Friday, February 24, 2012
Artist Trading Cards - Love
The February theme for my Artist Trading Card (ATC) group was "Love." Sometimes when the theme is very broad it takes me longer to decide what to do - there are so many possibilities! (Remember, the only rule for ATCs is that they must be 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches - the rest is up to you).
I decided I wanted to use some washi tape on my ATCs. The hearts were an obvious choice and I added the red with the rows of dots and some elegant black and white damask tape. This black and white tape was a gift from Tatum, who is a friend of Mandy at Scrappy-go-Lucky. Tatum has started designing washi tape and selling it on her website Sawyer's Place (www.sawyersplace.com). I'll be sharing more projects using her custom tape designs soon.
I knew that I wanted to use the idea of "falling" in love so I added three white hearts, which were actually the "leftovers" from this card design (click the image if you missed the post with these cards).
I wanted to add some texture to the card, so I punched some small hearts with a Martha Stewart border punch and cut the word "you" with the die from the Cuttlebug "Love Language" combo set.
I added the red heart and the fuzzy "you" in the white area at the bottom of the card. Now all I needed to do was to add my phrase.
I typed the words "falling in love with" and printed them out on white paper. I capitalized "LOVE" and made it red. It is quite a challenge to keep track of the tiny bits of paper until they are adhered to the cards!
Here is my finished ATC. They each look a little different since the pieces are so fiddly to work with - but that's fine.
I added one more tiny little red heart in the center of the back where all of the information identifying the card is added.
Here are all seven cards, just before I mailed six of them off to be swapped.
Today is the first full day of the conference and I expect it will be non-stop activity.
I remember asking if some of you would like to participate in a "virtual" ATC swap - where you create an ATC based on a theme and upload your finished card to share with other blog readers. I think I'll post the challenge shortly after I return from Nashville. It will be fun to see what everyone creates (and much easier to do only one for the challenge instead of mailing out groups of cards).
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