Friday, January 9, 2009

January ATC

Sometimes you have what you think is a great idea, but when you actually try to execute it, it just doesn't want to cooperate. This month's ATC was like that. The theme this month was winter blues. We could do any theme we wanted but had to use blue papers. It is hard to tell on the photo, but that dark paper is blue. I thought it would be appropriate for the month to do a sledding scene. I remember seeing a Christmas card that my dad had made over thirty years ago using a fake snow spray, and I thought it would be fun to do the same with my cards. Either I picked up the wrong stuff or spray snow has changed over the years because my spray snow didn't act the same way as what my dad used. It sprayed on just fine, and I liked the way it looked. However, the snow would not stay on the paper. If I touched it with my finger it came right off. The paper wouldn't glue to it either. It was frustrating because I liked the way the snow looked with the cutting. The only thing I could think of to do was to wrap the card up in clear contact paper. The contact paper didn't want to stick to the snow covered paper either, but everything was held together by folding the cantact paper around to the back side where it would stick. No doubt all the proponents of all acid-free products are now cringing. I'm sure that sometime in the near furture all my ATC cards will turn to some strange color because of all the slow torturous acidic things I just applied to them. Sometimes things just work out better than others.

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