Thursday, 23 February 2012

First ATC's

Hi People,
Well as promised, better late than never!
My first ever ATC's. For those not in the know, ATC's are Artist Trading Cards (although I am no artist, just a crafter).

Here's my first ATC (too nice to swap). Inspired by Beyonce's song, thought I'd make it a little modern.

I used the resist technique, by stamping with one of Tim Holtz's stamps with pink ink and embossing with clear embossing powder. I then took the green ink and distressed over the top. The words are stamped on bits of clear perspex packing material. The pink textured material is a scrap of sinamay from my hat making. The butterfly is simply a piece of plain white copy paper distressed in blue ink and then punched with the Martha Stewart butterfly large punch. I didn't realise at first that ATC's are one sided, so I stamped the back with the Martha Stewart stamp around the page stamp. I also used stickles and a pink tag with girls stamped on and then distressed.

After I took this photo I attached a ticket cut out with Tim Holtz's Sizzix die and added the details normally added to an ATC, which I didn't know at first.

You can copy, paste and print your own from below;

ATC title:

The next ATC's I created;

This was using some packing material from a 'me to you' present my best friend gave me for Christmas. I simply used one of my fiskar's boarder punches on the bottom, distressed with pink ink, added ribbon and some more sinamay for a little pocket for a tag with a Tim Holtz stamp.

Quick Product Review - Fiskar's Vs Martha Stewart punches

I cannot rate fiskar boarder punches highly enough! They punch through even card, like a dream. They give a clean crisp edge, unlike other punches I've used.

Now here comes my controversial comment . . . I'm not a fan of Martha Stewart punches.

I have used other peoples and have the large butterfly which I used above and I have two punch anywhere punches.

Don't get me wrong I love her designs and concepts, however the punches are sticky and don't leave clean crisp lines. They only cut through thin paper and they also jam.

I was at a crop borrowing someone's beautiful punch, and I though I had broken it, I was absolutely horrified, luckily it wasn't broken. Also the lady was so lovely about the whole thing.

So rounding up - Fiskar's rule quality, Martha's designs are beautiful.

The next ATC was again using recycled materials.

You do not need to spend lots when making ATC's.

This was one of the ATCs I have swapped. I used the technique of crumpling the paper and then inking it. I stuck the perspex packing material to the card after die cutting the skull shape, using the movers and shapers dies by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I also stamped the perspex using a scrap piece of paper as a mask. I then attached the scrap sinamay over the top with eyelets, cutting the holes and setting the eyelets with the big bite crop-a-dile (awesome tool!).
I'll have to put my 5 ATCs for the monthly crop in the next post.
Happy Crafting!


  1. Hello! I cameby to see who latest follower is, and it's a pleasure to see your blog. Very nice ATCs, and who says they have to be one sided? My experience with the Fiskars border dies is exactly and utterly opposite to yours. Don't use them at all now. Funny isn't it, the way we all find things.