HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It's just gone midnight. It's a brand new year, and time for a brand new challenge at The Artistic Stamper. We're looking for projects with the theme of New Beginnings - and you can interpret that in any way you like - so come and play along. You don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you'll automatically get two entries in the prize draw - and you can play as many times as you like!
I've created a pair of ATCs marking what's past and what's to come, complete with some rusty bells to ring in the New Year.
I seem to plunge into really vivid blues and greens in January and February, and these ATCs take full advantage of that.
The backgrounds are from the Family Values plate, and are the perfect size for ATCs.
I applied lots of Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Broken China are all definitely in there, plus maybe some others - direct to the stamp, and then clear embossed the resulting image.
I also added some Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder around the outsides, over some Versamark ink brushed directly onto the edges of the ATCs.
The months and years come from Katy Leitch's Dates set, and are stamped in Vintage Photo and clear embossed.
I then cut them into tiny tags and arranged them with some of my rusty jingle bells to ring out the old year and ring in the new (yes - an echo of the current Vintage Journey challenge theme there, and more than a few echoes between these ATCs and my offering for that, Ring In The New!).
I couldn't resist adding a bit of my favourite rusty wire to the mix.
And the Chitchat stickers capture some of my thoughts and feelings about the year going out...
... and the year coming in.
So those are my New Year's ATCs on the theme of New Beginnings. I hope they'll inspire you to come and play along at The Artistic Stamper this month.
I'll be back later in the morning with the new Country View Challenges theme... Until then, don't drink too much champagne (is there such a thing as too much champagne?!), and Happy New Year!!
Remember tonight... for it is the beginning of always.
Artistic Stamper stamps used: Katy Leitch Dates, Family Values