Friday, January 12, 2018

ATC's for the Curious

So what exactly is an ATC  An ATC or Artist Trading Card is nothing more than an original piece of art made by an artist then traded to other artists like you would pokemon cards or the old fashion baseball cards.  This type of art is very fun because the cards can be made using any type of materials, media or techniques.   These cards are usually made as a one of a kind piece of art, but sometimes the artist will make a series of cards all with a similar theme.  These works of art are not usually sold but should be traded instead.  

There are a few rules where ATC Cards are concerned and they are as follows

  1. The ATC must measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches or the exact size of a playing card.
  2. An ATC is meant to be an original piece of ART not a photocopy or print.  Some groups allow digital works of art so it would be wise to check the swap requirements. 
  3. The cards must be traded for other cards—not sold.
  4. The cards should be flat enough to fit into a plastic trading card sleeve. 
  5. The artist should add their name, contact information, the title of your work and the date it was completed. 
So how do you make one of these beauties, well let me tell you!!

You begin by selecting a base for your card.  This could range from a cut up cereal box, to  watercolor paper, plain cardstock, canvas panel, playing cards, the cardboard you get in packaging.  After that you cut your base to the appropriate size.  Your artwork can be in a vertical or horizontal orientation. 

You would then need to decide what you will put on top of your base,  Here the possibilities are boundless.  You could cover it with a patterned paper, after adding gesso your base you could paint it, with either acrylics or watercolors, you could apply modeling paste through a stencil, you could use a rubber stamp with a glue base and emboss an image on top of your base.  Again, the possibilities are just about endless.  

After finishing your base card you can now begin the fun process of adding 2d and 3d items to your card.  These could include digital or photographed images, paper flowers, beads, sequins, glitter, ribbon, fabric trims, and small chipboard pieces.  Just remember that your work should fit in an ATC envelope or sleeve.

Once completed, you should definitely find a group of like minded people to trade your cards with.  If anyone would like to trade with me, I'm up for the challenge.  My only stipulation is that I can only do one a month.  So the first one to ask will be my partner. 

Here are some examples of my ATCs through the years 

Happy swapping my crafty peeps!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Gecko Glaz Courtly Love January Customer Challenge

It's time for a new Gecko Galz Customer Challenge!!

This month our Challenge theme is "Courtly Love"

Feel Free to grab our badge and share on your blogs.There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz!! It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!! It is up to you!! The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree!!!


This ATC Card has a mixed media background also. Here I used masking tape that was wrinkled up and added to the card. Then the card was painted with heavy body white gesso. When dry I painted with Black Gesso. I then came back over the top with Art Alchemy's Wax in Vintage Silk. Think I went a bit over the top with the wax. I wanted more of the black showing, What do you think? I cut the Image from Gecko Galz Vintage Flirtations. The image was inked with brushed corduroy and added to the card. I then added some strung pearls and rosettes from my stash, the butterfly was also from my stash. then added the words.

For a list of other design team members who have created some beautiful artwork, please go to or Gecko Galz

We can't wait to see your creations!!

Thank you for visiting!

You have until 11:55 pm Eastern time on January 29th to play along!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Let Your Light Shine

Well its New Year's Eve and I am sitting at home going over this last year in my mind.  I have had some fantastic ups and some horrific downs, but when the dust settles 2017 has been a very blessed year.

So one of the up moments in 2017 was being chosen to represent a fantastic online shop which offers high quality altered art and paper crafting supplies. They also offer a variety of items which includes papers, collage sheets, digital stamp sets and products which are sure to inspire your creativity. 

So its my turn to post an example of my art which is a mixed media tag that uses an image from the Misty Memories collection. 

The steps needed to complete this project are as follows:  

Supply List: 

Image from the Gecko Galz collection Misty Memories. 
Brick stencil from Crafters Workshop
Palette knife. 
Modeling paste (any brand will suffice) I used one with a sandy texture. 
Fire Brick wax from Finnabair.
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink from Ranger. 
Foam board square
Lamp post cut out (used my Cricut) 
Leaves and vines cut outs (used my Cricut) 
Dresden foil trim, flowers, pearl bead, glitter, watered down white paint and various ribbons from my stash. 

Step one. Apply the modeling paste to the tag and let it dry completely. 

Step two brush on Finnabair wax or any deep red metallic paint, using a stiff bristled brush. 

Let it dry completely. You can speed up the drying process using your heat gun. 

Step three:  cut out your Misty Memories image and ink with your favorite dark brown ink. I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink from Ranger.

Used a small square of foam board, cardboard or fun foam to raise your image up off the tag for added dimension.  

Step four:  Add the lamp post and the other embessishments. As you see fit.  The words were printed out using my computer and home printer inked and glued down onto the tag. The last thing I did was to add a touch of iridescent clear glitter to the flower and splattered the watery white paint to mimic snow. 

Here is the finished product again.