Sunday, April 26, 2009

ISC Weekly Challenge for 04/26

This week's challenge was hosted by Antme/Patti.  She asked us to the make an ATC that will make you "Laugh out Loud."  

ATCs seem to be popping up lately.  I joined a swap, now a challenge...what will be next?

I made two for this challenge.  One was a chance to use my new set of Stampin' Up! stamps and the other was to use my new Cricut Hello Kitty.  

The top ATC was fun to do.  With the image being an old 35 mm camera I went with a sepia inspired scheme.  I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots emboss folder and lightly inked over it so the dots would pop out a little more.  I just finished it off with some brown/cream ribbon.  You can't really tell, but there is some glitter glue on the lens and flash of the camera.  The sentiment reads..."Everyone has a photographic memory...some just don't have film."  I used the set "That's Funny!"  I will be playing with that one later.  :)  It has some cute/funny phrases.

The second ATC was rally fun to do.  I just got my Cricut and I'm still learning how to use some the cartridge features.  I picked up this Hello Kitty one during the awesome sale Michael's had this past week.  Hello Kitty is one of my favorite images and I'm super excited about this cartridge.  I used HK paper for the background and added a quote of "A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway."  I find this quote both cute and funny.  Mostly because it's very honest.  I tied the ribbon just under HK paws to make it look like she is holding onto to it.  It was really fun to use this image.  I think I got it down how to make the characters from Cricut.  I will blog on that one day down the line.

I thank Patti for this challenge.  I connected me back with my love of quotes.  I have many webpages bookmarked that I use in my scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I hope that others will enjoy these.  I actually can't wait to use them on some cards I am planning in the future.

Thank you for looking today.
I hope this inspires your imagination.


Hello again.  I'm going to do a follow up to the last post.  This time I'm going to show what you can do with an ATC (artist trading card). 

I made this card for my cousin who is graduating from college this summer.  The little mouse stamp was made as an ATC.  Remember that they measure out to be 3.5" x 2.5."  They can either be collected, swapped or used on a card.

I used my new House Mouse stamp.  I first stamped it lightly and colored in with colored pencils.  Then I stamped over it again and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is a Studio G wooden stamp.  I just stamped it in black ink and embossed with glitter embossing powder.  I layered it similar to the mouse grad.   I wrapped some ribbon around just to make a little embellishment for the card.

It's just a simple card.  The ATCs make great little additions and make card layouts a little easier.

Thanks for looking.

Hope this helps gets your imagination started.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

So...I have been looking at different sites on the internet to gather so new ideas for cards and things.  On this website, Inspire, Chat, Swap, I found some interesting swaps.  One in particular was for ATCs.  After I posted a thread on the forum, I found out that ATCs are cards the size of a baseball card (2.5" by 3.5").  They are little pieces of art that showcase your talents.  One of the swaps caught my eye.  It was for Cartoon that we Grew Up to.  I had to try it out.  I picked one of my faves from the eighties...The Care Bears.  After mulling around how I was going to do it.  I downloaded pictures of the different bears and made little cards to match up with the names.  This was so much fun that I'm already looking for another swap to do.

Now...I know what you are thinking.  What do you do with ATCs?'s very simple.  You can collect them or use them.  But you CAN NOT sell them.  They are given away in good faith from the artist who created them.  They make great accents to cards, or if you wanna frame them instant inspiration when you get stuck on a project.  With their size they make perfect "card candy."

Each of my ATCs are one of kind.  But they have the same basic components.  I used velum stickers for the clouds, embossing for the stars (either clear powder or glitter powder), a cute sentiment and of course a Care Bear.

Thank you for looking.  Please come back.  I hope this helps to get your imagination going.