Inside, Outside, and a Surprise Challenge - Artsy Inkers

Another challenge on the Artsy Inkers Message Board offered by Far North is a small box with a drawer and a surprise in the drawer.  I went to Far North's blog for the instructions as per the challenge which is here.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the sizes listed here.  I cut the drawer, the box, and an ATC from the watercolor paper.  I scored the lines as listed in the directions.  Then I set about decorating the three pieces.  I used tumbled glass distress ink with peacock feathers distress ink on the top.  I used a Tim Holtz round blending tool.  I used some technique tuesday stamps, they are pretty old now; they are swirls and I have four different sets of these wonderful stamps.  I used some from each set.  I stamped them using true blue archival ink, a color they no longer sell.  Then I used a Basic grey stamp set and stamped the swirly flower in cobalt archival ink, I don't think this one is available anymore either.  I colored in some of the flowers using Sakura Koi water colors and a waterbrush.  I then put the box and drawer together.  I attached a silver bead with a brad to the outside of the drawer for a pull. 

Now it was time to embellish....first I took out some Tim Holtz rubons that I had bits and pieces of and used some of those.  The butterflies the birds, the bee, the music, the words, and the toadstools are all rubons.  I then used my hotfix tool and attached the black dots and jewels which are irock.

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For the ATC I added some Tim Holtz film strip ribbon along the right hand side.  I added a heart paper clip to hold the filmstrip.  I then decided that the filmstrip needed something so I added some rubons to the place where pictures should be.  I then made a charm using the same paper with the same colors and another rubon.  I added a glass front on the bezel with the paper with the rubon behind it and glued it on with Diamond Glaze.  I attached it to the ATC on the paper clip.

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The back sides, the undersides, and the insides are all also finished with the distress ink.  The entire outside of the box is inked and stamped as is the drawer.  The ATC is inked and stamped front and back but only embellished on the front.  The box is not embellished on the bottom and the drawer is not embellished on the bottom. 

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This is the finished project put together with the drawer in the box and the ATC in the drawer. 

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ATC with Smooshed Background

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This ATC was done for a Challenge on Artsy Inkers message board.  The technique is called smooshing, you take a acrylic block and put your ink (I used distress ink) onto the acrylic block and then spray with water and stamp onto the ATC.  I used 3 colors of ink and smooshed.  Then I put 2 washi tapes along the bottom, stamped and heat embossed the love you, and stamped the heart with paint.  I then stamped the top of my water sprayer with embossing ink and embossed the circles on the top part of the ATC.  I used a Viva Decor pen in pearl to make the dots inside the circles.  I did not ink the outside of this ATC, I like it the way it is and didn't want anything to take away from the background.

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This ATC was done using blue, pink, and green distress ink and the smoosh technique.  The die cuts are also done using the smoosh technique.  The love stamp and the flowers are from one of those itty bitty stamp sets that used to be a dollar.  I used itty bitty jewels, little enamel hearts, and itty bitty brads.  The dies cuts are from a sizzix set with honey comb and a big bee.

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You guessed it another smooshed background on this ATC.  I used a small Paper Artsy stamp and colored it in with Inktense pencils and water activated them.  I stamped the saying and the circles with embossing ink and then used red embossing powder which was then heated.  The heart (which is a requirement for the Challenge) was punched out with a small very old punch and the embossed with the red embossing powder and heated several different times.

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This ATC also has the smooshed technique on the background.  Then I put modeling paste through the Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil.  I stamped and embossed the bees and the Bee Happy sentiment.  The bees are embossed with black embossing powder, the Bee Happy is embossed with an orange embossing powder.  The sentiment is stamped and embossed on vellem and then cut out and glued to the ATC.  The bees are embossed and then colored with distress markers.  The little hearts are punched out of card stock that I inked with a red distress ink.  Part of the bees are glued directly to the ATC and part of them are popped up with foam.

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