Saturday, August 17, 2013

ATC Happy!! 

Artist Trading Cards are so much fun!  There's just something about their size...AND the fact that you can create several in one sitting!  They are also very fun to trade.  There's something so magical about getting REAL mail in your mailbox...ESPECIALLY when it's a ONE OF A KIND made by hand!

Our August Kit was so fantastic that I got a little carried away creating cards this month.  Below are some of the cards I created with a bit of explanation with each one.

First Up, Doodle Cards

The Wooden Whales in our August Kit were SO COOL, they inspired me:)

I Started by applying a few coats of Gesso to the blank card found in the Kit.

At first, I thought I might like a pattern under the Doodled Whale and lettering, but later decided it would "fight" with the drawing.  (you can see in the photo above that there is stencil pattern that I covered up later with modeling paste) I used a Faber-Castell black multi-liner XS for the doodle and lettering.

Next I added the Modeling Paste.  I have a mini off set spatula from my kitchen that comes in handy for this...but you can use whatever you have on hand (plastic knife, old gift card or credit card, etc.)

Next I gave it some color with my KOI travel watercolor set.  Lightly mist the color you want to use and apply the color with a brush to the DRY modeling paste.  

The last thing added: Yummy Glitter Paste from our Kit.  I really love the consistency of this's so easy to work with, it just glides on & clean up is easy... AND our kit includes a VERY GENEROUS jar! I suspect that I will be adding this to many of my December Holiday Projects!!

Balloons take flight

I LOVE this background!  It came in the kit perfectly sized to fit the blank ATC cards...Just glue and go!  I added a little Gesso with my fingers to soften it's appearance and to lighten the background so the "Doodle" would show up.

Doodling is kind of like's very therapeutic:) I confess, I often listen to Audio Books while I work...sometimes you can see a sentimental tear on my pages:)

I printed off the sentiments, cut them out and added a touch of yellow using one of my favorite products...see below.

Next Up, vintage fun!

This background was also sized to fit.  I love the colors.  I added a little of the Neocolor II crayon to the edges, a bit of washi tape to the corner, a "joy pin" with ribbon, a sentiment covered with more of the yellow Neocolor II crayon, a tiny gem & a cute button from the kit.  This one came together so fast, thanks to our amazing August kit!

The details of the card above go like this...
I covered the blank card with Gesso.  I then stenciled the diamonds with more Gesso and applied the SUPER COOL Viva Inka Gold with a wet brush.  What a brilliant product!  
I then applied the Sentiment & Ephemera from our Great August Kit.  I wanted more of that cute "angel!"
Next, I added the oval stencil and edge distressing with Ranger's DISTRESS INK in Walnut.

Last but not Butterfly Card

I first applied the Inka-Gold to the blank card.  Next, I cut the "film strip" from our Kit in half and adhered it to the Dry card with the Studio Multi-Medium.

On a separate piece of Mixed Media Paper, I doodled flowers.  I cut this to fit and attached it with the Studio Multi-Medium.  (Thank you Tina for exposing me to this AMAZING product!! I'm hooked)

 Next, I took one of the "Wooden Windows" from our kit, glued on the Butterfly from the Kit's ARTChix Ephemera sheet, added a little of the Viva Inka-Gold to the edge along with the word "Transformation"  that I printed off with my computer, & covered it with "Glossy Accents."  


I love how the word looks slightly transparent.  This was a happy accident:)  I meant to print it off on card stock, but forgot to put a sheet in...I didn't want to waste the print, so I used the word printed off on regular computer paper.  Because it is thinner than card stock, the Glossy Accents caused the paper to break down a little, creating this transparent look...I like it!  

(not all my accidents are happy ones!)

I mounted the "Window" on a Square of Blue Card Stock to give the ATC a little more color.

As you can see, I had ALOT of fun with the ATC cards!!!  Hope you do too!  As always, would LOVE to see yours! Post them on our Facebook Page!!

It's an honor to "hang out with you!"

See you soon! 

Creatively Yours,


  1. These are fabulous!!

  2. These are wonderful Sue, so many completely different ideas too - I can't wait to have a go with mine now! ps also love that quote - how true!

  3. These are wonderful Sue, so many completely different ideas too - I can't wait to have a go with mine now! ps also love that quote - how true!

    1. Thank you so much Annie!! Would love to see your finished ATC's!!