Step by Step How I did it
- products used from the Bmuse site are linked.
All three of the above Artist Trading Cards were done using images
from the Muses of Antiquity
Vellum Collage Sheet. If you haven't worked with vellum and
transparency images you might want to read the "Art Tip"
below for recommendations on glues and sealing.
The first card was done first by covering an ATC
blank with a piece of floral wrapping paper. Note: When you
want to cover an entire ATC with some sort of background paper it
is best to cut your background paper a bit oversized, cover the
entire ATC card with glue, press down on the back of the background
firmly wait a couple minutes for the glue to set and trim off excess
- perfect alignment every time. There is a more detailed description
of this on the Collage Backgrounds
Technique Page. I then tore strips from a piece of sheet
music and a piece of French text and
glued them on the top and bottom of the card. Next I cut and glued
down the vellum image. Using green metallic paint and a small brush
I outlined the image and the outside edge of the card to give both
a "frame." I then took gold and green metallic paint mixed
with some gloss medium to make both translucent and very lightly
smeared it with my finger in random areas of the card to make the
image appear more blended together.
The second card started with a background of handmade paper that
had a gold stamped design, using the same process described above
I covered the entire ATC blank
with the paper. I centered the image of the woman and glued that
down..I wanted a more unusual frame on this one so rather than use
paint I used some nubby linen yarn. This is a bit tricky the first
time but really quite easy once you get the hang of it. Use a very
small paint brush and put a thin line of thick Tacky glue where
you want to edge with a fiber...this glue works best because it
dries quickly and the fiber doesn't move..press the fiber down on
the glue line. Since this glue does dry very quickly I would suggest
only doing an inch or two of the glue at a time attaching the fiber
and then painting on more glue.
The background for the Third card is from the Antique
Musical Instruments Black on Tan Collage Sheet as is the image
of the small lute. Over the background I first cut a strip from
some scarpbook paper and glued it down the center trimming off the
excess length and height, then added the vellum collage sheet image.
I liked how most of the edges of the vellum image blended with the
background "except" for the top it was dark and had a
sharp "cut and paste" look I wasn't after. So using the
technique in the second card I cut a piece of coordinating gold
metallic bumpy yarn and glued it in such a way to create a soft
random half-frame to contrast with the card's straight alignment
of images. To blend the images further I used gold metallic paint
mixed with gloss medium and smooshed (technical term:) it about
with my finger.
Hope some of this is useful...remember experiment and HAVE FUN!!
sealing vellum and transparency images.
You may have already
noticed that the craft glue sticks that work great for paper collage
images just don't cut it for the vellum and transparency film images.
They stay stuck for a bit then begin to lift. The problem is that
they are not paper, both vellum and film are plastic products and
don't absorb enough of the glue to make an adhesion. If you own
a Xyron machine this works great...for those (like me) who are a
bit overly thrifty with their Xyron film or don't own one I have
found that the Zig brand blue glue pens work great...and you can
find these glue pens in nearly every large craft store in the scrapbooking
section. So, now you have it all glued down just the way you want
it. What about sealing the entire collage? I use a gloss medium
(you can find these mediums in the fine art section of any craft
store) to seal all my paper collage projects. This serves several
purposes..it ensures that your collage won't start to come apart
later..i.e. after you have mailed it off to the swap hostess:) and
it protects your collage from dust and dirt. Once it has dried you
can wipe off any dust or "cat hair" with a soft cloth.
If you use Golden's UV medium it will even protect it from sun fading.
This is also something that too much of is NOT a good thing...your
paper pieces will begin to wrinkle and curl if you apply too much.
I suggest pouring a small amount of your medium out on to a piece
of wax paper or a page torn from a glossy magazine and applying
it sparingly using your finger tip...I have tried it with a brush
but I always get too much I get much better control using my finger...you
only need a very thin coat this way it dries quickly and you will
get very little wrinkling.
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