ATC Monday #021 - Skeleton Stacker
Today we have a stacker ATC tutorial for our weekly post. Available from That's Crafty, these stacker ATCs add another dimension to your ATC projects.
Stacker ATCs are made up of a MDF base layer, and in this case, two acrylic layers - by painting each layer you can build up a project with depth.
Paint the base MDF layer in a rusty effect. Using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. Begin with a base layer of Metallic Silver. Add a wash of Paynes Grey building up the depth and intensity, followed by a wash of Yellow Oxide, and finally a wash of Quinacridrone Gold. Let areas of each wash dry naturally, while in other areas dry using a heat gun to create interesting effects.
Create an even more rusty finish with neat Quinacridone Gold applied in patches.
On to the first layer of acrylic, stamp your chosen image. For this project I have chosen to use one of Andy Skinners stamps from his "Birds and Bones" collection.
I find it far easier to stamp on acrylic using a stamping platform, it reduces the risk of smudging and allows you to line up your design too.
Next paint in the stamped image. Working backwards, begin with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics interference paints in Magenta and Turquoise. This gives a lovely sheen to your work. Paint in a layer of Titan Buff and Medium Grey. Finally add a layer of Carbon Black to make the image pop.
On the finial layer of acrylic stamp to the front and back. Here I have used barbed wire from Andy Skinner's "Handle with Care" collection.
To finish, stack the layers together, threading the screws through the holes in each corner and tighten the bolts to secure.