Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How To Make Stunning ATC's with Supplies on Hand

Here is how to make stunning ATC's with supplies on hand using ScraPerfect product to fill in the blanks. Crafting is one of my best stress relievers, but I don't always have time for a full blown project. ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) are only 2.5" by 3.5"  and anything goes. NO rules, NO need for extensive planning, just playing with the latest techniques and your favorite products.
~ Dragonfly ATC's ~
For the first set of ATC's I misted cotton and used it to layer colors on white card stock.
I stamped dragonflies on the cards then added a layer of gold rub-on. I re-stamped the dragonflies on the blue card since they weren't showing through so well.
The next step was was heat embossed stars and Transfer Foil for the dragonflies. The lower orange dragonfly had to be refoiled. The dragonflies for the blue card were outlined in foil. You can see the Best Glue Ever drying below.
The finished product features the words Happy and So Happy on the gold card and Dream on the blue card. When I first stamped the word Happy it smeared. I quickly added a spritz of the Best Cleaner Ever to a cotton round and wiped away the pigment ink. I re-stamped the word Happy and heat embossed it. I added Robin's Nest Dew Drops to the gold card and flourishes to the blue card using modeling paste and a stencil.
~ Happy & Dream ~
The second set of cards started with cotton dabbed with ink and rubbed on white cardstock.
I wanted just the butterfly body of a rubber stamp. I stamped the design on paper then cut out just the part I wanted. This created a mask that I could stamp through. For the wings I used a different stamp, twice. I added Stickles and Liquid Pearls to accent the wings.
I accented opposite corners of the cards with rub-ons and added rub-on words as well as layered washi tape. A couple stripes of hand stitching and dotted white ink finish off the second set of cards.
~ Pure & Genuine ~
The third set of cards are a lot brighter. I used 3 colors of highlighter and cotton to blend the inks.
I used a flourish stamp and a dragonfly stamp for images and gems to decorate. A white pencil toned down the vibrant colors a notch. 
To add a frame I dipped my finger in white acrylic paint and edged the cards.
These last two cards depend less on technique and more on color to grab the viewers attention. They are simple yet still follow the dragonfly theme.
~ Hope & Adventure ~
Although these ATC's use widely different techniques they blend easily as a set. The dragonfly theme brings them together while the colors set them apart. 
ScraPerfect Glue, Cleaner, and Foil made this project go smoothly.

Stamps:Kaiser Craft, Hot Off The Press, CTMH,
 Inkadinkado, Stampabilities, My Minds Eye
Stitching:Sew Easy by WeRMrk
Dye Ink:Close To My Heart
Pigment Ink, Mist:Clearsnap
Embossing Powder:American Crafts
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Stencils:Momenta, The Crafter's Workshop
Washi Tape:Love My Tapes
Acrylic Paint:Pentart
Narrow Washi Tape, Gems:Michaels
Stickers:Glitz Design
Rub-Ons:7 Gypsies, Glitz Design
White Pencil:Crazy Art
Stickles, Liquid Pears:Ranger
Dew Drops:Robin's Nest
Glue, Cleaner, Transfer Foil:ScraPerfect



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