Hello and Welcome to my corner of the world!
I love when a little mess can turn pretty! That’s what mixed media does for me, lets me create pretty things out of a little mess.
An ATC is 2.5″ by 3.5″ and this is an strict rule you can’t deviate from. The size is very important and it should always be on heavy card stock or have a strong backing attached to the card. Many use cereal box to add sturdiness to the back. The sender’s name, date, must always be in that back and in the case of a swap you need to add the swap name and title.
Online swap sites, such as Swap-bot.com allows me to exchange little treasures of arts with different people across the world. Thankfully I’ve had very positive experience with the swaps I’ve joined and received some very nice ATCs art. I find making these cards to be relaxing and most often than not very quick and easy to create. Incorporating inspirational quotes and words also allows me to share some positiveness and encouragement with others.
When I decide to create ATCs I normally treat them as little canvases and imagine I’m some kind of “real artist” who is sending their art to an exhibition (hey! I can dream, right? It’s free!). This means I create them in groups or series. Therefore, I try to join swaps that require more than one ATC if possible or I just send more than one to my swap partner.
For this particular series I colored the background with oxide inks and using Versafine® black ink lightly stamped the script writing and arrows. This is to add interest and texture to the background.
For the flowers I used a stencil by Julie Fae-fan Balzer and with my Nuvo mousse carefully spread the mousse over the stencil so when dry the flower have texture and dimension. For the quotes I used Tim Holtz Ideology Stickers since I like the typewriter look they have.
ATC are not limited to just mixed media! You can use all kinds of papers, embellishments, paints and inks to create them. You are limited only by your imagination! I will be showing some more ATCs in the future where I used all kinds of card making supplies as well. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
Thanks for visiting and have a great week full of creativity and inspiration.
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