Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gingersnap Creations: Spicy Supply Challenge

Last week at Gingersnap Creations the challenge focus was on hot beverages, so continuing that theme, this week it's a supply-based challenge, and why not use coffee filters! I thought it would be a fun experiment to create a background paper and these are 3 ATC's I created using my paper. I thought I'd share my technique for doing this because in playing around, I discovered something really fun.......

If you stamp onto a coffee filter with Versamark ink and clear emboss your images like these swirls from Stampers Anonymous, you create TRANSPARENT patterns.

I next sprayed the coffee filter with Glimmer Mist.

Crumpled it up, and dried it with my heat gun.

And these are the three papers I created! What was so much fun was how they looked adhered to an ATC card covered with book text to make full use of the transparent patterns.

Here's a picture of the ATC backgrounds before I decorated them. I'd love to know what you would make using coffee filters in your project. Make sure to post your piece on the Gingersnap Creations blog post HERE by Feb.6th. I was so intrigued to see what I could do with coffee filters and I hope you're inspired too!
Image credits: Digital Collage Sheets and Lisa's Altered Art; Stamp credits: Donna Downey with Unity Stamps, Stampers Anonymous and Hero Arts.

13 comments:

Lori said...

What a VERY cool technique, and thanks so much for sharing! Your ATC's are fabulous with that paper!

Juls said...

such a fun techneque! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs Juls

Janine said...

wauw, it looks so simple but the effect is amazing. Thank you for showing this.

Shelly Hickox said...

Beautiful! I love this idea!

ArtzeeChris said...

OOOOOOOh Penny!!!! That is a super cool technique with the coffee filters! I LOVE IT! I get so inspired when I see your work. BTW - I just got a Joanne's Coupon in the mail so I need to head over and look for the acrylic that you demoed last Friday. Hope you didn't get hit too hard by the storm coming up the coast. We got about 3 inches or so here in Baltimore and kids went in 2 hours late. Was kinda nice to sleep in a bit. Have a great day!

Chris :)
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Netty said...

Terrific ATCs and thank you for a brilliant demo Penny. Annette x

2amscrapper said...

a fantastic technique and great finished project! Helene

Shar said...

Your ATCs are just amazing! I never thought of using versamark and ep on coffee filters...what an amazing and beautiful result!

stampdiva said...

Penny this is an excellent tutorial and something I will try. You are Queen of the Glimmer Mists. Scrumptious colours and scrumptious ATCs. Have a great weekend. Lynne x

Cheri said...

Sooooo absolutely cool! I love this technique - got to give it a try. I've been making coffee filter flowers, but this really kicks it up a notch. Thanks, Penny.

Trishia said...

Penny, I am so chuckling to myself as I was thinking how you do the most amazing things -- a coffee filter! ... and ...something popped into my head. How's this for an original art challenge -- to make something using the peel away paper strip on pantiliners! Seriously, in a month's time, those things pile up and the paper often has a pink swirly design or such. I keep thinking I should re-use them for something!ha! I know you could make art out of them:)

Ellie said...

O, so beautiful! I am gonna try this, it's just that we have brown coffee filters here in Holland. Gonna have a look for white ones...

Cindi (aka iring) said...

This is so cool! I love your ATCs.