Monday 22 July 2013

ATC gone Chunky

OK - so what is a chunky ATC? The term "ATC" gives part of the answer away - a little bit of art all on a 2.5" x 3.5" substrate. The chunky adjective - well that's because the whole thing is 3-D - the general consensus is that it should be 1.5" deep. So that is what we have here..... a project that measures 2.5" x 3.5" x 1.5". Plus I have attached mine to a "stand".
Picture heavy because, as with all 3-D items, one photo can not capture all the aspects.

This is a duel post for Haunted Design House. Not only have we got a new challenge starting today - produce/make/decorate a chunky ATC but also as part of the team entering the Smeared and Smudged Design Team Throwdown. The challenge/event organised by the clever girls, Terra and Tori, of Smeared Ink.  A challenge that was rocked by Glo and Donna last month, beating S&S after a tie breaker, so HDH got to choose the theme for this throwdown. For more info on the Throwdown - get along to the Smeared & Smudged forum. If you are a member of a DT and think you've got what it takes to beat other Design Teams - this is the place to be showing everyone what you can do.

I started off making a box the appropriate size out of thick chipboard. Well five of the six sides were joined, the sixth was to be a door.
Covered all the surfaces with embossed card and started painting. The Andy Skinner "box of secrets" techniques were used to the max here.

A hole was made through the "front" to accommodate the spindle that was essential to make this work.
Various embellishments, charms, chain from an old necklace then glued in place. Some were coloured with alcohol ink because I only had them in silver not a bronze colour.
The back of the door was stamped with a couple of Indigo Blu stamps in my collection and the card sleeve of the cotton reel stand with another clock face stamp. That was coloured with wild honey distress ink before attaching to the cotton reel then painted with rock candy, letting that dry before vintage paper DI was rubbed in.
TH hinges at the ready, coloured with a promarker, a little knob for the door made from watch parts. Nearly there. My biggest failing is impatience waiting for each stage to dry before going on to the next. I'm sure many of you will identify with this.
Are you ready to see where I went with this?  OK

Yes it does work and keeps good time.

Your turn.

I'd like to enter this chaunky ATC into the challenge at
Natalie and Amy - Trash to Treasure (old cotton reel and old watch parts and chain)
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes


  1. This is so awesome, Helen! I've never made a chunky ATC but I'm feeling inspired.:)

  2. Wow this is amazing. I love useful art. :-)xx

  3. Wow, what a stunner! Never made a chunky ATC either ... but I sure will give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. Suzanne x

  4. Oh my gosh Helen! I just love everything about your Chunky ATC! Love the charms and that you put a real clock int there! Awesome job hun!

  5. Chunky ATC? Never heard of 'em but this is really cool. Love all the texture and metal.

  6. Absolutely fab so inventive. Great techniques and I love the textures. Such a clever idea to make a clock.

  7. Just wow! So many fine details and perfect touches. The embossing, the chains, the watch part doorknob, the AIW image and quote, the tea kettle and cups, the charms on the face. It's all just amazing! I am honored to have you representing HDH in the Throwdown.
    Best of luck!

  8. i can't even begin to tell you how much I ADORE this, Helen! Minions ROCK! xxD

  9. FANTASTIC!!! Love the Alice theme and it actually WORKS!!! Good luck in the Throwdown to you and our fellow minions :)

  10. Helen this is immense. Seriously wonderful little piece of art there and functional. Just too cool x

  11. oh wow wow wow this is so amazing. It looks so cool this is awesome Helen.amazing.
    susan s

  12. very cool project-love a useful ATC-I have books full of the little buggers that do nothing but gather dust-Good Luck

  13. Gorgeous creation and I LUV the little tea set on the top of this Cromsie :-) Amazing !!

    IKE xxxxxxx

  14. WOW WOW WOW What an amazing ATC...I cant believe I am calling it an ATC as it is so much more than that. This is absolutely stunning with all the detailing inside and out. So much work has gone into this piece. Love all the embellishments and I think its genius to make it into a small clock.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx <3

  15. Love, love, love. Texture and colors is awesome and the idea of turning to a clock - shall we say genius? Yes!