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Art-C- Mixed Media Exploration and Scrapbooking

{Reported by Liz Hicks}

I have always had a layered kind of style with my Scrapbooking. Pairing that with my love of
color, sparkle and paints and well... you have my perfect combination for creating. Art-C is the new Mixed Media Line created by C-Thru Ruler (You may know C-Thru as they are the parent company of Little Yellow Bicycle too!) At first I found myself drawn to all of the little bottles of treasures that Art-C had to offer. Once I set down to use allof the little bottles, I found myself in a new sort of heaven. This was my type of product line, rather than to have products pre-designed and arranged for me, I really love this style of "basics" being offered by Art-C and the availability to arranged things on my own. Art-C has a variety of products ranging from Ephemera and ATC kits, blank notebooks of printed and art surfaces, to glitters and beads. The spectrum of products offers multiple opportunities for a variety of techniques and uses.

What I liked: I love the textures of all of the different elements that are available. I also love the packaging as it can easily be re-used for other crafting purposes. The variety of different products is a plus as well, having so many different types of products with varying designs makes these products easy to use together even though in general they may not be what you would think would work together.

What I disliked: The only thing that I can think that I would love to see is more colors of their Glitter Mist. I hope that they will round off their collection with more vibrant colors. I also am really excited about their newest release of product and wish that it was available now (that is just me being impatient☺)

What I made:
Here are the projects that I created using Art-C products. Both of them are more scrapbook but you can see some artsy, funky elements that could easily take you into mixed media.

Apple of My Eye

This project is a scrapbook canvas that I made based on inspiration from an album cover. I loved the colors and the white washed effects and thought it would be fun to re-create. For this I used some of the Art-C wire (Green), Black and Natural Ephemera Pack, Red Ephemera Pack, and Red and Green Glitter packs.

Products used: Paint- Plaid; Paper, ribbon, Beads, Glitter, sequin (red)- Art-C; Adhesive- SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L; Ink- Ranger (Distress); black fluid ink- Clearsnap, charcoal pencil-Unknown, wax pencil- Unknown.

The title was sketched with wax pencil and then outlined for depth with black fluid ink. The red sequin are from the Art C Red ephemera collection.

The apples of the tree are cardstock painted red and then glittered. The outline of the tree was made with wire and sequin (green sequin is not an Art-C product)

The tree trunk's texture is given by starting with a base of fluid paint and then layering pieces of paper on top and then adding a white wash over it.

Love 4x4 Note Card

And here is a card. I used the Red Beads and the Red Glitter assortments for this, plus the LOVE ATC kit. I mixed them with a varnish (Fast Finish by Beacon or Mod Podge by Plaid) to create a paste. Mixing them all together is a lot of fun too! The more texture the better!

Products used: Cardstock- Bazzill; Fabric- unknown; Ribbon, gltter, sequin, beads, quote- Art-C.

I love this quote... it is in the LOVE ATC kit... and such a beautiful passage.

These hearts are cut out of art sheets that I created with paint, glitters beads and some fun sequin. I also used some lace and tulle on them for added texture.

Where and How Much:
Product Name: Art-C Mixed Media Exploration Products
Manufacturer: C-Thru Ruler Company
MSRP: $2.49-9.99
Available at:, *Two Peas in a Bucket and Blue Moon Scrapbooking

Bottom Line:  Over all this was one of my favorite releases. I look forward to see what Art-C has to offer and how they develop the Mixed Media and Scrapbook markets.

What do you think?  Is this something you are interested in?  We would love to know your thoughts!


PamSpradlin said...

I have seen this in the stores but never have seen anyone use the merchandise. Thank you for showing us what you did with it.

Anne said...

I just saw ART-C at a recent trade show and bought some things for the stamp store. I can't wait for the products to come in so I can start playing with them! This is a line I'll keep an eye on. Love it! Anne, yourmainestamper