Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's bigger on the inside.....

I did once swear off ATCs completely, as I kind of overdosed on the pesky little blighters a couple of years ago when they first became popular in the papercrafting community. But with my whole household suffering from incurable Doctor Who fever, as series four came to its epic finale, I just couldn't resist a Dr Who themed ATC swap that popped up on UKScrappers.

It was pure serendipity that on the day I signed up for the swap, I just happened to be clearing up the packaging for all of the toys and games that Connor received for his 6th birthday last month. He got tons of Doctor Who toys, as all his friends and family know he is Doctor crazy - and on every piece of packaging there was a great photo or two of the TARDIS. So before everything went in the recycling, out came the scissors, snip snip, and I had the focal images for my ATCs :)

I was toying with the phrase "it's bigger on the inside..." in my mind, and wondering how I could translate that into an ATC design - and then I remembered the page I did in Ann's tattoo CJ the other week, which had the semi circular flaps that opened up and out - and thought I could do something similar for the ATCs. I made a template for my Cricut by welding together four 3.5" x 2.5" ovals, and this folded up perfectly to ATC size:

Inside I decorated a separate panel with spacey stamps from Third Coast, using pearl and silver paint dabbers from Ranger, and pearlescent ice blue Brilliance ink, and then I sprayed over the lot with midnight blue glimmer mist. The TARDIS image (slightly different on every ATC as I had to work with what I could find on the toy packaging :)) was surrounded by a bit of sponged chalk ink in light blue, and some stardust stickles.

Around the central panel on the flap bits I stamped some ice blue stars and "Time and Relative Dimension in Space" in silver ink.

On the back (shown here both open and closed) I used my Third Coast "dematerialising man" stamp with silver paint.

These were fun to make, and I'm looking forward to receiving my swaps back.


Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Amazing...absolutely fantastic..love them. When I read the title I thought that sounds familiar lol (we are big Dr Who fans too....17 months til the next series agggggghhhhhh.
Had to go back for another look at your work....the vivid blue of the Tardis is a brilliant touch.
....ps...stay out of the shadows ;0)

Anonymous said...

Ooh! I want one!

Hazel said...

Shame you don't do more ATCs, these are sooooo creative. The colours are fantastic, the silver and black is so strong!

Anonymous said...

Sarah your ATCs are scrummy, fantastic sorry I didn't go in for that swap. I would have loved one of those......

Anonymous said...

These are going to be the best ATCs in the swap! They are way better than mine and recycled as well!!

They are great. I am deeply envious of your talent. I am going to haunt your blog now for inspiration!