Monday, 4 June 2018

Well, that's Craftathon done and dusted for another year!

Morning all,

Been away for the weekend at the 8th annual Craftathon retreat (we started in 2011, though it hardly seems like that long ago). Each year we go someplace new as all the attendees are spread around the UK. Our first was in Accrington then we've also done Bristol, Hereford, Rugeley, Rotherham, Grimsby, Abingdon and, this year, we were in Worcester and you can see what we got up to here, though you may have to wait until later today or even tomorrow till I can upload the pix!

Each year we pick a main project which we all work on. Additionally each of us prepares what we call a "shoe box project" .. the purpose of the shoe box project is to fill in those pesky little gaps created by glue and paint/medium drying times! Each shoe box project is designed to be completed within approximately ½ an hour which normally covers drying times! What IS a shoe box project? It can be anything creative ... each attendee makes their "master" and then assembles all of the materials necessary for everyone else to make their version of the same thing. I went with an ATC using the "rivetted patchwork" technique - and, if you are curious, you can check out the video I used as inspiration, at the end of this post

Here are the steps used to achieve the above ATC

STEP ONE: laying out my texture pieces
STEP TWO: my ATC is covered with a patchwork of metal tape and then
my shapes traced using an embossing tool, to define the edges
STEP THREE: was to add further texture - I used a knitting needle to indent my
"rivets" design as I didn't have the proper tools at the time
STEP FOUR: black acrylic paint applied, allowed to almost dry and then
knocked back as much or as little as you want.
STEP FIVE: I added some treasure gold around the outer edge - this shows up
better on the finished ATC photo
I then wondered if it would work as a card ... so .....

My mixed media metal tape card
I let the black acrylic dry too long so ended up knocking the colour back too much
Still ... I like it, I think it looks like rust with the onyxite!
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my card
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels die cut to fit
  • One black card panel die cut to mat
  • Snippets of card die cut Happy (Stamplorations) and Birthday (The Range £1 die)
  • Various sequins, washers, sequin waste and my die cut happy birthday
  • Metal tape cut "patchwork style" and placed over the objects
  • Embossing tool used to define the shapes and words
  • Walnut Hollow metalwork tools used to add texture and the "rivet" effect to my panels
  • Black acrylic paint applied, allowed to dry and then knocked back with a paper towel
  • Treasure Gold (Onyxite) applied with a sponge
  • For the insert and envelope I added a range of stamps from Hampton Art and Hero Arts inked with Versafine and Memento inks

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. WeLovetoCreate - challenge No. 9 - MIXED MEDIA


Sarn said...

Fab techniques & brilliant results on both the card & ATC.

Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pat said...

This is a clever technique Kathy, and a great finished result as an ATC and a card. Glad you enjoyed your weekend. x

Lillianb said...

Great project Kathy and glad you had a great time


Clare Lloyd said...

It was fun to try a new technique...thank you kathy.

Marina said...

OMG you've been to Grimsby for craft purposes? Bet you won't go back in a hurry - haha. ( I escaped from GY many years ago and only ever return for Xmas, weddings and funerals.)
Anyway this really is a fabulous look and I bet they all loved it.

Gemma Hynes said...

Beautiful card and fab technique. Thank you for joining in the challenge on the Love to Create blog.