I was contacted by Taylor Vanbruggen blogging at Taylored Expressions regarding an ATC swap. I have heard of ATC’s, but I always shy away from swaps. After some consideration, I gladly agreed to participate in the Stampin’ Up! swap category.
If you are not familiar with ATC, here’s a tutorial, and I’ll show you what I did.
There are guidelines some:
- the card is only 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ in size….that’s a challenge for my busy mind:)
- It must be 2 layers — well of course I had to take it to another level….mine is a mini gate-fold ATC card with a total of 5 layers.
- Must have embellishments.
Good thing I only had to make 10 ATC’s for this swap. They are little mini works of art that will end up in someone else’s hands, so I wanted to make something that would represent me well.
Here it is. I think it is beautiful! I made this card last month and it inspired my ATC creation:
Definitely had to watercolor. This card blings — it has Dazzling Diamonds and Clear Micro Beads:
Now, here is a pic of how this little ATC looks opened. It is a gate-fold mini ATC with River Rock Double-stitched ribbon that is tied in a bow to keep it closed….really cute:
Finally, when making ATC’s, the most important thing is to give it your autograph and number it. For mine, I punched out a half scallop with a post-it note, applied it to the bottom of my card for masking, stamped back with Linen BG stamp, then signed my name and numbered it:
There you go. That’s all there is to ATC’s. I can’t wait to receive the other swaps from my group. Also, here’s an idea — I may make a couple more of these and insert gift cards in them for holiday gifts:)
STAMP SETS USED: Holy Triptych, Linen BG, Short & Sweet stamp sets.
CARDSTOCK USED: Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Shimmery White CS; Holiday Harmony DSP.
INKS USED: Stazon Jet Black; Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, River Rock, Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel Classic Stampin’ Pads.
ACCESSORIES USED: Silver Brads; Ticket Punch; Scallop Punch; Aqua-Painter; Stampin’ Sponges; River Rock Double-Stitched Ribbon; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Micro Beads; 2-Way Glue Pen; Crystal Effects.