"My friends Els and Darla introduced me to a fun way to alter Shimmer Sheetz using alcohol inks. Els chose canned air to blow the color (the kind you use to clean computer keyboards or other small electronics), while Darla got out her grandchildren's paint spinner toy to create the bursts. You could also blow through a narrow beverage stirrer straw. The results will never be the same twice.

Though you can create color bursts that are linear or totally random, these radiate from a single, central point. I anchored my ATCs with one larger motif at the center of the color burst and used adhesive-back cabochon and faceted gems to create the effect of planets and stars orbiting around the larger element. They look like imaginary star maps, hence the title Out of This World! Simple, solid color cardstock borders frame the sparkly focal art.

Use your favorite color Shimmer Sheetz (Iris, Metallic, or Gemstone) and whatever flat-back embellishments you have on hand to create your own versions of this project! Be sure to sign and date the back of your ATCs, and if you decide to send them via the post office use a padded envelope or ship in a box if your embellishments are thick or fragile.

Let me be the first to wish you an early Happy New Year. See you here at ATC Adventures in January 2013!

by Judi Kauffman
  • Surfaces: Shimmer Sheetz, shown in White Iris (Elizabeth Craft Designs); assorted solid color cardstock (artist's own)
  • Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks (Ranger); PiƱata Colors (Jacquard Products)
  • Adhesives: Zip Dry Paper Glue for cardstock layers (Beacon Adhesives); Double-sided adhesive tape for adhering Shimmer Sheetz (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • Embellishments: Jolee's Boutique French General Gemstones Buttons N Baubles, K&Company Grand Adhesions, Adhesive-backed gems (EK Success); Adhesive-backed pearls (Creative Imaginations); Cabochon gems (American Girl Crafts)"

The day-into-night hours of Las Vegas are catching up to me. I'm ready to fall asleep after I finish a couple of crossword puzzles. So I'll take my leave for the day. I may not be back until Thursday because tomorrow is the 70th birthday celebration and ends with a professional comedy revue show at one of the casinos. After the show, we head to Henderson, Nevada, just south of Las Vegas, for a couple of days.