Sunday, 21 January 2018

Trying something new for me - ATC Swapping

Hello there. I thought I would write a quick blog post to share with you my latest crafty makes,  ATC's (Artist Trading Cards).  
The Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art group on Face Book runs one each month and now that my partner has received her cards I can share them with you.
Although I have seen these type of cards before I haven't made or swapped them before and I have found them to be a lot of fun to make.
. You work on quite a small size card 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" so its not as daunting as working on a larger blank surface.
The theme was the letter E and you could use any products you like to create your card.  
I choose to make 3 to start off with, but some people in the group can make up to 6. 
I thought I would make 3 completely different cards but I know some people like to make up a Master board (of A4 / A3 size card) of paint and stamped images then cut it up as the  base for the ATC and use slightly different embellishments or stamped images to decorate.

 Here are my  ATC's for the letter 'E'
 Top ATC- I was just going to do a mini Envelope but then thought why not make it an Easel ATC as well.Then 'E' for Elixir and 'E' for Engagement. I even made a little pink diamond ring.

Here are some close up of the ATC's.
For this one I had used Rice paper decorated with inks and stamped images. On top of that layer I stuck down some stamps and stamped images over them. I made a tiny envelope out of vellum and ran it through an embossing folder. As I had made this into an Easel ATC so I stamped and punched out flowers to make a Stop for the card.

I first of all decorated the base card with embossing paste and dripped pink and silver paint over the card. Once dry I added some ribbon to the bottom half then stamped out an image of a couple and sentiment. White and silver thread was wrapped around the image and tiny painted punched out hearts were placed down the side. The engagement ring was made out of a  jump ring and a glass bead.

Coloured blocks of inks decorated the first layer on this ATC. I then built up further layers using some G45 papers, cut out and coloured two bottles then made the middle bottle out of acetate which I coloured and added glitters on the inside of the bottle. I found a label with the word 'Elixir' and attached it to the bottle.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at my latest makes. Thank you for popping by and if you have enjoyed seeing my crafts please subscribe to my blog so that you get updates of when I post.
Have a great week,
Happy Crafting, Sue xx


  1. Absolutely fantastic and a brilliantvpost Sue, now when do we get to be swap partners eh ! X

    1. Thanks so much SuzeJo, means a lot that you have popped by to check this out. Ummm, maybe we need to get our heads together lol xx


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