Saturday, February 5, 2011

Live the simple life

Hey, if you're a fan of Wendy Vecchi (Stampers Anonymous and Ranger Sr. Educator) have you checked out the Yahoo group devoted to her art?  If not, think about joining...please!  We've had some cool swaps and are now working on Making Art! challenges that start every Wednesday.  There will even be prizes awarded periodically from the magical woman herself!  And she pops in with sneak peaks before they hit her blog.  How cool is that??!?!?

Our first challenge was issued Wednesday.  I haven't looked at the inspiration piece (yet...didn't want any undue influence!) but it can be found in her first book on page 16.  We're to make an ATC that includes a scallop and a butterfly.  Needless to say, the style should be Wendy's and we have to use at least one of her stamps. 

My ATC is actually quite simple; I used a technique I call 'Spotlighting'.  Once you've stamped your image you then take a shape and color only what will fit within that shape.  Cool, huh?

The butterfly is from Make Mine Mini Art; the flower from Be Happy...Make Art, and the sentiment is from Residential Art.  I smushed Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink pads onto my craft sheet then watercolored with them. 

I took the silver frame and etched 'fly' and a flight path around the perimeter using the Inscriblio.  I blackened the writing with Ranger's Archival Black ink pad.  The butterfly body has one of Tim's game spinners and a brad that were covered with Black Diamond Stickles.  The colored rectangles were covered with Glossy Accents.

The challenge period is over Tuesday night.  Wendy is awarding a randomly chosen ATC creator to receive her newest book!  Woohoo!  There have been some awesome ATCs already added to the photo album.  After all, how can you make bad art with such great stamps, art parts and clearly for art?!!?!?!??


  1. Love your ATC for the challenge, great highlighting - such a great accent. Have a fab weekend.

  2. Love the idea of the highlight, looks really awesome! Love this ATC, Susan!

  3. Susan, your atc is wonderful!! I love how you did the spotlighting and the blocking in the background!!!!

  4. Susan, Tiny Timmy is my son... I didn't realize he was signed in instead of me. Sorry!!!! Wanda

  5. This is such fun. Challenges can really get me to try something new, you seem to have endless inspiration ...

  6. This is fabulous, what a great design and colour, you have a natural talent
    Hugs June x