The theme for one of my Artist Trading Card (ATC) groups this month was "tigers" (or "lions and tigers" - but definitely not "lions and tigers and bears - oh my!"). My thoughts turned to travels to exotic lands and I started to look for some images I could use to make the card.
I found some great vintage luggage labels at Twisted Papers.com. This tiger image is on a collage sheet with twenty five labels so I will be able to do many more projects with these. Here is a LINK to the information page for the label collage sheet (a great value for only $2).
I imported the image sheet into my Creative Memories StoryBook software and started creating my ATC front. I really enjoy manipulating images and using all of the special effects.
The original image is a flat paper image. I wanted it to have a raised effect so I applied a filter for a 3D edge. The program contains all sorts of filters and effects and it is fun to try them out to alter your results. At this point, I was thinking of my card as a piece of luggage.
I decided to add some background color and texture. I chose a burlap weave and a light orange/tan shade to simulate a suitcase. I also added a black frame to give a strong defined edge. I set up the file to print the ATCs in the correct size (2.5 x 3.5 inches). After I printed my cards, I got a bit more ambitious and decided to try using Paper Glaze to make the label shiny and glossy.
I had never tried using the Paper Glaze on such a large area and I really made a mess of it! It was difficult to get a smooth layer and I ended up with air bubbles, smudges, and actually started to lift the print from the matte photo paper. So I abandoned that idea and convinced myself that the label didn't need to be shiny after all!
I thought I needed something else to convey the idea of luggage and travel, I decided to add some brads to give the impression of rivets in old fashioned luggage. I punched the holes with my Cropadile and inserted the brads. Then I layered the card fronts on brown Bazzill textured cardstock and added my details on the back.
ATCs are fun to make - you can do so many different things and I often do them digitally so I can explore new ways to alter images. The only rule is that they must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Do you make ATCs? If you have never tried one, you can find lots of information and inspiration online. If you want to see other ATCs I have created and shared, here is a LINK to all of the posts for ATCs.