Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are a great way to get those creative juices flowing, without a big commitment. The canvas is smaller: 2.5 x 3.5". This small size forces you to really stretch your artistic muscles. And if you "mess up"? No big deal, just grab another blank and try again.
I decided to get crafty and try making some ATCs with my Picnic kit. And you know what? It was fun! I trimmed down just two papers (I can always order replacements, wink-wink) and got out my Picnic unmounted stamps and just played.
|Ink green base with dark green ink for a watermelon rind look.|
|Love that little lady bug!|
|A little masking magic.|
|Stamp glass 2x, trim, layer with dimensional adhesive. Add glitter pen to ice cube and top of glass.|
|Sentiment added from an "old" Mosaic Twist UM.|
You can get a lot of ATC "blanks" from one sheet of paper. Here are the diagrams you can use for either 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12" papers.
|To create ten ATC bases, cut 8.5x11" vertically at 6 and 3.5" Rotate 3.5 x 11" horizontally |
and trim at 10, 7.5, 5 and 2.5". Rotate both 2.5 x 11" horizontally and cut at 10.5, 7 and 3.5".
|A 12x12 will yield 16 ATC bases, but it will require you to whip out your craft knife.|
Lynn (Hasmom99) hosts an ATC swap every month on the Club Scrap Forum. Lynn says of the swap, "The creativity and variety are really wonderful. For someone like me, who works full time and rarely has time to make more involved projects, the ATC is a fun way to get a little creative with my stash. It is always great to see how everyone has different ideas with how to use the kits."
Here are some past swap samples for your enjoyment:
|March Trees ATC swap.|
|February's Big Deal ATC swap.|
Want to join in the fun? There's still time to get in on the Dungarees Swap if you create and mail the ATCs by June 25. Or, if you prefer, grab your Picnic kit and create your own ATCs. If you join the July swap, one of the Picnic ATCs above could be YOURS, because I'm in!