Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Beloved Teddy

I recently had the pleasure of being part of an international swap where the theme was "Beloved" and we had to use Stampotique stamps (it being a Stampotique site) to create an ATC.  An ATC is an Artist's Trading Card and is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" in size.  I rather liked the idea of swapping with someone from around the world and was quite chuffed to get Sonja who lives in The Netherlands.

So, with love in his heart, I chose 'Heart Throb' and his beloved companion 'Teddy' for my ATC.  Both 'Heart Throb' and 'Teddy' were coloured with water-colour pencils and fussy cut.  I also cut around his hand so 'Teddy' could be tucked under his arm.

The background is 'mustard seed' Distress Ink with a touch of 'spiced marmalade' around the edges.

I had bought a new template recently called 'mini confetti' (TCW - the crafters workshop) and liked the idea that it has oddly shaped hearts randomly added to splotches and a couple of other funny little details.  I placed the template so that the hearts would be to the side of Heart Throb, and used Impasto Medium (a texture paste) with a spatular before putting it aside to dry.  Once it was dried, I gently added red metallic stuff (sorry, I don't know what it's called and have had it for simply ages) with my finger-tip to highlight the raised textured hearts.

I placed a little piece of washi tape at the bottom for Heart Throb to stand on, but it seemed to be missing something.  That something was the dictionary meaning of  "beloved - adj: dearly loved; n: person dearly loved" which I tore from an old dictionary that I used at school many, many years ago and which had long since lost it's cover.

Heart Throb and Teddy were popped onto dimensionals and the ATC was finished.

I hope there might be another swap again as this was such fun to be part of, especially as you don't know where in the world your ATC will come from.  I'm looking forward to recieving mine - ooh, can't wait!!!

Happy crafting!


  1. Hi, I'm a friend of Sonja and I live in Belgium, what a pretty ATC! Love the stencil!! I've written it down already! Love Teddy, have ordered them many months ago, still waiting, will reorder somewhere else now that I've seen your cute project (love how you incorporated Teddy, like Heart Throb is holding him! I really like the idea of ATC Stampotique swap around the world!! I'll have to check how you can be part of this... Greetings, Nancy

  2. Helen, this is just such a cute ATC, and Sonja is going to be thrilled to have it! Your Stampotique images are the perfect size for this mini art project! Love the brickwork in your background!

  3. Love your ATC, Helen and I am sure Sonja was thrilled to receive it. I enjoyed taking part in this swap as well and will certainly do it again !
    Corrie x

  4. Helen, what a lucky recipient I am!!! Your ATC has earned a prominent place on our mantle... what a little treasure! The background absolutely intrigues me, and you have inspired me to explore the combining of stamps in ways I hadn't thought of before. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hugs from Holland,

    P.S. it just so happens that it couldn't have possible arrived on a better day, as it dropped on the doormat just as I was trying to recover from an emergency root canal. Sure made me feel a lot better!


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