This is a Tim Holtz ornate plate with peel-off letters inside.

Ornate plate

For our annual project at Stamp Club we were tasked with making an ATC (Artist Trading Card) for every month of the year. The basic cards were all prepared with a wash of gesso ready to accept any colouring medium I decided to use. I chose an old book to display/keep them in, maybe not such a wise decision in hindsight. The idea sounded good but, once the ATC’s were placed in the pages it got a little…full!

The book itself was an old reference book purchased at a library sale in California – we lived out there for several years a long time ago. I paid the princely sum of 49 cents for this so I don’t think I’ve wasted lots of money here.  🙂   I cut out groups of pages and then stitched pockets on the remaining ones. I held the groups of pages together with eyelets through which I threaded various yarns – that’s what gives the very messy look! Before the yarn though I gessoed the pages and then stamped the months of the year on a page and embossed with white powder. After spraying through stencils I wiped the inks off the embossed letters to reveal them again.

I have made three of each ATC ready to swap and there are extra pages at the front and back of the ‘months’ ready for any others I have/will get in the future.

Click on a photo for a larger image plus a description of the thought process. 😉

The book had a red leatherette cover which I painted with green, blue and gold craft paint.

ATC file

I coloured the letters with the same paints after I'd embossed them with a Tim Holtz folder.

Grungeboard letters

Sorry about the glare - these plates are so gorgeous and it's about time I used them!

Tim Holtz

It looked OK until I filled it!

Messy

Snowflake stencil and stamps.

Jan-Feb

Green months!

Mar-Apr

May-Jun

May-Jun

Sandy colouring for Summer months at the beach.

Jul-Aug

Sep-Oct

Sep-Oct

Snowflakes and cool colours.

Nov-Dec

Happy New Year. Background stamped with clocks, die-cut clock almost at midnight and cocktails!

January

Valentine.

February

The rainbow is made with ProMarkers and the shamrock from hearts. The pot of gold is a Michael Strong stamp with gold glitter glue and micro beads.

March

April Showers - "umbrella man" is an embossing folder with a little colour swept over the raised areas.

April

There's a "Queen of Hearts" embossing folder as the base of this with an acetate panel stamped with the verse over the top. A personal 'month' as it celebrates my wedding! ;)

May

I struggled with finding a suitable 'June' but came across this poem. I wrote it on vellum and added pearls, this is layered on top of the stamped and embossed rose.

June

Flowers for the month of July.

July

We're off to the beach - another embossing folder with stamped crab and embellishment from my stash.

August

Maybe a little early for skeleton leaves but it's almost 'Fall'.

September

Halloween!

October

Bonfire night? Yes, I know they're snowflakes but I don't have a firework stamp.

November

A stamped greeting, the snowflake and tree are embossed through stencils.

December

Spare page already has a few 'swaps' .

Spare page

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