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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Friendship ATCs

I was looking forward to this months ATC theme at The Stamp Man, which is Friendship, because it was my own choice. A priveledge awarded me when Janet chose my "Secret Garden" as winner, back in March, I think it was.Thankyou Janet. When I chose the subject I already had these lovely stamps from Crafty Individuals in mind. I chose soft colours for the backgrounds as I wanted them to have a nice girly feel. I used Bundled Sage, Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord DI for the fisrt two, and because the third is a beach scene I used Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass with just a little Bundled Sage. The images were stamped with Versafine Sepia and then I added a little more colour with a water brush and the same DIs that I
used in the backgrounds. The sentiments are all Crafty Individual stamps too, although I did have to doctor the"Happiness is" one a bit because it said "with a friend",and I wanted it to say "with friends". To finish them off I darkened the edges with Dusty Concord ink and added some toning ribbons and embellishments. The very tiny shells were collected on a beach in Spain near to where my sister lives. They are perfectly formed shells even though they are so small and we find them ideal for embellishing ATCs with seaside theme. I hope whoever receives these enjoys them as much as I have enjoyed making them. Thankyou for dropping by to take a look.  


  1. These are so pretty Jean, I love your soft colouring - I have some of these stamps too and have already started on my ATCS with them -they're perfect for your theme! Esther xx

  2. Hi Jean. These are so good. It can be very annoying to have a sister who is such a neat and tidy crafter. I almost wish I hadn't looked yet as I am about to do mine with the same stamps! But at least you can be pretty sure they won't turn out the same as yours! Kate x

  3. Smashing set of ATCs, the images are gorgeous. Yvonne x