February 9, 2009

Inspiration from ATC's

I have to say that I had never made an Artist Trading Card (ATC) before Nichole asked the Papertrey team to do one for a special assignment. Be sure to check out Nichole's blog today to find out more. Above is my first ATC that I made, and it's part of a very special prize Nichole is giving away. You won't want to miss out. And check out Lauren's blog today also for a special PTI countdown post. And Heather and Melissa also have some new things to share.

Well, I got so inspired that I needed to do more ATC's. Not for trading or collecting, but as fun additions to cards. I started out by stamping some strips and circles, using Pine's Around & About Sentiments set. The flowers on the insides are from Floral Frenzy.Next, I cut some PTI recipe cards down to ATC size cards. I also cut a Spellbinder's Scalloped Rectangle for the backing, a larger circle for the accent piece and I stamped some polka dots from Polka Dot Basics onto Kraft card stock.
Then I assembled all my pieces to make ATC's. I inked the edges in Fresh Snow ink and added some Aqua Mist ribbon, held in place with a few *messy stitches* from my sewing machine. These little guys are cute and fun to make. Such a small little size to work with.
Then all I had to do was decide on some patterned paper(Basic Grey) and ribbon. The rest was pretty easy peasy...just adhere your ATC's to the card fronts. I did some additional polka dot stamping on the card base and also inked the edges with Fresh Snow ink.
These were so fun to make! Have you made ATC's? Do you trade them with friends? Perhaps you should try adding some to card fronts. They make great focal points on cards. Enjoy!

21 comments:

Rachelle said...

very cute! I would love to see a close up of the ATC you made for the frame. :) Such a neat idea!

Cynde said...

What Great Sassy little cards. Love the colors and paper choice.
Going to put make a few ATC's on my To Do List of Enjoyment ... Thanks for the inspiration Mish!

Lauri said...

Great idea! I have never made one although I started a couple of times.. I have a plan (ha!) to make them as a sort of journal (if that makes sense). I bought the 7 gypsies carousel, which is sitting empty! I love what you did with yours, and how you used them on a card! Thanks!

Michelle said...

Uh...no idea what Artist Trading Cards are....? Do cardmakers get together at these craft shows and hand them out like business cards? LOL Whatever they are - your little cards are adorable, Michelle

JeanFB said...

So glad to see you are making ATCs.. what a great idea to attach them to cards! I've been in an ATC club for about a year... they are very addicting! (sorry if this is a repeat post... blogger was giving me trouble)

Anonymous said...

Love em', Love em', Love em'! You're the best! Thanks for sharing...You inspire me so deeply.

Dottie K. said...

OMG these are just so cute. :)

Gerri K said...

These cards are beautiful!! I love that basic grey paper collection. You inspire me every day.

Sarah said...

Pretty darn amazing... why must you make it all seem so simple?! :-) TFS!!!

MichelleY said...

Oh Mish! These are darling! LOVE the spring colors and how you transformed an ATC into a card front. You're amazing!

Jess said...

those are so cute. i always mean to try! will have to have a closer look as yours look awesome!

DeeDee said...

I've NEVER made an ATC before Mish, what is the size on them? Yours are very sweet...of course! I would just LURVE to win that frame with all the individual cards in it!! WOW, what a treasure that would be! I hope I guessed right!! HUGS!

KATY826 said...

I've heard of ATC's before, but I don't really know what they're for! Yours are adorable, though! :) And seeing these cards makes me realize that I NEED the fresh snow ink.. It shows up so well!

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous cards Michelle, I just love visiting your blog every day. Like you I am not in the whole ATC thing, but I love your idea!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! These are fantastic! LOVE the colors

Norine said...

these are really nice love the ATC idea
hugs
Norine

Ruby said...

What gorgeous ATC's. I especially LOVE the black one. Thanks for the inspiration!

Cindy Major said...

Those cards are so soft and pretty! I love them :)

Cindy

Juanita B said...

Signature beauty!! TFS.

Shirlann said...

What a great idea! ATC sized framed on a "wall of fame!" This wall is in my main hallway where I have a 12X12 frame that I switch out my fav scrapbook page.
You are my favorite PTI designer and the first blog I visit each morning!

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