I began my atc by stamping the Circles Background Stamp DDBS036 all over two 12" x 12" sheets of plain white tissue paper. I adhered them onto white cardstock using a gold shimmer Mod Podge. When I pasted the tissue paper down I made sure to add it with creases for more dimension and texture. Then it was a matter of layering on the mediums until I got the colour right. I started with a thin layer of white gesso. Then added Faber Castell Gelatos, Glimmermist and Distress Inks. Next I chopped up one background piece into atc size pieces and applied the stamps to each. I painted some Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paint #906 around the starfish shape on the background which gave the background a beautiful metallic look. I stamped some starfish onto the extra background sheet, cut them out and added on top. After I glued on the extra starfish I sprayed the whole atc with mist and painted some Solar Gold Luminarte Silks paint around the edges to make the starfish really stand out. To finish I added some natural jute, hemp string, charms and beads like little treasures from the beach as well as the quote.
Just for something different, I decided to create my own little charms using shrink plastic. I started by colouring one side of two sheets of clear shrink plastic with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Citrus and Oregano. Once that was completely dry, I applied the seashell stamps to the other side of the shrink plastic using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and again left to completely dry. I fussy cut each sea shell leaving a bit of a border around each image and punched a hole in the top of each one before applying heat from a heat gun to let the shrink plastic work its magic. I love the way these turned out and will definitely be creating more little charms. Darkroom Door stamps and shrink plastic are a perfect combination.
DDRS055 Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
DDRS053 Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
DDBS036 Circles Background Stamp
VIVA DECOR 3D Stamp Paint 906
TIM HOLTZ Distress Ink Crushed Olive / Scattered Straw
TIM HOLTZ Alcohol Inks Citrus / Oregano
RANGER Archival Ink Jet Black
RANGER Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic
RANGER Dylusions Ink Sprays Lemon Zest / Fresh Lime
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