ATCs 3 Ways


img_5789Friends Martha, Kathy, and I went to a Pinners conference in Arlington, Texas. Of course, we had a blast being together and buying crafting crap. We came to the conference loaded with Artist Trading Cards, ready to trade with other artists. Much to our surprise and a little to our disappointment, many of the booths were geared more toward buying than to making. That didn’t stop us from looking at the jewelry and clothing exhibits, but we spent most of our time at the booths that had art supplies to demo and to buy. No one, however, offered to trade ATCs with us, so we surreptitiously spread our cards throughout the exhibit halls.

I’ve shared several of my ATC creations in previous posts ( and ). Here are the last of the bunch.

In these ATCs, I used Andy Warhol’s blotted line technique. (See this link to learn more:   I used a nib pen and ink to trace photos of each item onto the already-completed background and then colored the image in with Distress Crayons.


On these ATCs, I sprayed a white card with Dylusions ink sprays, used a Gelly Roll white marker to add text, and then glued on the saying and traced it with black ink.


I added spackle through stencils on the next three to cards that were already wearing a background design. To the white spackle on a few cards, I gently stamped Distress Inks to give them a little more color.



My last technique to try was image transfer using packing tape. (See I then glued the tranferred image to the ATC.



I found the construction of the ATCs quite addictive. I think I enjoyed the making because they were easy, allowed me to try a number of techniques, and were so quick to do. I promise, however, my ATC-making crapsmanship is over for a while. On to a new craft next week!

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