Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"D" is for... Artist Trading Cards


One of the swap groups I participate in does all sorts of projects - whatever our leader can dream up!  Last month, the project was to make an Artist Trading Card inspired by the initial of your first name.  The only rule for ATCs is that they must be 3.5 x 2.5 inches - the rest is up to you.

I had a little trouble with the very open ended theme and selected and rejected many potential ideas.  I finally settled on "D is for dots" and checked my paper stash for polka dotted papers.  I found a few in the American Crafts "Craft Fair" paper pack.

I used a multi-color large dot paper  for the wide strip (2 inches with the edges punched by a scallop edge punch) and a smaller, more regular polka dot, white on yellow, for the center one inch strip.  Not content to leave well enough alone, I added some white pen dots along  the sides.  I added the "D" which was cut with my ancient Sizzix Fun Serif dies in the same dark purple cardstock as the card base.  Something was still I added a "diamond" gem to each "D."

Here is the entire group of 18 ATCs just before I sent them off for swapping.


I usually do the backs of my ATCs digitally, however, these were done when I could not access my  digital scrapping program so I used a template provided by our group leader.  I photocopied it onto some blue patterned paper with yet another dot pattern.  I trimmed the 12 x 12 paper to 8 1/2 x 11 to fit my printer.


Here is a closer view of the back.

If you'd like to see what the rest of the group members made you can see all of the ATCs on Kay's blog.

This Thursday is Sweet Treat Thursday on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot so be sure to check out all of the projects that the Cricut team has created.  The full details of my project will be on my blog Thursday morning.  Remember to check out the new Cricut Cake and go to the Cuttlebug Challenge blog to enter the great giveaway.


  1. Hi Diane,
    I have to say D is for darling! Such a cute card. I have never made an ATC card before, I think I might give it a try,
    Thanks so much for sharing
    ((If I have any questions about them, I am coming to you)) LOL

  2. And now I know what ATC stands for! Very cute cards.


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