DIY Ideas For Artist Trading Cards!
Today we're bringing you a very special blog post that's all about the fun and beauty of artist trading cards! ATCs are so enjoyable to create and they are just perfect as gifts, cards, or to string together in a pretty banner! Artist trading cards are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards and are usually small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Because they are small they are perfect to send through the mail! Did you know that ATCs got their start in the mail art movement in Switzerland? It's true! There are so many fun ways to use ATCs and there are endless ways to make them! We're going to explore some fabulous ideas for Graphic 45 ATCs with a stunning Bohemian Bazaar creation by Nichola Battilana! Then Susan Lui will share 5 marvelous ATCs from various Graphic 45 collections! Get ready for a truly inspiring day, G45ers!
Lets begin with this bright and beautiful ATC by Nichola! She combined Bohemian Bazaar with gorgeous floral embellishments, golden accents and splendid fussy cut elements. The lavish layers and dimension in this ATC make it absolutely breathtaking! Want to create one of your own? Follow along with Nichola's fun video tutorial! Here is what she had to say about this incredible work of art!
"The vibrant colours and patterns of Bohemian Bazaar totally remind me of the beautiful colour palette used in the depictions of Hindu deities. And so, here is an ACT which celebrates the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi through the beautiful papers of Graphic 45." -Nichola
Downloadable ATC tags: http://battilana.net/NicholaBattilana_ATCbacktag_freebie.pdf
Bohemian Bazaar - Opulent Sunset
* Bohemian Bazaar Tags & Pockets used as template *
Hindu goddess image
Next we have 5 gorgeous ATC creations that Susan made with lots of different Graphic 45 collections! You can really see the diverse and beautiful possibilities for ATCs! Each Graphic 45 collection has its own story to tell, with its own unique color palette and exquisite designs. Let each collection's unique look inspire you to create your own pretty ATCs! Susan used Place in Time, French Country, Bird Song and Olde Curiosity Shoppe in these incredible cards! You can see how floral and cardstock embellishments along with fussy cut elements help to give each card its own style. You can even gather the family around the crafting table to create a bunch of pretty ATCs together! These cards are so sweet and so much fun to create! Here is what Susan had to say about these fabulous ATCs!
"This is a set of 5 ATCs I created for an ATC swap at my local scrapbooking store, PaperMarket. I used different collections of Graphic 45 to create little pieces of collaged ATCs." -Susan Lui
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Parlor Wall, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
We hope you all had a great time exploring today's amazing ATC creations! We encourage you all to have some fun creating ATCs of your very own! We want to thank Nichola and Susan for their gorgeous work today! We had such a great time getting to share these amazing crafts with all of you! There's more fun and inspiration in store on tomorrow's blog! We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a fantastic day, G45ers! Thank you again for stopping by!
Your Pals in Paper
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