
    Dot x

  2. I love all the neutrals on this ATC, really makes the layers the focus and that heart is stunning xx

  3. I love neutral too Trace and I alway like to get back to my comfort zone too. Great texture on this piece, looks so tactile and I love hearts too. Love the added wings. Hope your little men feel better soon. Tracy x

  4. Beautiful Trace, the heart stunning, I love the crackle effect and all the layers. Beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Fun with atc's and anything but a card

  5. WOW!! As always your creations are amazing - You certainly inspired me this week ;o) I adore the heart, love that you have torn it out of a book and the crackle effect is amazing. I love the twist in the wire and those tiny little wings...It is all so beautiful Love from Laura xxxxxxx

  6. Great textures on this ATC --hope the boys soon feel better.

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. So sorry to hear about the boys, hope they are fighting fit soon, there is so much going round though...... Love that nougat colour and it is nice to see you doing neutrals again (although I loved your colour phase too), that book page heart is gorgeous and love the wings and of course, the wire. Hugs, Anne x

  8. The heart is perfect and I don't mind that you're back to the naturals again; They are beautiful in the way you use them! Hugs, Gerrinas

  9. Love that rustic crackled heart, Trace! Beautiful ATC with so many fabulous details in such a tiny space! Sorry your kids are not feeling well and hopefully they will soon and you don't pick it up!!! Hugs!

  10. love the neutral colour...I cant seem to work with it but I really like how you do. Hope the boys get well soon x

  11. Gorgeous ATC, love the details and the wonderful background.

  12. Beautiful ATC Trace...great crackle hart and wire is just perfect on it!
    Hope your boys will be better soon!
    Greetings from snowy Slovenia

  13. What a beautiful ATC! Love those pale colours and that crackled hard with the added wire looks so cool!

    Hope your boys recover soon!

  14. Gorgeous make Trace, that crackle really worked well and such alot of detail on a small canvas.
    Hope the kids are better soon.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  15. this is just stunning - love that crackled heart - hope Oliver is better soon! Hugs rachel xx

  16. I love this ATC Trace.............I have only made about three or four in all my years crafting.........its quite a challenge for me to make smaller items. You have certainly pulled it off here and I love the background...lots of texture. The crackle medium is great...finished off with your favourite...wings of course.

    I have been playing with the layered wings.......love them too.

    Take care and I hope the kids feel better soon.


    Annie x

  17. Completely stunning... your crackle heart is breathtaking, and the subtlety of your colour palette is simply beautiful! Great to have you play along with us at Fun With ATCs.
    Alison x

  18. Love all the textures have going on, on your ATC Trace :)
    Von ♥

  19. This is wonderful! I love the neutral colors and and all the texture! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  20. Gorgeous Trace. Some fabulous textures on there.

  21. A fabulous creation, your gentle colour scheme is wonderful and I love your beautiful crackled heart. I love your your details and texture!!

    Thanks for joining Simon Says Stamp challenge,
    Heather xx

  22. A nice combination of techniques Trace!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  23. Lovely ATC, very pretty textures and love the neutral vintage colours Trace. I hope the boys feel better soon.
    Alexandra x

  24. Gorgeous ATC Trace, I adore the soft colours & it is full of wonderful textures.. The heart s fabulous... I hope the little ones are on the mend soon... Hugs May x x x

  25. Love the monochromatic look! Beautiful aTC's!

  26. Fantastic project with great details! Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  27. So much texture in this Trace. It is really good that you kept the colours neutral so it could show up even more. That heart is a triumph as I would never have guessed it was a book page. Huge round of applause and wishes for your soldiers to be much better soon. Hugs, Jenny x

  28. So much texture in this Trace. It is really good that you kept the colours neutral so it could show up even more. That heart is a triumph as I would never have guessed it was a book page. Huge round of applause and wishes for your soldiers to be much better soon. Hugs, Jenny x

  29. Oh dear Trace. I'm so sorry James is still poorly and now Oliver too. Fingers crossed they recover quickly.
    Your ATC is totally stunning and absolutely beautiful and I LOVE IT!!!! So many gorgeous details and those subtle shades of yours that I love so much but haven't really dabbled in yet. . . .
    Hugs to you and the boys, Juliaxx

  30. Trace this is absolutely amazing, I just love your neutral palate you make it look so clean and vintagy. It would look amazing in any home. You must have a wonderful collection of vintage makes.I'd love to see them all together. Looking forward to meeting you buddy at Ally Pally. Michelle x

  31. Love everything you do Sugar - hope kids are well but know your hand is hurting. Oh dear!!

  32. I love this ATC so much. It's just beautiful. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful and full of texture. Speaking of texture, what is NOUGAT FRESCO and TREASURE GOLD? I tried to email you but that button wouldn't work for me.


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