Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hip To Be Square - Artist Trading Block

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Today I want to share with you an ATB I created for the challenge over at
Frilly and Funkie - Their challenge is "Hip To Be Square" so they are asking us to create a 3D block type project and what better way than to use Eillen Hull's  Artist Trading Block die

For my Artist Trading Block I decided to do the background with Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste, this stuff is pure awesomeness! 

I simply smeared it on here and there like butter on bread

After the paste had completely dried, I used Wendy's Archival Ink pads to color each block of the ATB, you can really see that amazing cracking once that color goes on, it's beautiful

I used a new stamp set by Mr Tim Holtz called 
Mini Blueprints 7

I used the pine branch and Wendy's Archival ink to stamp here and there onto my background

For all of my butterflies I used distress paint to color them with a paintbrush

I used Tim Holtz Honeycomb Framework Die to create my honeycombs around each side of my block, I also used various dies and stamps to create Bees and flowers etc...

Here is a look at my finished Artist Trading Block

I just love how the crackle texture paste comes through in that background.
Thanks for coming by today, make sure to check out the challenge over at 
Frilly and Funkie there are sure to be loads of inspiration and fun!! A lucky winner will win a 25.00 shopping spree and possibly a guest designer spot. 
Have a wonderful day!!


  1. Claudine this is brilliant, fabulous crackle! xx

  2. This is so cool and incredibly beautiful!

  3. Wow Claudine, I love your beautiful ATB, the colours in the background are fabulous and work so well against the black edging and embellies - really, really beautiful work!

  4. LOVE this Claudine! What a clever idea to use the new stamps that way and adding the Distress Paint with that fabulous crackle background works SO well. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  5. Love, love, love this ATB, Claudine! Your thoughtful design is amazing. Great color and detail in those stamps!

  6. Very wild ATB... Love the color and the BUTTERFLIES... your whole technique you showed is so sharing and lovely.. thanks so very much... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  7. Love the colours you have used it is all so vibrant. Thank you sharing your techniques, I am quite new to all of this and I love learning new things from others. Jackie

  8. Hi Claudine, I love this ATB! The contrast between the black and yellow really makes it pop! Thanks for showing the step-out pictures, too. I haven't seen the crackle paste in action and the effect here is gorgeous! One question though...what did you use to apply the archival inks to the paste? An ink blender?

  9. Ohhh my! Fab vibrant colours and the texture is wonderful, great ATB, love it! Ruth x

  10. gorgeous ATB Claudine, I always enjoy you tutorials ^.^