Thursday, July 24, 2014

Red, White and Beautiful - Artist Trading Block

Hello all, today there is a new post over at The Artist On The Block so make sure to check out all the great inspiration that the design team has created.

There is also a fun challenge over at Eileen Hull's blog, The Art with Heart Challenges run monthly and this month it's all about "Red, White and Beautiful" give us your best red, white and blue creations. I really encourage you to take part in these fun challenges, you can win a great prize package from Eileen and Sizzix and what better way to expand your crafty tools!

I decided to create my Artist Trading Block in the Red, White and Beautiful theme this time and what fun it was!
I didn't want to go with the traditional firework or Americana theme so I went with a "love" theme.

So for starters I created a background using torn tissue paper 
Once that was dry I used Tim's Distress paints to add the blue color

I drew and painted the heart on the front with Faber Castell red Gelatos, water and a paintbrush, I like the look of the gelatos because you can still see some of the background tissue paper through it

The flowers were created with Tim's tattered floral movers and shapers dies and the tissue paper
I picked up bits and pieces of paint with the tissue paper, set aside to dry and then cut the flowers with the dies
(I forgot to photograph sorry but here are some photos of my finished flower)
I accidentally got black paint on this one but I kinda liked it so I left it. :)

I also colored the flower center button with Alcohol inks, they were white to begin with

I had some firecracker red yarn that I glued around my base and whalla!!

Here are some photos

The heart that is on the very top of this ATB was made and sent to me by my wonderful friend Terri, she's awesome! I knew it was perfect for this creations.

Thanks for coming by, I hope you have enjoyed my creation and make sure to check out the Art With Heart challenge over at Eileen's Blog
Have a wonderful day!


  1. This is just such a gorgeous box, Claudine! A lot of time and effort, but so worth it when one sees the result! I do want to try this, but would much rather sit at your table and watch you first! ;-) We will be in Colorado Springs next July for a wedding and a bit of vacation. Maybe this could actually happen!

  2. The love theme works so well in the red, white and blue, the flowers are beautiful and I love the gorgeous heart on the top!

  3. Really beautiful! Such amazing detail! You always do such great work, Claudine! TFS

  4. This is beautiful Claudine! I love the the 4th of July! I have yet to play with an ATB.

  5. Such a great ATB Claudine. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. Jenny x

  6. How cool is this?!! LOVE the patriotic theme, and that heart on top is wonderful!