Saturday, December 17, 2011
Snowmen Artist Trading Cards
The theme for December in my Artist Trading Card group was "snowmen." I always think that ATCs should be, well, sort of "arty" rather than cute but mine don't always turn out that way. There are so many cute snowmen cuts that I decided to just go with a lighthearted take on the subject.
This little fellow is from the 'Tis the Season cartridge. Since ATCs are only 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, I cut him at 2 inches. This size worked out nicely for my card.
The snowman image is on the bottom row, fourth from the left and you use the regular and shift of the base and the layer1 keys.
There are four simple layers to assemble. This image has the "reverse" style of layering so you don't have a lot of tiny eyes and buttons to glue to the snowman.
I put together one card and then did the rest assembly line style. There were only six in the swap this month so it was pretty quick and easy to assemble the figures. The only small pieces are the scart (which is still large enough to handle easily) and the nose.
I wasn't sure about having a hot pink scarf and nose but it ended up looking rather cute. The nose and scarf were cut from the DCWV Dazzle cardstock, the two snowman layers are Core'dinations regular color core in dark green and gemstone for the white, snow layer.
The card base is a Martha Stewart heavyweight cardstock and the layers are Christmas papers from K and Company. The "snow" border was punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch.
Here are the punches that I used. I punched the edge of the 1 1/4 inch strip at the bottom of the card with the punch on the right and then trimmed the edges to fit the width of the layer.
I used the little snowman punch for the back of the ATC. I often do the backs digitally, however, with only six in the group it didn't take too long to hand write the required information.
When I assembled the cards, I did not put adhesive along the top of the border punched strip. This made a little spot to nestle the snowman in between the two snowflakes.
Here are all of the cards ready for mailing.
I turned the cards sideways to add all of the details on the back. The little punched snowmen make it a bit less boring!
This little snowman is very cute but there are lots of snowmen that would work if you don't have this cartridge. The 'Tis the Season cartridge does have a lot of great images and word art for the holidays. If you are interested in this cartridge and you don't already have a CM consultant, I'd be happy to help you with your order. You can place an order at any time on my CM personal website HERE.
We have several events to attend this weekend - and still more decorating, shopping, wrapping, etc. etc. to do. The live tree is here but not yet up in the stand in the sunroom. I hope that by the end of the weekend most of the holiday transformation of the house will be done. I also have some new items that I ordered that I am eager to try - maybe I can squeeze in a bit of crafty time too!
If you all are still interested, I will post the ATC "virtual swap" in a couple of days and you will be able to start making and uploading your ATCs on inlinkz soon. For the first round do you want a theme or a "free for all" where you make anything you like? Let me know and I'll get things set up next week.
Have a great weekend!
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