Tim Holtz Paper Doll Transparent Wings ATCs

Tim Holtz Paper Doll Transparent Wings ATCs

Hello,

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.

Happy Crafting!


 

 

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Tim Holtz Day of the Dead Artist Trading Cards

Tim Holtz Day of the Dead Artist Trading Cards

Hello,

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!


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Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Doll Artist Trading Coin Ornaments

Hello Folks,
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.
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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


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Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Hello,

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:




 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 6- Distress Oxide Monster themed artist trading cards

7 Days of Halloween Day 6- Distress Oxide Monster themed artist trading cards

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:


 

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Tim Holtz Altered Paper Doll ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Tim Holtz Altered Paper Doll ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Good Morning,

As I write this post today my heart is with the people on the east coast in the Carolinas and Virginia as hurricane Florence pounds the shoreline. Living in Florida for almost seventeen years now I have been through six memorable hurricanes, one was the month of my wedding and I know the emotional and physical strain these events put on a person. So before I begin, thoughts and prayers with the people of the Carolina’s and all those affected by this storm.

On this Monday I thought I would start your week out with a little shimmer. I am in an ATC (Artist Trading Card) group on facebook. Each month there is a prompt and we can sign up to swap a trading card and share a few treasures from our stash. For this card, the theme was “Bippity Boppity”, so I ran with that.  To make the card I used the following:

  1. A piece of watercolor paper (heavyweight) cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  2. I did a layer of Distress oxide on top of the card in Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves
  3. I pulled out a girl doll from the Tim Holtz Paper doll collection.
  4. I colored her using my Big Brush Pitt Pens in Cobalt Green, Magenta Bright, and LIght Flesh.
  5. I dried everything well with my Ranger Heat Tool
  6. I went back over the girls dress using a VersaMark Pen (Embossing Pen) and I applied from SparkleNSprinkle an Indian Spark (light blue) embossing powder. Them I used my embossing gun to set the powder.
  7. I then decided the background on the card needed some sparkle as well.
  8. I used the Technique Junkies “Stencil Rings” stamp with Versamark embossing pad to add circles to the background. I then used the Ranger Ink Bridal Tinsel white embossing powder over it with my heat gun to set.
  9. I then took out my quote from Dyan Reaveley I cut into strips. I edged the quote pieces with my Big Brush Pen in Cobalt Green.
  10. I went around the edge of the AT with my Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to pull all the blue’s together.
  11. I applied my quote pieces first with glue that didn’t stick to the embossing, so I used foam adhesive dots.

and that was it! A fun way to alter your Tim Holtz paper dolls!

You can see the process video here: Altered Tim Holtz Paper Doll ATC

Here are some close-ups of the card:

One of the things I love about working on ATC’s is the limits the size puts on what you do. Trying to create art is such a confined area is a really great way to again get out of your comfort zone and test the boundaries of what you can do. Plus it is fun to have these mini pieces of art go off into the world and bring a smile to someone’s face.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Dust off those Tim Holtz Paper Doll’s and let’s have a play!


As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the
affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway,
so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Tsukineko VersaMaker Watermark Pen for Embossing
http://bit.ly/2Mrsl3u (Blitsy.com)

Tsukineko VersaMark Small Inkpad
http://bit.ly/2O9cBPd (Blitsy.com)

Distress Oxide- Peacock Feathers
http://bit.ly/2MwaQ0U (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2Be11Al (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2w8aLqg (Joggles.com)

Distress Oxide- Antique Linen
http://bit.ly/2Pn41NL (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2MqXlAA (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2L9mr1k (Joggles.com)

Distress Oxide- Seedless Preserves
http://bit.ly/2MkCezT (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2PkuKe1 (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2Pk9Ziy (Joggles.com)

Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Paper Dolls (Note: packs vary)
http://bit.ly/2N8WFzW (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2x777x8 (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2N7IsUd (Joggles.com)

Archival Ink-Sepia
http://bit.ly/2mNGdpk (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2mSwDli (Joggles.com)

Ranger Ink Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel
http://bit.ly/2METejr (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2BvCB5H (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2PrgWhF (Joggles.com)

Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens
Cobalt Green 156, Magenta Bright 228, Light Flesh 132
http://bit.ly/2x0jw6X (dickblick.com)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dimensional Foam Dots
https://amzn.to/2K9k17l (amazon.com)

Sparklensprinkle.net
Indian Spark Embossing powder
http://bit.ly/2OcHna5

Techniquejunkies.com
Stencil Rings Stamp
http://bit.ly/2NGvgBM

 

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