Ode To Spring ATCs
As I have seen the first signs of Spring here in Virginia I was moved to make some art that reflects my joy that Winter is waning. I wanted to make some ATC (Artist Trading Card) magnets that are inspired by this one I made some time ago.
I wrote a blog post about the process for making this ATC and you can find it at this link:
I followed the process pretty much the same as the one linked above, however, I didn’t use gesso and I added some ephemera before adding the focal points.
If you’d like to watch the YouTube video process for these magnets, here’s the link:
Here are the three ATC magnets I made.
I like the way they turned out and love the vintage look. I hope you try making some Spring inspired ATC magnets for your fridge or ATCs to gift to a friend!
Tiny Scraps Artist Trading Card
I recently joined a Facebook group called Random Remains REVIVED. It was set up by the very talented artist Cat Hand. This group is all about giving leftover crafting scraps new life. Believe me when I say I have lots of scraps to revive.
My first project is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) using tiny scraps and some leftover die cuts that were laying on my desk.
Here is the process I used for making my ATC.
I use this old Walmart card as a template for cutting the corners on hand-made tags. Just line it up on one edge and cut the paper.
Flip the card over and line it up with the other edge and cut the paper. Now you have a tag with two even corners. However, this post is not actually about making tags, it’s about using up the scraps from making the tags.
Here is a pile of corners cut from making tags.
I cut a piece of cardboard 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ which is the standard size for an ATC. I painted it black with acrylic paint.
I randomly glued on the tiny corner scraps. The result reminds me of stained glass.
I then added some stylized die cut flowers and the word inspire. I chose “inspire” because I am inspired to use my scraps thanks to Random Remains REVIVED.
If you would like to join the Facebook group, the link is:
I hope this little ATC has inspired you to use some of your scraps no matter how small they may be. As you can see, small scraps can make a bit impact!
99 Cent Art
Last year when I was still permitting myself to buy art supplies, I ran across this little mixed media kit at Tuesday Morning. As you can see, the kit only cost me 99 cents.
I came across the kit again as I was tidying up my craft room and decided it was time to do something with it.
Here are the contents of the kit.
Because the pieces are so small, they lent themselves well to making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Here are the ATCs I made.
Besides the cardboard used for the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ bases, the only other items I used from my stash were rhinestones, brads, a few pieces of washi tape and of course, glitter glue! I hated the color of the bright green corrugated cardboard so I flipped it over and used the backside.
Challenging myself to use up some of my stash is always so much fun. These little ATCs took me no time at all and I used most of the elements in the kit. Why don’t you pull out 15-20 pieces of bits and bobs from your own stash and make your own kits to use and give away to your artsy friends. It’s a good way to use up older supplies and is guaranteed to spark some creative genius!!!
Crafting With A Cause, Part 2
If you read my last post, “Crafting With A Cause, Part 1”, you know that I am now looking for craft challenges that benefit good causes. Well, I found another one. This one was sponsored by Stephanie Montgomery whose YouTube name is 2muchhurt. Her husband just finished his treatments for cancer. Stephanie wanted to make little “kits” for people still receiving treatments that would make their day a little brighter. As she just turned 39 years old, she decided to name her challenge Forever 39. Her goal was to receive 39 “kits” that she could take to the cancer center where her husband received his treatments. Here is what I made for my “kits”.
I made embellished paper pouches and then filled them with the goodies you see. Then the whole pouch was sealed in a plastic bag for protection.
Stephanie, like Beth in my last post, also collects ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). So I made her this one.
If you would like to see Stephanie’s YouTube video where she opens my box, you can see it here.
She shows my entries from minutes 6:45 to 11:56. Sadly, the post office looks like they played football with my kits, but I emailed Stephanie and she assured me she put them back together neatly.
That is the second challenge I have participated in. I can’t tell you how good it feels to make items for people I don’t even know, both the items for the challenges and the ATCs for the challenge hosts.
So if you love to craft, take some time and search YouTube for a challenge that strikes your fancy. You too can craft for a cause!
Crafting With A Cause, Part 1
For any of you who don’t already know this, I LOVE CRAFTING! So how can you take something you already love to do and make it better? You can craft for a cause!
way too much a little time each day watching crafting videos on Youtube. I do this so I can learn new techniques, see what other crafters are making and see what new crafting products are out there. Youtube is like Pinterest because I can start with one video and end up ten videos later on someone else’s channel about an entirely different craft. It was through this wonderful web of videos I stumbled upon craft challenges with a cause.
One Youtube channel that really got my attention is Bethsscrrapbookroom. Beth is so funny and her sense of humor is so much like mine. Anyway, I came upon a video where she was asking crafters to make cards, or other items, for people who are currently undergoing breast cancer treatments as October is breast cancer awareness month. She is going to mail the submissions to patients in five of the top cancer research hospitals in the United States.
Since I am not a card maker, I decided to enter her challenge by submitting some small junk journals so patients could document their journeys. I also sent Beth an ATC (artist trading card) because she collects them. I am not an ATC maker, so this part of the challenge really scared me.
Here are some pictures of the items I sent her.
Last Sunday, October 19th, Beth made the videos that showed my entries. I say “videos” because as she was showing my entries her video time ran out so she had to start another one to finish. If you would like to see my 15 minutes of fame you can check out Beth showing my entries at these addresses:
My items start around 17:20 minutes into this video
My items finish about 6:55 minutes into this video
Like I said before, Beth is very funny and has such a good heart I think you would enjoy watching both videos in their entirety. You will also get to see some wonderful entries by other crafters.
So if crafting is your passion too, see if you can find a craft challenge with a cause and spread your talent and love to others who need it right now!