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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Christmas Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
I have not posted any photos for a long time, so I am playing catch up today. In order to better access them later, I am dividing the themes up a bit, so here are the Christmas themed ATCs I have made so far this month:
For this first one I traced around some American Crafts plastic die cut shapes to make the ornaments, then cut them out of a vintage map I had painted with Twinkling H2O watercolors. I hightlighted them with liquid pearls and also made the little ornament tops with some. I drew on the string. To make the ridges in the ornament tops, I drug a straight pin through the wet liquid pearl. It looked quite authentic!
Two more ATCs featuring the painted vintage map. Here it is a background behind the storebought snowmen. The Merry Christmas is from a confetti pack!
I have had these poinsettias for several years--these are the last three from my stash! I used some Smooch ink on the leaves to give them some shimmer, and stickles glitter on the top flower. The background is some I painted with Twinks, I got the dots by laying a sheet of bubble wrap over the wet pools of paint and letting it set for a while.
More twinks painted backgrounds, and the tree is punched from the same map I have been working with for a while. I added lace and washi tape, plus a very old button embellishment. (it's not vintage, just several years in my stash!)
Thhis one has copper embossing on it, copper glitter, and I would have used other copper accents, but decided to not go too overboard. :) The plastic trees are by American Crafts--another item I have had in my stash for an age!
The little VW Bug cut out was an extra in a swap I received, I tied the little tree on with some baker's twine. I giggle each time I see it, thinking how hard it would be for the driver to get out with all that rope tied onto the car! :)
For this one, I used a Russian text book page painted with Twinks, cut out the angels from a book page that was sent to me as an extra, and added the cross and pearl/lace embellishments. The cross has been in my stash for over 5 years, just waiting for the right time to surface on some project.
I actually made two of these, and after I took the photo, I added another reindeer that looks like it is leaping or flying up around the top of the tree. It balanced it out better. I also added more "ornaments" to the tree with some red glitter to tie in the red scarves and noses of the reindeer.
More vintage map and sheet music, and a lot of tiny scraps leftover from several other ATCs. I just love layering those little torn pieces--whether washi tape or paper!
I hand cut the ponds from a piece of metallic card stock, and all the rest is also freehand. The penguins are JoLee's embellishments, and I knew when I saw them in the store they would be perfect for some cute ATCs!
This is the second puzzle piece ATC I have made from this puzzle, and have since made two more that I haven't photographed. It's fun to put together the puzzle to find the scenes that will work on such a small space.
This one is just ridiculous! I named it "Rudolph's Family, or Origin of a Species." The white deer were from a window cling that comes from those gun toting organizations, and was meant for a car window, I suppose. It was vinyl, and I am not sure how well the glitter stuck to it. I added the mustache, googly eyes (which make anything funny!) and the little moose cut outs. In all it was just pretty fun to make, and I laughed at it several times. :)
Nothing special about this one--just scraps of book pages and music cut for a swapbot swap. I sprayed the background with Tattered Angels glimmer mist. The snowflakes are cut from a roll of deco tape I got from Hobby Lobby.
Several months ago I received two backgrounds from a swapper who made this one. I added the map circle and little trees all cut from painted book pages and sheet music. I had quite a bit of that paper, and was getting as many things out of it as I could!
So, that is my latest Christmas ATC collection. I think I am about done making them--Christmas themed that is! :)