Friday, 10 January 2014

ATC Swap January 2014

Time for our first ATC challenge of 2014 with the lovely Sarah Dunkley. This month’s theme for our swap is ‘Feathers’.

I was going to go down the route of using just feathers on the ATC’s but after a ponder this is what i came up with.

No.1 Swan Feathers


My lovely OH purchased me a copy of Get Stamping from WH Smith just before Christmas, it comes with a free set of stamps, chose the swans. 

The ATC is black card, used Metallic Pan Pastels over Versamark Ink to achieve the finish over the leaves and the sentiment. Stamped the swans again with Versamark Ink and added silver pearl embossing powder. Drew around the shapes with a white fine tipped Posca Pen.

No.2 Owl Feathers


I really do LOVE my Stampotique characters, this monster is by a lady called Kira Nichols and the stamp is called Little Hoo Hoo.

Used the feather stamp from the Get Stamping magazine to represent the feathers Little Hoo Hoo lost while the monster was getting hold of him lol.

Just had to take a break from writing this as my OH has returned with my parcel of Pan Pastels i ordered on 3 Jan, so many lovely colours! That means my Pan Pastel Family has grown from 8 to 20 not including my 6 Metallic colours, which are my favourites, love to add them on top of my colours the effect always makes me smile.

Shall resume my waffling now lol…

Used a combination of Portfolio Pastels and Pan Pastels to colour the Monster and owl, they work really well together. Glued them both in place using PVA glue. Used the Bronze Metallic Pan Pastel to colour the background, using Kraft Card masks the colour but in real life you can see a tad of sparkle.

Stamped the sentiment onto white card from stash and glued into place using PVA Glue.

No.3 Peacock Feathers


Tinglyitchiness is one of the new Daniel Torrente characters at Stampotique. He is definitely my favourite so far (and i love them all!!!).

I can relate to this character so much. I itch a lot, get tingles everywhere and feel so out of sorts it is not a comfortable place to be, BUT on the inside he feels like a peacock feather, colourful and beautiful.

I didn’t colour him in on purpose as i see through him to the beauty inside. I hope you can see that too.

Used Versamark Ink to stamp the peacock feather, then dusted over with blue and green very lightly.

Used cornflower Blue Archival Ink to stamp Tinglyitchiness and Black Archival to stamp my favourite sentiment ever.  I purchased this stamp many years ago and use it often as i truly believe, ‘The Journey Is The Reward’.



Here they are together, front and rear views.

Sent them in some more Mail Art Envelopes.



Used Copper Metallic Pan Pastels to colour the whole envelope then stamped the feathers and banner from the Get Stamping set and Tinglyitchiness from Stampotique, used Watering Can Archival Ink.

When using the pan Pastels i use a fixative to spray and set the colours between each layer. Also helps when sending items through the post so the colours don’t rub off on your Postie.

I am entering these ATC’s into the Pan Pastel Challenge over at 

Thanks for dropping by, looking forward to reading your comments.


  1. Love your work. Particularly like the references to tingly itchiness. Beautifully articulate. All your pieces are really effective. Have recently ordered some stampotique characters and considering getting metallic pan pastels. The list never ends. Thanks for sharing. X

  2. Fantastic ATCs, I love the second one.

  3. Great post. I love all three cards. The work on them is really good. Great colours. I love the swans, they really signified togetherness for me. My fav was tichyitchyness. So many of us get caught up with what's on the outside we forget the beauty within and so for me this is a great reminder thank you. Xxx

  4. I so agree with Deborah about the beauty within: the lovely thing about craft blogging is that we do have that opportunity to discover and to share the beauty within. These are all lovely ATCs and what a great topic 'Feathers' is, as there is so much you can do with that theme. I love your interpretations. Julie Ann xx

  5. Fab ATCs again my lovely. Can't wait to receive them! Thank you for joining in. xxx

  6. Fab ATCs again my lovely. Can't wait to receive them! Thank you for joining in. xxx

  7. These are all fabulous, have fun with your new PPs! :o)
    Alison xxx

  8. Great set of atc and fab idea for the envies

    Sam xxx