Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures with a crackly ATC for you today. It's no secret that I love trees at all times of the year. I love the young spring leaves so fresh and vivid, the luscious summer growth at its height, the glorious array of colour as the leaves turn in autumn (there have been plenty of creations celebrating that lately), but I also love the bare branches, stark against the winter skies. This ATC celebrates that particular beauty.
I love working with these ATC blanks. They are sturdy and beautifully dimensional in themselves, and so lend substance to a small piece like an ATC. I've used the Plain ATC but there are lots of designs to choose from.
I started by applying a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso and Crackle Paste in varying thicknesses across the ATC. Once that had dried, I wanted a bit more crackle around the edges so I added some Media Crackle Glaze (which also has a glossier finish) and waited for that to crackle too.
Regulars at Words and Pictures will know I've been having a bit of a purple phase... adding Wilted Violet to my autumn colours with great joy. I've played with a similar autumnal range of colours here, but using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, applying them in washes to build the layers of colour. The paints involved are Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Blue Hue and Phthalo Blue coming down from the top, and Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, English Red Oxide and Quinacridone Gold coming up from the bottom.
The gorgeous Skeleton Tree Style 3 has also had a touch of colour - a wash of Quin Gold and then some Dioxazine Purple to add the darker shadows.
I wanted some scraggy meadow grasses, so I stamped them in Sepia and Black Archival inks around the foot of the tree.
And up in the sky the affirmation of the eternal beauty of trees - some ChitChat stickers with the same paints creating shadows around them to bed them in to the wintry sky.
I love the dimension of the Craft Parts - they give this little ATC a real presence - and the delicate cutting is so intricate and detailed. I hope you like my Winter Branches - as you can probably tell, I'm rather fond of this one myself!
If you're tempted to go shopping, you can click on the links in the text to go straight to the Craft Parts I've used. Do go browsing while you're there - there are always new treats on offer. And of course as we're heading towards the end of autumn there's a whole new Christmas & Winter range arriving! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you again soon.
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