Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jewels ATC - inspired by the Emerald Isle!

The theme for one of my ATC (artist trading card) groups this month was "jewels" - well who doesn't love a bit of bling!  Because it is March (and I was working on some St. Patrick's Day items) my thoughts went to the "Emerald Isle" for inspiration.

 I wanted to set off just a few jewels on the front of my card, so I thought about some of the images on my cartridges and remember the cute recipe card on From My Kitchen.

Here is the location of the image that I used.

I used hide selected contour to eliminate the outer and inner card cuts, leaving only the three stylized flowers.

To plan my spacing, I set up one rectangle at the ATC size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches (the only rule for ATCs is that they must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches - the rest is up to you!).  Then I created a slightly smaller rectangle (2.25 x 3.25 inches) for my top layer.

I set up a cutting page with 12 ATC layers and centered the "flower" image from the recipe card with the contours hidden.  The paper I used for the base was a heavy Bazzill cardstock in dark green.  The top layer was some patterned paper from the DCWV Spring stack from two years ago.  It has lots of "Irish" words and sayings in two tones of green.

I usually try to make my ATCs identical but, these have slight variations depending on the location of the cut in the patterned paper.  I think they all have enough letters to convey the "Irish" theme.

In the open flower tops I placed three "jewels" in three shades of green and slightly graduated sizes.  I was happy with the simple interpretation of what could be a very elaborate theme.

I usually do my ATC backs digitally, however, I have been having some problems with my computer and can't open some of my programs - so frustrating!  I hope to get it sorted out soon - there is never a good time to have a computer problem! 

It finally stopped raining here - we actually saw the sun today!  
Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Great work Diane. And Happy St Pat's to ya.

    Donna C.


  2. Simple can be elegant, thanks for sharing

  3. How wonderful of you to not only share your project, but give detail information on how to!!!! Thank you! Gabriela

  4. How fun. I love the simple elegance you have put together.

  5. This is a beautiful card. I really need to get Design Studio! Thanks again for the wonderful instruction and the inspiration!

  6. Cute cards. Love the green paper!


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