I am trying to get myself back into the swing of things after spending a wonderful extended weekend with my sister in Texas. I don’t have a blog post on it yet, but if you head over to my Youtube channel I do have a VLOG of the weekend and our treasure hunting. You can find the video here: Weekend in Texas
Today I have a final set of ATC’s to share with you. When I went to the back to back retreat in March I had made a set of Tim Holtz Fairy Wing Atc’s and a set of Dina Wakley Media ATC’s. This post will be a share on how I made the Dina Waklely Media ATCs and I finally remembered to take some in-process photos for you. I promise I’m going to work on that, but you know how it is you get started and fly thru and then your done before you know it.
So for this piece I used:
1. A piece of Canson Watercolor Paper 11″ x 15″
2. I prepped it with clear gesso.
3. I then applied scribble sticks both dry at first and then dipped in water.
4. I dried the page well.
5. I then added some of the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue with Distress Collage Medium (I know now the Dina Wakley Gel Medium works much better to make her tissue transparent.
6. Once I dried that all again, I did splatters with the Dina Wakley Media paint in “Ancient”
7. Again I let that all dry and then cut the paper up into 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.
I believe I made 18 out of one sheet of paper.
8. Next out came the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform, my Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot and several of the Dina Wakley Media Stamps.
9. I did one image per card and then went back with the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue quote sheets to add quotes to each card.
10. When the cards were all dry I made borders using a black multiball pen.
This is a great way to use your favorite designer or to batch make cards if you have an event coming up. Start with a large sheet and make a massive background. It looks completely different once you have it all cut up.
You can watch the full video here on my Youtube Channel: Dina Wakley Media ATC’s
Here are photos of the process:
I hope these mini treasures will inspire you to pull out some of your favorite stamp sets and get to creating. This is alway a great way to make batch mini presents or little thank you notes. If you an etsy shop owner wouldn’t one of these be fun to include for your customer as a treat! I can’t wait to see what you create, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see @sidestreetdesignllc.
Below is a full list of supplies used. (Note: these are affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of any sales made that help keep my blog and Youtube channel going)
If you can’t see the thumbnails, here is a link to a list of supplies (LIST)
I am so excited to share this week’s post with you. This week I am sharing some ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) I made for the Back to Back 2019 Retreat I went to.
If you don’t know what ATC’s are, They are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards that artists make to share with each other. Sometimes there is a theme, but for this retreat it could be anything. I had just received a package of the fabulous Tim Holtz Idea-ology Transparent Wings and knew right away I wanted to make some fairy themed cards. I tend to hoard my Tim Holtz paper dolls, I just love vintage photos. Artist Trading Cards are such a handy way to use up some of the smaller “dolls” that come in the package. Now I had a lot of steps in this project so the best way to see them all will be to watch my video. I will break down a little below what I did so you get the general idea.
I started with a large 11″ x 15″ piece of heavy weight watercolor paper. I then used my Tim Holtz Matte Collage Medium to glue on some pieces of happy mail scrapbook paper bits to add some dimension and texture to the background. Here I made a mistake though, I knew I wanted to use the Distress Spray Stains but not having used them before I forgot that they need a porous surface. You will see in the video that as I added water the sprays just washed off my page. They did stick to some areas that hadn’t gotten the medium on them but overall it wasn’t my ideal result. I then improvised. I got out my Dylusions paints and did some splattering on the background in pink, blue, green and orange. The main thing to keep in mind when you are making a large background for a large stash of ATC’s is that what you see is not what you will get. Once the paper is all cut up you will have lots of unique backgrounds that end up looking really net compared to the “mess” the original page is.
The one large sheet of paper yielded eighteen (18) cards for me. What I did was I poured out my Paper dolls onto my desktop and just started grabbing a paper doll and a background and I did this for about an hour (not on video) until I felt I had matched up all the people I liked to an appropriate background. I then worked the cards one at a time. I would add the paper doll and then add some accents. I used washi tape on some, a stabilo all pencil on others to add some texture, I added stamping where needed for background. I also added the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Transparent Wings. All the cards I edged with a color of Distress Archival Ink and finished with a quote from the Tim Holtz Small Talk booklet.
You can see my full video on my youtube channel: Tim Holtz Paper Doll Transparent Wings ATCs
Below are photos of the finished cards:
I hope you are as excited as I was for these little fairy ATC’s. I think they were a great way to bring in some Spring to the season and use up some of those bits in my studio I’ve been holding on to.
Below you can find all the products I used thru my affiliate links with scrapbook.com, ranger.com, joggles.com, blitsy.com and blick art supplies. Be sure to grab your Tim Holtz Transparent Wings while you can. They are a hot item this season.
As I write this post for you guys today I am beyond excited. I will be this coming weekend checking off a major bucket list item. I have wanted for a long time now to take a class with Dina Wakley and/or Dyan Reaveley. Well, I am attending a retreat called Back to Back 2019 and it is three full days of classes from both those wonderful ladies. I won’t be filming any of it out of respect to these fabulous teachers but I will do my best to get some photos over the days, and I may do a flip thru of whatever I make over on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned for my review and photos here and my Youtube channel for the flip thru.
Now onto today’s share. I recently had an opportunity to do some swap mail with a lovely lady from one of my ATC swap groups I’m in on Facebook. I noticed she had posted some skull type art before so I thought this would be a great opportunity to break out my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Day of the Dead 2 stamp set. I also have not tried embossing a background on an ATC in a while so I also wanted to use my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Webs and Damask stamp set. I know it has a bit of a Halloween feel, but I thought it would be a great chance to dust these guys off.
To make the cards I:
1. Took a piece of Mixed Media paper and used my Gel Print Plate to create a background
2. On my 12 x 14″ plate (smaller size is fine) I mixed some Dina Wakley paint in Sedona and Medieval with my roller then pulled my print.
3. Once I had my print I cut out two pieces of ATC size cards (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
4. Next, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Versamark Embossing Pad, and the Tim Holtz Damask Stamp.
5. Using the stamp platform I stamped the damask pattern with Versamark onto my ATC backgrounds. (A side note here. I did not use the magnets on the platform because I wanted a full pattern across the whole background I used some washi tape, under the card to hold it to the platform. The magnets would have been
in the way of the pattern)
6. I then used Black Sparkle Embossing powder over the ATC’s and a heat gun to create the raised damask background
7. Once that was set I used my Black Soot Distress Archival Ink and blending tool to go around the edges of the paper and darken them.
8. On another piece of Mixed Media paper using my stamp platform and Distress Black Soot Archival Ink, I stamped a few of the Tim Holtz Day of the Dead
stamps I wanted to use and fussy cut them out.
9. I applied the trimmed images to my ATC backgrounds using double-sided tape.
10. I then took out a few of my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color in parts of the images.
11. I finished each ATC (Artist Trading Card) off with a quote from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk line.
Sometimes when doing ATC’s less is more. I either tend to start with a large sheet do a big collage background and then break it into many cards for batching, or if you are looking for a set it is better to use less. A set of paint, one or two stamps and some coloring in and you can have your ATC’s done in half an hour. There are so many ways you can make ATC’s and I love them because of the size restriction. It really makes you think before you play, and I love the outcome each time.
If you’d like to see my process here is the video on my Youtube Channel: Tim Holtz Day of the Dead 2 ATC’s
Here are photos of the finished cards:
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope these cards will inspire you to break out and dust off some of those seasonal stamps you may save up and find new ways to use them throughout the year. I tried to enclose some of the materials used in my step by step above, for a full list you can see the thumbnails below. (Please note these are affiliate links, so any purchase made I receive a small percentage of, and that helps fund this site and my Youtube channel). Enjoy and Happy Crafting. See you next week!
I am back and in this post, I share a way to use up some of the scraps we have left from our busiest card making time of the year.
So, last weekend I made about thirty (30) handmade Christmas cards. When I was all done I had all these lovely bits of scrapbook paper left over that were a bit on the small side. I hate to waste the paper so I started brainstorming on what I could do with them.
I knew I had some Artist Trading Coin swap mail coming up so I decided to use the bits for my background. I got out my 2.5″ hole punch by The Paper Studio (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) and I punched out four (4) pieces of watercolor paper and then four (4) pieces of scrapbook paper. Then the magic began.
1. I glued the scrapbook paper to the watercolor paper.
2. Using a small hole punch I punched a hole at the top of each card.
3. Prior to starting the project I pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls and pulled out the smallest ones I could find.
4. I also pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera Snippets and poured that on my desk.
5. I then went thru and matched a doll to ephemera for each card.
6. Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas Remnant Rubs and picked a phrase for each coin and rubbed it on.
7. Next I grabbed my Glossy Accents and used that to seal each card.
8. I let the coins dry overnight, as you are not supposed to heat them.
9. I then took my Potting Soil Archival ink and went around the edge of each one carefully to hide the white.
10. Next,I pulled out some if my Lawn Fawn twine and make a loop/string for each coin which now could also be an ornament.
11. My last step was to paint the back of each piece with some gold paint, and I signed it using a uni-ball black pen.
That was it. I had some simple ornaments that were also artist trading coins for swap mail and I was able to use up some of my stash which was also great.
If you want to watch my process video you can see it over on my youtube channel: Artist Trading Coin Ornaments
Here are some still shots for you of the finished treats:
I hope these cute little mini art pieces gave you some inspiration. For your convenince, a list of the supplies I used is below. Thank you for crafting with me and Happy Holidays
Well the month of October has come and is almost over in a blink, but before it is I wanted to slide in just a few more Halloween crafts. This project today is Artist Trading Coins, a recent trend replacing or shaking up the use of ATCs, artist trading cards. I was at Target having a look in the Halloween section and I found a canister of these cute whimsical chipboard stickers and I knew I just had to make some trading coins out of them. I used mixed media paper cut into 3″ circles. I painted each background then added Dylusions shimmer spray, embossing or glitter depending on what influenced me from the sticker. It was a lot of fun and an easy way to add one new item to your collection and use up other supplies on hand. Now thru the end of October, if you make a purchase in my Etsy shop, one of these cards will go with the mail until they run out. I still have a few treats from my 7 days of Halloween left.
You can watch the video here: Halloween Artist Trading Coins
Here are some photos of the coins close up:
The canister I found in the “kid” craft section end cap at target had several hundred pieces of chipboard stickers. It’s a great way to have take-home gifts or treats if you are having a Halloween party this year.
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
Below is a list of the supplies I used to make all these coins:
Welcome back to day 6 of my 7 days of Halloween. I had a lot of fun with today’s project. A set of 6 artist trading cards made on mixed media paper using only Distress Oxides and Archival Ink and maybe a little shimmer. For this project, I wanted to show what you could create with limited supplies. The stamp set I used “Monstrous” I was so excited to get in July when I went to Stampfest 2018 and met Tim Holtz and was able to shop the Stampers Anonymous booth. He always has so many great Halloween stamps so hard to choose just one! I also demonstrate in my video how to use the Distress Micro Glaze. For those of you that don’t know what this is, it is a glaze you can put over distress oxide so it will no longer be water reactive, as long as it is applied to a porous surface, like paper.
To make the backgrounds for the stamped images, I used one piece of mixed media paper and in little square sections, I added the distress oxide colors I wanted. I then cut out rectangles, used the micro glaze (note buff it off well after application), and then used the paper in my Tim Holtz Stamp platform. This way I didn’t have to hand color the monsters, I just stamped them on distress oxide background and fussy cut them out. I did the same for the quotes as well. The actual ATC background I cut those out using my Cricut and then added the distress oxide. The finished cutouts were added to the card backs using stick foam dots to add dimension. Sounds simple, but it took some time and was well worth it in the end. Sometimes less is more, which is a balance I am always trying to work on.
You can see my process video here (and there is a special giveaway-watch to learn more): Distress Oxide Monster Artist Trading Cards
Here are still shots of the finished cards:
Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear your feedback and comments on some of your favorite Halloween ATC techniques.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween.
Here is the list of the colors/supplies used to create these mini art pieces: