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Just Add Sunlight!

Just Add Sunlight!

This Winter in Indiana is one for the record books. Even the most hardened of people are tiring of the cold, snow and ice. I’m a sunshine lover, anyway, so I’m finding this year to be particularly challenging.

I recently created an ATC that shares my need for sunlight. This ATC changes color when exposed to the sun!


How did I create this magic? The trick is a special nail polish I purchased while on a cruise. At one of the ports, there was a Del Sol store that sold items that react to sunlight by changing color. My daughter and I bought several colors, including the clear one that changes to hot pink (she thought it would be a good trick to paint my husbands nails with the clear when he was asleep…haven’t yet tried that, though!)


The theme of the swap was Alice in Wonderland, so I took pages I had already removed from an old book that I am altering. I cut out Alice and colored her with Copic markers and sealed with Diamond Glaze.



I layered text and illustration from the book pages, but did not add Alice yet. I used Mod Podge, matte, to adhere everything. When it dried, I covered it in Versamark medium and coated with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). I melted the UTEE with a heat gun, and then allowed it to cool. I used the UTEE because I was afraid the nail polish wouldn’t work as well if absorbed into the paper.




When it cooled, I painted the entire ATC with the clear Del Sol nail polish. The nail Polish had sparkles in it, so it wasn’t entirely clear. After it dried, I took it out into the sunlight to see if it worked. It did! There were a few places lighter than others, so I gave it a second coat.

Once it was completely dry, I added the cut out and colored image of Alice. Then I used gold embossing powder to embellish the edges of the ATC.


I took it outside, and it immediately began changing color.


It also immediately began changing back as soon as I brought it inside, but I still thought this was super cool. It may be the first of its kind! I sent it to my friend, Sheryl, in Arkansas and she described it as the first “solar powered” ATC she had seen!

So here’s to our need for sunshine!


Masterboard Technique


I was introduced to this technique through a swap hosted by my pal Janis. She included a link to a great video tutorial by Linda Israel

A Masterboard is basically a large collage that is then cut down into multiple ATC sized pieces to be used as backgrounds for ATCs or even as ATCs themselves. Once all the paper pieces are secured, you can stamp or add embossing powder to tie it together before cutting, as I did below.


This is a great way to use up scraps that one may have littering a workspace. For smaller Masterboards, I often use the large junk mail postcards as the base, and then I begin layering my paper scraps on it with Mod Podge.

I’ve also made them when a swap calls for specific colors, such as yellow and blue. These Christmas ATCs were made from a Masterboard:


I’ve joined a few swaps recently that require the use of a Masterboard, and have received some great ATCs. These two were made by Beverly in Ft. Worth.


And here are a few more made by myself and others from Masterboards: