This is one of a series of cards my friend Terri made with "Home is Where the Heart Is" as the theme.
She started by lightly sanding and then applying acrylic paint as the foundation, followed by inking the background using gauze to daub on two different colors of Ranger paints. She used paper from Heidi Grace that depicted a series of whimsical houses, cutting each house by hand. To give each card a 3D effect, Terri added and outlined trees and painted the sun, following up by hand sewing beads and sequins to the background.
I love the detail, layers and colors on these ATC's!
If you line up all three cards, it looks like an actual street of houses - as Terri says 'like we are neighbors, because I think of us as not only friends but as neighbors'.
As special as the cards are, that sentence is even more so!
This next card was done by Marta.
The background was done using tissue paper and irridescent strips of paper. The birds and hearts were cut by hand from scrapbooking paper and the legs were hand drawn, then 'adore' and 'happiness' stickers were applied before finishing up with a coat of gel medium.
Marta's second and third cards (not shown here) were done by coloring the background using liquid chalks, then applying black and white floral cutouts. The cutouts were colored with artist markers and then the cards were finished using rubber stamps.
I didn't follow a theme for my cards, but this is the first one:
I'm happy with ALL of the results and very much enjoyed doing the ATC swap. We're going to be doing another one for April, with the addition of one more person. We're open to having more people participate, but the deadline is April 30th!
If you'd like to give and receive little pieces of art from the heart, let me know. Group swaps will be between five to seven people, no matter how many participants there are! Just leave a comment here with your contact info (your email address should be in this format to discourage spam, etc: CreativeArtitude at hotmail dot com)