Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Denim ATC

Many years ago I discovered the world of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I found it challenging to create these small works of art (ATC dimensions are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"), but I just loved the challenge. I hosted an online ATC swap for many years on and also participated in other swaps over the years. The result is that I have traded these cards all over the world (and I've enmassed quite the collection!) Unfortunately, over the past two years, my ATCs have taken a back seat. However, this month, I joined the swap that I used to host as a swapper, and I just LOVED it. The theme was "pockets" and here's my interpretation:

The ATC base is made with Marina Mist cardstock. I inked the retired stamp set "Just Jeans" with Night of Navy, and it looked just like a pair of jeans. I stitched along one side with a white gel pen. I made the pocket using the banners framelits set. Instead of inserting the paper as you normally would, I did trimmed a piece of paper the width of the framelit and positioned it so that only the tip of the paper was under the cutting edge of the framelit. After I ran it through the Big Shot, I trimmed the paper to be the size of the pocket I wanted. (I did stamp the paper before doing this, but I did it in white here so you could see it better.)

I stitched around the pocket with a white gel pen. The "hanky" in the pocket if a portion of a doily. I made the tag by stamping "Stampin' Up" from Creatively Yours set in black in onto Soft Sued cardstock. I inked up the edges of the tag to give a weathered look. Of course it needed some bling, so I added three rhinestones.

I encourage you to try making these little works of art, but I caution you -- they're addictive!

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  1. And I sure LOVE mine! I so love denim, was so happy to have this one! thanks Anna!

  2. So glad you liked it Marci! Check out my post later today to see another adorable denim creation! I just love this denim stamp and can see LOTS of projects with it!