Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Owl-idays!

'Tis the Season, y'all!  

Today I've got a set of Christmas ATCs to share with you.  And I was good about taking process pics!

I started planning this series with an adorable stamp set, "Happy Owlidays" from Darcie's Heart and Home.  Y'all know how much I love owls.  I fiddled around a bit and actually stamped one of the owls on plain cardstock, colored, and cut him out.  It was the most fiddly thing I have ever cut out in my life!  I knew I couldn't possibly stand to cut 24 owls out no matter how cute they were.  So what's a girl to do?

Sometimes even I have a stroke of brilliance.  I just knew these little owls would be super cute on circles - easy for my Cricut to cut and I wouldn't have to fool with it!  (How's that for being lazy?)

So I pulled some vintage dictionary paper and set to work making little owl ornaments!

I covered each page (I think it took 3 pages in all) with a layer of gesso.  I did not thin the gesso at all because while I wanted to text to peek through, I only wanted it to peek, not take over.
While my gesso'd pages were drying, I prepared the backgrounds of my ATCs.  I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in Cherry Pie and Fresh Cut Grass.  Then I sprayed Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Ferrari Red and Mantis through Heidi Swapp's Circle Lattice Stencil.

I made 3 sets of 9 - so 27 ATCs in total.  I sprayed 2 sets with the Mantis Glimmer Mist and 1 set with Ferrari Red. 
 I heat set all the backgrounds and added candy cane striped washi tape to the corners.  I then stamped Red and Lime Green Stampabilities Pigment Ink using the dots from Tim Holtz's Mixed Media stamp set.  I heat set the ink.  Pigment Ink takes ages to dry and even longer on semi-slick washi tape.  Honestly, I'm still not sure if some of those dots are dry!  
 I set all my backgrounds aside and picked up my now dry gesso'd pages.  Loaded them on my cutting mat and let my Cricut do all the hard work!  These were 2" circles.  I did make sure to line each row of circles with the column of text.  Then came the fun part!  Stamping all of my little owls!

See, now that was so much easier than having to cut around all those little fiddly bits! 

So the only true tedious part of these little owls was coloring them all in.  
I wanted to make the ornaments shimmer but didn't want to use Glossy Accents over each and every one of them (that would have taken forever!  Not to mention, I'd hate to know how many bottles of that stuff I'd have gone through.), so I went digging through my supplies!  Ah ha!  Perfect Pearls Glimmer Mist - in Perfect Pearls.  Perfect!

Another spray and heat set later... and they were almost perfect.  I remembered I had some Tim Holtz Frosted Film.  I loaded it into my Cricut and cut out 2" circles again.

 Glimmer Mist on the left and Frosted Film on the Right

Now they were perfect!
I took twine and tied little bits into bows.  Punched holes in the tops of each ornament and added ornament hooks.
I told you I was good about taking process pictures.  Well, I was, but I forgot one little step!
I took a light green cardstock and stamped my sentiment with Colorbox Pigment Ink in Frost White.  Cut those out and glued them to each ATCs.
Then I glued each ornament and each bow with a little bit of Glossy Accents. Once dry, I was finished!

Supply List:

  • Dylusions Ink Spray - Fresh Cut Grass, Cherry Pie
  • Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist - Ferrari Red, Mantis
  • Perfect Pearls Glimmer Mist - Perfect Pearls
  • Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
  • Colorbox Pigment Archival Ink - Frost White
  • Stampabilities Pigment Ink - Red, Lime Green
  • Vintage Dictionary Pages
  • Gesso
  • Cricut Expression Machine, Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge
  • Markers - Crayola, American Crafts Stamp Marker
  • Stencil - Heidi Swapp "Circle Lattice"
  • Stamp - Tim Holtz "Mixed Media", Darcie's Heart & Home "Happy Owlidays", Momenta (Sentiment)
  • Tim Holtz Frosted Film
  • Red and White striped Twine
  • Glossy Accents
  • Ornament Hooks
  • Cardstock

I hope y'all have enjoyed this little tutorial as much as I enjoyed making these ATCs.

Today is Christmas Eve and I hope y'all all have a wonderful and joyous Christmas with your families.  

Merry Christmas and happy crafting!

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